Complete The Outfit

Here’s an Ivy Style reader busting out his polo coat with, he admitted, “lapels wide enough to land a plane on.” Note the timeless four-ingredient combo of polo coat, blazer, OCBD and Argyll & Sutherland tie, here rendered as a bow.

Now how about what’s unseen: namely belt, trouser, sock and shoe? What should the four waist-and-below items be? — CC

43 Comments on "Complete The Outfit"

  1. For me personally: mid-grey flannel pants with my standard 1 3/4 inch cuffs, burgundy leather belt, burgundy BB’s/Alden tassel loafers, and navy blue over-the-calf wool ribbed dress socks.

  2. Rene Lebenthal | December 19, 2017 at 8:10 am |

    Grey Flannel trousers, Alden Cordovan Loafers, a burgundy leather belt and dress socks…why not in a fun color?

  3. Very nice. In the spirit of the season I’d hope for a pair of Black Watch Tartan trou with non-beefrolled black loafers. And while I appreciate the appeal and utility of the polo coat, I’m an even greater fan of the traditional British Warm.

  4. Jonathan Sanders | December 19, 2017 at 8:46 am |

    Belt: not too shiny or new crocodile (standard buckle; not tooled monogrammed which is too much). If not croc; bridle leather brown
    Pant: Jeans – Khakis – Flannels. and don’t do slim fit or overly tapered. standard fit is the way to go.
    Sock: don’t do argyle – too costume. Simply navy will do
    Shoe: Alden Tassel; either Drk brn calf or dark cordovan

  5. Grey flannel trousers, cordovan wingtip with matching belt, and Argyll socks in colors that coordinate with the bow and match the green in the bow. (But not too matchy-matchy.)

  6. A beautifully puckered placket (a BPP!) on the chap above.
    Now how often do you get the chance to say that?

  7. @ Christian

    A “BPP” post please!
    Unlined collar and cuff puckers might share the spotlight also?
    All a part of immaculate Ivy linen (“IIL”!) presented in a relaxed way?

  8. Back on track:
    Keep the below-the-waist leather Cordo, in colour if not in fact.
    Subdued Lisle hosiery?
    “West Of England” heavy flannels for the trou.?
    Or how about some nice heavy flat front cords in a Green to echo the tie?
    To misquote the theme tune to “Rawhide”:
    Cuff ’em up,
    Wear ’em out,
    Cuff ’em up,
    Wear ’em out
    Cuff ’em up –
    Cuff ’em up,
    Cuff ’em up –
    Cuff ’em up, Ivy Style!

  9. @ Christian

    No, just Ian Lawton-Jones . Banished from the juvenile “Talk Ivy” forum for the same online misconception. You can find my name on Frostie’s webpage.
    He once bought me a sandwich & I invested in his tailor’s shop in a very moderate way.
    Copying his style is amazingly simple.
    As are the “Talk Ivy” keyboard warriors who are so easily taken in!

  10. I still weep for not buying a vintage RL when it came up on ebay in my rare size (38R) a few months ago.
    It sold for less than 400 USD but the charges and tax to europe put me off at the time. I Should have just bit the bullet, would have been way chaper than a new one which now come with tacky blackwatch lining under the collar and smaller lapels.
    (Not to mention the short, even smaller lapeled bastard BB sells these days…)
    Oh the tragedy.

  11. Reggie Darling | December 19, 2017 at 10:06 am |

    Why, what most of the people on the street in NY are wearing this holiday season:
    (1) No belt
    (2) Skinny jeans with ripped knees, worn below the butt in the Homey style
    (3) Hanes gray underwear fully exposed, revealing said butt cheeks, as per (2) above
    (5) Brand new Air Jordan sneakers, untied
    (6) Shopping bag from Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister

  12. Those lapels are beautiful. What make is the polo coat? I’m guessing RL.

  13. Pants: High-waisted dove gray trousers, with a 1.5″ cuff. Also, make sure they are slightly tapered. Most guys here advocate for a heavy charcoal flannel to be worn with a blue blazer but the combination is too fuddy-duddy for me in 2017 for anyone under the age of 45.

    Belt: 1″ strap with gold plated engine-turned plaque buckle. Understated block letter Monogram optional.

    Shoes: A pair of traditional Church’s lace-ups.

    Socks: Festive Red from Gammarelli – The Pope’s tailor since 1797 and therefor the pope’s socks and therefor a great conversation piece regardless of whether you follow the man with the pointy hat who sits on his seat in Rome. (Can’t be worn with loafers that show too much sock though so stick to lace-ups).

    Scent: Oud Wood.

  14. Michael Brady | December 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm |

    That’s Ralph coat for sure. I sold one recently on another forum. I wonder if that is it?

  15. Charlottesville | December 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm |

    Lovely look. I agree with those who suggest cuffed, medium gray flannels, with burgundy cordovan loafers (tassel or penny) and belt. I would go for argyle socks, perhaps gray, navy and green. I see this ensemble in my future. Alas my polo coat is brown and cream tweed, but I have a camel-colored single breasted cashmere Chesterfield that should work. However, the beautiful camel RL polo coat is gorgeous and really makes the outfit, so I will not measure up to the natty chap above.

  16. Black watch flannels and yellow socks. Brown alligator belt and brown loafers with gold Bits

  17. Red wool Polo surcingle belt, charcoal flannels 1 1/2 cuff, athletic gray socks(ribbed), Polo brown snuff suede wing tips.

    Love the idea of the Black Watch flannels with yellow socks, reminds me high school in the 1960s. That’s a good thing.

