Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HKnight, Jul 14, 2004.
Kalra is right on the mark once again.
I'm thinking a white dress shirt plus black slacks is a little plain, so how about black slacks with the french blue shirt? Or is the french blue out of the question altogether for dinner?
I don't have any pastel-colored shirts. Might have to pick some up.
Thanks for the continued followup.
That would be fine, but in my opinion blue looks bad with black (but that's just my opinion, unlike the fact that you should not really wear light colours in winter or the evening)
Perhaps a black and white striped shirt with black trousers, or pinstripe trousers with a white shirt.
I agree that white dress shirt plus black trousers is wrong, and you may end up looking even worse, as you may look like the maitre'd.
Perhaps you could post pictures of your blue shirts?
What is "french" blue? IMO, blue with black is fine BUT it should be a VERY light colored pale blue. You could always just go pick up a dress shirt. And you don't need to spend much money. I know Banana Republic -- which I assume is near you and in your price range -- has some of its "Premium" shirts on sale right now for $35. They are pretty darn good for a young but tailored look -- decent fabrics, mother of pearl buttons, some pretty cool patterns. The fit is slightly slimmer than most "mall store" dress shirts, which is also good. Check 'em out. They should have a stripe or check pattern that will pair nicely with black pants.
By the way, what is the temperature like where you are?
The reason I ask is because, you could go for a sweater, perhaps Cashmere or Cashmere and Silk, that way you would neither look under or over dressed. Perhaps even a cotton one. I would stick to a crewneck without a shirt.
True, it does depend very much on the blue.
What about an interesting shirt, like a Paul Smith or Etro one, with black trousers. Or perhaps even a YSL silk one. Maybe one like of this: Or perhaps a black and white one like This
We've probably killed this kid by this point. Here is a shirt that I saw at Banana that might work -- sort of like Paul Smith, but not as overpriced. This Or this Not sure how stocked the stores are, but the website has some left. Save yourself the time and order it online if you like the pattern. I know the shirts and they are really great for the price/in a pinch. I bought one myself prior to making my "Jantzen Tailor" only self-promise.
What about a leather tie ?
Ernest . . . what?.
HKnight, you'll be fine. We're making you overthink. Just ask the girl what you should wear.
I am a college student on a budget, so no $250 Dior shirts, please I even cringe at the thought of spending $35 on a shirt Â I tend to buy my dress shirts at Ross. I know I'm not going to find any MOP button shirts there, but I'm pretty happy when I can find an Alfani fitted shirt for $10. I suppose now would be a good time to spring on some more expensive dress shirts. Here are the shades of blue I mention: I live in Gainesville, Florida, so the temperature is quite hot even at night. Needless to say, a sweater is out of the question. As for the pinstriped trousers, I thought pinstripes should only be worn in a suit? Thanks everyone for your suggestions. This shall also be of great use to me and, I think, other young forum members looking for any sort of going-out dress.
If you are in Florida, I think khaki pants are totally appropriate for night-time. That being the case, the blue shirt will be fine. I am not a fan of the blue shirt khaki pant combo -- I think it is too plain -- but objectively speaking you will be fine and will look nice. I understand that $35 for a dress shirt makes you cringe -- I was there once as well. We all have been (well, most of us). I think that every once in a while its not bad to spend $35 on a dress shirt at your age, so if you feel like you want a new shirt, I'd guess now is the time to make a $40 splurge (because, obviously, you'd be buying it for a specific purpose).
But, don't let this board get in the way of you paying your way through school. Really, the end goal of every poster here, I think, is for you to get the maximum amount of bang for your buck. So, if you ask, "What should I wear?" you will get a slew of different answers than if you ask "What dress shirt should I buy for x night that costs under $25?" Posters on this board will have great answers for both types of those questions.
So, again, good luck, relax, and be yourself. Be polite and clean shaven. You'll be fine. And you are right that this board does give good advice, just know your limits. A blackjack table is a good example. Posters here can teach you how to play blackjack, but there is no need to then automatically sit at the $100 minimum table that those posters sit at. There are plenty of other tables where you can have just as much fun.
How about all black?
That is always a versatile look.
Or as mentioned an Etro type shirt with a pair of chalk striped trousers. if the shoes are slim enough a leather tie might actually work.
We cautioned against a silk tie and then say that a leather tie might work? What has this board come to?
(LabelKing @ 14 July 2004, 11:07) if the shoes are slim enough a leather tie might actually work.
We cautioned against a silk tie and then say that a leather tie might work? Â What has this board come to?
Well, they are decidely more casual.
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