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In general, the rule is that the lapel width and the tie width should roughly match. I actually think, for a smaller guy, a 3" lapel works fine with a wider tie and can create a nice contrast. But that's because the lapels don't look disproportionately small. I'd guess that for a 45L a 3" lapel will look really small (kind of like the way the lapels on Mad Men look on Don Draper), so wearing a 3.5" tie with such narrow lapels would be a little off.
Agreed, the reality is that outside of big banks in NYC or actual fashion houses, people who really know or care about suit construction or a pair of fine leather shoes are few and far between. Even in big law firms, you'll regularly see people walking around with their old Kenneth Cole square toes and suits from JAB or Lauren Ralph Lauren. No one really cares about how you dress as long as it's within a (broadly conceived) range of what qualifies as professional attire.
So for members in the United States who ordered these, what was your total price per pair of shoes after taking into account shipping and all other costs (and does Meermin deduct VAT since we're not an EU country?)?
The white shirt is indeed a separate piece.
I'm 5'8" and I actually find most RLBL 38Rs to fit pretty well in length. This sportcoat is 30" long? That seems longer than the 38Rs I've seen, which were mostly 29.5" or so.
Definitely I prefer flat front but I have a few pleated pants and they can actually work well if you wear them right.
Re: the Parnis watch -- it's a solid choice and definitely a good buy at $100. I would advice you to be aware that Parnis watches are often "homage" watches (a nice term for watches that crib the look of a more famous maker). For reference, the Parnis you linked is basically an IWC Portuguese imitation. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, and I love some homage watches (Steinhart's Ocean 1 looks almost identical to a Rolex Submariner and costs about 7% as much). But just...
A little puzzled by your post's $999 price figure -- these suits are selling for $700 right now on Brooks Brothers website: Link
I think we're being a little unkind to OP. Depending on the girlfriend's career ambitions, it could be counterproductive to dress that way. If you were a lawyer and did that, you would get nowhere fast. So it depends on the workplace and her own ambitions, so more details would be appreciated. To the extent that OP is concerned not because of jealousy or insecurity, but because he wants to help his girlfriend dress professionally in a way that will benefit her, he deserves...
Good calls. I'd also say to grab a monk strap somewhere in there. Maybe the #5 should actually be a pair of monks rather than shell cordovan, which is really an optional shoe.
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