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Up for reluctant sale is my Gianfranco Ferre made in Italy charcoal wool top coat. I purchased it new from an authorized retailer and have gently worn it in rotation with many other coats. It is a 40R and measures 20.5” shoulder seam to seam and 41.5” top of back collar to bottom of coat. Peaked lapels, three button closure, single center vent. It has no stains, tears or damage and has not be altered or dry cleaned. My crude photography skills do not do justice to the...
I agree with the above suggestions. Your black suit will be OK, assuming that it has been tailored and fits well. If not, than a bit of quick tailoring will be better than buying something new. White shirt (again, one that fits or is tailored to do so), solid black tie, shoes and a pocket square and you will be good to go. By the way, a "formal party" = white tie and tails (or morning dress), semi-formal = tuxedo, in-formal = suit & tie, casual = smart, but not sloppy....
They can make pretty much any belt in any size. Good quality and reasonable prices. http://www.beltmaster.com/
Label and price.
I would not spend $500 on a Brioni, Ralph Lauren or any other "designer" that was not a true shoe manufacturer. Better value for the same or less money can be had from AE, Alden or others. Just my opinion.
My answer depends upon what you do for work. If you are in legal, banking or similar higher end professions, then go with a smaller number of better quality suits. If you are a pit boss in a dark and smoky casino, then quantity over quality (no one will notice). Can you alternate suit days with blazer/sport coat days? If so, than one or two blazers/sport coats with an assortment of trousers, shirts and ties will help mix it up on your limited budget.
I just came across a gold (with a bit of black) tie in my closet. It's not the easiest tie to match with shirt and suit combinations. It looks OK with a blue shirt and gray suit, but not great. Any other suggestions? Photos appreciated. Thanks!
It seems like a lot of retailers ranging from Mens' Warehouse to Brooks Brothers offer "suit separates" these days. I'm guessing the reason for going this route is that your drop is either too large or too small to fit traditional suit sizing. Or, you want to pair of trousers to match the jacket. Just curious if anyone has done this and why.
You get this "complement."
Would you really rent-a-tie? Interesting idea, but not something I would do. I'd put the monthly fee toward buying ties. I would not want a tie on my neck that has made the rounds, even though they are "sanitized." Reminds me of shoes you rent at the bowling alley. https://freshneck.com
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