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whnay.'s good taste thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, first of all--I never, ever match my square to my shirt. It almost guarantees a fail. Some incidental reference to your shirt is okay, but you don't want to be wearing a light blue square with a light blue shirt.

    What I do instead is use my square as a visual filler. I look at the tie, shirt, and suit/jack I'm wearing, and think about what part of the contrast, saturation, scale, and color range needs to be filled out. For example, if I have a light suit, light shirt, and a dark tie, I usually look for a medium bright square to slot in. I think about color largely the same way. Rather than look for a single color or item to match or complement, I think about what color is missing from the ensemble as a whole. This is harder to explain and probably takes more experience than any of the other considerations. But there is some rule of thumb you can use to begin with: browns and blues go nicely together, and any other color (red, green, purple, etc.) is easier to match the darker it is.

    Also, as a rule, the more intricate the motif the less it should be repeated, and any time you repeat a motif, the scale should vary by a visually obvious amount. So, for example, I would never do more than one paisley in an outfit, or more than one floral motif. However, stripes and checks can be done--just go big and small.

    Think about it this way: every two items suggests a continuum between them along each of their disparate attributes. Try to "make sense" of everything by filling in those continuums.


    Hard to deal with--which is why I would avoid a jacket like that to begin with. However, purple isn't necessarily the wrong way to go. I would just go with a dark, inky plum, instead of a medium purple as you've chosen. Then, at least, you would have some more adequate saturation contrast.
     
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  2. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hober
    Ed might have something
    Check Bergdorf or Neiman Marcus around sale time - their private label stuff isn't bad

    If you weren't small time (this is a joke) I'd say EG Capelli bespoke...
     
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    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I agree with all of what the Foo said but one thing...

    I think it's alright to bring out (not match) shirt colors with squares
     
  4. gazman70k

    gazman70k Senior member

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  5. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Who do I speak to about making a new Rule? White shirt plus white square never, ever work. The only possible exception is in black tie--but even then, I would avoid.
     
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  6. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gaz - is pic #3 a suit?
     
  7. ctp120

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    Blasphemy.
     
  8. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, bad call. White square says business. Fancy silk is fine for dandies, but it's not always the best choice.
     
  9. gazman70k

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    Yes
     
  10. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    i cant quite visualize the shade you mean. could i trouble you for a pic or a link?


    i found a nice one on hober, will check by ed as well. thank you.

    i know its a joke, but its not far from the truth either. so is life.


    good to know. but i think it will be while before i start messing with squares again. i know it will take down any SF cred i may have, but its just not my thing. i also feel very uncomfortably self aware in one, as NO ONE around here wears one.
     
  11. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Love it.
     
  12. gazman70k

    gazman70k Senior member

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    ^^^ :)
     
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  13. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    That pocket square is speaking to me, and it's saying, "I should have been a different color."

    And I say this as someone who, from time to time, is guilty of the same transgression, sporting a shirt, tie and pocket square that are from the same hometown on the color wheel.

    Edit: I notice that others have already said much the same thing. That's what comes, I suppose, from being late to the party.
     
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  14. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    +100. That is an outstanding coat.

    Fabric?
     
  15. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    White squares are fine, though I don't prefer them. My point is more specifically that they should not be paired with a white shirt. Don't care what it says--I care that it looks bad.
     
  16. gazman70k

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    London Lounge Agnelli Windowpane Tweed (LLTW14)
     
  17. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Nice. Wish I had pounced on that.
     
  18. ctp120

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    I like it even more knowing it's a suit. Much more, actually.
     
  19. Master Shake

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    This thread is great and it's nice to see the people that made this forum so enjoyable for me for years return with incisive commentary. I'll try to participate.
     
  20. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    yup
     

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