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    Ask a quick question, get an answer

    Hello all,

    We have received a lot of feedback about this as Dappered Threads has grown. It is nice to see so many new members! Folks can feel free to add ideas for the first handful of posts. They will be incorporated into the guidelines of how to use this thread and then deleted so as to not throw this thread off-track.

    The general idea:

    Ask a pretty quick but specific question, and folks will answer it within this thread. It should help from having to create 100 new threads about what ___ to wear with this ___ or what do I wear to ____ (highly specific details) wedding. Etc.

    Thus, ask away and hopefully this will help from clogging up the forums a bit.

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    I'll start off, hopefully this is a decent question that will help me and some other new members/people who want know...

    I have never participated in an Allen Edmonds 2 for 200/250 (i forget the actual deal) sale on seconds but have heard them mentioned a lot. It seems from what i have gathered they come twice a year or so, is there a general time of year or just whenever AE decides?

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    Winter coat

    Debating between styles of a coat for the winter (I like to consider stuff off season on EBAY).

    95% for Business Casual

    Topcoat

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-Crew-Mayfa...-/291066102832

    Carcoat

    http://epauletnewyork.com/products/w...-car-coat-grey

    Is it easier to dress down the Topcoat to business casual or dress up the carcoat to occasionally wear over a suit or sportcoat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_anon View Post
    Debating between styles of a coat for the winter (I like to consider stuff off season on EBAY).

    95% for Business Casual

    Topcoat

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-Crew-Mayfa...-/291066102832

    Carcoat

    http://epauletnewyork.com/products/w...-car-coat-grey

    Is it easier to dress down the Topcoat to business casual or dress up the carcoat to occasionally wear over a suit or sportcoat?
    I'm a big fan of the top coat, it's a versatile pattern and color that could easily pull double duty. The car coat for me is visually too busy, with all the flaps and buttons, to be dressed up as well as the top coat can be dressed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_anon View Post
    Debating between styles of a coat for the winter (I like to consider stuff off season on EBAY).

    95% for Business Casual

    Topcoat

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-Crew-Mayfa...-/291066102832

    Carcoat

    http://epauletnewyork.com/products/w...-car-coat-grey

    Is it easier to dress down the Topcoat to business casual or dress up the carcoat to occasionally wear over a suit or sportcoat?
    I like both of those. It is hard for me to ever think of a longer coat as casual though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idvsego View Post
    I like both of those. It is hard for me to ever think of a longer coat as casual though.
    Not thinking jeans though. More like wool pants, nice dress boots and sweaters

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_anon View Post
    Debating between styles of a coat for the winter (I like to consider stuff off season on EBAY).

    95% for Business Casual

    Topcoat

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-Crew-Mayfa...-/291066102832

    Carcoat

    http://epauletnewyork.com/products/w...-car-coat-grey

    Is it easier to dress down the Topcoat to business casual or dress up the carcoat to occasionally wear over a suit or sportcoat?
    I'm confused by your use of business casual here, but if you're normally wearing a sporcoat for work the topcoat is much easier to dress down to something like an OCBD, lambswool sweater, and dark denim or chinos than the car coat is to dress up. At the most basic level, the dimensions of the topcoat are designed with a jacket of some sort underneath it in mind (shoulders and length in particular), whereas the carcoat isn't and to accommodate it you'd likely have to size up lest you totally wrinkle what you're wearing. And while I've mostly seen this done by Hollywood sorts, you can definitely do a topcoat, t-shirt, jeans, and boots if you have the physique for it (and if the weather somehow makes sense for that).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosRockets View Post
    I'm confused by your use of business casual here, but if you're normally wearing a sporcoat for work the topcoat is much easier to dress down to something like an OCBD, lambswool sweater, and dark denim or chinos than the car coat is to dress up. At the most basic level, the dimensions of the topcoat are designed with a jacket of some sort underneath it in mind (shoulders and length in particular), whereas the carcoat isn't and to accommodate it you'd likely have to size up lest you totally wrinkle what you're wearing. And while I've mostly seen this done by Hollywood sorts, you can definitely do a topcoat, t-shirt, jeans, and boots if you have the physique for it (and if the weather somehow makes sense for that).
    Thanks. I don't wear sportcoats to work. I am thinking the J Crew University coat is a better call for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_anon View Post
    Debating between styles of a coat for the winter (I like to consider stuff off season on EBAY).

    95% for Business Casual

    Topcoat

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-Crew-Mayfa...-/291066102832

    Carcoat

    http://epauletnewyork.com/products/w...-car-coat-grey

    Is it easier to dress down the Topcoat to business casual or dress up the carcoat to occasionally wear over a suit or sportcoat?
    I wear a topcoat almost exclusively in the Winter. It's so much easier to dress that down that a car coat up. It's classic and simple. Can't go wrong.

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    Newbie here. Really like the forums, so much great advice! Quick question for you guys… I have a "smart casual" party to attend coming up. I just got a pair of navy summer weight chinos from J Crew. I was going to pair them with a white button down and medium gray cotton blazer. Can I wear a cotton blazer with chinos or is cotton on top of cotton a no-no…do I need a linen blazer or some other material for contrast? Thanks!

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