Perhaps you can point me in the right direction. I'm looking for a work horse shoe. Kind of like the blue OBCD of shoes, I guess. I mostly wear chukkas or boots in my day to day now, but would love another option. But, I don't have a good shoe to pair with my suit, either, so it would definitely have to fill that gap. I don't mind spending on it, but I want it to be versatile, as I'm not about to drop loot for multiple pairs of shoes. The Kent Wang benchgrade captoe has caught my eye. Thoughts?
I would probably opt for either a wingtip or medallion captoe brown leather blucher. Allen Edmonds has several models as does Alden. Looks great with denim, chinos and most suits.
What are your thoughts on the short sleeve OCBD? I feel that it's a very underrated piece. It's a step up from the t-shirt or even a polo, yet not as formal as a traditional long sleeve OCBD. While I don't condone wearing it with a tie and going to work (i.e. Dilbert), I do find it very versatile such a pairing it with a pair of shorts/chinos. You could even wear it under a sweater in the fall/winter, thus giving it year round use.
My thoughts on the short sleeve OCBD is that I wouldn’t wear one.
Can shirts with patterns (i.e. gingham) be taken in at the waist? I've never had shirts taken in so I wasn't sure? These days I get all of my shirts made, but I have a few ESF OCBD's that are still way too big in the waist and a couple casual gingham button downs from jcrew that need some work.
Yes. You’re not going to get pattern matching on pattern shirts anyway along the seams (although you should strive for pattern matching on the pocket and placket).
A couple of months ago I received the L.L. Bean shawl collar cardigan that you included in your list or chunky shawl collar sweaters in the fall. I just found this post buried in my liked posts and realized I had one of them. I also realized that I love my sweater, but that I didn't get nearly the mileage out of it this winter that I would have anticipated given how wonderful I think it is. I think it is because I really didn't know how to wear it. Any tips for me?
I wear mine basically as a “damn, did it just get chilly in here?” sweater around the apartment, which probably means I’m wearing jeans and an OCBD. I also wore it around the holidays to family gatherings, but with a casual seasonal tie — think cashmere or wool.
I’ve also worn it as a practical layer for warmth while doing things like shoveling out my car trapped in snow under a parka. I also like it as a nice layer to wear under a casual piece of outerwear — perhaps something military inspired, like a field jacket — to do errands or chores.
Is it worth using shoe trees on casual shoes like desert boots, boat shoes, and sneakers?
I’m going to say “yes” even though it’d be an example of me not practicing what I preach.
I didn’t use trees in my Sperry’s for a whole year. Some nasty stuff grew in there. I haven’t been putting trees in my Clarks and I assume that’s probably not the best practice. For a while, I didn’t put any in my bucks.
You know what happened? Stink city. Especially since I went barefoot a lot. I don’t think the shoe trees would’ve helped extend their “life” per say, but it probably would’ve/is helping with the odor problem.
I wear socks to protect my shoes from my feet, not vice versa. Loafer socks FTW. For super stank, I put a fabric softener sheet under the shoe tree.
Good tip on the fabric softener sheet. Going to use that one for sure. As for loafer socks, I’ve yet to have luck wearing those. They always seem to slip off my heel and bunch up. Maybe I bought the wrong size. Maybe I have weird feet. But I just got frustrated and said, "We’ll do it live! Fuck it! Fucking thing sucks!" and decided to stay going barefoot.
In regards to casual shoe anon — college lifestyle tends to inhibit not only formality (I haven’t worn my going out brogues in months), but also cleanliness. What I’ve had to relearn is that there is no canvas sneaker that gold bond and a freezer can’t beautify. other sneakers just need odor eaters. Boots/bucks/pretty much any kind of leather shoe that you sweat in need trees — if you’ve not the time/money for shoe tree-level attention for each pair of leather shoes, you should prolly just wear socks.
