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post #10696 of 16285
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Originally Posted by ohyoumad View Post

Why is there so much hate for a place like UO and so much love for Uniqlo? Just an honest question. I picked up a pair of Obey Jeans and Koto Camo Chinos for under $80 on sale today. I guess sometimes it's hard to figure out where the line is on brands that are SF approved or not, and to understand why some are promoted over others. I know has Uniqlo just prices low to start, and is good for basics, so maybe that's it. Or is the quality THAT bad from a place like UO?

Bottom line: I'm directing all my left over $$ each month to improve my wardrobe. I'm genuinely trying to buy mostly quality/quantity these days, sometimes it's hard, even when looking at dress shirts, to figure out what the real story is. For example, I could go to Lands End and get a tailored fit dress shirt in my given length/neck size for $30...or pick up a shirt from Taylor Stitch for $130. Is the difference longevity of the fabric and the quality used? I've run into the same thing looking at Chinos from Dockers/J. Crew vs. Unis. Hard to know the reasons for the difference in price and when it's justified. Genuinely interested in upping my knowledge and becoming informed, all replies appreciated.

There are a number of factors here. Materials and fit are perhaps the most focused on here on SF. Great materials in a shitty fitting cut does no one any good. Likewise, slim cut pieces that are poor quality are doomed to be replaced, either due to workmanship issues or the owner's (You) rising knowledge of garments, tastes, etc. Really, nothing from Uniqlo or Lands' End Canvas is going to "fall apart" but neither is it as nice as some other brands that get a lot of love here.

One major factor for brands like Taylor Stitch, Epaulet, 3sixteen, Unis, etc get attention here are that the goods are made in the US. That alone does not make a garment "better" but for brands like this that are making high quality product, it represents the "true cost" of the garment. This is something to consider on a bigger level, but budgets are budgets, and money is a real thing for everyone.

There's a few things going on in SF: Exposure to wider range of brands and styles / better understanding of quality / exploration of personal aesthetic and many more. There's nothing wrong w/ buying cheap oxfords that fit well to build out your closet and your look. But then, after a while, you may realize the fabrics, small batch made-in-the US production, and fit, of Taylor Stitch (just an example) is more what you're after.

After all, how we feel about what we buy and wear is as important as how it looks.

EDIT: This is a great read on Well Spent (check the site out) from Eunice Lee on why her pants cost what they do: http://well-spent.com/2011/03/23/unis-felix-shirts/#comments
post #10697 of 16285

Not the most original question to ask but...can anyone recommend where to get basic wool socks in grey and navy? Doesn't have to be premium quality but minimal design, with no brand names on them (so, I know about the Allen Edmonds socks but they say Allen Edmonds on them and I prefer they don't have anything on them).

post #10698 of 16285
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Originally Posted by jm22 View Post

Not the most original question to ask but...can anyone recommend where to get basic wool socks in grey and navy? Doesn't have to be premium quality but minimal design, with no brand names on them (so, I know about the Allen Edmonds socks but they say Allen Edmonds on them and I prefer they don't have anything on them).

Pantherella I think is the SF favorite.
post #10699 of 16285
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Originally Posted by jm22 View Post

Not the most original question to ask but...can anyone recommend where to get basic wool socks in grey and navy? Doesn't have to be premium quality but minimal design, with no brand names on them (so, I know about the Allen Edmonds socks but they say Allen Edmonds on them and I prefer they don't have anything on them).

I like LL Bean for wool socks
post #10700 of 16285
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Originally Posted by jm22 View Post

Not the most original question to ask but...can anyone recommend where to get basic wool socks in grey and navy? Doesn't have to be premium quality but minimal design, with no brand names on them (so, I know about the Allen Edmonds socks but they say Allen Edmonds on them and I prefer they don't have anything on them).

i always look for camp sock i think is what your talking about. J.Crew has a bunch for like 10 bucks a pair. if not LL Bean definitely has them. 

post #10701 of 16285
I'm looking for pants with this sort of tied waistband. This one's from assembly NY... any other recommended brands, preferably cheaper (<200USD)? Also maybe something with different silhouette, like a normal slim fit trouser, just with that tied waist design..

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Where can I buy boots that will fit my feet? My feet are 10 1/2 " long by about 4 6\10 " wide, or 9 1/2 EEE in American shoe sizes. I bought some Iron Rangers and sized up half a size and got the wide boots and they still were too small (unless I just need to break them in but it was very painful to walk in them, they crushed the top of my left food over my toe and foot) so I am kind of fucked for shoes I think. Clarks Desert boots fit me because they stretch pretty easily, but the fit isn't good.

I need some boots for winter (not specifically snow boots, just something better than tennis shoes or clarks) and I have never been able to find a decent pair.

