What 5 items must every stylish man have?

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  1. BjornH

    BjornH Senior member

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    All of these are good choices but some ring more true for me than others:

    In no particular order:

    1) Semi-formal dress (ok. tuxedo)
    2) Navy blazer
    3) Good watch
    4) Cufflinks you care about
    5) Some idea of the history of the clothes he wears

    The brown suede brogues almost made it to my list - I felt like I had been admitted to an exclusive club when I aquired them.

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  2. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I know there is some discrepancy with having a specialized list, but everyone else covered everythinge else, so here's mine:

    1) Narrow black boots.
    2) A "perfect" black suit
    3) A favorite pair of jeans that can be worn up or down (Paper SLM is mine), preferrably not distressed
    4) A favorite white dress shirt w/ barrel cuff
    5) A favorite pair of beat-up, nasty, awesome, vintage, distressed and what have you jeans that you've worn so damn much they're practically your second skin.
     


  3. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Kaga:
    Actually, I prefer Caswell & Massey's Acqua di Genova. Which, loosely translated means: I'm not touching that one even with your pole. [​IMG]
     


  4. Kaga

    Kaga Senior member

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    Kabbazu-san: You appear to be a devotee of samsara.
    Actually, I prefer Caswell & Massey's Acqua di Genova. Which, loosely translated means: I'm not touching that one even with your pole. Â [​IMG]
    Ah so. A man of humor. Samsara, basically, is (the delights of) wine, women and song. And a perfume by Guerlain. So... would you make bespoke lace jabots? I still hold out that Fuji TV will bring me back and fire that plank Mark Dacascos.
     


  5. Tom

    Tom Senior member

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    In order from least to most...

    5. Great pair of jeans or khakis
    4. Navy Blazer with rep tie
    3. Grey flannel dress pants
    2. Good watch (heirloom is best)
    1. Perfect leather lace ups.

    IMO, if you are not on a motorcycle, leather jackets are lame.
     


  6. PHV

    PHV Senior member

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    (The_Foxx @ 22 Oct. 2004, 7:03) Only 5, huh? Â I guess I'll lean more towards the basics: 1. Â Good watch (seems we're al in agreement; as recent ads in magazines will tell you, it's the most telling thing you wear-- even more than shoes) 2. Â A classic tan trenchcoat 3. Â Grey flannel trousers 4. Â A solidly constructed italian or english white shirt 5. Â Dark suit, preferably navy or grey and single breasted
    Kitsune-san: Very well chosen. Some Kaga-isms: 1. "Good manners and handmade shoes" -- the mark of a gentleman according to Bryan Ferry 2. A well-cut suit. Whether your definition of a well-cut suit is a Dior Homme bumfreezer or a bespoke Darren Beaman sebiro, this matters. Used, new, price, whatever. 3. Something from Hermes, be it a watch, a belt, a pen, cufflinks... and hopefully not a tie. 4. The perfect jeans and the perfect white T-shirt. You don't have to go to Zimmerli for this one. 5. A cashmere sweater 6. Gold-braided midnight-blue silk-lined cape, the better with which to shout, ALLEZ CUISINE.........
    Why specifically something from Hermes?
     


  7. smartie_addict

    smartie_addict Active Member

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    i am shocked at the number of people putting black suit and shoes...brown shoes go with almost everything (if not EVERYTHING) and a navy blazer is the centerpiece to every great wardrobe as it can be dressed up or down with slacks or jeans, respectively. A nice watch, as seems to be the concensus, is essential along with a well-tailored suit. charcoal or navy are best as they are the most versatile (imho)
     


  8. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    The 60 shirts at #5. No.. Put them at #1 get plenty of #1 and #4. Isn't that the idea?
     


  9. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    5 "Items" every stylish man should have:

    (I like globetrotter's response the best so far -- most like what I'd say I think.)

    But if we stray from clothes to the broader "items," I'd say:

    (5) A classic, "timeless" watch. (Not trendy)

    (4) At least for those of us in colder climes, a great overcoat that fits perfectly. In black, dark blue or camel.

    (3) A great blue blazer that fits perfectly. I'll cheat, and say a great dark grey or navy pinstripe suit too.

    (2) Shoes are tough -- great shoes deserves to be on the list, but it's hard to say which ones. If I had to point to one, I'd say a pair of dark brown lace-ups, such as Edward Green Chelsea's. But I think a "stylish" man should (must) have a good collection of shoes for various seasons, sports and events -- for work and for play.

    (1) A "good" woman. To me, that means a woman with confidence, enthusiasm, intelligence, beauty, style and, most importantly, one with whom one has alot in common -- social, education, economic, family, religion, etc.
     


  10. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    1) cashmere overcoat--single or double-breast, weave, color and length of choice
    2) single-breasted navy pinstripe suit--fabric, weight, pleats or not, cuffs or not, narrow/medium/wide legs of choice
    3) big stainless steel (platinum, 18k white gold ok) watch with with metal braclet and some complications, face color of choice
    4) boots--height, color, toe, heel, leather grain of choice
    5) crewneck cashmere sweater--weight, color, weave, ply, designs of choice

    As Mrs. Manners says it's not good taste to have everything in good taste.
     


  11. imageWIS

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    All five are: Money, a lot of money. Those Kabbaz shirts, EG bespoke shoes, and H. Huntsman (or A&S, or G&H, etc...) suits don't come cheap. Jon. Although I must agree with Mr. Kabbaz (you mind If I call you Alex?) that women really do top the list, although without money how are you suppose to take a girl out to a restaurant / movie / club? I don't think one needs a watch, I mean who cares about what kind of watch you wear anyways? It's like this one-of-a-kind, especially ordered rose gold ref. 5002 Sky-moon Tourbillon Patek I saw at Henri Stern Watch Agency, no one really needs a watch like that...OH. Who am I kidding? Anyone got $1 Million I can borrow?
     


  12. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Style.

    Everything else comes naturally.
     


  13. Zubberah

    Zubberah Senior member

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    A nice dark suit (black/navy/charcoal) and nice black leather lace-up shoes. Everything else is optional and second-tier. Cannot believe how many of you have mentioned watches. Â [​IMG]
     


  14. brescd01

    brescd01 Senior member

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    I wish I FELT more stylish, but in any event, my nominations for "five items..." and admittedly a highly personal list:

    1) wax cotton coat
    2) waterproof watch
    3) handsome weatherproof shoes
    4) matched luggage
    5) really nice heavy wool pants
     


  15. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Hmmm. I would say:

    1) Solid midnight blue DB barathea suit
    2) Cream spread-collar, french cuff shirt
    3) Solid black grenadine tie
    4) Brown suede cap toes
    5) Antique enamel double sided cuff links
     


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