Funny enough, my experience right now is fairly similar. I only wear my brogues on the weekends. Most days I just beat my desert boots up — but then again I work from home and only put shoes on to get lunch.
ADDING via anonymous:
Saw your comment on loafer socks. I also had terrible luck with them (especially with my size 9 feet) until I tried Urban Outfitters’ no-show socks. They aren’t big and baggy on my feet, and they have tiny silicone dots in the back of the heel that keep them from slipping. Highly recommended at $5/pair.
Regarding “no show” socks, I’ve had good luck with the Calvin Klein No-Show Socks from Nordstrom. If you go to the Nordstrom site and type in the search, they’ll be the all black ones that have cardboard inserts. They’ve got good elastic around the opening and a little rubber patch at the heel to keep them from slipping. I’ve had way too much of the slip-off-the-heel-and-get-bunched-up crap and these don’t do that.
Thanks for all the input, guys. Glad to know someone out there is trying to address the problem of heel slippage. #menswearproblems
Can a tailor take in a dress shirt collar from 15.5 to 15? Is this an expensive alteration?
I’ve been told before that I’d be better of just buying a new shirt. Hence why I sold off all my 15.5” neck shirts when I went down a size. You essentially have to put a new collar on and you’d have to go with a contrasting collar. Plus, I’m not sure if sizing down the collar means you’d need to recut several parts of the shirt as well. At that point, it’s probably not worth the tailor’s time or your money.
It can be done with the existing collar. But you have to remove the collar from the shirt, then the collar from the band, take in the band and some of the shirt. Really not worth it and probably expensive.
Kiyoshi, would wearing a pair of trousers at your natural waist sans jacket (wearing just a pair of pants and a button down/any shirt tucked in), look strange? I'm a junior in college. Do you happen to have suggestion for trousers (wool, twill chinos, linen, and ect) that have a high rise/can be worn at the natural waist?
Well, I think ethandesu looks great wearing trousers with a higher rise sans jacket (and with pleats, even!), so perhaps they’d look great on you, too.
It’s funny, I’ve actually been discussing this topic somewhat with dieworkwear, who is on a bit of a crusade to find the perfect pair for himself.
As far as where to look, I’d start by trying on multiple pairs from Brooks Brothers (in their various cuts, avoiding the low-rise cuts like Milano and Regent), Polo Ralph Lauren (perhaps with the Preston cut) and even giving Lands’ End a shot on the more affordable end.
It’s worth noting though that you’ll probably want to get these to a tailor and altered to taper better to your frame. I also wouldn’t go too extreme in the taper, either. You’ll probably want a bit of break in them and a wider leg opening (probably 8” or more) to accommodate.
Nice Knottery write-up, but I'd add one caveat. I bought a silk knit tie from them several seasons ago and considering the price it's had a great run. But I found that my Knottery purchase was a lot less durable than comparable knit ties I've picked up second-hand from Brooks and J. Press. My experience may be atypical, and I'd still enthusiastically recommend their stuff to guys working on a budget, but I think the durability factor is at least worth mentioning.
As I pointed out, The Knottery silk knit is very soft in texture — not “crunchy” like you’d find in silk knits from Drake’s or Lands’ End. Of the two J.Press ties I own, the striped one is nearly identical to The Knottery’s. The striped J.Press tie I have actually started to “fuzz” and develop some burrs from my nylon camera strap rubbing over it during a weekend excursion wearing the camera around my neck.
I haven’t had the same thing happen with other silk knits that were crunchy. I believe the crunchy texture comes from a chemical treatment of the silk that hardens it somewhat. While some enjoy that texture, I do find it’s mildly more difficult to get as nice of a knot in comparison to softer silk knits because of the thickness of the fibers. The softer knits also offer a different amount of shiny reflectiveness — in fact, they’re somewhat dull — that I believe looks much more relaxed and casual.
