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It won't mainly be for interviews, I think they probably won't be wearing a suit much in general (+ they already have this one which should suffice), I just thought they'd appreciate having an summer blazersuit that can also double for wearing a suit in the heat if they wanted to wear a suit in summer. If it were really important they looked formal they can just wear the one posted.

 

But since I posted the pictures, I'd be interested in thoughts on the cut and what we should look to change, though I should say they just went on T so I guess all this will get swept out in a year's time anyway.

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Fairly certain I just bought a tie on eBay that may have a snag on it. Anyone have any success stories fixing snags on grenadine ties?

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Fairly certain I just bought a tie on eBay that may have a snag on it. Anyone have any success stories fixing snags on grenadine ties?
I have had excellent results with something called a "Snag Nab-it". You use it to push the snag through to the other side.
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I have had excellent results with something called a "Snag Nab-it". You use it to push the snag through to the other side.

 

Thanks, kopped.

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Originally Posted by breakaway01 View Post My advice is not to hang on to something that you don't really like...

 

 

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@Bill Dlwgosh, beware the endowment effect. Return it post-haste.

 

 

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I agree with those saying to return the jacket. 

 

 

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^ Both are too short for my liking, I'm afraid, but the one you are considering returning should definitely be returned.

 

The jackets are going back, thanks guys. I think that was my last attempt at Ebay. I have NO idea how Chocosa at his height manages such solid fits through EBay even if he does have access to good tailoring. SeaJen, your comment about length has me thinking It's time to move on from OTR and try a tailor as I'd also like some more length to my jackets.

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Pretty happy with my new Hudson. Still, I'd like some opinions from the heavy-hitters. Thoughts? 

Sleeves and pants need shortening and maybe thinking of taking in the waist a tad.  


 

Moar pics. (Click to show)

 

 

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I have had more wins than losses on ebay. It all comes down to knowing your measurements and, to some extent, the cuts of different brands. You don't appear to have an especially unique stature, so I don't know that you need to give up on OTR, but you know better than I.

I take it you have tried SuSu and, considering your location, Spier and Mackay?
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The jackets are going back, thanks guys. I think that was my last attempt at Ebay. I have NO idea how Chocosa at his height manages such solid fits through EBay even if he does have access to good tailoring. SeaJen, your comment about length has me thinking It's time to move on from OTR and try a tailor as I'd also like some more length to my jackets.
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@Bureaucrat

Not a heavy hitter, but the pants look like there is excess fabric in the front crotch area. Maybe some can chime in and suggest on how to alter or perhaps you can run it by SuSu
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I'm not sure what the etiquette is for jumping in on this thread, so forgive me if I'm breaking an unwritten rule. I follow this thread religiously. I'm an early-30s banker in Florida and I'm (very) slowly replacing my business wardrobe using this thread and others here at SF. Hopefully you can provide some guidance.

 

I'm trying to upgrade some black "dress" shoes that I had purchased several years ago, before I knew what I was "supposed" to wear with a suit. They're a pair of Allen Edmonds that look similar to the Delray model, but with a rubber sole and without the split toe. Working in a bank (although not a very conservative one), I'd prefer to replace them with a decent pair of balmorals with a leather sole. I have a pair of AE Drydens in brown and I generally alternate these two pairs. For now, I only wear a suit 3 days a week, so one black and one brown shoe should be enough to get by.

 

I was considering the Kent Wang captoes, but I've also heard good things about Meermin. Considering that I don't wear the shoes that frequently, and that I am on a budget, will I be happy with the Meermin offerings? Should I hold out for something on the B&S forums here instead?

 

My sizing also seems to prove difficult; the Drydens are a 10 1/2 and are slightly too large (I ended up buying thicker socks to compensate and that's enough to make the difference) but I had bought a different pair of Allen Edmonds (one of the styles they made for Jos A Bank, I think, that was on sale last Father's Day) in a 10 and they were uncomfortably tight. I'm not knowledgeable enough about different lasts to know what shoes I should discount simply based on the shape of the last. Is there anything I can do to learn more about that before I buy something online that may not fit and can't be returned?

