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    #16
    I don't understand the point of OCBDs. If I dress casually, a classic collar with no tie will always look better. If I dress for work, a classic or spread collar with a tie will look better.

    mister_deez, a white dress shirt, navy blazer, and light grey wool trousers will always be an excellent outfit. I agree with Montag311 that brass and pewter buttons are off-putting.

    Some preferences are regional. For example, I don't wear brown shoes to work here because they would be out of place.

    somaticmarker1, I also find it difficult to wear a corduroy blazer, and I have never liked the look of thin cardigans.

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      #17
      White and blue poplin. Usually just say these when suit and tie is a must. Classic collars without a tie tend to flare out too much for my liking. OCBDs with one or two unbuttoned just frame my face better

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        #18
        [LittleNelly;102693]Would be awkward and overkill at work, no other event I can see wearing it.
        I understand this, because I hear myself thinking the same thing. And yet I hate this thinking. Awkward and overkill? To look a little better than other people? To wear a staple of men's clothing? I think not. And yet...

        I know that I have to get over this. Life is too short, and who cares if I or other people think it's overkill. I want to wear what I want to wear.

        That has to be my new motto.
        Last edited by Duvel; February 27, 2013, 09:21 PM.

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          #19
          The staple I wear least is my grey v-neck sweater. I think my brain is somehow programmed to skip it over when I'm running through the day's outfit possibilities in my head.

          I'm surprised by all the OCBD hate. I disagree with bruschetta that regular button ups are better than OCBDs for casual wear. However you feel about button down collars, the coarser material of an OCBD is pitch perfect for casual wear.

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            #20
            Desert boots. I only wear them once every two months to delude myself that the purchase was justified.

            People say they go with everything, but you can't really dress them up. And when I'm dressed down I'd rather wear suede wingtips or canvas sneakers.

            I basically bought them at some point because of the chorus of blogs saying they are a staple.

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              #21
              Black shoes. I'm lukewarm on the ones that I have (they're a bit square-toed), but I can't justify spending the money on nicer black shoes because I rarely see any reason to wear them.

              OCBDs are awesome. That is all.

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                #22
                Underwear, obviously.

                And watches. I think avoiding that category is saving me a lot of money while not costing me any style points.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by bruschetta View Post
                  I don't understand the point of OCBDs. If I dress casually, a classic collar with no tie will always look better. If I dress for work, a classic or spread collar with a tie will look better.
                  I love my OCBDs. For me, it has less to do about the collar and more about the fabric. The softness and matte look lend it to a more casual outfit. I would feel uncomfortable wearing a poplin/twill dress shirt with a classic collar with jeans or chinos sans-blazer on the weekend or out on the town. It would just feel off. However I feel great wearing an OCBD and jeans/chinos without a blazer.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by nicholascrawford View Post
                    And watches. I think avoiding that category is saving me a lot of money while not costing me any style points.
                    I judge guys who don't wear a watch. I double-judge guys who don't wear a watch and check the time on their cellphone. Just sayin'.
                    Ben

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                      #25
                      I don't check the time on my phone. The world revolves around me. =P

                      Don't judge! It only hurts you!

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by somaticmarker1 View Post
                        4. Cardigans - I own 1, but never wear it. Just don't like the look on me.
                        Same here. Something with that bottom button undone seems to do weird things to my waistline. Or is it my waistline doing weird things to the cardigan? Hmmmmnn...

                        I've dug wearing them in the past; like maybe back in college (late '80s/early '90s), but I currently own one, from BR, and I think I've worn it once. Around the house. Thank God it was in the clearance section.

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                          #27
                          i do not wear polos or t-shirts anymore.

                          I used to wear polos all of the time. Now I have slimmed down my wardrobe and all I have are two Lacoste polos. That is all and I rarely wear them. Same with t-shirts. Unless it is to go work out in, I dont wear t-shirts at all.

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                            #28
                            Gave up wearing undershirts years ago. Bulky. Slightly uncomfortable. Needless.
                            Just launder my shirts after every wear.

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by printyra View Post
                              i do not wear polos or t-shirts anymore.

                              I used to wear polos all of the time. Now I have slimmed down my wardrobe and all I have are two Lacoste polos. That is all and I rarely wear them. Same with t-shirts. Unless it is to go work out in, I dont wear t-shirts at all.
                              What was the reason? I honestly cannot imagine living without the tennis shirt, such an essential summer piece for me.

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by LittleNelly View Post
                                What was the reason? I honestly cannot imagine living without the tennis shirt, such an essential summer piece for me.
                                I can tell you this much....HE DOESN'T GOLF!

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