Something like this is probably my only option.

http://www.zappos.com/skechers-work-foreman-storm-dark-brown
Edited by Foxtrot56 - 11/27/12 at 7:55am
post #10704 of 16285

thanks but nah. those are drawstring and ribbed waist a la gym pants.. what i'm looking for is more wool trousers but with that ribbon tie waist detail
post #10705 of 16285
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Originally Posted by Foxtrot56 View Post

Where can I buy boots that will fit my feet? My feet are 10 1/2 " long by about 4 6\10 " wide, or 9 1/2 EEE in American shoe sizes. I bought some Iron Rangers and sized up half a size and got the wide boots and they still were too small (unless I just need to break them in but it was very painful to walk in them, they crushed the top of my left food over my toe and foot) so I am kind of fucked for shoes I think. Clarks Desert boots fit me because they stretch pretty easily, but the fit isn't good.
I need some boots for winter (not specifically snow boots, just something better than tennis shoes or clarks) and I have never been able to find a decent pair.
Something like this is probably my only option.
http://www.zappos.com/skechers-work-foreman-storm-dark-brown

Wolverine 1000 mile comes in EEE widths

post #10706 of 16285

suggestion for a slim fitting short/mid-length coat to survive Chicago winter? preferably not nylon because I find the look a bit too sporty

post #10707 of 16285

Are these pants too slim?

 

I just bought 2 pairs of Bonobos Navy and Tan in their slim cotton version.

 

All pants are 32x34.

 

 

Photo 1 is JCrew Slim Navy Chino which i currently wear

Vs

Photo 2 is Bonobos Slim Navy

 

Photo 3 i think is the best fit, grey wool Banana Republic pants

 

As photo 2 is hard to see, the same pants in Tan are photos 4 and 5. Waist fits fine, but its the lower thigh where its tight.

 

 

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post #10708 of 16285
Asked elsewhere (probably wrong forum so is a repeat). Just wanted to know some quick thoughts on black chukkas - more specifically http://www.lastcall.com/p/Sebago-Tremont-Lace-Up-Boot-Black/.
Some of my thoughts are similar to what has been expressed by others on the forums. Personally a fan of the chukka style (but not crepe soles) and was originally looking for a pair in brown for more casual, everyday use. However, these seemed to be a good deal and less formal than pure black. My concern regards the mixed look of these shoes - the textured black is more casual but seems strange to me in context of a black chukka. Thanks.

To try to help out here - @Kashmir - something like these? Perhaps still a little into the lounge/gym side
http://www.revolveclothing.com/DisplayProduct.jsp?product=SHAD-MP106&c=Shades+of+Grey+by+Micah+Cohen&d=b
post #10709 of 16285

Can someone give me an answer for this please?

Thanks

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/324953/authenticate-these-ferragamo-loafers

post #10710 of 16285

Hello,

 

I recently came across this insightful site.

And because I do not know much

or anything.

I have a question to ask.

 

Regardless of opinions,

The Asos brand leather jacket(or any of their jackets in general), how do the sizing and fits truly feel compared to H&M or Topman.

I ask this for i am an easy Xs in both H&M and Topman and a 34' in jackets at H&M, I once bought an xs in a canvas typed button jacket and a 34' tweed blazer from Asos last year.

The jacket was bit ..lax in fit. very similar to an XS fit from Gap.

 

I saved it until the summer ended and when autumn blew in, I took it out and saw, after losing some more weight it seems, it had become uncomfortable loose.

So i sold it on ebay. and want to buy a different jacket but in an xxs, after seeing that an xs was now too big.

 

Yet.

the tweed 34' blazer i bought was much too tight and is too tight now even after i lost weight.

 

Thus, I drew the conclusion that the sizing chart on the site, Asos.com, is a bunch of hooplah.

 

My question is this:

Are the jackets and coats(different that blazers and suit jackets) from asos.com that are the Asos brand, all similiar in sizing and thus an xxs was the right choice.

And if so, how much shorter is an xxs to an xs for the Asos brand jackets?

 

 

Below is what I had in an XS that i sold on ebay(side note: the lapels were much much wider that what this stock photo let on...like a secret internet fatty):

 

700

 

 

These are the two jackets i am ordering in xxs:

 

700700

 

 

 

 

 

if anyone could help me out,

I would greatly appreciate it.

If i've found myself on the wrong thread or a repeating one,

you have my apologies and i will gladly follow the direction of the appropriate thread if i am in error.

If no one entirely knows about the sizing dilemma, or just think my choices are not fit in quality nor style to be answered,

that's quite alright and I hope you all have a wonderful day.

 

Ali

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