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Lost a lot of weight. Have to start from new.

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I'm 31 years old, I studied business and economics.

Right now I am 183cm tall and 79 kg. Collar size 41-42. Chest circumference 90cm. Upper arm 38. Athletic build.

I recently lost close to 30kg and will start a new (office) job, which is why except for socks I pretty much have to buy all new clothes. Even my winter coat looks like it belongs to my older brother ;-)

My weight will stell decrease another 2 or 3kg and I'll add a bit of muscles, but the differences will be pretty negligible.

 

As I've lost so much weight, all the suits and shirts I had bought over the years don't fit me anymore and I have to start pretty much from the beginning.

 

I have 2 brown Joop suits size 98, which fit me well, one plain brown the other with pencil stripes and 3 nice ties.

Out of my 25-30 shirts only maybe 5 fit my collar well, but they're all much too wide for my waist, two of which are white shirts that I wear for job interviews, even though slim fit, these white 41 collar Joop shirts are much too wide around the waist.

I have quite a few Joop shirts that I would like to keep, if they were slimmer.

 

After losing my own business money is rather tight, but I need to quickly my wardrobe to be dressed properly for all occasions.

 

I also have another couple of Boss suits size 98, which are just plain too big for me. From reading some articles I found that altering them would probably not make sense. I'm not that fond of them anyways so I'm not opposed to the idea of selling them.

 

About the suits. I was thinking about adding another 2 Joop 98 suits navy, light grey, dark grey, maybe used on ebay so as to not having to spend 1000 Euros on the suits.

 

About the shirts: If I could have my existing shirts altered that would help me out a lot with my casual wear as I could wear those outside of the office. I do have a LOT of plain white and black Joop T-shirts that I would wear under he shirts.

If there's a cheap source in Asia, where I could have a few shirts tailormade on the cheap, that might be a good idea.

 

I will also need some pants, jumpers etc. to wear, when going out. I'll need a winter coat, maybe a thinner coat for autumn and spring, a scarf, and gloves (I have a pair a black suede gloves, which are nice, but they maybe look a bit worn)

 

 

I would ask you to help me with 2 things:

1. Put together a list of the items I should buy in order to be prepare. I still have some free time, so I can try on clothes, etc. By them time I start the job, the time constraints will be horrible, and I'll have to immediately be prepared to go to the office 5 times a week, while moving to a new city etc. So, I would like to do as much about this as I possibly can, right now.

 

2. Give me advice on where I could source parts of my wardrobe, being on a budget and needing a lot at once. I live in Germany and am quite comfortable buying from abroad. So, maybe if I source other items from abroad aswell, maybe a coat etc. I would appreciate you giving me contact information or maybe some bargains I could used. I wouldn't even mind used-like new items.

 

 

I really hope, someone can help. Thank you guys.

If I can give you measurements or take pictures of things I have etc, to help the process, please let me know

post #2 of 34

I will leave the wardrobe help to other guys, as I think they might give you more help, but this is a very nice problem to have.  I'm a kinesiologist, so I cannot go without saying well done getting yourself fitter and healthier.  Most of us who have never fought that battle do not know how difficult, nor what an accomplishment, it is.  Hats off to you, sir!

post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the kind words.

I'll stay off-topic for this post :-)

 

It might interest you to hear, that 6 years ago I went cold turkey off cigarettes. I had smoked 2-3 packs a day. Within 4 months after giving them up I gained from 78kg to almost 107kg. I went to see an endocrinologist, to find out if something was wrong with my thyroids.

I tried quite a few different diets and found what worked for me and what didn't, which is different for everyone, I suppose.

Swimming for example made me incredibly hungry, same as carbs gave me a lot of appetite an hour after I had eaten (I seem to have responded a lot to spikes in blood sugar levels)

 

Now, I'm basically getting rid of the remaing jiggly layer and aim at 11-12% body fat. Within the next few weeks I should be able to run 10km in under 45minutes. I'm still battling the 10 wide-grip pullups (8 are my maximum right now). But there's still progress and I'm within 2kg of my target weight of 78kg. Seeing that 7 on the scale again last Friday was a big moment :-)

I should mention though that in my youth I played tennis at an almost professional level and did a lot of other sports. So, pushing my body to its limits (when you see all the coloured spots) every single time I work out, is not that big an issue for me.

 

The problem (as nice as it is to be fitter, healthier and happier than I've been in a long time) still is a problem because the financial repercussions, just on the wardrobe alone will be a big hit, I'm afraid.

post #4 of 34

It is a financial hit, but you'll probably have 15 or 20 more years of life to spread it over.  Again, well done.  And, getting on topic, of course navy and charcoal suits are your first stop.  I've been considering getting a navy suit made with two different waistcoats - one db with lapels, one ordinary single breasted without lapels.  This essentially makes it three suits - two three-piece versions, and a two-piece version.  If you stick to solids, you can get by with fewer suits for longer.

post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 

I'll try to start the list myself:

 

- Suits: I have the two brown ones and bought another 2 grey ones today. I'll try to get a navy one and maybe one more grey. I think that area is then covered :-)

 

- Shirts: I'll see tomorrow, if I can have at least some of my existing shirts altered. I'm not sure, what the best bang for the buck would be. Can I have a friend take my measurement and maybe someone give me a recommendation for an affordable tailor, who would make me a few more shirts (will I get other colours than white for the office?)