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I'm not sure what the etiquette is for jumping in on this thread, so forgive me if I'm breaking an unwritten rule. I follow this thread religiously. I'm an early-30s banker in Florida and I'm (very) slowly replacing my business wardrobe using this thread and others here at SF. Hopefully you can provide some guidance.

 

I'm trying to upgrade some black "dress" shoes that I had purchased several years ago, before I knew what I was "supposed" to wear with a suit. They're a pair of Allen Edmonds that look similar to the Delray model, but with a rubber sole and without the split toe. Working in a bank (although not a very conservative one), I'd prefer to replace them with a decent pair of balmorals with a leather sole. I have a pair of AE Drydens in brown and I generally alternate these two pairs. For now, I only wear a suit 3 days a week, so one black and one brown shoe should be enough to get by.

 

I was considering the Kent Wang captoes, but I've also heard good things about Meermin. Considering that I don't wear the shoes that frequently, and that I am on a budget, will I be happy with the Meermin offerings? Should I hold out for something on the B&S forums here instead?

 

My sizing also seems to prove difficult; the Drydens are a 10 1/2 and are slightly too large (I ended up buying thicker socks to compensate and that's enough to make the difference) but I had bought a different pair of Allen Edmonds (one of the styles they made for Jos A Bank, I think, that was on sale last Father's Day) in a 10 and they were uncomfortably tight. I'm not knowledgeable enough about different lasts to know what shoes I should discount simply based on the shape of the last. Is there anything I can do to learn more about that before I buy something online that may not fit and can't be returned?

 

 

Save up and go for the KW. I have sold 4 pairs of AEs already after finally realizing that I don't like the lasts of their dress shoes (don't mind them in boots). Meermin is hit or miss in terms of quality, and if you don't get it right, the transcontinental return will cost you. I am waiting for my black AEs to sell so I can go for the captoes from KW as well.

 

BTW, I feel your pain. FL is a wasteland for classic menswear; people veer towards flashy styling (Ferragamo bit loafers, Hermes belt buckles, shiny Hugo Boss suits) there. However, a SuitSupply did just open up on Lincoln Road if you live anywhere near Miami. I see this as a move in the right direction.

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If you have bigger (read longer) feet and the AE's fit well, I see no reason to 'upgrade' unless you really want to. Park Avenues look great in some fits. It's in smaller sizes that they don't look as neat.

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You would probably be happy with Meermin's. You will definitely be happy with Kent Wang. There is also Andrew Lock (who actually, I think, is the maker for some of KW's stuff).

 

As far as not wearing them that much, I've heard two arguments wish push opposite directions. One, if you don't wear dress shoes very much, there isn't any need to buy something really nice (Meermin). Two, if you don't wear dress shoes very much, then it's probably ok to make sure the one or two shoes you do have are quite nice (as you won't be needing many) (KW)

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You would probably be happy with Meermin's. You will definitely be happy with Kent Wang. There is also Andrew Lock (who actually, I think, is the maker for some of KW's stuff).

 

As far as not wearing them that much, I've heard two arguments wish push opposite directions. One, if you don't wear dress shoes very much, there isn't any need to buy something really nice (Meermin). Two, if you don't wear dress shoes very much, then it's probably ok to make sure the one or two shoes you do have are quite nice (as you won't be needing many) (KW)

Carmina also around the same pricepoint (from Skoaktiebolaget) as  the handwelted Meermins and the KW.

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Originally Posted by flvinny521 View Post
 

I'm not sure what the etiquette is for jumping in on this thread, so forgive me if I'm breaking an unwritten rule. I follow this thread religiously. I'm an early-30s banker in Florida and I'm (very) slowly replacing my business wardrobe using this thread and others here at SF. Hopefully you can provide some guidance.

 

I'm trying to upgrade some black "dress" shoes that I had purchased several years ago, before I knew what I was "supposed" to wear with a suit. They're a pair of Allen Edmonds that look similar to the Delray model, but with a rubber sole and without the split toe. Working in a bank (although not a very conservative one), I'd prefer to replace them with a decent pair of balmorals with a leather sole. I have a pair of AE Drydens in brown and I generally alternate these two pairs. For now, I only wear a suit 3 days a week, so one black and one brown shoe should be enough to get by.

