upr_crust

Connoisseur
Everyone has their own personal Krytons, their own Borgs, those things against which resistance is futile. For myself, sartorially, Charvet ties come as close as anything to that state, especially when heavily marked down (as such things can be in the post-Xmas sales). Thus it was with me last week - my wardrobe is heavier by four Charvet ties, courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman, and some very healthy discounts.

Today's tie was the first acquired, with today's suit (my newest one) in mind. The rust windowpane in this dark navy suit has made me consider color combos with navy that I've not thought about before.

A photo of the four ties in question is posted below. I will see if I can cycle through them all by the week's end.

Suit - Paul Stuart/Phineas Cole
Shirt - Lewin
Tie - Charvet, via Bergdorf Goodman
Cufflinks - Brooks Brothers
Braces - Paul Stuart
Pocket square - Ede & Ravenscroft
Shoes - Finsbury, Paris
Overcoat - Paul Stuart/Phineas Cole
Scarf - Brooks Brothers
Hat - Selentino, via JJ Hat Center, NYC
Face mask - New & Lingwood
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upr_crust

Connoisseur
The sun has returned to NYC, though warmth has not, to any great degree, and the initial cycle through my newest clutch of Charvet ties continues. Although today's suit is a bit light (both in weight and in color) for a Tuesday in January, I opted for it, just because . . .

Suit - Paul Stuart/Phineas Cole
Shirt - Lewin
Tie - Charvet
Cufflinks - Tiffany
Pocket square - Harvie & Hudson, London
Shoes - Paul Stuart house brand
Overcoat - Adolfo
Scarf - Fortnum & Mason
Hat - Lock, London
Face mask - New & Lingwood

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upr_crust

Connoisseur
The weather in NYC continues to be seasonably cold and dry, and the debuts of new Charvet ties continues, with a little "compare and contrast" of nailhead suits from yesterday to today - Paul Stuart/Phineas Cole vs. New & Lingwood.

Suit, braces & face mask - New & Lingwood
Shirt - Brooks Brothers
Tie - Charvet
Cufflinks - The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Pocket square - no brand name
Shoes - Paul Stuart house brand
Overcoat - Brooks Brothers
Scarf - Harvie & Hudson, London
Hat - Selentino, via JJ Hat Center, NYC

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Upr_Crust,

I've enjoyed scrolling back over the past few months.

Two things have struck me as you've gone through your "stock of professionally laundered shirts", (in light of the lack of said service available to you).

1. I would have loved to have seen your closet in early March.

2. I would hate to see your laundry hamper today!!

I decided to go through this thread as I made a conscious decision after the first of the year to return to our pre-Covid dress code, (proper suit and tie), vs. the steady degradation of Corporate Casual in our office.

Funny how I actually felt a bit out of place last Monday, however our Owner did thank me.

That feeling has passed!

While I most likely won't post pix, yesterday was fun with a Navy HF Addison with fine p/s, a light blue patterned Dunhill tie, black AE Warwicks with a black Trafalgar belt, (I like their belts!).

Can't remember shirt brand but a very fine white herringbone pattern with regular cuffs. I don't wear a pocket square or hat and a scarf up here in CNY is typically worn when the temps dip below 20!

So compared to you and Bernoulli I dress like an undertaker but at 5'6" I find it hard to wear any other patterned suit besides solid, pinstripe or fine glen plaid, and the last time I wore braces my then 10 year old daughter could not suppress an innocent bellow laugh...and they were navy blue, quite conservative...the little twit...Can't wait until some young man starts calling...I'll wear them to the door .

I do envy your accessories...some of your cuff links are wonderful. I have a growing collection of perhaps 60 pairs, my favorites as of today are the old Art Deco Kum Aparts, but for some reason I'm tempted to pull out some of the over the top 70's style mesh ones for the 2 days a week I'm driving 2.5 hours to tour sites....With my hand(s) on the wheel I can amuse myself for a bit!
 

Yonkle

Starting Member
Upr_Crust,

I've enjoyed scrolling back over the past few months.

Two things have struck me as you've gone through your "stock of professionally laundered shirts", (in light of the lack of said service available to you).

1. I would have loved to have seen your closet in early March.

2. I would hate to see your laundry hamper today!!

I decided to go through this thread as I made a conscious decision after the first of the year to return to our pre-Covid dress code, (proper suit and tie), vs. the steady degradation of Corporate Casual in our office.

Funny how I actually felt a bit out of place last Monday, however our Owner did thank me.

That feeling has passed!

While I most likely won't post pix, yesterday was fun with a Navy HF Addison with fine p/s, a light blue patterned Dunhill tie, black AE Warwicks with a black Trafalgar belt, (I like their belts!).

