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Is the SS Napoli in plain navy a good budget-conscious suit for a wedding, or are there better options?     I have a giant head and wide shoulders, FWIW. Do you think the wider lapels on that suit would look better than other suits with more narrow lapels? 
I should mention: I have a giant head and extremely wide shoulders. Should I look for a suit with wider lapels? And should I get one that is notched, to give it a bit more versatility? It's not a real formal wedding.    Sorry for the noob questions. 
Or would I be better off going with something from JCrew or BR?    I don't live in a city with SS, if that makes any difference. Willing to just order, though, if that's really my best option. 
I need some help with sizing for the new Macneils. I wear a 10.5D in the Strands, Mcallisters, and Cronmoks (65 last) and they all fit perfectly.   I heard the Macneil ran wide so I ordered a 10.5C. Way too tight. Ordered the 10. Ordered the 10.5D and they're still too tight - and possibly too short as well. They look amazing, though. Any suggestions on finding the right fit? 11E? Or is my foot just not meant for the Macneils? 
Kuala Lumpur is one of the hottest, muggiest cities I've ever visited. With my Anglo genes, I'd likely die of a skin rash within a week of living in an open air mansion like that.   No thanks.  
I suffered a thoracic nerve injury in a skydiving incident (T8-T9 vertebrae) and I was wheelchair bound until last May, when you guessed it: I took a European vacation. The mattresses in Florence and Rome were unbelievable, and I gained full sensation and control of my lower body after just three full nights of restful sleep. I could stand, go on walking tours, even do deadlifts at the hotel gym, but after returning home it was back to the same ol same ol.    Are there...
My current shoe collection: Strand in walnut Mcallister in bourbon Strand in brown suede Cronmok boots in brown I work in a business casual environment and wear the Mcallisters and Cronmok boots 95% of the time. Think I need a legit, versatile wingtip to join the regular rotation. McGregor? Thoughts on that? Because the 65 last fits me perfectly. Brown? Oxblood? Chili? Want something for work and also to wear out, even with jeans/cords.
Right, it's just a small step up from the grass to the deck. I am, however, going to have to put a few railings in near the porch, but nothing significant.    That's my project for next weekend, along with hard-wiring my string lights to an outdoor dimmer switch. 
Thanks. I'd be careful with your plan, though. We tried to do the same thing with our deck, sanding down using a floor/drum sander, grinding the paint off between boards using an angle grinder, and patching in boards that needed to go. Took forever and was quite expensive. In the end it didn't look good, even after using a deck wash and brightener. It's almost impossible to get the old wood to look great, and it's completely impossible to get it to match the fresh stuff....
Finally finished rehabbing my deck last night, finishing up the staining at 1 am.    Went from this:       To this:     Just say NO! To deckover paint and excess railings. 
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