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Originally Posted by Cotton Dockers View Post

Light outside this morning so I tried a different shot today:

You got way more thumbs than me today, so there's no reason you should be taking my advice, but I'd have gone with a darker tie. I'm also generally not a fan of a sport coat with khakis, but that may just be a personal taste.
That jacket is 100% sweet, though.
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Stitchy's got it exactly right, and this is the advice you will get on the thrift thread, too. Almost 0% of my wardrobe (other than unmentionables) was bought retail (unless you count TJX as retail). To be sure, a few things are off by a half inch here or there, but I like to think my eye has improved to the point that I'm generally pretty close. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself about what really fits (lurk here for good examples then emulate), and if you are buying only for yourself (as opposed to for trade/resale), save the money for the items that fit.

 

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It's bad manners to wear a hat indoors and I'm sure the original wearer of that suit would have taken his off once he crossed the threshold.

@ Cliche - Stitchy is handing out some sound advice in his last couple of posts. You say you thrifted some of your threads? Take a look at Pingson's jacket and see how it is an almost perfect fit? THAT is how to thrift my friend!


Applying what I know now, I went home and tried on all the blazers I have and most of them (lets say 75%) are okay with maybe one thing or two things that are slightly off, sadly the others are like this. Hilariously, I just realized that I put on the wrong navy blazer this morning. I bought this one to wear with a sweater. The other one is lighter weight and is a 38 instead of 42 in the shoulders. I'm realistically a 38-40 depending on the cut and the fabric.

In any event, I definitely know what to look for a lot more now and I'm excited to put it all to use.

 

Thankfully most of the things I own already aren't a huge embarrassment, but are definitely not SF worthy.

 

Also, if the jacket is a nice fit how much does it typically cost to bring it in a little bit? A few of them are nice enough to invest in a little bit. Otherwise, I just need to be cognizant of the fact that I'm thin and need to pay more attention when I shop for this stuff. I'm well aware of the sunk cost fallacy.

 

I suppose I can also get measured when there and look at things online as well.

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Ask around and try to find a good seamstress or tailor. It's unlikely you'll find this person at your local dry cleaners. A good seamstress may be able to make an OK jacket fit near perfectly so make sure when buying or thrifting that you figure the cost of alterations into the cost of the clothes. An excellent seamstress will not only do good work, but give you good advice on what adjustments can be made and what are not worth the money due to the high likelihood of failure.
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Ask around and try to find a good seamstress or tailor. It's unlikely you'll find this person at your local dry cleaners. A good seamstress may be able to make an OK jacket fit near perfectly so make sure when buying or thrifting that you figure the cost of alterations into the cost of the clothes. An excellent seamstress will not only do good work, but give you good advice on what adjustments can be made and what are not worth the money due to the high likelihood of failure.

 

Thanks and will do. I'm in boston, so there shouldn't be a shortage. The shortage is with my $$$ however and the 9-10 odd blazers I have, I've probably spent 100-150 on total. As I said earlier, most are of acceptable fit with a few being more off. That said, there's no point sinking money into something that's going to stay acceptable.


Thanks for all your help everyone. I'm going to stop derailing this thread now.

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Just got this jacket delivered in the mail yesterday, and I'm trying it out today to determine if I need to alter it in any way. So far I'm pretty pleased with it, but comments are most welcome nod[1].gif
 

 

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I thrifted the jacket from our own Dirnelli. It is bespoke by French tailors Cifonell and judging from the marking inside it was made in December 1984 - I find it pretty awesome to wear a jacket that it almost 30 years old.

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That jacket is Awesome. Are those black ( /charcoal?) flannels that you've paired it with?

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Mo' (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

Jacket: Canali

Shirt: Lewin

Tie: Shibumi

PS: Drake's

Trousers: cotton/linen mix new from the tailor

Socks: Blacksocks.com

Shoes: Robinson's of Carrickfergus (made by Barker I think)

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It's bad manners to wear a hat indoors and I'm sure the original wearer of that suit would have taken his off once he crossed the threshold.

@ Cliche - Stitchy is handing out some sound advice in his last couple of posts. You say you thrifted some of your threads? Take a look at Pingson's jacket and see how it is an almost perfect fit? THAT is how to thrift my friend!

