Try Bolder Sport Coats

I consider myself a fairly conservative dresser, at least compared to other men interested in style. Not to say that you can’t be well-dressed and adventurous, of course. Jesse made a great case for what he calls a "point of distinction," and some of my favorite style icons, such as, Beppe Modenese and Luciano Barbera, are known for their daring choices (though, like Jesse, I think such moves are probably best left to well-experienced). 

The one area where I think men can be safely daring, however, is in boldly patterned sport coats. A bolder pattern helps distinguish your jacket as a true sport coat, rather than something that was intended to only be worn as part of a suit. It’s also makes for easier coordination between all your elements, as presumably your patterned shirts and ties won’t be as striking. When combining patterns, varying the scale is always the easiest way to ensure that nothing clashes. 

See Gianni Agnelli above as an example. In a number of photos taken throughout his life, he was seen wearing a mid-brown jacket decorated with a fairly large glen plaid. Here specifically, he’s combined it with a subtly textured woolen tie, light blue shirt, tan trousers, and some suede boots. The boldness of the jacket lends a bit more visual interest in a way that a solid coat might be lacking, and if he were to wear it with a striped shirt, you can be certain that almost any stripe would work. Even the boldest of butcher stripes is unlikely to clash.  

Of course, there are ways you can go wrong with this. Some patterns are so large they risk looking like horse blankets, and there are certain environments where only a conservative coat will do. Still, a little boldness can go a long way in making a tailored jacket versatile, and if the design is traditional and color conservative, you can be daring without being foppish. 

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The man that has a lot to answer for.. Thank you G. Agnelli
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What’s sad about this picture is how rare it is to find a suit made of real, heavy flannel in stores these days.  This is a man (Gianni Agnelli) wearing three solid colors, but his outfit is beautiful to look at.  The reason is the rich texture of his flannel suit and grendine tie.  And flannel hangs better, too.

mostexerent:

The man that has a lot to answer for.. Thank you G. Agnelli

Via da-i-net

What’s sad about this picture is how rare it is to find a suit made of real, heavy flannel in stores these days.  This is a man (Gianni Agnelli) wearing three solid colors, but his outfit is beautiful to look at.  The reason is the rich texture of his flannel suit and grendine tie.  And flannel hangs better, too.

ethosophical-deactivated2012072 asked: What tie knot(s) should I use and when should I use them?

Q and Answer: How Should I Tie My Tie?

You should use the four-in-hand knot.  It suits any type of collar, is formal enough but not too fussy, and has been favored by the most stylish men for nearly a century now.  The Windsors, it should be said, uniformly use it.

If you’re shorter and your tie longer, or if you prefer a larger knot, you can use the double four in hand.  This is simple enough - just circle your tie around twice, rather than once, before passing it behind, up over and through.

If you require a large knot for a very spread collar, or if you prefer symmetry to style, the half-Windsor knot is acceptable, though not recommended.  The full Windsor knot is for dicks.

The tip of your tie should roughly meet your belt buckle.  It shouldn’t be any shorter than the top of your belt line, and shouldn’t reach beyond your belt line.

When possible, the two blades of your tie should be the same length.  This will typically depend on your height, of course, unless you choose custom ties.  Some very stylish men have worn the rear blade longer than the front, sometimes tucking it into their waistband.  This is pretty great, but it’s also a Sartorial Power Move.

There’s no need to place the rear blade of the tie in its keeper.  That’s a little fussy.

Gianni Agnelli, the legendary head of Fiat, demonstrates that elegance is often supported by a surprisingly simple palette.

Gianni Agnelli, the legendary head of Fiat, demonstrates that elegance is often supported by a surprisingly simple palette.