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As always, whether it be formal, dressy or even just casual, upr_crust, you set the mark for how it should be done. I am particularly encouraged by your rig for today because I think I have the means at hand to come close to replicating it (different knit pattern on the sweater, less colorful socks and RM William's Craftsman boots, rather than the Paul Stuart Chelsea's you are wearing). Thank you for the inspiration to try! :)
 

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MY friend, I cannot claim to be enjoying the fresh snow or to be enjoying the warmth of a robust fire in the fireplace that you mention, but the brisk 57 degrees we are experiencing locally, does permit me the luxury of enjoying the comforting warmth of one of my beloved BrooksFlannel sport shirts. It doesn't happen often! LOL. ;)
 

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^^"Those shoes are just not you."

I disagree with that assessment above. Those shoes are actually very much in keeping with the photographic chronicling of upr_crust's personality in these threads. Upr_crust, my friend, those shoes are indeed you! Who among us has not seen the accessorized bits of 'flash bang' he referred to in his earlier post, as he looks out at us from those wonderful pictures with a twinkle in his eyes and a tiny, but indeed rakish little smile, or perhaps it is a poorly hidden, but good humored smirk...yes, no? He sets a new and more elevated standard for us to strive to emulate, but he also very much enjoys his splendid wardrobe, sharing life lessons with us far beyond the splendor of his wardrobe. Upr_crust so very greatly enjoys his wardrobe and it shows. Therein lies perhaps his most consistent and insightful lesson for us. If we do not truly enjoy our wardrobes, as does he, they are not worth all the time, money and effort we invest in them. Upr_crust, IMHO you should add those shoes to your collection. I am certain you will find ways to put them to good use. ;)
 

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If you are ever in the Kansas City area, you'll find the Stetson Hat Outlet just north in St. Joseph, MO. Western hats are only about half of the store - there's a broad range of more traditional dress hats there, and most of the hats are *deeply* discounted. They have a Facebook page too.

Obligatory WAYWT - a cap from Ireland by way of New Orleans for snowy NC today...
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LOL. My Stetson Temple Hats are certainly not of a cowboy/western flavor, but rather are reminiscent of the fedora(s) worn by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones series of adventure yarns! ;)
 

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^^Upr_crust, qouting the late, great sportscaster Harry Carey,
"Holy Cow!!!" Upr_crust, you do look splendid today...as you do every day! Today's rig has effectively blown away any rational arguments for this poppycock about 'casual Fridays,' that has usurped' the fancies of the misguided masses! You are looking good!
 

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The first pair of grown-up shoes I ever bought. Creases come with a lot of stories. As for the suit, my favorite vest, because of its lapels.
My friend, thank you for sharing sharing today's rig and those well used and loved and decidedly handsome shoes with us. I love the thought that "Creases (in the shoes) come with a lot of stories." I suspect that pair of shoes and the stories associated with the creasing of same could merit a thread of their own! Thanks again, for a great post.

PS: Your pocket square is the perfect crowning touch to today's rig!
 

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^^Trust me my friend,
you present a rather dashing sartorial presence in your own right and frankly, just might have the edge in the footwear department! ;)
 

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^^The most recent picture of you and your lovely wife left me thinking of the late Thomas Kincaid's painting, "End of a Perfect Day!" But in this present instance it would more appropriately read, End of a Perfect Evening and the Beginnings of Another Perfect Day! :)
 

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^^The best part of your most recent photo offerings is the self-confident smile of a gentleman who just knows he has knocked one clean out of the park with this most recent rig. Nicely done, momsdoc! :icon_cheers:
 

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Kendallr88: This coming from a former (read a long, long time ago) TI/DI for USAF Officer Trainees, nice job with the shine on those shoes in your post #198. Love the bow tie. Kudos on the rig overall! :)
 

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...and once again, momsdoc knocks it clean out of the park, with today's rig. You sir, are wearing the horsehide right off the ball with the consistent excellence of your daily rigs. Admiring that collar roll, I'm going to have to take another, perhaps closer look at LL Bean's OCBD's.
 
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