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  • zorro
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    Originally posted by MIS997 View Post
    You’re overthinking it...it looks great and you’ll probably be the best dressed guest there.
    Thanks... I do tend to overthink... but, in this particular instance, I might be too far down the obsession/rabbit hole.

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  • MIS997
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    Originally posted by zorro View Post
    I have a shirt collar question... I’m wearing this to a wedding and I don’t have time to order a MTM shirt with an appropriately sized collar... the pants will be black dress pants. So, should I wear this shirt with the spread collar that’s too small or should I just go with a buttoned down collar and risk the informality of it all?... I think if I was wearing tan pants I’d be fine with a buttoned down, but the black pants (which you can’t see here, sorry) are considerably more formal, linen blend jacket notwithstanding


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    You’re overthinking it...it looks great and you’ll probably be the best dressed guest there.

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  • zorro
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    I have a shirt collar question... I’m wearing this to a wedding and I don’t have time to order a MTM shirt with an appropriately sized collar... the pants will be black dress pants. So, should I wear this shirt with the spread collar that’s too small or should I just go with a buttoned down collar and risk the informality of it all?... I think if I was wearing tan pants I’d be fine with a buttoned down, but the black pants (which you can’t see here, sorry) are considerably more formal, linen blend jacket notwithstanding


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  • mebejoseph
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    Another fan of Ledbury.

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  • ianr
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    Red Fleece from Brooks Brothers is decent. I like their button downs better than the regular Brooks Brothers line for the reasons people complain about them in online reviews: they are slim cut and they don't have non-iron treatment. The one real downside imo is if your arms are longer than average proportions, you may not be able to get a good fit.

    Ledbury is also great as mentioned above. The two things I especially like about Ledbury is I've never had to use the extra buttons for one coming off or chipping and the button stance is how all OCBDs should be. A risk is if you do buy them used, someone may have cooked the shirt in a dryer which is especially bad for whatever reason with these shirts. I'd recommend lighter colors as well since these shirts seem to last forever with the only obvious wear being color fading on the ends of the cuffs without fraying.

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  • abh159
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    Originally posted by skylark View Post
    What brands would you recommend for smart-casual but also fun workplace shirts. I teach at a private school that just unofficially relaxed its "always wear a tie" dress code, so I'm looking for shirts that are the smartest of casual. OCBD's are obviously a go-to. I'd like patterns but sometimes those can seem a little too casual. I have plenty of blazers so I expect to pair button-down collar shirts with blazers.

    What brands would you recommend?

    (this is maybe not that quick of a question).
    General recommendations would be the pretty standard stuff: Banana Republic, Charles Tyrwhitt, Spier & Mackay, J Crew, etc. I know others have recommended Ledbury. I don't have any experience with them mainly because spending $100+ per shirt seems crazy to me, but they are very well reviewed.

    If you're looking for more specific recommendations, we'll need much more info. What is your budget? What exactly do you mean when you say "fun shirts"?

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  • JohnR
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    Originally posted by Arête View Post
    Check out Ledbury. They have super nice shirts, and tons of nice options that aren't stiff, boring dress shirts. They may seem expensive, but they often have sales, and discounts can be found at places like Nordstrom and Nordstromrack sometimes.
    This ^

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  • Arête
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    Originally posted by skylark View Post
    What brands would you recommend for smart-casual but also fun workplace shirts. I teach at a private school that just unofficially relaxed its "always wear a tie" dress code, so I'm looking for shirts that are the smartest of casual. OCBD's are obviously a go-to. I'd like patterns but sometimes those can seem a little too casual. I have plenty of blazers so I expect to pair button-down collar shirts with blazers.

    What brands would you recommend?

    (this is maybe not that quick of a question).
    Check out Ledbury. They have super nice shirts, and tons of nice options that aren't stiff, boring dress shirts. They may seem expensive, but they often have sales, and discounts can be found at places like Nordstrom and Nordstromrack sometimes.

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  • skylark
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    What brands would you recommend for smart-casual but also fun workplace shirts. I teach at a private school that just unofficially relaxed its "always wear a tie" dress code, so I'm looking for shirts that are the smartest of casual. OCBD's are obviously a go-to. I'd like patterns but sometimes those can seem a little too casual. I have plenty of blazers so I expect to pair button-down collar shirts with blazers.