Can't remember shirt brand but a very fine white herringbone pattern with regular cuffs. I don't wear a pocket square or hat and a scarf up here in CNY is typically worn when the temps dip below 20!

So compared to you and Bernoulli I dress like an undertaker but at 5'6" I find it hard to wear any other patterned suit besides solid, pinstripe or fine glen plaid, and the last time I wore braces my then 10 year old daughter could not suppress an innocent bellow laugh...and they were navy blue, quite conservative...the little twit...Can't wait until some young man starts calling...I'll wear them to the door .

I do envy your accessories...some of your cuff links are wonderful. I have a growing collection of perhaps 60 pairs, my favorites as of today are the old Art Deco Kum Aparts, but for some reason I'm tempted to pull out some of the over the top 70's style mesh ones for the 2 days a week I'm driving 2.5 hours to tour sites....With my hand(s) on the wheel I can amuse myself for a bit!
Where in CNY? I'm in Syracuse
 

upr_crust

Connoisseur
The weather in NYC remains slightly warmer than normal, with a mix of sun and clouds, and the final day of Charvet tie debuts continues today. When I decide what I'm going to wear on a particular day, it is usually driven by one article of clothing which catches my fancy. For today's attire, I based it all on what pieces I liked best with today's tie, for good or ill.

Suit & face mask - New & Lingwood
Shirt - Tyrwhitt
Tie - Charvet, via Bergdorf Goodman
Braces - Paul Stuart
Cufflinks - The Persian Shop, NYC
Pocket square - Robert Talbott
Shoes - Harris, via Barney's NYC
Topcoat - Turnbull & Asser
Scarf - Paul Stuart
Hat - Laird, London

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upr_crust

Connoisseur
Dear Garbanzo,

Thank you for your observations on my prior posts. Rest assured that I am not facing nine months' worth of shirt laundering at this time - shirts were washed and ironed as they were used. Otherwise, I would not have needed a laundry hamper as much as an entire laundry room.

Bravo to you for returning to a pre-COVID dress code. Dressing up and looking good do bring some form of self-satisfaction, a positive reinforcement of one's self-regard (despite your daughter's impromptu review of your braces-wearing).

As for cufflinks, I own somewhere above 100 pairs of them, though none of the funky '70s wrap-around ones. I did have a particularly gaudy pair of them - gold mesh, with large fake peridots - which had been my father's. I had found them cleaning out his home after he died, and initially I questioned what insanity had struck him to buy them , until I remembered that I had bought them for him as a birthday present, when I was 16 - the bad taste of one's youth comes back to haunt one. (Peridots, fake or not, are the birthstone for August, the month of my father's birth.)

Today's bling, for me, are blue topazes, set in sterling silver - a recent acquisition.


Upr_Crust,

I've enjoyed scrolling back over the past few months.

Two things have struck me as you've gone through your "stock of professionally laundered shirts", (in light of the lack of said service available to you).

1. I would have loved to have seen your closet in early March.

2. I would hate to see your laundry hamper today!!

I decided to go through this thread as I made a conscious decision after the first of the year to return to our pre-Covid dress code, (proper suit and tie), vs. the steady degradation of Corporate Casual in our office.

Funny how I actually felt a bit out of place last Monday, however our Owner did thank me.

That feeling has passed!

While I most likely won't post pix, yesterday was fun with a Navy HF Addison with fine p/s, a light blue patterned Dunhill tie, black AE Warwicks with a black Trafalgar belt, (I like their belts!).

Can't remember shirt brand but a very fine white herringbone pattern with regular cuffs. I don't wear a pocket square or hat and a scarf up here in CNY is typically worn when the temps dip below 20!

So compared to you and Bernoulli I dress like an undertaker but at 5'6" I find it hard to wear any other patterned suit besides solid, pinstripe or fine glen plaid, and the last time I wore braces my then 10 year old daughter could not suppress an innocent bellow laugh...and they were navy blue, quite conservative...the little twit...Can't wait until some young man starts calling...I'll wear them to the door .

I do envy your accessories...some of your cuff links are wonderful. I have a growing collection of perhaps 60 pairs, my favorites as of today are the old Art Deco Kum Aparts, but for some reason I'm tempted to pull out some of the over the top 70's style mesh ones for the 2 days a week I'm driving 2.5 hours to tour sites....With my hand(s) on the wheel I can amuse myself for a bit!
 

wildcat1976

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
The weather in NYC remains slightly warmer than normal, with a mix of sun and clouds, and the final day of Charvet tie debuts continues today. When I decide what I'm going to wear on a particular day, it is usually driven by one article of clothing which catches my fancy. For today's attire, I based it all on what pieces I liked best with today's tie, for good or ill.

