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Fabio is a top notch guy btw.

My bad. Sizes are all the way at the end toward checkout.  :embar:

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How does one communicate to their dry cleaners in regards to maintaining the 3/2 roll on a jacket? I've had cleaners in the past press a jacket thinking it was a hard 3 button. Thanks in advance

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How does one communicate to their dry cleaners in regards to maintaining the 3/2 roll on a jacket? I've had cleaners in the past press a jacket thinking it was a hard 3 button. Thanks in advance


I always make sure that there are instructions (make sure they're written on the ticket and where-ever possible) to NOT press the lapel, leave the lapel alone, and do nothing to the lapel. It's a tactic that's been met with mixed success. Curious to hear what others do as well.

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I just go to a dry cleaners where the pressing is done on site and talk to the person about lapels. If they seem to know what a 3r2 is, then I'll ask them not to press the lapel and drop off my jackets. Otherwise, they just get my pants. That's what I did in Seoul to find my dry cleaner, and that's what I did here in Texas.

 

Incidentally, the Challenge Poll is up

http://www.styleforum.net/t/527443/friday-challenge-08-12-2016-the-subtly-odd/0_20#post_8534232

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I just go to a dry cleaners where the pressing is done on site and talk to the person about lapels. If they seem to know what a 3r2 is, then I'll ask them not to press the lapel and drop off my jackets. Otherwise, they just get my pants. That's what I did in Seoul to find my dry cleaner, and that's what I did here in Texas.

Incidentally, the Challenge Poll is up
http://www.styleforum.net/t/527443/friday-challenge-08-12-2016-the-subtly-odd/0_20#post_8534232

Completely agree. If you're in or around a major city, you can find business who are already familiar with a 3r2 jacket.
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I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?
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I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?

 

I'm not quite there, but in a precursor stage.  I think, once some pieces I've ordered and funded arrive in the next couple of months, I'll be done with acquiring new pieces for the foreseeable.  I still see tons of stuff that I like, but nothing I need--nothing that would displace something in my rotation and/or make me want to wear my current stuff less often.  I feel satisfied with what I've got and how I wear it, rather than eager to seek the next item/fit/style. 

 

All in all, I'm in a good place with my wardrobe and hope to stay there.  Now, shoes...that's a different story.

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I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?

 

When you say you're at a stopping point, it doesn't sound like you've lost interest in the subject, it just sounds like your wardrobe is close to being 'complete' given the social and climatological environments in which you find yourself.   In a sense, it sounds like you’ve achieved the goal many aim for, or at least are close to it.  Expect to get hate mail.

 

I think for many of us who have established at least a minimally functional wardrobe there can be diminishing returns.  Over the past couple of years I’ve been gradually replacing my ties with ones which actually fit, which is to say are the proper length for me.  That usually means going to Hober or Cappelli, and there’s no rush.  What I have is serviceable for my purposes, however, so I can afford to take my time.

 

And speaking of time, I have even less of it now than usual.  I’ve got about five lengths of jacketing and suiting cloth which I bought around two years ago for CMT custom work, but just haven’t had the time to get it together.  Come to think of it, I've got a couple of new suits purchased a couple or months ago and which still haven't made it into the tailor for alterations and hemming.  At this point next spring semester is the earliest I can get around to all this.  In the meantime I have what I need to look way better than most people do in public, so I don’t feel any urgency, much less panic.

 

Even if I had a hypothetically perfect wardrobe I wouldn’t lose interest in the subject.  As most people here know, I have an interest in the evolution of classic style, its psychology, and social contexts and meanings, which actually predates to some extent my obsessive interest in my own wardrobe.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?

I think the bolded is the most important part with me.

 

I still enjoy the subject (for lack of a better word), but I can't justify spending at the same rate now that I have a pretty well rounded wardrobe (unless I start selling and upgrading for less and less 'improvement'), so now I've moved into more of the casual/streetwear universe.

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In this situation one has to find another way to spend, or will be locked away in Guantanamo for commiting the worst crime in capitalist society - saying "now it's enough!"
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?

 

I'll add that I suspect something like this happens often to SF members who have been around for a while.  We’re not, in general, interested in adopting the latest fashions for their own sake, and to that extent less likely to be compulsive wardrobe-replacers than those who are.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Ironically, I think it was commissioning a jacket and being pleased with the results that created this situation. I like the result so much that I don't want to waste my time with my previous approach (second-hand RTW for suits/jackets). But it would be comically ill-advised for me to set about commissioning a new wardrobe at $1000-$2000 a pop to replace a closet of stuff that is probably 85-90% there.
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I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?

You can live an enjoyable and social life in any major city in most professions or careers wearing casual clothing. Since the late 90's, whenever I've traveled I've rarely needed anything more than jeans, flannels, a blazer, a few dress shirts, a smart and a casual pair of shoes. Most of the time I'm in jeans and a dress shirt. But I still enjoy wearing a well coordinated suit or jacket/trousers/tie and shirt. Although I don't wear them daily, it is very enjoyable when I do. I don't have to dress in SF approved CM everyday or even regularly to feel that I have my own refined sense of style. I still enjoy and appreciate tailored clothing as much as anyone I know. I also own some very nice things. But, I also enjoy wearing an evolving contemporary casual style as well as tailored apparel.

@sugarbutch,perhaps, consider setting your sights on working towards just a couple of "perfect", killer, well coordinated outfits over time and in the meantime enjoy wearing more casual basics? The "fewer better" strategy.
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It is admittedly a self-imposed problem, but wearing a jacket and tie to work does require a bit of depth in the rotation. I have, however, taken advantage of the lax (non-existent?) standards to wear more casual ensembles on occasion. e.g. totally unstructured, navy seersucker jacket with olive chinos, no tie. I think I've also come to accept that unless I want to have a really big wardrobe, solids and patterns which resolve to solid at a distance are probably the best choices for the way I actually wear my clothes.

I'm also interested in more SWD stuff for outside of work. I don't think I've worn a tie to an SF meetup in a while... :-)
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I suggest you explore leather jackets

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