I’ll agree with you that the solid J.Press knits are quite durable, being a bit less soft and delicate. Also, it knots well. However, the weave isn’t as open. For me, it’s more a stylistic choice about what features you’re looking for in a silk knit. I think my solid J.Press goes better with tweeds and flannel. I’d say the softer knits look nicer with cotton and linen casual jackets. Crunchy knits perhaps look best with a traditional navy blazer in worsted wool.
I won’t argue with you that “durability isn’t an issue”, because no one wants something that falls apart. But at the same time, it’s more or less how you treat your clothing and how often you wear it. I have a fairly large rotation of neckties — most of which aren’t even worn once a month now — so I’m probably not going to experience the same issues anytime soon.
Plus, I’d assume that given the way silk knits are constructed and stretch over time, you’ll probably never see the same level of “durability” as a heavy silk twill worn equally as often.
Review: The Knottery silk knit ties, pocket squares & shoelaces
For a while, I’ve been featuring items from The Knottery here on the blog. Their goal of providing affordable menswear accessories is laudable. I placed an order with them a while back and wanted to give a review to put to end some of the questions I’ve received about them.
I’ve seen the question asked quite frequently — with skepticism — about the quality of The Knottery’s silk knit neckties, which are made in China. There’s some obvious hesitation from some — even at the affordable pricetag — about if these stack up to more expensive silk knits made in either Italy or England.
Let’s just skip to the point: The Knottery has the best value when it comes to silk knit ties.
Ranging for $25 to $30, these ties stack up to the quality of silk knits that cost up to three times as much. In fact, they’re so so good, I can’t tell their quality or construction apart from some I have that were manufactured in England.
I picked up the breton stripe inspired tie, The Port, and I’m extremely pleased with it.
How do I know this? I own two silk knit ties from J.Press: one is a solid silk knit in navy, another is a navy and red striped tie on an ecru ground. Both are made in England and sold for about $90 at retail. The striped tie is different in construction than the solid tie. I have no idea if they’re both manufactured in the same place or not, but the striped one has a slightly more “open” weave, whereas the solid one has is more “dense” and less see-through.
The Knottery’s silk knit is more like the striped J.Press silk knit. The weave is somewhat open and when you examine the knits up close, you’d swear they were made by the same machine.
Look below. If I didn’t tell you which tie was made in England and which one was made in China, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Even by feeling them you can’t tell the difference. Both are soft to the touch and the fibers feel the same. Both of the back seams are the same stitching them together. Both of the neck bands are the same.
(J.Press is on the left, The Knottery on the right.)
Below, I’ve compared The Knottery (center) with a silk knit from Lands’ End (left, made in Italy) and my solid-navy J.Press (right, England). You’ll notice the knit weave is more open from Lands’ End and the Italian tie is a bit more “crunchy” and rougher in texture. It’s a significantly different weave pattern and construction.
The J.Press solid silk knit is similar in softness (but not the same), but the knits are closer together and it’s virtually opaque in comparison to The Knottery’s weave. The seam stitching the tie together is different, too.
While these solid knits are obviously different than The Knottery’s attributes, I think The Knottery can easily say their silk knit doesn’t suffer in quality in any way and especially isn’t inferior. If anything, The Knottery’s supplier in China is able to match the quality of a silk knit tie from England at a third of the retail price.
Bottom line: The Knottery’s silk knit ties are a steal.
I also picked up a pocket square from The Knottery. I won’t give you some sort of song and dance about a pocket square, but it’s pretty much what I expected. I liked the semi-minimal design on an off-white ground.
For $12, I’m satisfied to add another pocket square to my collection that goes with my blue-heavy theme. Are there cheaper pocket squares out there? Sure. Are there more expensive ones? Sure. But I was more about getting this pattern than what the price was.
I also picked up a pair of shoelaces from The Knottery. The ones that I’d been using on a pair of chocolate suede Allen Edmonds I picked up on eBay had gotten toward the end of their life.
