Dapper Dan(ielle)'s Thread of Sartorial Delights

Cross-posted from the Silly Purchase of the Month thread, because I want to show off.

I donated my old suit a couple of months ago, since I lost a bunch of weight in the past couple years so I was basically swimming in it.

Jos. A. Bank (the local one anyway) had an amazing deal on suits at the end of October: 50% off, and Buy One Get One. I picked up two three piece "Executive Suits".

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Minarchist wrote:
boogle wrote:

Also B Bros when stuff goes on sale.

I love their pants, but hate the cut of their shirts. Why are the x-slims 3" slimmer in the chest but only 1" slimmer in the waist? I am a man! Not a sausage! They just aren't made for people with the typical 6"-7" drop from chest to waist.

I'm with you, but their oxfords are a nice value when they are on sale.

Any good pointers for style choices for a 40 year old man living in a very hot and humid climate.

Especially want to avoid looking like a Bangkok sex tourist.

White linen!

Bruce wrote:

Any good pointers for style choices for a 40 year old man living in a very hot and humid climate.

Especially want to avoid looking like a Bangkok sex tourist.

Whoa! Another SEA Goodjer!

Sorry, I've got no advice. HK is starting to get cold, so it's all pea coats and scarves here.

Bruce wrote:

Any good pointers for style choices for a 40 year old man living in a very hot and humid climate.

Especially want to avoid looking like a Bangkok sex tourist.

Find someone who sells good-quality linen, mohair and "fresco" wool. The fabrics should be loosely-woven and very light, usually in the 9 oz range rather than the 12 oz of normal wool or the hefty 15 oz of British winter tweeds. When you find the good stuff it's really not a chore to wear it. I have some fresco pants that keep me cooler in hot weather than shorts do.

No polyester or other artificial fabrics (including wool/polyester blends). Ever. It's never a good idea, but it's particularly horrid in really hot and humid environments.

Grubber788 wrote:
Bruce wrote:

Any good pointers for style choices for a 40 year old man living in a very hot and humid climate.

Especially want to avoid looking like a Bangkok sex tourist.

Whoa! Another SEA Goodjer!

Sorry, I've got no advice. HK is starting to get cold, so it's all pea coats and scarves here.

I wish. I know how to do suits and coats - I'm normally from Melbourne.

I've been in Vientiane since July and 2 Saturdays ago was the only time I even processed the thought "do I need a jacket".

I don't seem to have to try too hard to have potential mia noys lining up around the table, but I would like to make a bit of an effort.

This thread has been around for HOW long and I didn't know about it?

I've been upgrading my wardrobe lately and have found this blog invaluable, particularly the "Staples" series of posts.

Sadly a lot of seasonal fashion advice doesn't work for me because I live in a warmer part of the country. Love the layered look, hate the pit stains that happen when I try to rock it in 80-degree weather. Yes, in December.

This company is getting a lot of good press, for both quality and manufacturing practices.

Not sure that t-shirts and hoodies really belong in the Dapper thread, but good clothing is good clothing.

OMG!! Did anyone see the suit Martin Freeman wore on Colbert this week?

I NEED to get myself something like this.

Coldstream wrote:

This company is getting a lot of good press, for both quality and manufacturing practices.

Not sure that t-shirts and hoodies really belong in the Dapper thread, but good clothing is good clothing.

And they must be doing well as everything is out of stock on their website.

Norfair wrote:
Coldstream wrote:

This company is getting a lot of good press, for both quality and manufacturing practices.

Not sure that t-shirts and hoodies really belong in the Dapper thread, but good clothing is good clothing.

And they must be doing well as everything is out of stock on their website.

Yeah, they're a small, growing company that suddenly got a lot of really good press. To their credit, the owner has been very forthright about the supply issues created by this sudden demand, and what he's doing to fix it. They originally projected not getting a lot of stuff back in stock until Feb, but they recently began taking pre-orders. After doing some reading about them, I would really like to see this company and business model succeed.

For all you Dapper Dans and Danielles, here is a delightfully over-detailed look into the costumes in Inception. On top of the film-crit, it's a great discussion about how to take basic pieces and express personal style with them.

http://bennet-7.livejournal.com/9257...

It's well written enough that I am considering breaking down and watching the film.

FYI, this week T.M. Lewin is running their 5 shirts for $160 deal, which means including shipping you're getting out the door with five really high-quality shirts for $35 a shirt. Do recommend. I also recommend hitting up the place as soon as possible, as normal person sizes tend to sell out very quickly when they do this. I like the slim fits, personally.

momgamer wrote:

For all you Dapper Dans and Danielles, here is a delightfully over-detailed look into the costumes in Inception. On top of the film-crit, it's a great discussion about how to take basic pieces and express personal style with them.

That was interesting and well-done. Since most of the characters spend a lot of time besuited, I do wish that she had spent some time talking about the differences in suit-y type things, like lapel gorge height, button position, pocket square use (or lack thereof), etc. I think there was more to be gleaned from that exploration.

Anyone got a good recommendation for a key wallet? I want something flat that will sit in a jeans pocket and have a credit card slot for my travel card.

Since Maq popped this thread back to the top, I suppose I can say my fashion consulting business is unintentionally off the ground. I helped out a buddy who's getting married in a couple months, and he liked my suggestions so much he hired me on as a paid official "consultant" to the male members of the wedding party. Go figure.

More details! More pictures!

For anyone in Alexandria or the general NOVA area, there's a store called King Street Clothiers. The gentleman who works there is very proficient, and willing to answer specific questions. Questions like, 'Why shouldn't I wear that shirt with those pants?' Not sure about other places, but I tend to find sales people get huffy if you don't have certain minimal knowledge that spawns from the ether.

I'm of the opinion that if it's warm and casual enough for sandals, it's warm and casual enough for shorts. Sandals and jeans on guys... just no.

The f*ck is someone telling me I cannot wear short socks in my sandals? :c
Slighty sweat feet in warm sandals is not that fun... Unless you wash your sandals regulary.

I'm not here to tell you that you can't wear sandals with socks.

I AM here to tell you that you'll look stupid if you do.

My boss is from Austria, and he reports that socks and sandals is the way to go over there.

peedmyself wrote:

My boss is from Austria, and he reports that socks and sandals is the way to go over there.

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The last several posts in this thread make me very sad.

Mr. Alton "Good Eats" Brown recently started a podcast on Nerdist, and this past week he had Sid Mashburn on the show to talk about men's fashion. Pretty good interview about the evolution of menswear and Alton's personal style over the last 15 years.

Minarchist wrote:

The last several posts in this thread make me very sad.

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peedmyself wrote:

My boss is from Austria, and he reports that socks and sandals is the way to go over there.

If Austria jumped off a bridge, would your boss?

I mean, the majority of American men wear dress shirts that are way too baggy around the waist. That doesn't mean that baggy dress shirts are the way to go in America, it just means that the majority of American men don't know how to dress themselves.

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hbi2k wrote:

I mean, the majority of American men wear dress shirts that are way too baggy around the waist. That doesn't mean that baggy dress shirts are the way to go in America, it just means that the majority of American men don't know how to dress themselves.

hbi2k saves the thread!

Changing subjects a bit (and possibly revealing my own ignorance), what are opinions on three-button sport coats? It seems like two-button is the more current style, and that's what all my sport coats / blazers / suit jackets have been up to this point, but I found a screaming deal on a three-button brown corduroy sport coat at a thrift store the other day.