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  • Idle_Hands
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    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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  • Duvel
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    [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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  • sanjaygolf
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    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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  • bruschetta
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    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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  • LittleNelly
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    My staples would be things I'd actually love to wear. The navy blazer, almost zero occasion to wear. Would be awkward and overkill at work, no other event I can see wearing it. I guess I just live in a very casual area, I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen a man under the age of 65 wearing one in the past 6 months. Just isn't the norm. Its either casual or a full suit.

    The other two would be the cardigan sweater and a nice pair of leather boots. For whatever reason, these things just don't 'work' for me. I feel awkward in them.

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  • somaticmarker1
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    1. Corduroy Blazer - Maybe not a "true" staple." I bought a great looking navy corduroy blazer two years ago and have worn it maybe 5 times.
    2. Khaki colored chinos
    3. Polos - I usually just roll up the sleeves of a casual button down
    4. Cardigans - I own 1, but never wear it. Just don't like the look on me.

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  • Duvel
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    I don't wear my navy blazer enough. J. Crew ludlow, no less. I don't know why. Maybe I might be a little self-conscious about appearing too dressed up.

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  • trash
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    OCBDs - don't know why, I just tent to wear patterned shirts instead
    V-neck sweaters - I sweat too much. I'm going to try wearing them instead of jackets every now and then in the spring when I'm outside

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  • Xeones25
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    I don't wear many plain shirts. Just about all the ones I have in rotation are plaid, checkered, or striped. Polos are about the only shirts I wear without any pattern, even then I prefer my rugby shirts and polos with contrasting collars. I guess since I don't wear ties to work shirts are my way to be "loud" since my red and green pairs of pants don't seem entirely appropriate (though I have worn the green ones on casual Fridays before).

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  • shad0w4life
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    Well My staples are Non iron blue, white, pink and some checkered; wash, hang, wear!

    But staples that get less wear are the whites, blues, pinks etc that aren't non Iron and I'm in lazy mode.

    Never worn is my OBDC, buttons on collars I don't like at all. Not a fan of oxford weave either, would rather have something that's either breathable or else has more of a sheen to it.

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    I have an unstructured cotton blazer that I only rarely wear. When I want or need to wear a jacket, it's pretty infrequent that the cotton one makes more sense than my dressier wool or linen options. The cotton jacket might get a little more action this summer when it heats up.

    Other staples I rarely wear? Black shoes. I own black balmorals but I almost invariably pick something brown when I suit up. I own one pair of semi-dressy black loafers that I haven't worn in over a year, and should probably just sell or donate (thrifted AEs).

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  • MattRicketts
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    Don't get me wrong, I love my Ratio shirt and the jcp oxfords are some of the best-fitting shirts I own, but the fact of the matter is that most people in my line of work (and probably 99% of American men) see an OCBD and think "dress shirt." Basically I'm still trying to balance stylish with casual in my field clothing. To any guy on here and StyleForum I'd appear extremely casual with my OCBD tucked into high-rise work pants and Clarks DB but to your average field biologist or construction worker I'd be anything but.

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  • Montag311
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    I know navy blazers are a staple, but I'll never own one if it has brass or pewter buttons. I just don't like metal buttons.

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  • mister_deez
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    The white dress shirt and the navy blazer. The white dress shirt without anything layered over it looks too formal to me and the blazer is more because I dont have one and am still getting comfortable with wearing blazers (my group of friends is pretty casually dressed).

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  • RiveDroit
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    I rarely wear white or light blue OCBD's, polo style shirts or tan khakis. I also stopped wearing watches as much since I started wearing a Nike Fuelband. Though I still wear my nice ones to dinner, weddings, outings.

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