While The Knottery offers a great deal of colorful options, I went with their “Vanilla Creme” option. Personally, there’s something a bit too dandy for me about super-bright laces in other colors, but I liked the way the white laces offset the darker brown. Plus, the concept of “vanilla and chocolate” seemed to amuse me.
While a lot of people use accessories that draw attention to themselves (insert “pop of color” joke here) that nukes the cohesiveness of outfit they’re wearing, I’m beginning to prefer accessories that help solidify a color palette.
A year or two ago, I might’ve gone for adding more patterns or colors. Now, I find myself subtracting colors from my wardrobe. I’m becoming a greater fan of solids and minimally adding stripes or polka dots in neckwear. And while I love my collection of beautiful printed silk squares, I often reach for a TV-folded linen.
So, my recent purchases from The Knottery reflect the current direction my style is moving toward: matching a theme of playful simplicity in my own color story.
I'm a 21 year old guy who is about to graduate from college. How formal should I go, and do you have any suggestions?
Funny thing: I never marched for either of my graduations in undergrad or graduate school.
What you wear though ought to be comfortable enough to have on underneath those robes, which I’m pretty sure are not-that-breatheable polyester. Depending on where you go to school, it might also be super hot and miserable. Would be a shame to ruin a good shirt and suit with sweat stains.
I would just wear a dress shirt and tie with some lightweight trousers and comfy dress shoes — maybe even bucks. You can always change after your walk to put on a jacket and nicer shoes if you wish.
At graduation I was wearing a black poly robe and it was 85 degrees and very sunny. I would recommend just wearing underpants in a situation like that. If the weather is better (worse?) wear something comfortable, then change.
Yeah, the entire process seemed really unappealing to me. My parents really weren’t really intent on seeing me walk (for them, the fact I graduated was enough) and I wasn’t too keen on ceremonies. Instead, I chose to get drunk, wake up late the next day and watch anime. There wasn’t a person I knew that graduated in my class that told me “Oh, you totally missed out! You should’ve gone.”
Hi Kiyoshi, just had a quick question about dry cleaning my suit. Wore it out to a dinner and got beer spilled on it by a moron. I wiped it down with water and showered in cologne the night of, and when I got home I just left it in the bathroom to give it a shower steam. I dont see any immediate stains, so if I can keep the smell normal should I skip the dry cleaning? I bought the suit back in the winter and never have dry cleaned it so far
Get it to a dry cleaner, show them where the stain was and tell them it was beer. They’ll know what to do. Better be safe than sorry? Looks like you did the best you could to address it immediately.
Or you could be like me and realize (a day later) that you’ve managed to somehow get some red sangria on your seersucker jacket that’s long since dried near the pocket flap and just chalk it up to having too good of a time while wearing it. I mean, it’s totally pass-off-able as “character” right?
Per the rented tuxedo at a wedding question: I faced exactly the same issue some years ago at the wedding of one of my best friends. I still think it was stupid, but the best man insisted. I rented one just so I wouldn't make waves and yes, it was the right thing to do. It will be awful, but the wedding isn't about you. After the wedding, the mother of the bride said I was a fool and should have just worn my own. You can't win. Just make your friend happy.
For real. It’s not like he’s asking you to stand up in a Klingon-themed wedding.
Regarding your HY suit purchase (sorry - cant figure out how to put this in the comments), why did you choose this over say something like a Kent Wang suit? Price points are similar, but the Kent Wang appears to have more hand stitched work. I ask because I am currently debating which one to pull the trigger on.
First, while comparing on price is a metric that a lot of people use to choose something, it’s not something that I feel is entirely fair. You have to look at each item for what they are and see the differences between the two. Kent Wang’s suits are MTM — you can send it back and get alterations and adjustments made based off of a RTW suit you’re sent initially. Howard Yount is straight up RTW. So, those are different processes and things you’re buying entirely.
That said, why did I go with Howard Yount?
The first reason is that I know how it fits on me — more or less from the previous experience I have their summer blazer. I know that the adjustments I’d want done can be done by my local alterationist in about a week.
