Skipperino

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Great Britain
Lincolnshire
Lincoln
Anyone else have the odd item of menswear, considered 'classic' to most, indespensible to some, that you just don't like? My own pet dislikes are (and I don't quite know why):

*Pocket squares. Very rare I wear them, except on the most formal of outfits (and even then, not always).

*Bouttonieres. See above.

*Opera pumps in white tie. I just don't think it looks right with trousers (breeches would be another matter)

Thoughts?
 

Matt S

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7,758
United States
NY
New York
The oxford-cloth button-down shirt is one for me. I don't have a problem with oxford cloth or with button-down collars, but I don't like the way the shirts are usually designed. The collars are too low and too narrow and the cuffs are too short for my taste. These days they always have a pocket, which I don't like on most shirts. I can't stand the box pleat in back. I'd be open to the idea of having one made to my own specifications, but it wouldn't look like the BB classic.
 

EdwardWilson

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110
United States
Illinois
Chicago
You'd hate my style. I wear linen pocket squares everyday. And a flower in my lapel. I couldn't imagine putting on a suit or sport coat without both.

Agree with Matt S, Oxford shirts and definitely button down collared shirts are not for me.

Not a fan of black shoes, or cap toe shoes. They both scream boring and uninspired.

 

richard warren

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United States
Louisiana
covington
Boring and uninspiring is rather the point of black cap toe oxfords. Many people can only aspire to boring and uninspiring, and would look a lot better if they could ever achieve it.

I think the term “pocket square” is unfortunate, but sometimes like to put a white, colored, or patterned handkerchief of cotton, linen, or silk in my breast pocket (actually, it’s the third handkerchief).
 

EdwardWilson

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United States
Illinois
Chicago
Boring and uninspiring is rather the point of black cap toe oxfords. Many people can only aspire to boring and uninspiring, and would look a lot better if they could ever achieve it.

I think the term “pocket square” is unfortunate, but sometimes like to put a white, colored, or patterned handkerchief of cotton, linen, or silk in my breast pocket (actually, it’s the third handkerchief).
The term is not unfortunate, it is simply precise. There is a difference between a pocket square and handkerchief.
 

ItalianStyle

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286
Canada
Ontario
Cambridge
My personal list (and these are by no means general rules, just my own personal dislike...)

- Tasseled loafers... in fact anything with tassels (only one step away from ruffled shirts)
- Split-toe shoes (just don't like the look)
- Chukkas (yes, I know... I'm a minority here. To me they look like a cobbler started to make a boot from the sole up and when he got to the ankle he ran out of material or lost interest and just rudimentary cut them off)
- Tie bars (so 1980s...)
 
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