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THE GRAY ODD JACKET (AND SOMETIMES MONOCHROMATIC COMBINATION)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Butler, Jul 16, 2013.

THE GRAY ODD JACKET (AND SOMETIMES MONOCHROMATIC COMBINATION) CHALLENGE

Poll closed Jul 22, 2013.
  1. Malford of London

    18 vote(s)
    46.2%
  2. CTP 120

    8 vote(s)
    20.5%
  3. An Acute Style

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  4. YRR92

    4 vote(s)
    10.3%
  5. Sugarbutch

    3 vote(s)
    7.7%
  6. Journeyman

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  7. Roycru

    5 vote(s)
    12.8%
  8. Pingson

    6 vote(s)
    15.4%
  9. Tirailleur1

    8 vote(s)
    20.5%
  10. In Stiches

    5 vote(s)
    12.8%
  11. Holdfast

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  12. Archibaldlech

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  13. Butler

    23 vote(s)
    59.0%
  14. EFV

    2 vote(s)
    5.1%
  15. GDL203

    14 vote(s)
    35.9%
  16. Thin White Duke

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Cantabrigian

    9 vote(s)
    23.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    thanks s - whatever happened to your frequent NYC trips? let's grab a cold one when you're back here :cheers:
     
  2. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    i still make the trek. will defo be in touch when i go next time. would be nice to catch up. :cheers:
     
  3. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Too late for the challenge, but I don't mind me a grey jacket.

    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Butler

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    THE CONTESTANTS - VOTE NOW! :bigstar:
     
  5. FlyingMonkey

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    This one isn't really a contest, is it? It's not that there aren't many nice fits, but Butler's is the kind of fit that's so effortlessly superior that makes you want to give up and dress in a sack! [​IMG]
     
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  6. in stitches

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    it should make you want to dress better, not give up. :teach:
     
  7. in stitches

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    on a side note, i think part of what make butlers combo so appealing, was the use of both a gray SC and gray trousers, but the top have was darker in shade than the bottom half.

    i believe that is the general rule, top half should generally be a darker shade. most of the other fits, mine included, were either gray on gray with the top half being lighter, or when the gray on top was darker, the bottom half was a different color. just an observation.
     
  8. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    A very good observation. I think one of the problems is that people tend to have darker grey pants as a staple, so when asked to do monochrome (and thinking grey), they have to do something lighter on the top. If you have a range of shades of grey pants then I guess a challenge like this is easier. Having said that, lighter on top, darker below can work well, but it takes a little more thought. I liked Holdfast's fit quite a lot in this regard, for example (and this is not to say that I don't like anyone else's BTW!). I notice that almost no-one has given HF a vote though...

    Butler's fit is also very quite close in tone, without being too close that it looks like he's trying to match. The overcheck in the jacket also makes the two halves seem very coherent, and both subdued but utterly sharp. It also helps that everything fits perfectly...
     
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  9. archibaldleach

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    Interesting observation. I voted for Butler and a couple of others. When I first looked at what Butler put together, my first thought is that it shouldn't work but it does. On further reflection, I think many of the things that "shouldn't work" are more accurately described as "not for beginners." This may actually be one of my favorite fits Butler posted in a challenge and that's saying something.
     
  10. gettoasty

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    There is so much to learn!
     
  11. Butler

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    Thats it! :bigstar:
     
  12. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    :nodding:


    :) while i do love that fit, and the monochrome was certainly intentional, i cant help but wonder how that would have looked with an ice blue shirt. can you do a remix just for me?
     
  13. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Do you now understand why navy pants hardly work?
     
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  14. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    :happy:

    i thought that might be coming. yes, i understand that that is both the challenge with gray SCs and navy pants. both can be very hard to do right, but both can also look great when done right.

    not to mention, i think navy pants are excellent when going sans jacket or wearing a sweater.
     
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  15. Butler

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    I occasionally wear the jacket with a blue shirt and winter whites - I will try to post a pic next time :bigstar:
     
  16. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    thanks! i look forward to it.
     
  17. Butler

    Butler Senior member

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    Well, it seems you gentlemen have decided that my example of the hated odd grey jacket was all right after all!

    Thanks very much indeed for votes and kind remarks :bigstar:

    Next challenge:

    Trousers importance are often somewhat neglected, not only buy the wearers, but also by tailors who seem to concentrate their interest and efforts on the jackets. So lets find out who has the best fitting summer linen trousers?

    The best fitting linen trousers challenge

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/355828/the-best-fitting-linen-trousers-challenge
     
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  18. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    A little.

    I think almost everyone looks better with a little extension so long as the shoulder doesn't droop. I think it works with tweed.
     
  19. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Accurate
     
  20. rossyl

    rossyl Senior member

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    Please could we have another Odd Gray Jacket Competition?

    Thanks
     

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