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Vanda, Yount, Unipair

A rare 3.5 inch knit, wool, Rooster

 

@timhortons Like others are saying, Butchy is just being straight with you. We've all started out somewhere less than where we are now. Hell, my first first I was wearing jeans with a tie and a shirt with rolled up sleeves (and was subsequently told I looked like I had just birthed a lamb).

 

Our improvement is largely based on:

a) our ability to take advice when offered

b) the money we have at our disposal

c) our general intelligence

d) our aesthetic intelligence

 


My first:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 


Edited by Claghorn - 2/25/15 at 3:33pm
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TH, it took some effort to find it, but here was my rude awakening:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/160731/hof-what-are-you-wearing-right-now-part-ii/34650_50#post_4182966

And the fit that inspired it:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/160731/hof-what-are-you-wearing-right-now-part-ii/34650_50#post_4182558
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

AAS, you need to get on the Luxire train, my brother. Shirts that fit properly are not optional.
 

 

Yeah, I had two shirts made by Luxire using measurements I took off three well fitting shirt.  Neither of them came out well.  I need to mail them a well fitting shirt or something.  

 

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I think this would be much better without the vest. The ribs on the jacket and the herringbone are the same size, which makes it hard to focus on either. With a light blue OCBD (as you mentioned) and no vest or a plain sweater vest, this would be great imo.
 

 

Thanks for the advice.  What do you mean by "ribs of the jacket"?  Also, I feel like the herringbone is pretty much a solid on this vest given the tweed fabric.  I'll try out your recommendation in a week or two.  

 

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Oh yeah, AAS. I love you man, but that jacket belongs on a bed, not a human body...

 

:inlove: So if I have it on the bed, would it be a wrong for me to get under it?  

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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

TH, it took some effort to find it, but here was my rude awakening:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/160731/hof-what-are-you-wearing-right-now-part-ii/34650_50#post_4182966

And the fit that inspired it:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/160731/hof-what-are-you-wearing-right-now-part-ii/34650_50#post_4182558

 

I need to find a good tailor who knows what s/he's doing. 

Choices are super limited over here. There's probably 8 alterations places within a 2400 mile radius (not counting the dry cleaner with a sewing machine in the back)....

Most isolated population center on the planet....

I'll make some calls to screen them.

 

What are some good questions to ask to determine if the place is good?

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If you are really wanting to march down this road, I suggest you go over to Noodles' Good Natured Advice thread. That's more for long term projects.

 

You'll probably want to give your budget for various items of clothing, what staples you have, what stores you have access to, what's your preferred means of acquisition (brick and mortar, ebay/thrifting, bespoke, etc).

 

One thing to avoid is sinking money into items that won't fit. Tailors can be expensive. Sunk costs suck, but the last couple of jackets you've posted aren't worth investing more money into. Save that money for something that fits better from the outset, and if you want to get that fit perfect, take that to the tailor.

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I have yet to post a fit here and have no real idea of what i'm talking about, but, might it be better to try to just find a properly fitting SC or trousers than the full suit? The suit has so many potential pitfalls it might be better for us newbies to start a bit smaller.
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Thanks for the advice.  What do you mean by "ribs of the jacket"?  Also, I feel like the herringbone is pretty much a solid on this vest given the tweed fabric.  I'll try out your recommendation in a week or two.  

The rib of the twill, not sure if that's the right term. Could be that flash photography brings this out much more than irl, but here jacket and vest seem to have a pattern of the same scale which is always confusing to the eye.
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This is just right in my view. Too many people too often feel the need for more and more colour. Swapping the grey trousers for tan or brown, the navy roll neck for something less conservative and the black shoes for walnut will take away all the simple elegance this outfit displays.

Take a deep breath. Just because colours are out there doesn't mean they always need to be tossed together in a desperate bid for something more "distinctive."

There is a pleasant quiet presence to this and it need not be changed.

 

Ditto. Nice fit.

 

rickytt -  the jacket's too-square shoulders are causing that slight rumpling on the sides at the level of the top button.  .  Like me, you have sloping shoulders, and I don't think you'll find much in RTW that works for them.

