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    Shirt + tie and Cuffs question



    What shirt and tie would you pair with a navy seersucker suit (when I say Navy, i mean it looks mostly navy, not mostly white with lines) and rough brown Macneil AE's.


    Also, are french cuffs too formal to wear with a cotton suit, or should the links just be dressed down to something like knots?


    #2


    light blue or white are always safe bets, but since seersucker is more casual, you could get away with a more vibrant color. since the seersucker already has some pattern to it, I'd probably stick with a solid color shirt so you're not too bold.


    Tie is up to you, I like darker colored ties, but seersucker is a summer-y suit, so a larger patterned cotton tie or the like would work well.


    french cuffs are generally a little too formal for seersucker, especially with rough shoes like the macneils, I'd probably stick with barrel cuffs

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      #3


      Any particularly dressy tie probably won't work, but any cotton or less-dressy silk ties should be fine. As for shirts, anything that works with a navy suit should be fine. Since it's inherently a spring/summer suit, bright colors would be encouraged. And as I've mentioned before, oxford cloth can get hot so I opt for pinpoint or light poplin.


      ... and ditto Ben on the french cuffs.

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        #4


        pink gingham? Can you get away with no tie? If not, how about a madras tie?

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          #5


          I could get away with no tie, but honestly I like wearing them with suits. I thought about Madras, but didnt know if that would look too busy since the suit will be patterned.

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            #6


            How patterned is the suit?

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              #7


              http://www.bonobos.com/the-charleston-seersucker-suit-navy


              Taking another look, I guess the suit pattern is quite subtle.

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                #8


                Yeah, should be fine. It's up to you how bold you want your colors to be... Depends on the occasion, time of day, setting, etc.


                http://www.etsy.com/listing/90906265...dras-plaid-tie

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                  #9


                  What's the difference between that and a conventional navy suit? The effect is the same. Maybe that one is a little more casual, but I'm not sure if it really matters. I honestly think it would be hard to find something that absolutely doesn't go with that.

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                    #10


                    Well it was more of what would go with the shoes.


                    I may do something like this, on a white poplin shirt. http://www.thetiebar.com/order_page....ptionValueIds=

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                      #11


                      I'm thinking of wearing these with the navy seersucker: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/1901-win...6-001517B1882A


                      They come with blue and red laces, which I can change out depending on the shirt/tie I go with. Probably not the ideal shoe (white buck, whaaat?), but I've already got enough shoes that get rare use. For less formal occasions, I may go for some camel-colored boat shoes.

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                        #12


                        I have been waiting on the Cole Haan Air Colton Casual wingtip in grey suede to go on sale (which is basically a clone of the shoe you posted, only with a leather sole). If i wore those...it would enable me to wear a grey/silver tie like originally intended. Hmm..

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                          #13


                          and they finally went on sale at 6pm and i missed my size. Damn

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                            #14


                            @Jose: I wish I had the link for the article JC posted about the city/country continuum. It highlights precisely why you can't wear just anything that would typically go with a navy suit. A traditional navy suit is about as "city" as it gets, but a seersucker suit is quite "country".

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                              #15


                              Here you go, Alan: http://www.styleforum.net/t/287922/p...-for-beginners

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