Spotted on the subway

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  1. trogdor

    trogdor Senior member

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    Doubtless this will make the purists amongst us spit blood, but yesterday on my way home I saw an intriguing thing. A guy was sporting what looked like a regular oxford cloth button down but ... with french cuffs. I'm pretty sure he hadn't done a Constanza, and it wasn't a tie-less tab collar, or one of those Rumsfeld-esque hidden button jobbies. It was like a pure synthesis.

    Here's the killer ... it looked pretty good... I think I'd like one.

    So, has anyone seen this kind of thing? Is it just my naivete to think that such a thing didn't exist? Who makes them?
     


  2. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    Thom Browne makes french cuff oxford shirts. They come in solids as well as white cuff/collar.
     


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    cuffthis Senior member

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    Was the guy also wearing a double-breasted suit with notch lapels, a belt and braces, and a matching tie and pocket square?

    If you are going to break one felony level sartorial rule, might as well break all the serious rules.
     


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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I saw a 4 button double breasted with notched lapels today.


    It was funny, actually. Walking around midtown I decided I should bring a camera and document for this board the various outfits of random strangers - the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are some amazing outfits in midtown... and some attrocious ones. Then I thought how people would react to a random person taking there picture and thought better of the idea.
     


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    Interesting enough, I was at the offices of Skadden Arps the other day, and one of their senior partners was also sporting the hideous buttondown/french-cuff shirt. Looked terrible, and I was very suprised to see a senior-level exec at a top law firm wearing such a thing.

    Sustanon
     


  6. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    Shouldn't it also be a "black suit"
     


  7. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    if this was in the city, it should be 'brown suit'.
     


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    With pinstripes, for city.

    Jon.
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    ...although that goes against the title of the thread, "spotted" on the subway. [​IMG] oh no i didn't...
     


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    Mildly odd but not ultra-terrible in my book.
     


  11. trogdor

    trogdor Senior member

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    OK ok ok. I guess I don't want one any more. [​IMG]
     


  12. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    Elvis sported them occasionally in his movies. [​IMG] I don't mind the look myself - could work with a mod 60s style suit.
     


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    I don't know, man. I'm not brave enough to wear one of these. I mean, why go through the trouble of having fussy french cuffs if you're willing to go with a comfortable soft button-down collar? Or are you talking about those stiff button-down collars with the buttons a bit higher up from the peaks? (A new phenomenon, at least to me.)
     


  14. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    It strikes me as the kind of shirt someone might wear if they've worn button-down collars their whole life, and wants to dress up their navy blazer/sack suit. They wouldn't even conceive of trying another collar.

    Trad trad, trad trad trad.
     


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    My aunt was murdered by a button-down collar. True story.
     


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