Suit & face mask - New & Lingwood
Shirt - Tyrwhitt
Tie - Charvet, via Bergdorf Goodman
Braces - Paul Stuart
Cufflinks - The Persian Shop, NYC
Pocket square - Robert Talbott
Shoes - Harris, via Barney's NYC
Topcoat - Turnbull & Asser
Scarf - Paul Stuart
Hat - Laird, London

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Outstanding! You could pass as the US Ambassador to the Court of St. Jame's!
 

upr_crust

Connoisseur
The weather has turned overcast here in NYC, with rain predicted for this evening, but only moderately cold. The parade of new Charvet ties, which I expected to end yesterday, was extended, due to an unexpected price drop for Charvets at Saks Fifth Avenue (their sale prices were nowhere near as low as Bergdorf's, until they added some extra discounts yesterday). I had seen today's tie, and had liked it, for its color compatibility with my newest suit (navy with rust windowpane), but hadn't taken the leap until the price dropped 70% off retail. Timing is everything, as they do say . . .

Suit - Paul Stuart/Phineas Cole
Shirt - Tyrwhitt
Tie - Charvet
Cufflinks - The London Badge & Button Company
Braces, scarf, & face mask - New & Lingwood
Pocket square - Ede & Ravenscroft
Shoes - Paul Stuart house brand
Overcoat - Joseph Abboud
Hat - Laird, London

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I am not a fan of brown suits but I will wear this one until it disintegrates. Tie and PS are wool. For some reason, I am gravitating towards wool accessories. I would be interested to read a cost/benefit analysis of silk vs wool if you would like to share your thoughts.
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Great look, I'm interested in the detail of the cuffs.

We had a "motivational speaker", a former NYS Trooper detective at our Corporate annual meeting and one portion of his presentation was how to dress to be taken seriously. Based on the way HE was dressed I found it ironic.

Point being he said you are never taken seriously in a brown suit.

I disagree and would offer this for evidence...Officer!
 

upr_crust

Connoisseur
A special weekend edition, for me. In NYC, we are, at present, still restricted to outdoor dining, which usually means that one dines in an unheated, or unevenly heated temporary space outside of a restaurant, normally built on the sidewalk or in the street. However, one restaurant (of which I know), La Grande Boucherie, is located inside of a permanent outdoor arcade, running through an entire north/south block, with heat curtains at each end of the arcade, making the outdoor space virtually as comfortable as indoor space. Needless to say, the place has become very popular during lockdown.

My husband and I decided to dine there this evening. My husband, who works from home, has been itching for an occasion for which to dress, and to eat dinner under nearly "normal" conditions (i.e. without freezing one's ass off) seemed as good an excuse as any to get dressed up.

My husband prefers to be behind, not in front of the camera, but I at least documented what I wore this evening for dinner.

Suit, braces, and face mask - New & Lingwood
Shirt - Brooks Brothers MTM
Tie - Paul Stuart
Cufflinks - Deakin & Francis, via Scully & Scully, NYC
Pocket square - no name brand
Boots - Cheaney
Overcoat - Adolfo
Scarf - Fortnum & Mason
Cap - Saks Fifth Avenue house brand

Note that I wore a flat cap instead of a proper hat for a very practical purpose - knowledge that the coat check would most likely not be available, and not wishing to wear a fedora during dinner, I wore the cap, which folded nicely into the scarf pocket of my overcoat, along with the scarf.

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Jeff84

Senior Member
A special weekend edition, for me. In NYC, we are, at present, still restricted to outdoor dining, which usually means that one dines in an unheated, or unevenly heated temporary space outside of a restaurant, normally built on the sidewalk or in the street. However, one restaurant (of which I know), La Grande Boucherie, is located inside of a permanent outdoor arcade, running through an entire north/south block, with heat curtains at each end of the arcade, making the outdoor space virtually as comfortable as indoor space. Needless to say, the place has become very popular during lockdown.

My husband and I decided to dine there this evening. My husband, who works from home, has been itching for an occasion for which to dress, and to eat dinner under nearly "normal" conditions (i.e. without freezing one's ass off) seemed as good an excuse as any to get dressed up.

My husband prefers to be behind, not in front of the camera, but I at least documented what I wore this evening for dinner.

Suit, braces, and face mask - New & Lingwood
Shirt - Brooks Brothers MTM
Tie - Paul Stuart
Cufflinks - Deakin & Francis, via Scully & Scully, NYC
Pocket square - no name brand
Boots - Cheaney
Overcoat - Adolfo
Scarf - Fortnum & Mason
Cap - Saks Fifth Avenue house brand

Note that I wore a flat cap instead of a proper hat for a very practical purpose - knowledge that the coat check would most likely not be available, and not wishing to wear a fedora during dinner, I wore the cap, which folded nicely into the scarf pocket of my overcoat, along with the scarf.