    What brands would you recommend?

    (this is maybe not that quick of a question).

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  • Arête
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    Looking to buy my first cardigan.

    I've narrowed it down to two options (unless you have better alternatives).

    The J.Crew Merino Wool Cardigan in size LT (~$60/70 on sale)
    The Spier and Mackay Merino Wool Cardigan in XL. ($50)

    I'm pretty tall (6'6") with long arms, so I want one that's long enough in both body and arms. I'm sure the J.Crew one would be since Tall stuff from them is usually very tall. However, I prefer S&M as a brand and am tempted to order their version (plus its a little cheaper).

    Any thoughts? Also, if I do go with S&M, what color would you recommend? (The J.Crew only has navy in tall).

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  • JayS
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    Originally posted by facelessghost View Post
    Both the 201 and the 64 lasts (which may be the same thing) are supposed to be based on the 65 last, but with a wider forefoot and a higher instep. They both work much better for my foot. Unfortunately, the 201 seems to be limited to the Independence Collection these days, and the 64 to the Speed Welt collection.
    That’s helpful thank you. I don’t mind playing the wait for sales and seconds game. Not getting into the independence line otherwise.


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  • facelessghost
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    Originally posted by JayS View Post
    Stuck with the 10 EE. The EEE has the same amount of V in the laces but felt weird around the rest of the foot, while the EE felt about right. I guess my foot is wide but also a little too tall to get the clean closed lace look in the AE 65 last. Anyone have the same issue and can suggest different AE lasts or different brands for taller feet? That’s... not a question I ever anticipated asking.

    I don’t mind a bit of V in these since they’re pretty casual for oxfords.




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    Both the 201 and the 64 lasts (which may be the same thing) are supposed to be based on the 65 last, but with a wider forefoot and a higher instep. They both work much better for my foot. Unfortunately, the 201 seems to be limited to the Independence Collection these days, and the 64 to the Speed Welt collection.

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  • honicthesedgehog
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    Originally posted by JayS View Post
    Stuck with the 10 EE. The EEE has the same amount of V in the laces but felt weird around the rest of the foot, while the EE felt about right. I guess my foot is wide but also a little too tall to get the clean closed lace look in the AE 65 last. Anyone have the same issue and can suggest different AE lasts or different brands for taller feet? That’s... not a question I ever anticipated asking.

    I don’t mind a bit of V in these since they’re pretty casual for oxfords.




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    I'm a similarly wide-footed, high-instep guy, and I finally found the 201 last to be perfect. It's pretty roomy in the fore-foot, which works for me but you might need to drop a width size, but the vamp fits way better than the 65 last. Downside is it's not an especially common last other than the Independence line so your price point takes. jump, but sometimes you can find them for just slightly more than the regular lines (and the overall upgrade in quality is fantastic).

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  • TheManJournals
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    Originally posted by JayS View Post
    Stuck with the 10 EE. The EEE has the same amount of V in the laces but felt weird around the rest of the foot, while the EE felt about right. I guess my foot is wide but also a little too tall to get the clean closed lace look in the AE 65 last. Anyone have the same issue and can suggest different AE lasts or different brands for taller feet? That’s... not a question I ever anticipated asking.

    I don’t mind a bit of V in these since they’re pretty casual for oxfords.




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    All my AE65 shoes fit with a "V". For whatever reason the Strands seem to have a wide V, while the dark browns have a very narrow V.

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  • JayS
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    Originally posted by JayS View Post
    Got the 10 EE and... still pretty narrow. Don’t feel too crazy uncomfortable but with a pretty wide V in the laces. Gonna try a 10 EEE. Guessing my shoe bank options are gonna be pretty limited going forward.


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    Stuck with the 10 EE. The EEE has the same amount of V in the laces but felt weird around the rest of the foot, while the EE felt about right. I guess my foot is wide but also a little too tall to get the clean closed lace look in the AE 65 last. Anyone have the same issue and can suggest different AE lasts or different brands for taller feet? That’s... not a question I ever anticipated asking.

    I don’t mind a bit of V in these since they’re pretty casual for oxfords.




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