  18. White belt, electric blue pants, ankle high dark blue thin socks with a ret clock on the outside, and shiny black Corfam shoes.

    What the hell, it’s Christmas.
    Your brother-in-law will think, “COOL!”

  19. Sorry guys, but I HATE argyle socks, or any multi-colored ones, for ANY occasion, other than dressing up as a clown!
    No better way to destroy a classy outfit, than to do either of the above with your socks.
    Jim M.

  20. It’s OK for you to be dull but don’t take the rest of the world down with you.

  21. Common CC, I just a true PURIST at heart. Save those socks for casual wear!

  22. Sorry, should be come on, not common.

  23. By way of antidote, never ever my kind of look. It just ain’t cool, baby!

  24. Count me as a supporter of the Black Watch trouser and yellow (cabled cashmere) sock contingent. I’d wear chocolate suede Alden tassels and a dark brown croc belt with engine turned buckle.

  25. Grey, flat front cuffed pants, charcoal socks, Alden cordovan long wings and an engine turned belt with cordovan strap. Add a walking stick like the one in the movie Gilda. Heidelberg scar too if you got it.

    Will

  26. Sacksuit
    You can have the walking stick, I’ll take a young Rita Hayworth clone.

  27. Jim M.
    I respect your hate, to each his own. IMO argyle socks are fine, the man is wearing a blazer, not a flannel three piece suit. Have a great holiday.

  28. As a young fencer I heard about Heidelberg scars. A few years later I met a woman who’d traveled there and found all the scarred locals very attractive. Curious what Sacksuit knows about them. Does he have one?

  29. No scars from Heidelberg. All I know of the subject came from M Magazine and Hogan’s Heroes.

    Will

  30. Go the Polo way with red cords, mauve cashmere cable knit socks and brown suede tassel mocs:

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/89/37/9b/89379bd162bbcbf431ec05ea1dbd4f9f–polo-coat-mens-overcoat.jpg

  31. Ahhh yes…..the late lamented M Magazine. Somewhere I have a stack of copies. They were packed for a move and I have not found them.

    As to the post…..

    Oxford Grey flannel trousers. 1.75 in cuffs. Plain front. Black small grain alligator belt. Silver engine turned buckle with block monogram. Charcoal grey socks. Black Alden or Allen Edmonds Bit Loafers. Or: Same trousers and socks. Burgandy leather belt with gold engine turned monogramed buckle. Chocolate colored suede Alden or Allen Edmonds tassel loafers.

  32. Vern Trotter | December 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm |

    I wear bows most of the time these days and like to wear a navy with gold or yellow bar stripe with my polo. Fact is, the polo is so heavy I don’t wear it much. I would wear one of several gray flannels with a wide brown alligator belt. One and 3/4 inch cuffs of course. Brown tassels from Johnson and Murphy match the belt. Gray knee hi socks match the slacks. No garters.

    I have known two gents with dueling scars. One from Trinity College, Dublin who claimed he got it in a duel with his wench’s cuckold. I didn’t believe him. The other is a Russian, a mercenary in the south of Africa, 50 years ago. Who won’t say how but I would believe anything.

  33. Vern Trotter | December 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm |

    I wear bows most of the time these days and like to wear a navy with gold or yellow bar stripe with my polo. Fact is, the polo is so heavy I don’t wear it much. I would wear one of several gray flannels with a wide brown alligator belt. One and 3/4 inch cuffs of course. Brown tassels from Johnson and Murphy match the belt. Gray knee hi socks match the slacks. No garters.

    I have known two gents with dueling scars. One from Trinity College, Dublin who claimed he got it in a duel with his wench’s cuckold. I didn’t believe him. The other is a Russian, a mercenary in the south of Africa, 50 years ago. Who won’t say how but I would believe anything.

  34. GS
    I owned those trou back in the day. Worn them mostly to KC Chief games.

  35. Charcoal flannels (2″ cuff), honey-color gator belt, brown suede tassel loafers, yellow cashmere cabled socks. Sable brown open crown Lock trilby, tobacco peccary gloves.

  36. Did I miss the commentary on the reversible bow tie?

  37. Henry Contestwinner | December 20, 2017 at 1:26 am |

    No, ROI, you and I are about the only ones who noticed, though I didn’t say anything until now.

  38. Is the blazer FRTrippler? Nice button spacing.

    Will

  39. Lawton (Wentworth, as was) | December 20, 2017 at 8:15 am |

    I also vote for Argyles with a Blazer. Not with a suit.

  40. This brings up an interesting quandry i recently found myself in : While lined brown loafers are the most obvious choice for the single-breasted blazer (tassel with DB) they can feel a little chilly in the cold mid-winter especially as one likes to wear one’s flannels with no break. I’ve bitten the bullet and have plunged for cherry-red long-wings with my winter weight SB-Blazer ….

  41. cream flannel trousers with brown croc braces
    cream lisle hose
    brown croc Gucci horsebits

  42. EvanEverhart | January 7, 2018 at 12:42 pm |

    As for me; warm-mid-gray mid weight flannel or heavy twill flat front super Hi-rise wool trousers with a nice cuff and a not-too wide legl line, deep cognac colored 1″ wide lizard skin belt, deep russet colored chisel toe semi brogue cap toes or Oxford wingtips, and bottle green woolen knee high socks. I wouldn’t wear that tie though. I never wear that pattern. A blue and green BB #2 repp tie would be preferable. Or a blue and pink BB #3.

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