Charles Dana

Honors Member
what are your feelings on wearing a light blue end on end blue body cloth shirt with white French cuffs and collar?
I like that style. The only place I'd caution against wearing it would be in the workplace, provided it would elicit negative responses from people who are vital to your career advancement. Otherwise, wear it if you like it.

Some people might grumble, "Nah--too 1980s." Ignore them. Life's short. I agree with Steve Smith's comment that the look is "elegant."
 

Dr. Hanley

Starting Member
I like that style. The only place I'd caution against wearing it would be in the workplace, provided it would elicit negative responses from people who are vital to your career advancement. Otherwise, wear it if you like it.

Some people might grumble, "Nah--too 1980s." Ignore them. Life's short. I agree with Steve Smith's comment that the look is "elegant."
 

Dr. Hanley

Starting Member
Current troubles aside, I have thought that Robert Kraft's looks is good, both in suits and in sportswear, sans the Nike's. He is about 14 years older than me, but I do like the look.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
Interesting picture. He removes his right glove to hold his cane, but leaves left on to smoke a cigarette ...
I regularly see in movies from the '30s - '50s women smoking cigarettes with white gloves on. I have to assume that a lot of cleaning and replacement costs were associated with such behavior.

It all seems crazy to me, but smoking was - based on movies and other evidence - insanely popular then and, my guess, all the downsides were just accepted.

My dad smoked until the early '70s (I was about 8 when he stopped) and, then, we cleaned the house of all the smoke layers and painted - it was incredible how much "gunk" was on everything (that you didn't even notice) until he stopped and we were able to really, truly freshen the house up.

It was a lot of work, but when we were done, the house looked and smelled ten-times better and with much, much less effort than before, stayed that way now that no one smoked in the house.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Interesting picture. He removes his right glove to hold his cane, but leaves left on to smoke a cigarette ...
He doesn't want those yellow nicotine stains on his fingers. :D

As a guy who smoked for 16 years before quitting about 35 years ago, those yellow stains on your fingers nicely matched those upon your teeth. (Windows, drapes, etc.)

Just some of the lovely added pleasures of the pastime! ;)
 

SG_67

Connoisseur
I’m a fan of the contrasting collar/cuffs. I don’t think it’s dated in the least bit, but I agree with others, it’s best left to wearing with a suit.

Also, my preference is for the primary shirt color to be on the lighter side so the contrast is not too bold.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
I’m a fan of the contrasting collar/cuffs. I don’t think it’s dated in the least bit, but I agree with others, it’s best left to wearing with a suit.

Also, my preference is for the primary shirt color to be on the lighter side so the contrast is not too bold.
Agreed, though I will also sometimes wear it with a navy blazer, particularly in summer when a smart summer tie with the crisp contrasts of the shirt and blazer can look somewhat fresh and summery. (Yes, I just typed summery! Yuck! :eek:)
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Options:

Red end-on-end -


I had a similar shirt made from a hairline stripe. It is actually light red, not pink. Try it with a silver satin tie with a chalkstripe charcoal suit. Try it with a discreet blue madder paisley and a navy suit, or a light grey one.

Stripes can be nice too -


I also liked club collars, though mine had eyelets for a collar pin, rather than a tab. Nice blue end-on-end stripe.

 

Acct2000

Connoisseur - Moderator
I don't care for the white collar and cuffs on shirts that are not white. It is jarring to me. It's almost like you are trying to show the world you are "stylish" and a bit too showy; at least for me.

Obviously, there are some who disagree.
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Over the years I have included a grand total of two contrasting collar and cuff shirts in my wardrobe (as I can recall). The shirts were seldom worn and were eventually culled from my closet. They were just a bit too flashy for my circumstances and perhaps also my tastes, but I have seen others wear them who looked rather good while doing so. :icon_scratch:
 

FiscalDean

Super Member
Over the years I have included a grand total of two contrasting collar and cuff shirts in my wardrobe (as I can recall). The shirts were seldom worn and were eventually culled from my closet. They were just a bit too flashy for my circumstances and perhaps also my tastes, but I have seen others wear them who looked rather good while doing so. :icon_scratch:
I had the same experience, a burgundy Bengal stripe and a blue Bengal stripe. While I like the look on others, it just wasn't "me".
 
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