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post #1591 of 2029
no joke, dress pants are more like 3" off, wtf cm? always have to tailor your shit.
post #1592 of 2029
Speaking of oversized pants, maybe someone can give me some advice...

CM states that you can tailer their suit pants up to 2". The 30" is definitely too big for me, but the 28" is a bit too snug.

Does it matter if I get a 30 and have a tailor bring the waste in vs. a 28 and let them out? Is there a difference?

Thanks all.

PS: CM's casual pants are very frustrating for me because the 30s are too big in the waste but the 28s usually only come in 30 length and I am over 6 feet! They never carry 29x32 in store, although I see online that *some* colors in *some* styles are offered in this size...

PPS: my (old) local CM provided free tailor service on their dress clothes. Do all the B&M stores do that?
post #1593 of 2029
yeah have to tailor mine all the time frown.gif
post #1594 of 2029
All CM B&M will tailor hems on pants for free, not sure about waist though.
Always better to take in the waist rather than take it out, imho.
post #1595 of 2029
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Originally Posted by canstyleace View Post

All CM B&M will tailor hems on pants for free, not sure about waist though.
Always better to take in the waist rather than take it out, imho.
All else being equal I agree with this. I think the bigger sizes are better for my thighs too.
post #1596 of 2029
How does CM compare to J. Crew? They seem pretty similar.
post #1597 of 2029
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post

How does CM compare to J. Crew? They seem pretty similar.

In what terms? Quality to me is about the same, the fit is the same off the rack. i have one item from J crew that I bought on sale.

I shop almost exclusively at Club Monaco for casual pieces because a family member works there and I get their discount icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #1598 of 2029
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

In what terms? Quality to me is about the same, the fit is the same off the rack. i have one item from J crew that I bought on sale.

I shop almost exclusively at Club Monaco for casual pieces because a family member works there and I get their discount icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

That's kind of what I was wondering...

I work part time at J. Crew just to make some extra money at the holidays but it's a pain in the ass to get to so I thought about checking out CM. It's very close and seems to have similar clothes but I've never actually worn any of it or seen the clothing in person.

It almost seems like it's RL's version of J. Crew. J. Crew has Aldan's, McCalister, Wallace and Barnes... CM has Clarks, Grenson, Mcnairy, Barbour (although, J. Crew has Barbour as well)..

Although, J. Crew seems a little edgier (color - wise) whereas CM seems a little conservative. Not that that's a bad thing.
post #1599 of 2029
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post

That's kind of what I was wondering...

I work part time at J. Crew just to make some extra money at the holidays but it's a pain in the ass to get to so I thought about checking out CM. It's very close and seems to have similar clothes but I've never actually worn any of it or seen the clothing in person.

It almost seems like it's RL's version of J. Crew. J. Crew has Aldan's, McCalister, Wallace and Barnes... CM has Clarks, Grenson, Mcnairy, Barbour (although, J. Crew has Barbour as well)..

Although, J. Crew seems a little edgier (color - wise) whereas CM seems a little conservative. Not that that's a bad thing.

I find J crew to have more color but that's just me. You can't really go wrong with both but I don't ever buy anything from CM at retail price. EVER
post #1600 of 2029
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I find J crew to have more color but that's just me. You can't really go wrong with both but I don't ever buy anything from CM at retail price. EVER

I wouldn't either. That's why I'd work there so I could get the discount. That's what I do with J. Crew.
post #1601 of 2029

In terms of aesthetics, as you probably have noticed, CM is very similar to H&M (urban, dressy, chic) while J.Crew is actually more like Ralph Lauren (preppy, vintage, casual.)

 

CM's quality is slightly better than J.Crew in my opinion. Either that or J.Crew has been trending down. I actually go to the stores and look at stitching and construction on shirts, jackets, pants, etc.; it appears to me that CM stuff is a tad more carefully made. But then, that could be simply part of the aesthetics, and both are acceptable if not decent in terms of quality.

post #1602 of 2029
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post


I find J crew to have more color but that's just me. You can't really go wrong with both but I don't ever buy anything from CM at retail price. EVER


On that note, interestingly, I have been more tempted to buy full retail at CM than at any other store. Maybe I just really like CM and am incredibly biased, but when I walk in the store I do feel that certain things are worth paying the retail price for. I have the student discount and never need to pay full retail, but I have used it on full-priced stuff on multiple occasions. Which is kinda a big deal for me, considering how I always buy things at least 40% off.

 

For example, I bought this jacket a while ago with the student discount for $120. Still a lot for me as a student, but I decided to get it and scrimp on other things instead. I don't regret it one bit. (The jacket is nearly sold out and not even on sale, so a lot of people must be thinking the same.)

post #1603 of 2029
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Originally Posted by xxxamazexxx View Post

In terms of aesthetics, as you probably have noticed, CM is very similar to H&M (urban, dressy, chic) while J.Crew is actually more like Ralph Lauren (preppy, vintage, casual.)

CM's quality is slightly better than J.Crew in my opinion. Either that or J.Crew has been trending down. I actually go to the stores and look at stitching and construction on shirts, jackets, pants, etc.; it appears to me that CM stuff is a tad more carefully made. But then, that could be simply part of the aesthetics, and both are acceptable if not decent in terms of quality.

Weird you say that. CM is owned by Ralph Lauren.
post #1604 of 2029
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post


Weird you say that. CM is owned by Ralph Lauren.

 

Owned, but their creative is independent.

 

If you look at RL, the stuff is more workwear/heritage. CM stuff is modern and minimalist although it does have a small selection of workwear/heritage stuff.

post #1605 of 2029
What kinda discount do staff get? I'm just curious.

I really like some stuff from CM, like their peccary gloves from last winter, and their Millerain fishtail also from last winter. But I have to say I've been looking at J. Crew more and more lately, for a couple reasons.

First, CM thought it was a good idea to release a whole bunch of 300-400 cashmere sweaters for the Fall/Winter season before merino/lambswool. Whereas J. Crew has a really nice "rustic merino" sweater with suedge elbow patches, which I got 2 of.

I've also found CM to be a little too plain/boring lately. But that could just be because I'm pretty stocked with my basics, so all I'm looking for is a sparing amount of stuff that are a little unusual. It's probably just my changing tastes and requirements, and nothing to do with them. Who knows.
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