I can assure you that I have thrifted a fair amount of stuff that never made it onto these pages, thankfully I'm getting better at it nod[1].gif . But the key is "know your measurements" . If it doesn't look like it will fit you from the measurements then guess what - it probably won't fit you. Even if it's the nicest looking jacket you have ever seen. The key to successful thrifting is patience, patience and even more patience. I (and many others here) have learned that the hard way...
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

Stitchy's got it exactly right, and this is the advice you will get on the thrift thread, too. Almost 0% of my wardrobe (other than unmentionables) was bought retail (unless you count TJX as retail). To be sure, a few things are off by a half inch here or there, but I like to think my eye has improved to the point that I'm generally pretty close. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself about what really fits (lurk here for good examples then emulate), and if you are buying only for yourself (as opposed to for trade/resale), save the money for the items that fit.
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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post

It's bad manners to wear a hat indoors and I'm sure the original wearer of that suit would have taken his off once he crossed the threshold.


@ Cliche - Stitchy is handing out some sound advice in his last couple of posts. You say you thrifted some of your threads? Take a look at Pingson's jacket and see how it is an almost perfect fit? THAT is how to thrift my friend!

Applying what I know now, I went home and tried on all the blazers I have and most of them (lets say 75%) are okay with maybe one thing or two things that are slightly off, sadly the others are like this. Hilariously, I just realized that I put on the wrong navy blazer this morning. I bought this one to wear with a sweater. The other one is lighter weight and is a 38 instead of 42 in the shoulders. I'm realistically a 38-40 depending on the cut and the fabric.


In any event, I definitely know what to look for a lot more now and I'm excited to put it all to use.

Thankfully most of the things I own already aren't a huge embarrassment, but are definitely not SF worthy.

Also, if the jacket is a nice fit how much does it typically cost to bring it in a little bit? A few of them are nice enough to invest in a little bit. Otherwise, I just need to be cognizant of the fact that I'm thin and need to pay more attention when I shop for this stuff. I'm well aware of the sunk cost fallacy.

I suppose I can also get measured when there and look at things online as well.

Sounds like you should go back to the drawing board and figure out your size. If you think you need to get jackets in a different size just to wear a sweater underneath then your original jacket size is probably too small.

I agree that depending on cut and model you can move between two sizes (I am usually 44L but can fit into some 42L), but frankly I just use size as the first filter when looking for stuff to thrift. Once I have found something that is advertised as a size that would fit me, I always look at the measurements to see if it would indeed fit me. You can not imagine how inaccurate the listed sizing can be. I have my measurements down to about 0.5" (shoulders and length for jackets are the most important measurements (for me) since these things can not be altered without spending serious $$$). If all but one measurement is OK, I still pass (the exemption being sleeve length which is easy to alter, assuming there is enough material to lengthen it (as I always need to let the sleeves out)).

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Just got this jacket delivered in the mail yesterday, and I'm trying it out today to determine if I need to alter it in any way. So far I'm pretty pleased with it, but comments are most welcome nod%5B1%5D.gif

 

That jacket is Awesome. Are those black ( /charcoal?) flannels that you've paired it with?

No they are sort of medium grey, they just look charcoal in that picture.
Edited by Pingson - 11/13/13 at 12:18am
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But the key is "know your measurements" . If it doesn't look like it will fit you from the measurements then guess what - it probably won't fit you. Even if it's the nicest looking jacket you have ever seen. The key to successful thrifting is patience, patience and even more patience. I (and many others here) have learned that the hard way...
 I have my measurements down to about 0.5" (shoulders and length for jackets are the most important measurements (for me) since these things can not be altered without spending serious $$$). If all but one measurement is OK, I still pass (the exemption being sleeve length which is easy to alter, 
 

This!

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the Wu (tie) looks waay brite in the bottom pic. It's not.  more a plum, so went B&W for the texture

 

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Great look Pliny, though I miss some moar collar roal. :)

 

Me went completely casual today. n00b at that.

 

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Thx its a broadcloth tho not an oxford. Nice cas look smile.gif
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Nice . Wots the cloth?
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Pictures a bit dark today, but onwards...

 

 

New wool tie by Atkinsons (check them out - tie makers since 1820: http://www.atkinsonsties.com/).

 
Not hugely exciting I know, and I didn't do much with the PS. I like the tie though. :-)
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This will be my last posting to this thread until early December, I expect, my vacation schedule being what it is.

Suit, tie & overcoat - BB
Shirt - Lewin
Cufflinks - Benson & Clegg, London
PS - PRL
Vintage watch chain
Shoes - C & J
Hat - Selentino
Scarf - Fortnum & Mason, London


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