I have lots to say about these outfits.
First, they do not suit me. I’m not sure exactly how to phrase my feelings about these combinations. Are they too preppy? Too staid? Too… I’m not sure. I think I could make any of the pieces appropriate as part of a different outfit, but together, they just don’t convey who I am. It’s the navy jacket, khaki pants combination in particular. I see this classic combination come across my dash and it looks good; on other people. But, in trying to emulate it, it’s not me. I don’t wear it with comfort because I don’t think it gives a proper impression of who I am, and who I’m trying to be.
I’m finding myself increasingly attracted to two style poles: 1) casual grounded by denim and 2) full suits. I’m hoping I can bridge the two poles so it does not appear that I’m wildly oscillating with uncertain style. For the former, I’m trying to bring together tailored jackets and jeans. For the latter, I’m attracted to more casual suits, such as tweeds or strong patterns. However, I’m not sure where to situate chinos and tailored jackets. It always feels more proper and sedate than my actual personality. When I see myself in this outfit, I feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothes.
Second, the single breasted jacket is a cotton Lands’ End tailor fit that I’m going to return. If you look at the shoulders you can see how they are forming unsightly peaks. Unfortunately, the shoulders just do not fit. The shoulder width is good, but their shape would suit someone with more muscular shoulders than myself. I tried to live with it, since I really want a cotton navy jacket, and with their recent sale, at $70, it was a great, affordable option. But, I had to admit that I was constantly aware of the bunching and gaping around the shoulders.
Third, I really like the light blue of the shirt and tie, and think they work decently well as part of the outfit, although I have a hard time registering it within the context of the navy and khaki failing me.
Fourth, the buttons on the double breasted are wood. I swapped out the brass buttons, as I also find they are not me. More on that later, I promise (not that anyone’s waiting).