In terms of the jacket’s construction, I liked that the suit comes with minimal lining in the shoulders and sleeves. That’s important to me since I’m buying this for the rare instances in the summer when I need to wear a suit and it’s seasonably hot out, so having a suit that’s basically unlined is a huge plus.
The fact the suit’s fully canvased is another bonus and my prior experience with Howard Yount’s tropical wool trousers gives me some confidence of the fabric quality I can expect to be used in the suit.
Finally, there’s the convenience of buying something “off the (virtual) rack” and knowing with a degree of confidence how it’ll fit on me and be pretty close to being ready to go when/if I need it with near immediacy. For me, that’s a value in and of itself.
Now, the downsides to RTW is that you’re not going to get the plethora of options you’d be getting with a MTM process. If I wanted a slightly different button stance, a different fabric, a longer or shorter hem, a change in shoulder width, etc., then I really can’t do much about that with RTW. And if you’re a person that needs or really wants those options, then MTM might very well be the route for you. The downside is the time it takes to go through that process.
I have a lot more thoughts on the whole custom-made versus ready-made debate that I might spell out at some point, but the bottom line is that you have to go with what works for you, personally.
To give you an idea, I’ve been spending a good deal of time trying to find a place to get MTM linen dress shirts for summer and it’s been a long process. One company I used didn’t turn out something I was entirely happy with the first time around and it’s being redone again. It’ll probably be close to two months or maybe even three before they might produce something I’m happy with and will then spend another few weeks after that waiting for more to be made. With another place, it’s been about a month between my first test shirt order and when I’ll be able to get to a fitting. Odds are good that unless they nail the fit on the first try (which rarely happens), it’ll be another month before I go forward with placing a larger order with them. Yet another shirtmaker has a traveling schedule that I kept missing and wasn’t able to see for well over a year — and they have a 6-8 week production time from when you place your order to when you receive it.
And, that’s just for a shirt. The process of going MTM on shirts has taught me that if I were to start looking into MTM or bespoke suiting, it’s something that 1.) I wouldn’t want to rush and 2.) I would need to be very mindful of entering with an eye for detail and attention that I probably don’t have fully developed yet.
I'm an usher in a wedding this summer. I've been told I have to rent a tux because the one I own is not identical to what the other ushers are wearing (shawl vs. peak lapel). This is stupid. Is there anyway to make a rental tux not look awful?
The answer to that question is “no”. You can try to size down as much as possible, but the whole process is going to still give you a poorly fitted suit. The best you could hope for is maybe changing the hem on the trousers and maybe the cuffs on the jacket. I would at the very least try to wear your own dress shirt and shoes (the shirt you receive will likely be a poly-blended one and the shoes will be polished leather crap-toes). You could just try renting the jacket and wear your own trousers if the fabrics are close enough in color.
BUT, as stupid as wearing a rental tuxedo is, who cares? It’s not your wedding. You agreed to be an usher for your friend or family member on their special day to celebrate the union of two people crazy enough to give love a honest chance. Just do what will make them happy, let loose and have fun.
Is there something special happening in July? For some reason I don’t consider Narragansett Leather belts to be dressy enough.
They’re not taking any orders right now until after the Fourth of July holiday. Hence the wait.
As for not being “dressy” enough, I suppose it’s all subjective. I don’t really like the super-shiny look of a lot of dress belts. I prefer a bit of a duller look on my leather, so I think their bridle leather looks pretty great and the prices are reasonable. I’m not a person who obsesses over getting the world’s most perfect shine out of his shoes — for me it’s a matter of just maintenance to help them last longer. So, kind of the same approach toward belts.
Hey Silentist - I've been looking for an upgraded navy blazer for some time and I'm intrigued by HY's offering (great write-up, by the way). However, I'd like something versatile enough for three or four seasons of wear. Is your navy blazer from HY too thin for anything but S/S? If so, are there any other, more versatile blazers out there you'd recommend at a comparable price point? Thanks in advance. The blog continues to be awesome.
