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    Originally posted by Duvel View Post
    It is a little absurd. I like seeing what others are wearing though, but unless someone is just making egregious errors, I feel uncomfortable critiquing someone else's choices and fits.
    But that's the purpose of a forum like this. If you keep saying nice things you won't help them.

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      It feels a little presumptuous. I might pick out something obvious, like clashing colors or something, but I've also learned that I can often be wrong (gasp). Or I change my mind about what does and does not look right, e.g., the fit of an OCBD.

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        In some instances, that my be true, but not always.

        For example, when it comes to the fit of a jacket or a suit, there are obvious examples of why something fits well versus one that does not. And it is helpful to know *why* something looks off (e.g. open quarters, big lapels, too short, shoulder divots etc).

        The idea behind a community is that it provides you with a forum for (hopefully, educated) criticism that you'd miss simply because you're vested in an outfit.

        I discovered StyleForum back in 2007, when I first started consulting and was told that I'd need a few good suits. My idea of style was a cheap Macy's suit and Kenneth Cole square toed shoes (despite the fact that my father was somewhat of a dandy back in the day). But putting myself out there meant that I received a lot of good feedback. This was back when SF was a much more streamlined community, and people like Manton were still active participants, willing to help newbies. Through a painful growth process, I learned what works and what does not.

        To me, that's one of the important drivers behind a community such as this. You get feedback, you incorporate ideas from others, and you build your own personal style as your knowledge and preferences evolve. And you give back.

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          Originally posted by Jamie View Post
          Whoa, [MENTION=6633]Duvel[/MENTION] is posting in WIWT now?! When did this start happening?! Liking that seersucker shirt.
          [MENTION=6633]Duvel[/MENTION] big respect on posting. Looks sharp! I guess I'm going to have to man up and eventually get around to posting something!

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            Originally posted by M. Montaigne View Post
            To me, that's one of the important drivers behind a community such as this. You get feedback, you incorporate ideas from others, and you build your own personal style as your knowledge and preferences evolve. And you give back.
            +1. Very insightful statement.

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              Board meeting Wednesday. An older but favorite Hickey Freeman MTM suit in charcoal (comfortable and not-so-slim fit). The dry cleaners did not include a crease in the pants, which made them look slightly unflattering.

              Rest of the outfit is light blue Brooks Brothers shirt, Sam Hober tie, and Bostonian shoes. Not seen: Seagull 1963 watch.

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                WIWT


                Chilly, rainy day today.
                Cardigan, shirt, and chinos: J Crew
                Shoes: Bass Weejuns
                Tie: Friday Tie Day

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                  Looks good, [MENTION=12061]Jshackleford[/MENTION]. No preppy Bean boots for the rain?

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                    Originally posted by Duvel View Post
                    Looks good, [MENTION=12061]Jshackleford[/MENTION]. No preppy Bean boots for the rain?
                    I wish! It's basically been a torrential downpour the past couple of days. Those or dress boots are my next shoe purchase because this is getting ridiculous.

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                      Invest in the Bean boots. I walk to work, and mine have been lifesavers on a couple of occasions this spring. I carry them almost every day in my backpack, if it's not raining when I set out.

                      When you do, size down considerably. I went down two whole sizes from my true shoe size.

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                        Part of Duvel's uniform for a busy day tomorrow on the campus of a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. (College branding logo blocked out to help preserve Duvel's anonymity.)



                        I hate wearing this kind of shite. At least I got the right size. Believe it or not, this is a small.

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                          Stafford prep cotton jacket
                          Express jeans
                          No name shirt
                          Timex on nato strap

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                            No sympathizers, eh. Ah, well. I bear my fate alone. On to meet the alumni crusties!

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                              Good luck, Duvel. Show 'em young uns how to style.

                              Originally posted by Duvel View Post
                              Believe it or not, this is a small.
                              Eh, wish my polos would fit as well. A small looks like a tent on me, and there are no good polo manufacturers in the US that make well-fitting XS sized polos (or golf shirts). I end up ordering from Asian or European brands.

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                                Originally posted by Duvel View Post
                                No sympathizers, eh. Ah, well. I bear my fate alone. On to meet the alumni crusties!
                                Not very preppy... but for someone in a alumni relations position, you pretty much have to wear something like that. Unless your school is mainstream enough to have a place like Vineyard Vines make a tie for it. Or if your bookstore has something decent. Pair that with a OCBD with the sleeves rolled up and I think it could work. I am a pretty big fan of those VV ties, but I don't see myself ever paying $85 for a tie with my schools logo on it. Then again, I could just wear a Tartan tie

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