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PS.

 

I consider myself pretty open minded and great at following solid advice.

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Welcome @Jake Beds and congrats on your new job!

I'll let the experts chime in but here's my two cents. 

If you're going to wear suits 5 times a week, then I am guessing you're going to need at the least 7 to 9 suits in your rotation. 

I say with 2,000 GBP or ~$3,000, I would go Suit Supply MTO or Kent Wang. I wouldn't go Formosa since you're gonna need suits fast and wouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. 

What about shoes, ties, shirts?

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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post

Welcome @Jake Beds
 and congrats on your new job!
I'll let the experts chime in but here's my two cents. 
If you're going to wear suits 5 times a week, then I am guessing you're going to need at the least 7 to 9 suits in your rotation. 
I say with 2,000 GBP or ~$3,000, I would go Suit Supply MTO or Kent Wang. I wouldn't go Formosa since you're gonna need suits fast and wouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. 
What about shoes, ties, shirts?

Depending on his definiton of "broad shoulders", this may not work. Mine are 19-19.2" and neither of those suggestions will work for suits.
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

Welcome @Jake Beds and congrats on your new job!

I'll let the experts chime in but here's my two cents. 

If you're going to wear suits 5 times a week, then I am guessing you're going to need at the least 7 to 9 suits in your rotation. 

I say with 2,000 GBP or ~$3,000, I would go Suit Supply MTO or Kent Wang. I wouldn't go Formosa since you're gonna need suits fast and wouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. 

What about shoes, ties, shirts?


I like fairly plain patent leather shoes. Is this a fashion faux-pas? haha. As for shirts, I tend to wear plain white.

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Depending on his definiton of "broad shoulders", this may not work. Mine are 19-19.2" and neither of those suggestions will work for suits.

I just did a rough measurement and I'm approx. 20

post #20736 of 37482

Nothing wrong with a white shirt, but SF prefer light blue.  Throw in a pink one, you're English.

 

Patent shoes are not the way forward.  Black calf captoe oxfords are the formal staple, throw in a brown, burgundy or dark tan for the modern world.  Punched captoe oxford is a nice variation, a monk or a balmoral boot if you're daring.  With your minimalist taste, perhaps a black wholecut in there.

 

Give me a shoe budget.  This is my favourite territory.  And tell me what fits you well now.

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Depending on his definiton of "broad shoulders", this may not work. Mine are 19-19.2" and neither of those suggestions will work for suits.

wow, really?! My bad. 

post #20738 of 37482

I'd go loake for your first two shoes and get a pair of black and a pair of brown cap toes.

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I just did a rough measurement and I'm approx. 20

You measured your own shoulders? That would be tricky and it's the most important measurement. If you can have someone do it, that would be best....straight across, blade to blade.
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wow, really?! My bad. 

Yeah, it's too much of a drop. With SS, you'd be stuck with trousers that are over 4" too big. If he can find a very good tailor, he can make that work but anything over 2" difference gets tricky.

KW MTM program has set parameters it can't exceed. I was told that I pretty much maxed them out and the end product wasn't ideal. It's great for others though.
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Yeah, it's too much of a drop. With SS, you'd be stuck with trousers that are over 4" too big. If he can find a very good tailor, he can make that work but anything over 2" difference gets tricky.

KW MTM program has set parameters it can't exceed. I was told that I pretty much maxed them out and the end product wasn't ideal. It's great for others though.

So your only suggestion is to go Formosa or Eidos mtm?

post #20742 of 37482
No, that's only if his budget was/is 1500gbp for one suit. Definitely not going to work for an entire wardrobe.
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You measured your own shoulders? That would be tricky and it's the most important measurement. If you can have someone do it, that would be best....straight across, blade to blade.

 

I would suggest taking that suit that fits well across the shoulders, and measuring the distance between the shoulder seams: so much easier when you can see a clear line, and you know it's the measurement that the maker/retailer is using, or should be.

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No, that's only if his budget was/is 1500gbp for one suit. Definitely not going to work for an entire wardrobe.

Yup, that's what I figured. 

I wonder if @Cleav would know of any local options. 

 

I know bespoke is a big no no for people just starting off, but I wonder if that really is the only viable option. 

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Originally Posted by Jake Beds View Post

I just did a rough measurement and I'm approx. 20

You measured your own shoulders? That would be tricky and it's the most important measurement. If you can have someone do it, that would be best....straight across, blade to blade.

 

Given the amount of money that can be saved over the long term by getting the measurements right, I think it's worth considering paying a tailor to do take them.  Shouldn't cost that much.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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