I’d imagine in slightly cooler weather you could easily layer a cardigan or crewneck/v-neck underneath if you wanted to. It certainly looks fine, but it’s really lightweight and airy. The fact it’s basically unlined except the shoulders and sleeves means you won’t have anything to keep a whole lot of warmth in and cold out.
As far as other navy blazers go, there’s the regular mainstays like Brooks Brothers, but I’d shoot Jamison an email and see if there’s a midweight navy blazer in the works later this year. He’s definitely had them in the past.
im going to a christening/baptism in a few weeks and i dont really know what to wear since its gonna be hot. i think its gonna be at a church then followed with a reception. right now im thinking about wearing a l/s white ocbd, khaki chinos or dark denim and some brown shoes, maybe my fifth avenues or get a boat shoe/bucks. what would you wear, im trying to take shorts and suits off my choice
I’ll be honest and admit it’s been a long while since I’ve been to a church for a non-wedding event. And the last time I did go was during the winter where I wore a donegal tweed suit — so that’s not going to help you much.
I think you’re headed on the right track here. If you have lightweight wool trousers, then wear those with a lightweight shirt — maybe one made from madras, seersucker or linen. Heck, trousers in those same fabrics would work nicely, too — just, uh, avoid the whole “go to Hell” colors and patterns maybe?
In a pinch, chinos could be OK, just give them a nice crease before you go. And while I don’t ordinarily recommend a necktie sans jacket, you could perhaps go with a bowtie (I’d say a Churchill dotted one in navy).
For shoes, bucks would work just fine, the Fifth Avenues might be too formal for the rest of the outfit you’re wearing. I’d avoid the boat shoes.
If you can, leave the denim at home. I feel like jeans will always be workwear and are never formal enough to wear to a church. While wearing “Sunday best” for some people might be jeans, it sounds as though you could do “Sunday better” in this case.
Howard Yount will be releasing their summer collection of sport coats, suits and a blazer this week. Frankly, this is something I’ve been excited about for a very long time and I was thrilled that Jamison at Howard Yount gave me a sneak peak at the season’s offerings.
The most notable addition, in my opinion, is the introduction of a double-breasted suit in a navy cotton-linen fabric (also available in single-breasted). You don’t see a whole lot of double-breasted suits offered in ready-to-wear, let alone one in a summer weight and partially lined to keep you a bit cooler. And while the suit certainly would look great at more formal occasions throughout the summer, you could also break the suit up and wear each piece casually, too. Pair the jacket with some white denim or beige chinos and the trousers with a polo.
In fact, three of the four suits in the line could easily be worn as separates — the patch pockets on the single-breasted navy suit and the glen-plaid linen suit sets them toward the casual suiting spectrum.
I’m personally excited to get the grey tropical wool suit. It’s not easy to find more conservative suiting with little lining and in a summer weight that’s still fit to be worn to a more formal business environment or event. If you’ve ever worn a suit with a full (synthetic) lining in 80-degree or hotter weather, then you know quickly you wish to have an alternative. While I don’t wear suits much anymore, having that option in my closet is a welcome addition to the wardrobe.
Of course, there’s also a "California Tuxedo" option for those of you looking for it: a navy summer blazer. I have last year’s model (a different fabric), but the concept is still the same: a lighter navy tone with brushed brass buttons and an open-weave wool fabric with minimal lining to keep you cool. I love my summer blazer from Howard Yount that I bought last year and it’s lightness is amazing.
Finally, there’s the range of seven sport jackets that have fabrics from the likes of Zegna, Carlo Barbera and Reda. There’s a wide range of options for the more conservative in you — such as a gun club plaid and a black & white herringbone — to the more dandified — with a royal blue cashmere-silk and a purple wool.