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Thanks for the thumbs yesterday.  Northern lights today.  I wanted to wear a grey sport coat with all of this, but couldn't find one that worked.    

 

 

 

 

Hiding a cardigan under there. (Click to show)
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Originally Posted by timhortons View Post

 

Most isolated population center on the planet....

 

That would be Perth. Get on the "Australian Members" forum and ask for advice. I think there are a few Perth denizens there.

 

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Originally Posted by Chaconne View Post

I have yet to post a fit here and have no real idea of what i'm talking about, but, might it be better to try to just find a properly fitting SC or trousers than the full suit? The suit has so many potential pitfalls it might be better for us newbies to start a bit smaller.

 

Not necessarily. In fact, odd-jacket-and-trousers fits are at a higher level of difficulty. 

 

The usual advice (which I myself have not followed, possibly to my own detriment) is to start with a couple of "staple" suits: SBs in solid navy and charcoal worsted fabrics. These are like blank pallets which allow you to work on your fit, your style, and your colour matching of shirt/tie/pocket square/belt/shoes.

 

If you don't want to launch straight into bespoke (and it's probably not a good idea to do that until you have solidified your own style), you should check out B&M stores in your area first; then have a look at online options such as No Man Walks Alone, Kent Wang, SuitSupply and so on.

 

Your best approach will depend on your physique and budget. If you have a fairly standard physique, then online RTW can be great. Many online stores will allow returns at no cost, allowing you to have garments shipped, try them out, photograph yourself in them and post them here (preferably in the Noodles thread). We can guide you as to whether the suit is worth keeping (probably with some alterations) or should be returned.

 

My first decent suit was purchased for half price at the Canali boutique sale. It's still one of my favourite suits, and was only A$1,300 for a fully-canvassed, hand-finished suit in a beautiful Loro Piana fabric. It was a serendipitous purchase which encouraged me to dip my toe further into the world of men's style.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

I wore it "as is" for about 18 months before realising - entirely as a result of hanging out on StyFo - that it needed alterations. The above shot is post-alterations, BTW.

 

Just bide your time, do a bit more lurking here and on the Noodles thread and the CBD WAYWRN thread (now defunct, but a great resource), and you should be golden.

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Speaking of that CBD thread, I've been trawling through it the past few days. Just found a page with a Spoo fit that got completely taken apart by a number of respondents. And it wasn't such a bad fit, either.

 

Just shows that we all started somewhere and all have something to learn!

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Cox interested in CBD?! The times they are a changin'...

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What you say about odd jackets and trousers makes a lot of sense. So much to learn...

Edit: That was @Coxsackie
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Originally Posted by Chaconne View Post

I have yet to post a fit here and have no real idea of what i'm talking about, but, might it be better to try to just find a properly fitting SC or trousers than the full suit? The suit has so many potential pitfalls it might be better for us newbies to start a bit smaller.

 

SC and trousers are harder to get right IMO. Reason being, fit is just as important, but then you've also got to coordinate trousers with jacket. Your need of a suit v. SC and trousers depends entirely on your circumstances. If suits are recommended for your job, then by all means go for suits. If not, go the other route if it pleases you. 

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Cox interested in CBD?! The times they are a changin'...

 

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Your need of a suit v. SC and trousers depends entirely on your circumstances. If suits are recommended for your job, then by all means go for suits.

 

In fact I can't go ultra-soporific-CBD in my line of work, which is why I still don't own any plain navy or charcoal SB suits. I'm lucky that I can indulge some flair in my work outfits. Hence all my windowpanes, patterns, browns, burgundies etc.

 

I am nevertheless interested in CBD as an exercise in restraint. I have two goals for 2015: further improve the fit of my jackets, especially around the chest to stop my lapels bowing; and find ways to strike that elusive happy medium between sobriety and individuality.

 

I keep coming back to that first Canali suit and marvelling at how I nailed it that time. Great fit, sober colour and cut, and just that hint of personal expression with the fine windowpane. That's me to a "T". Well, I hope so anyway.

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