 

- Socks: I read that I shouldn't wear black socks with brown and grey suits. So, what colours should I get? 3 pairs of light brown, 2 pairs of dark blue and 3 pairs of grey?

 

- Ties: What colour, design and how many ties should I get for the basic brown, grey and navy suits? (given that I'll wear white shirts with them)

 

- Shoes: I have black leather Ecco slippers, that are extremely comfortable to wear and a pair of brown leather shoes (with leather sole) with a flat toe box? I take it the black slippers are inacceptable for non black suits. So, how many pairs and what kinds should I be looking for? For the winter time with all the rain, I prefer to go with a rubber sole. (For dancing, of course, leather sole is choice)

 

- Pocker Square: Should I get one?

 

- Coat: What kind of coat should I get for winter to wear over the suits?

 

- Gloves: Are the thin black suede gloves ok, or should I be looking for something else?

 

- Scarf: Any suggestions on something that'll look classy and go with the coat?

 

- Pants: for going out maybe 3-4

 

- V-Neck jumpers: maybe 3 different ones to wear with white T-shirts underneath

 

- Jeans: to go out and maybe for heavier duty things to do: 2 pairs

 

 

That's as far as I've gotten. Any suggestions, what I've forgotten.

post #6 of 34
post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 

That is a very good list, thanks. Most of which I figured already.

So, should I get a brown belt to go with the shoes instead of a black one?

post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by DeusExMachina View Post
 

That is a very good list, thanks. Most of which I figured already.

So, should I get a brown belt to go with the shoes instead of a black one?

 

 

Get one of each. They shouldn't have to cost much.

 

If you do get a pocket square, a white linen one will serve you well.

 

A navy overcoat will fit in with all you have so maybe a plain mid-grey scarf to go with it.

 

Navy and grey socks will be fine.

 

For the shirts, a mixture of say five white and blue spread collared shirts will do.

 

In choosing colours, aim for stuff that can go with everything else you will wear with it - the key will be versatility. You will pretty much be able to reach into the closet and pick out stuff without having to give too much thought to it.

 

Ties - these two posts will help:

http://putthison.com/post/5802225399/the-necktie-series-part-iii-starting-your

http://putthison.com/post/1644340218/mostexerent-great-example-of-what-to-start

 

Navy ties will go with the brown, navy and grey suits so start with those and you won't have to worry too much.

 

I would consider getting a pair of black lace up shoes as well.

 

What you've left off that I can see:

 

A casual coat or two (pea coat/harrington/field jacket)

Casual shoes (e.g. brown suede chukka boots)

post #9 of 34
Don't buy new shirts if they still fit in the collar. Have a tailor sim them down, and or put darts in them.
post #10 of 34
If you've just bought two grey suits, don't buy another one. Get a blue one, but that'll be five suits, which is more than enough for now. Though to be honest, I'd never wear the brown suit with stripes.

Where are you from? Near Frankfurt?
post #11 of 34

There is a big world of good shoes to choose from if you look beyond Ecco. Watch out though, as it might become an addiction...

 

You should at least get a dark brown or black (depending on your work place) balmoral captoe

post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by DeusExMachina View Post

- Shoes: I have black leather Ecco slippers, that are extremely comfortable to wear and a pair of brown leather shoes (with leather sole) with a flat toe box? I take it the black slippers are inacceptable for non black suits. So, how many pairs and what kinds should I be looking for?

Ach du heilige Scheiß. First of all, burn your shoes. Then go buy new ones. Go to Görtz. Do not spend less than €200. Do not wear "slippers". Do not wear Ecco. Do not wear flat toe boxes. baldy[1].gif

Come to Frankfurt, I'll take you shopping. biggrin.gif
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post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by DeusExMachina View Post

- Socks: I read that I shouldn't wear black socks with brown and grey suits. So, what colours should I get? 3 pairs of light brown, 2 pairs of dark blue and 3 pairs of grey?

The easy thing to do is to match your socks to your trousers. But I find that burgundy socks always look very nice with grey or blue trousers.
post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by DeusExMachina View Post

- Ties: What colour, design and how many ties should I get for the basic brown, grey and navy suits? (given that I'll wear white shirts with them)

You should have some light blue shirts too for office wear. Ties should be various shades of blue, some burgundy, some grey. No yellow, no bright red.

Ansons is your best bet.
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