As far as pricing goes, jackets will be $549 (except the cashmere-silk jacket) and suits starting at $599, which I think is really competitively priced when compared against other jackets of similar quality.
And, one more thing: For those of you excited about the double-breasted suit, you’ll be thrilled to note Jamison has plans to bring it back in the fall in a grey flannel.
hey kiyoshi, can you tell me what an epaulet sleeve is? google yielded no specific results. i understand the epaulet shoulder things, but what exactly is an epaulet sleeve?
You see these a lot on safari shirts, where you can roll the sleeves up and there’s a epaulet on the sleeve of the shirt so you can button the sleeves into a rolled up position. Kind of like you see here.
Personally, I’m not really a fan of epaulets (shoulders or otherwise) on shirts. While I don’t mind wearing a few military inspired items (outerwear, chinos, desert boots), I think the epaulets on the shirt just never looks right and makes you look like you’re about to go off and hunt the Desert Fox when you’re really just about to go grab some PBRs with your friends.
Any advice for an unstructured, size 38, navy blazer? I really like the style of LBM 1911's offerings and they fit me well, but I can't afford to drop $500-$600 on it. I'd prefer under $300. And the only ones on Yoox in my size are not navy. I want to be able to wear it somewhat often and figure that navy will be the most versatile color. Thanks!
A bit of an aside: Do people really not know how to use Google? I’m all for trying to help people out, but it’s not like I have access to secret knowledge or anything that can’t be found via a simple search.
Kiyoshi, I came across one of the questions your readers asked about gray trousers and that's gotten me thinking. What differentiates a pair of trousers from a pair of chinos? I believe that chinos are more casual than trousers and trousers can't really be worn casually. Your thoughts?
Trousers usually refer to ones made of wool, however, there’s definitely trousers made from other fabrics, too — like cotton, linen, etc. The term is a bit more broad, but generally refers to pants that are more formal than casual. You’ll find them with a hard vertical crease and higher rise. The belt loops will probably be smaller to hold dress belts (as opposed to wider casual belts).
I have a cocktail attire type event coming up soon and am planning on wearing a navy suit, a blue spread collar shirt, probably no tie, and black cap toes keeping everything simple and well tailored. What kind of pocket square can I wear with this kind of setup? Thanks!
I’d probably go with a standard white linen square and swap out the blue shirt for a white one. I think white shirts look much more formal and provide a better contrast in the evening hours. I’d also wear a necktie if I was going to be in a suit, probably something conservative like a navy with white pindot.
If you plan on keeping a blue shirt, you could easily keep the white linen square, or perhaps find a blue linen one (Kent Wang and Howard Yount have a few, some with contrast borders). I generally try to keep my pocket squares matching my shirt color.
I went to Marshalls yesterday and tried on for the first time Brioni and Kiton blazers. Both blazers were marked down from $4500 to $1200. Where does Marshalls acquire clothes from some of the most expensive Italian labels?
Stay away from Bass. Their quality is garbage (plasticky leather, corrected within an inch of its life). You are far better off going with Allen Edmonds I have both the Kenwood and the Walden models and love them both.
Yo Silentist, You have any suggestions for a tuxedo shirt? Unfortunately biasedcut only offers plain button front shirts these days. Thanks!
You might want to give them an e-mail, as I know they’ll often do custom stuff not listed on their site. Also, their site does list the tuxedo shirt. Also, lots of other MTM places will do a tuxedo shirt for you, too.
If you want to go RTW, Hugo Boss has a tuxedo shirt that’s slim fit, too. I own one (two, actually, as one is a size too large for me now).
Kiyoshi: Do you know anything about Antonio Maurizi shoes? They're frequently on Gilt but I can't find any info about their quality or construction. Thanks.
It’s as much a mystery to me as it is to you. I feel that with shoes, however, it’s best to go with brands that have been widely praised and reviewed. Unless you have the money and time to go through trying out companies you’ve never heard of, then just stick with what you know.