 

I was considering the Kent Wang captoes, but I've also heard good things about Meermin. Considering that I don't wear the shoes that frequently, and that I am on a budget, will I be happy with the Meermin offerings? Should I hold out for something on the B&S forums here instead?

 

My sizing also seems to prove difficult; the Drydens are a 10 1/2 and are slightly too large (I ended up buying thicker socks to compensate and that's enough to make the difference) but I had bought a different pair of Allen Edmonds (one of the styles they made for Jos A Bank, I think, that was on sale last Father's Day) in a 10 and they were uncomfortably tight. I'm not knowledgeable enough about different lasts to know what shoes I should discount simply based on the shape of the last. Is there anything I can do to learn more about that before I buy something online that may not fit and can't be returned?

 

If you can afford Kent Wang, I would go Kent Wang. I base this on the following reasons: 1) it appears that you do not have experience with many shoe companies, so it will be difficult for us to help you choose the correct size in Meermin or Carmina. Returning Meermin or Carmina shoes is costly and takes a while, which is why I would suggest you avoid these two brands; 2) you can order multiple sizes in the Kent Wang shoes and return the pairs that don't fit quickly and cheaply when compared to Meermin and Carmina. 3) While I have no experience with Kent Wang shoes, they look nice and I have only heard good things about them.

 

If you really want to try Meermin and Carmina, I would advise that you stop by an AE store if one is close by and get your foot measured and try on a couple of shoes in different lasts. You can report back and then we may be able to help you with a pair of Meermin or Carmina since most of us are familiar with AE's shoe lasts.

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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post

 

Save up and go for the KW. I have sold 4 pairs of AEs already after finally realizing that I don't like the lasts of their dress shoes (don't mind them in boots). Meermin is hit or miss in terms of quality, and if you don't get it right, the transcontinental return will cost you. I am waiting for my black AEs to sell so I can go for the captoes from KW as well.

 

BTW, I feel your pain. FL is a wasteland for classic menswear; people veer towards flashy styling (Ferragamo bit loafers, Hermes belt buckles, shiny Hugo Boss suits) there. However, a SuitSupply did just open up on Lincoln Road if you live anywhere near Miami. I see this as a move in the right direction.

 

Good point about the international shipping. I hadn't considered that if I didn't end up being completely happy with a purchase it might cost a pretty penny for the "convenience" of returning them.

 

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

If you have bigger (read longer) feet and the AE's fit well, I see no reason to 'upgrade' unless you really want to. Park Avenues look great in some fits. It's in smaller sizes that they don't look as neat.

 

If I had Park Aves in black, I would definitely keep them. The ones I wear now are an odd hybrid of black (dress) with a rubber sole and blucher (casual) that don't look good with anything. The other AE pair I was referring to was supposed to be LIKE the Park Ave, but on a different last, made exclusively for whatever retailer it was having a sale last year. Those are much better, but too tight. In fact, I may try to sell them here on the B&S forum.

 

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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post
 

You would probably be happy with Meermin's. You will definitely be happy with Kent Wang. There is also Andrew Lock (who actually, I think, is the maker for some of KW's stuff).

 

As far as not wearing them that much, I've heard two arguments wish push opposite directions. One, if you don't wear dress shoes very much, there isn't any need to buy something really nice (Meermin). Two, if you don't wear dress shoes very much, then it's probably ok to make sure the one or two shoes you do have are quite nice (as you won't be needing many) (KW)

 

Interesting point, Clag. Thanks for weighing in. You're one of the members here who I would most like to try to emulate as my wardrobe improves. I always find myself drawn to your pics. I understand your second point. I am definitely leaning that direction, especially since good shoes can be so durable that they'll likely last much longer for not a much larger initial investment. I've never heard of Andrew Lock, so I'll take a look.

 

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Carmina also around the same pricepoint (from Skoaktiebolaget) as  the handwelted Meermins and the KW.

 

I was under the impression they were much more expensive. I'll keep them in mind as well.

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