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Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Caustic Man, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    This thread is for advice seekers who want quick, simple, advice on whether or not they should wear a particular outfit. You will find critiques, suggestions, and advice all geared toward informing you about your clothing choices BEFORE you step outside the door.

    Do you have a cocktail party you're about to attend and aren't sure if the shirt you've chosen goes well with your jacket? Are you heading to a job interview and don't know if you are wearing an appropriate tie? Do you have a big date coming up and want to know if you're unknowingly dressed like a douche? Consider this the testing ground! Why not utilize the relative anonymity of the internet to your advantage by getting judged by strangers before you risk getting judged by your friends and peers?

    Here's how it works: Lay out your clothes on the bed, or some other flat surface, and take a picture. Post the picture here and give us some idea of the context. In other words, where are you going? What are you doing? Who are you going to be around? Then, the fashion brains floating around Style Forum will advise you on whether your choice is a good one or, if not, what easy things you can do to improve the look.

    Here is what I mean by laying your clothes out and taking a picture of them:

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    Your pictures don't have to be this professional looking but do try to take your pictures in good light so that we can see some akin to the true color and texture of the items you are wearing.

    Simple enough?

    I hereby call on the expertise of @GBR @Gus @Veremund @Thin White Duke @Andy57 @An Acute Style @Murlsquirl @Burzan @Gerry Nelson @in stitches @emptym @mossrockss @Claghorn @PCK1 @venividivicibj @Coxsackie @sugarbutch and probably a whole slew of others who don't come to mind at the moment.
     

  2. RabidOrphan

    RabidOrphan Well-Known Member

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    I wear a similar set up to bbq/movies/etc. IMG_0025.JPG
     

  3. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    I like yours with the polo shirt a little better. Ideally it would be something with a more substantial collar than most polo shirts offer but sans tie is the way to go.
     

  4. RabidOrphan

    RabidOrphan Well-Known Member

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    I don't know why, but I think wearing a collar shirt with a shawl collar sweater is too repetitive, so I usually wear a short sleeves Henley instead.
     

  5. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    It’s not any more collar than wearing a button down shirt and a sport coat.
     

  6. RabidOrphan

    RabidOrphan Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I agree. I have worn navy shawl collar cardigan with white OCDB and it looked perfectly fine, but when I tried a polo shirt with this set up, it looked stranged.
     

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    I find a polo and a cardi is a bit like socks and sandals in that if it’s warm enough for a polo, it’s too warm for the cardi, but hey, that’s just me. :)
     

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    So basically, this is the forever lonely thread?


    "Does this bike jersey make me look fat?"

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  9. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    You could probably use some help from this thread. :)
     

  10. Eli Curt

    Eli Curt Senior Member

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    I'm already at the office but this is what I wore today. I was going for a monochromatic look.

    I shared it with my mom and she said I looked like her little gentleman. style-2013-06-worst-dressed-june-1371762837502_mickey-rourke.jpg
     

  11. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    Personally, I'd wear the tights pulled up a little higher to show off the goods. Next...
     

  12. Eli Curt

    Eli Curt Senior Member

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    Funny you mention that. That was the one piece of criticism my dear mother shared.

    "PULL YOUR PANTS DOWN. I CAN SEE YOUR CAMEL TOE FOR CHRISSAKE."
     

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    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    The first couple pics made me feel like I was out of my element. But the second couple put the thread squarely in my field of expertise. Bo may know baseball, but I know spandex.
     

  14. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    @Eli Curt You can't dress down a dinner jacket. What you are doing is, in effect, dressing dressing up your shirt and jeans. That's not a terribly formal looking dinner jacket, at least. It's cotton, doesn't appear to have grosgrain lapels (though correct me if I'm wrong), and looks like horn or plastic buttons. Not exactly the most traditional looking thing. My suggestion is that if you are going to go with the contrast of wearing it with a black turtleneck, don't be wishy-washy by pairing it with jeans. It looks discordant and wonky. I actually think it looks kinda good with the turtleneck, but try a proper pair of trousers.

     

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    So, I'm planning to wear this suit and tie for a wedding I have in San Francisco. Here I tried it with a very plae blue shirt, I think in real life it looks good but do you think I should go with a white shirt as I initially planned?

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