Coco Chanel famously said that the key to dressing well is to take one thing off before you leave the house.  It’s good advice, and though combining patterns well is a mark of a well-dressed man, knowing when to tone it down is even more important.  I started off this morning with a dark blue paisley silk pocket square, but after looking in the mirror I concluded that it was too busy.  So I went with plain white.

Suit: Jos. A. Bank, thrifted, $15

Shirt: Brioni, thrifted, $15

Tie: Brooks Brothers, store sale, $40

Shoes: Brooks Brothers, store clearance, $180

Total: $250

If I’d paid retail prices: Over $1800

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2 Responses to Tone It Down

  1. Lele says:

    I’ve noticed that in thrift stores there are a lot of pinstriped suits… Have you had my same experience?

    Props to your tailor.

    • Jeff says:

      Lele, the pinstriped suit has been a staple of business dress for a century. It’s not surprising there are a lot of them around.


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