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post #16 of 36
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I live in NYC, so finding a good tailor should be easily found.
post #17 of 36
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$2400 might be a little too much for me.  The Paul Stuart deals sound like a great bargain to me.  What is the exact difference between cordovan and brown?  Is it a darker shade of brown?  Also, what shirts do you recommend without going into the $100+ range?  I'm leaning towards getting one of the suit brands stated in this post.  Just need to find a good deal before buying.  I could never afford retail.
Cordovan actually means two things; Color - reddish, oxblood, merlot, etc. More properly, however, cordovan refers to the leather made to make some shoes, which has lots of great unique properties, but also makes it expensive ($400+ a pair). I was referring to the color - the reddish brown, which goes with navy, grey, black, tan, etc. And be sure to get a belt to match. (Also, you can get good shoes, Cole-Haan or similar, at the discount stores I mentioned above - this can *definitely* be worth it, since there's not a lot of service or tailoring that goes on even when you pay full price for Cole-haans either) Shirts - go with whatever works for you - but get measured, and find out your size. You can usually get deals when you buy several at a time. Also, if you're in the city, consider going to Carl at CEGO.com - who'll make custom starting at around $80. (I'm taking the plunge the next time I save up enough - probably this fall). Otherwise, for RTW, I'd look at The Shirt Store, Charles Tyrwhitt, Brooks Brothers, and the Nordstrom in house stuff isn't half-bad either if you can get it on sale.
post #18 of 36
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I was leaning towards 700$ being the max I'd be willing to spend for my next suit.  Would a solid navy be considered an essential suit color?
Ha, okay I aimed a little low. With a little patience, $700 can certainly score an excellent suit - people in NY seem to have good things to say about Century 21 and the Loehmann's up there. I'd recommend navy as well - it complements almost every body type and complexion.
post #19 of 36
Good advice all around here. I suggested another pair of black as you're in a conservative work environment. Cordovan would also be a good option to break out of the black shoe tyranny. Like most around here, I prefer brown shoes myself, but I don't work in an office.
post #20 of 36
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I'm leaning towards getting a dark brown pair of shoes. I'm just going to need to look out for sales on suits.
post #21 of 36
oh - and before I forget, PLEASE invest in a decent overcoat or at least a lined trench coat - nothing looks sillier than a person in a suit in a short coat.
post #22 of 36
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I guess I'm gonna have to peruse ebay frequently? How do all of you find your deals on suits?
post #23 of 36
ask around on here - check out Filene's basement and Century 21. Like I mentioned (and as you can see from other forum posts) there is a good sale on Hickey Freeman suits over in Times Square - I got my suit deals at the same place when they were doing the Paul Stuart sale.
post #24 of 36
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I guess I'm gonna have to peruse ebay frequently?  How do all of you find your deals on suits?
EBay, places like NM Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, Marshall's, and Filene's Basement: it's really about keeping your eyes open wherever you go. It can take a while if you have a difficult size, but never discount luck.
post #25 of 36
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I'll certainly check out the sale this week than. What do all of you think of Canali and Corneliani suits?
post #26 of 36
What size are you?  In my experience, the best selection of discounted high-end suits are found in 44R-46R.
post #27 of 36
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42R
post #28 of 36
Yanks, a great little bit on building a work wardobe is at Harry Rosen's site. http://www.harryrosen.com/english/ha...what_wear.html That leads you through the stages what you are going through. Good luck
post #29 of 36
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42R
42R--great size: check out the suits on www.yoox.com. Pretty much all the suits are regulars. Also check out the suits on the Sierra Trading post web site. Get your measurements taken before you shop on e-bay. You will need them, because the sizes listed are not as accurate as you might believe.
post #30 of 36
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Haha. Thanks for the size compliment. I will certainly look into getting myself more accurately measured. I have around 20+ ties, but I'm looking to get rid of the weaker ties, and build around purchasing nicer things.
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