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post #19861 of 37392
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

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So a closet of Formosas is not realistic (and unless your budget goes up over the next couple years will not be realistic). So you currently have:

- 3 Formosas that you want to get altered when you lose 10-15 lbs
- 1 Wedding suit
- 1 Beat up beater that doesn't fit you
- 1 Beater you want to start wearing soon

If Murl is giving you a really good deal on that one Formosa, I think you're crazy to not take it as a heavily discounted Formosa is way better bang for your buck than SuitSupply. Try to squeeze in 2 SuitSupply / Kent Wang suits as well (if you really need more suits, replace one of the SuitSupply suits with 2-3 from JAB). Lose the weight soon. You'll have 4 Formosas, 1 wedding suit, 2 SuitSupply suits and maybe one of your beaters left. If you have to wear odd trousers sans jacket on a Friday to prolong the life of your suits (not SF-approved but sometimes you have to do what you have to do), you at least have enough to survive. In 2016, buy 1 more Formosa, 2 SuitSupply / Kent Wang suits and retire your last ill-fitting beater.
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If at all possible, I do recommend pushing your acquisition budget ahead further (it may mean your acquisition budget for suits becomes zero for the next 18 months) to get you to a better place more quickly. I've spent way more than my typical clothing budget in 2013 and 2014 to build up my wardrobe to a place where I'm pretty happy and am essentially paying for it by cutting my clothing budget by 2/3rds this year. Maybe that won't work for you for some reason, but you're way better off if you can get to the point in future years where you only really have to spend to replace things rather than still be adding.

 

First off, thanks! Hopefully for the sake of people that visit this thread, I actually follow through. If I was still single, things would be much easier. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by lordsuperb View Post


If you live and work in DC you can get away with wearing a cheap suit. Nobody will ever know the difference except for you.

True. But I go around DC looking at ill dressed gentlemen with disgust. Can't tell the quality but fit issues are evident. 

post #19862 of 37392
I enjoy dressing in seasonal colors now so much that I can't even see semi-decently dressed people in my building in wrong-season colors and internally cringe. Sigh.

And sorry BostonHedonist, but I was being sarcastic. I used to hear their ads all the time on the radio when I used to actually listen to the radio. Their sales run 24/30 days a month or whatever is the maximum days allowed legally. I appreciate the details regardless though, thank you. I am surprised you didn't get a second coat, 4 shirts and 2 ties for free with your purchase. (Whoops more sarcasm - but truly not in a mean spirited way.)

No hate for you either Noodles.
post #19863 of 37392
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Originally Posted by Sotiris View Post


No hate for you either Noodles.

:slayer:

post #19864 of 37392
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post


True. But I go around DC looking at ill dressed gentlemen with disgust. Can't tell the quality but fit issues are evident. 

If that's the case you should be able to get some quality MTM from WM Fox & Co or if you'd like something sturdier see Edwin Deboise. He comes to DC 4 times a year and offers MTM in the sturdier British fabrics.

Also, most cities have gentlemen that are ill dressed. Please let me know what city has individuals that are consistently well turned out.
post #19865 of 37392
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Originally Posted by lordsuperb View Post

If you live and work in DC you can get away with wearing a cheap suit. Nobody will ever know the difference except for you.

Part true and part crap. There are plenty of badly dressed people in DC (a phenomenon that exists in other cities as well) but that in no way means that "nobody" will notice. There are loads of well-dressed people In DC, just as they are loads of badly-dressed ones in NYC.
post #19866 of 37392
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Originally Posted by lordsuperb View Post

If that's the case you should be able to get some quality MTM from WM Fox & Co or if you'd like something sturdier see Edwin Deboise. He comes to DC 4 times a year and offers MTM in the sturdier British fabrics.

I like Steed's work (though I am questioning whether I really like drape - personal preference, in no way a reflection on Steed), but their fully canvassed MTM option is going to come to 1200 British Pounds ($1,850 USD) which is Formosa territory and probably a bit out of Noodles' budget for the time being unless he's buying one a year (and he definitely needs a few more suits quickly).
post #19867 of 37392
Thread Starter 

Quick thread highjack:

 

I've been a fan of Howard Yount's pants for a long time (well, "long" by my SF life standards). And I've never been left out in the cold by him. But then, I've never had any problems. It is, however, sort of shitty that he's able to continue to provide the terrible service he does since he really is the only source of pants at that price point.

 

With this in mind, I've strongly encouraged Kent Wang to enter the RTW trouser game. He's testing the waters now, having just introduced his first real RTW trouser (the others here carries were pieces from RTW suits). I chose the fabric for this.

 

Anyway, if it sells well, he'll start carrying a wider selection of RTW trousers. I think this is good for two reasons:

 

a) it provides this forum an alternative to Howard Yount

b) Kent Wang has always been super receptive to suggestions. He generally polls the forum before he decides what pocket squares to carry. I'm guessing that the forum would be able to have some say in what fabrics he uses to make trousers should he decide to go through with this.

c) they're priced a little below Howard Yount; they are made at Kent's good Chinese factory (I believe he uses two), so should be of comparable quality. That being said, KW doesn't have sales while HY does.

 

So. Because everyone needs another pair of gray pants at some point:

 

http://www.kentwang.com/suits/light-grey-trousers.html#

Light grey trousers

If these sell well, he'll make us more pants.

 

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Also, if you guys haven't taken advantage of the fact that KW is giving 20 dollars of credit for pictures of his wares, y'all should. I ended up getting $120 credit total (put towards the above pants)

post #19868 of 37392
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Originally Posted by jssdc View Post

Part true and part crap. There are plenty of badly dressed people in DC (a phenomenon that exists in other cities as well) but that in no way means that "nobody" will notice. There are loads of well-dressed people In DC, just as they are loads of badly-dressed ones in NYC.

I agree with this. Certainly there are people who can't tell the difference between a cheap suit and a good one, but I think a lot of people can. We're not debating the finer points of whether the shirt you wear with a dinner jacket should take say 3 or 4 studs (a point that almost nobody will notice or care about). We're talking about an objectively good quality suit versus a cheap one. People notice (whether they care is another matter).
post #19869 of 37392
Zip fly? Sigh.
post #19870 of 37392
Thread Starter 

Never liked button flies personally, but I get the appeal. Zip is just so much more convenient to me. Then again, my only button flies have been on jeans; wool might be more forgiving than denim while buttoning. Though I'm willing to bet that if there is enough noise for button flies and he does decide to carry RTW pants, some of those will have button flies.

post #19871 of 37392
RTW leg openings are 7 or 7.5....can't get down with that.
post #19872 of 37392
Thread Starter 

You have an actual 30 inch waist (not size, but measurement?) You really are a T! Also, I'll check with Kent and see if it's ok that I start a thread for this or if he wants to use his own thread. I think a dedicated thread might be better (especially if we want to help the direction of any new trousers).

 

Edit: Oh, I see. I believe these might be wider (that was one of the changes he's made from the existing selection of RTW jackets/trousers)

post #19873 of 37392
You like it murl, the 8"+ width?
post #19874 of 37392
Thread Starter 

8 is best. But I like it when my shoes don't look like elf shoes. @in stitches

post #19875 of 37392
More like a actual 31-32".

I like my leg opening between 8-8.25".
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