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I like this suit.
 

bernoulli

Super Member
@The Great Garbanzo, cuffs are called gauntlet cuffs and you can also see it on today's post. I choose it to personalize my garments and my tailors now expect all suits and jackets I commission to feature gauntlet cuffs. On the rare occasions that the tailors have steered me towards not sporting this type of cuff, I have come to regret it. Regarding brown suits, the officer has a point unless the wearer knows what he is doing. An ill-fitting brown suit is worse than an ill-fitting charcoal suit, everything else equal, at least in America. I usually do not subscribe to American social norms but in this, I do agree with the view that brown suits are generally less formal than navy or charcoal suits. However, I also agree with you that there is nothing wrong with brown suits per se. Regardless, I am in academia, which means that anybody wearing a well-made suit is the exception, so I can easily wear a brown suit without any downside to it, perceived or otherwise.

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Great look, I'm interested in the detail of the cuffs.

We had a "motivational speaker", a former NYS Trooper detective at our Corporate annual meeting and one portion of his presentation was how to dress to be taken seriously. Based on the way HE was dressed I found it ironic.

Point being he said you are never taken seriously in a brown suit.

I disagree and would offer this for evidence...Officer!
 
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upr_crust

Connoisseur
It is a grey day here now, in NYC, after a morning of full sunshine. Today's attire was chosen by what I would term "the pachinko method" - a desire to wear a particular article of clothing, then the process (left much to chance and happenstance) to find things that will coordinate with the items already chosen - one doesn't know exactly where the pachinko ball will fall, only that it will eventually hit bottom.

Suit & face mask - New & Lingwood
Shirt - Brooks Brothers MTM (from my first batch of MTM shirts, ordered sometime in the last millennium)
Tie - Paul Stuart
Cufflinks - Trevelyan, London (a shop long since defunct)
Braces - Lewin
Pocket square - Harvie & Hudson, London
Shoes - Paul Stuart house brand
Overcoat - Brooks Brothers
Scarf - vintage Johnstons of Elgin
Hat - Selentino

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wildcat1976

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
It is a grey day here now, in NYC, after a morning of full sunshine. Today's attire was chosen by what I would term "the pachinko method" - a desire to wear a particular article of clothing, then the process (left much to chance and happenstance) to find things that will coordinate with the items already chosen - one doesn't know exactly where the pachinko ball will fall, only that it will eventually hit bottom.

Suit & face mask - New & Lingwood
Shirt - Brooks Brothers MTM (from my first batch of MTM shirts, ordered sometime in the last millennium)
Tie - Paul Stuart
Cufflinks - Trevelyan, London (a shop long since defunct)
Braces - Lewin
Pocket square - Harvie & Hudson, London
Shoes - Paul Stuart house brand
Overcoat - Brooks Brothers
Scarf - vintage Johnstons of Elgin
Hat - Selentino

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upr_crust

Connoisseur
As if on cue, I'm wearing a windowpane suit today . . . :)

The weather in NYC today is sunny but cold, and I've layered up for what should be a chilly afternoon.

Suit - Paul Stuart/Phineas Cole
Waistcoat - Ede & Ravenscroft
Shirt - Tyrwhitt
Tie - Zegna
Cufflinks - Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Braces - Paul Stuart
Pocket square and face mask - New & Lingwood
Shoes - Bergdorf Goodman house brand
Overcoat - Brooks Brothers
Scarf - Paul Stuart
Hat - Laird, London

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upr_crust

Connoisseur
It has occurred to me that, when I emerge from my home dressed as I usually am when posting in this forum, that, in comparison to fellow citizens, I appear like a Spanish galleon in full sail in a sea of motorized dinghies - a bit grandiose and out of step with the current world. So be it. For better or worse, I enjoy exercising the visual vocabulary of menswear, manipulating line, form, color and texture to whatever visual effect I deem most pleasing, in this, one of most temporary of civilized pleasures, dressing well.

As I said previously, my outfits are assembled via the "pachinko method" - I decide that I want to wear a particular item, and then try to build an outfit from there, attempting also to cycle through my wardrobe, as things fall into place.

Today, I started with today's tie - a sale item from earlier in the winter sale season that I'd not yet worn. Today's suit was next on the rack to be worn, and I've always liked striped shirts with this suit - hence, an outfit.

Suit, braces & shoes - Paul Stuart
Shirt - Turnbull & Asser, London
Tie - Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Cufflinks - David Donohue, via Cable Car Clothiers, San Francisco
Pocket square - Harvie & Hudson, London
Overcoat - Paul Stuart/Phineas Cole
Scarf - Fortnum & Mason, London
Hat - Lock, London
Face mask - New & Lingwood, London

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