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whnay.'s good taste thread

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

  1. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Really? Obviously, white bucks must be excluded from the rule, but I would assume tan suede (e.g., dirty bucks) would be also. I wear both of those in summer and didn't think I was being even a little transgressive.
     
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  2. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't understand Manton's decree against suede shoes in summer either. I counter-decree that they're fine--particularly in lighter colors and in more casual styles.
     
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  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sweet. Did you learn a new spell?
     
  4. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    He says it is not his decree, and I believe him. I just want more info.
     
  5. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bucks are the exception. I don't know why this is or where it came from, suppose from the idea that suede is contrified and goes with tweed, and let's face it, it is substantial and hairy and does not work well with summer fabrics and colors. This was a rule I learned when I was rebuked over it a few times many years ago. I also know that I have read it but I can't remember where, maybe in Hardy Amies? I don't think it's in Flusser.

    BTW, for tan bucks to be OK in summer, they have to have brick red rubber soles. White shoes are fine for summer even with a more traditional leather sole. I think I made this one up but it makes sense to me.
     
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  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Eh. I wear the OneShoe in the summer. So I suppose I auto-fail on this subject anyway.
     
  7. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The One Shoe is emphatically not a summer shoe so, yes.
     
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    Why auto fail? They are cordovan cordovan?
     
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    It looks like Chernobyl earth to me...



    The beige/red variant? (I don't even know if there are other variants, to be honest...) I've tried to like it, but haven't succeeded. I'm sure you wear it in a tasteful way and I'd like to see your pics, but it's just too loud for me. But... I have to say that I've only seen it in pictures, not in real life.
     
  10. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    When the PoW visited the US in 1924 and supposedly brought the suede shoe to America, it was for the International Polo Matches, which I assume must have been during the summer.
     
  11. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No idea, but as I recall he was wearing a flannel suit. Flannel + suede is like foie & sauternes. It's also a fall look.
     
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  12. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Senior member

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    Brown/cream suit; black shoes (and tie, and square):

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    Same suit; brown shoes:

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  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Definitely agree with this. I'm unable to find any pictures of HRH from that trip, so can't confirm your suspicion...anyone know where to find these?
     
  14. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    damnit, misread o/o's post. His suit is easier to pair with brown shoes because of the light ground. With a solid dark brown suit, it gets harder.

    unbel, I have his book at home I will look it up.
     
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  15. whnay.

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    o/o is that a gold bracelet I spy?
     
  16. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My whites have brick, my dirty bucks have leather soles.
    re texture, you are right about not mixing tan bucks with fine, lightweight gabardines or tropical worsted, but not right about mixing them with tissue flannel, linen or fresco. (or cotton twill)
     
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  17. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Brass, from West Africa, though polished to a golden shine. (That's not to say I don't have/wear gold gold bracelets.)
     
  19. oldog/oldtrix

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    I know I was cheating. Here are a couple of brown shoe combinations with a solid brown suit.

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    I've started to wear black punch cap oxfords with this suit a time or two, but it just looks dead to me. Here's the day I came closest, but I switched to dark brown suede at the last minute.

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  20. mafoofan

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    The dark brown suit and dark brown shoes are a hard match, though I don't think they are necessarily deal-breakers. Some more contrast would be preferable.

    Something I noticed about your outfits: you tend to be far too tonally monotonous, like in the most recent ones posted with all the browns, or you throw together elements that violently clash. Any way to convince you to aim for a happy medium?
     
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