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Toby843

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Hey everyone,
I'm trying to slowly put together a decent wardrobe of classic menswear pieces and up my game a bit now I'm in my 40s. I went out for dinner the other night and as I've just moved house I tried to cobble together an outfit. Looking at it now I'm not really keen on how it looked. What should I change in the future. I feel like the belt stands out too much and if I had one I'd have worn a lighter jacket. Any tips?
 

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Is that a navy suit or a separate jacket and trousers? It’s not a good idea to pair navy and navy. You’d be better off with gray slacks and a navy jacket.

Overall it’s not terrible. I would say that the contrast between the shoes/belt and the slacks is a bit too much. I know it’s the trendy thing but the trend has worn out it’s welcome. Darker brown would do better.
 

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Is that a navy suit or a separate jacket and trousers? It’s not a good idea to pair navy and navy. You’d be better off with gray slacks and a navy jacket.

Overall it’s not terrible. I would say that the contrast between the shoes/belt and the slacks is a bit too much. I know it’s the trendy thing but the trend has worn out it’s welcome. Darker brown would do better.
Yeah it's a separate jacket and trousers. It's the only jacket I have an I felt like the restaurant needed a jacket really. Point taken on that though, I need grey wool trousers as well as the blue ones and I need a few more jackets! Yeah I think the shoes are a great colour but perhaps not with the blue, same for the belt too. Dark brown is the next colour to get in the bank. Awesome, thanks.
 

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Yeah it's a separate jacket and trousers. It's the only jacket I have an I felt like the restaurant needed a jacket really. Point taken on that though, I need grey wool trousers as well as the blue ones and I need a few more jackets! Yeah I think the shoes are a great colour but perhaps not with the blue, same for the belt too. Dark brown is the next colour to get in the bank. Awesome, thanks.
with lighter gray slacks and that jacket you should be ok. You did well, just a few tweaks needed.
 

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I would go for darker brown shoes and some grey trousers in place of the blue. That would be a classic ensemble.
 

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I would go with a higher rise on trousers in general. The low rise makes your legs look really short in proportion to your upper body.
Shoes also look kinda big, and Im not loving the colour.
 

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I would go with a higher rise on trousers in general. The low rise makes your legs look really short in proportion to your upper body.
Shoes also look kinda big, and Im not loving the colour.
The trouser rise was going to be my comment too. There is a sloppy look to the shirt tuck, which I think is a consequence of the low rise. When I switched to higher rise trousers, I immediately noticed that my shirt tucked in more neatly (and I wasn't in danger of running out of buttons in the front before I reached my waistband) and made me look much tidier and slimmer.
 

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Brilliant, I've been wondering about higher rise trousers for a bit. I'll have to try and find somewhere to try some on. Great idea.
 

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Brilliant, I've been wondering about higher rise trousers for a bit. I'll have to try and find somewhere to try some on. Great idea.
I was very skeptical at first and worried about looking costume-y or like an old man, but I've been very pleased with the results so far and haven't felt awkward wearing them at all.
 
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As I am still on the younger side, if took me a long time to embrace high rise trousers. Was also worried about it looking older than I am. Wearing CM in LA at my age already stands out.

But high rise is awesome. Especially if you have a long torso and short legs.
 

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