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post #46 of 62

1. What are the best brands for clothes in London, UK?

 

2. Are there any particular brands that are cheaper in London than everywhere else? (for example Zara is cheapest in Spain)

 

3. Please list as many as you can and also don't worry about price range even though I mentioned Zara.

 

4. I have very cheap and very expensive things in my wardrobe. (By the way what's you guys opinon on this? Am I doing something wrong)

 

5. What do you guys think of Marks and Spencer?

 

 

*6. Particularly I'd like to know some high-end brands that are as cheap as high end gets.

 

For example I've heard Loake shoes are an entry point to high end shoes.

post #47 of 62

What it says on the Tin.

 

Also, Can I get good advice about buying clothes in London on here or is there a better place to ask?

 

Thanks!!!

post #48 of 62
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What it says on the Tin.

 

Also, Can I get good advice about buying clothes in London on here or is there a better place to ask?

 

Thanks!!!

 

 

Hey @hi123, you can get advice here or I can at least point you in the right direction.  This search may help: http://www.styleforum.net/newsearch?search=london

post #49 of 62
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Hi guys I'm a style noob.

 

Please help.

 

What are the essentials?

 

There are so many lists online and they are all so different. I know it's a very open ended questions and it depends on what I already have but I pretty much hate all my wardrobe.

 

 

The first things I'm thinking of getting are:

 

navy blazer

 

new pair of jeans

 

white dress shirt

 

black cap-toe oxfords (BTW what is a second set of shoes I should get which are versatile and I can wear with different things and different occasions? I'm sure it has to be brown but I'm still not sure)

 

reversible black/brown belt

 

navy blue/grey v-neck jumper(sweater)

 

 

1. Are any of these non-essential. Which would you remove and what would you add? 

 

2. What is the 1st type of trousers you would buy and the 2nd other than jeans?

 

3. 2nd set of shoes that are versatile.

 

 

Thanks so much guys :D

 

You'll definitely want to check out this thread http://www.styleforum.net/t/309783/if-you-do-not-own-the-following-things-you-are-not-well-dressed.  Best of luck.

post #50 of 62

What color shirt and shoes should I wear with this?
Should I wear a bow-tie or a tie and a handkerchief and what color should they be?

It is for my High School farewell party. 

post #51 of 62
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What color shirt and shoes should I wear with this?

Should I wear a bow-tie or a tie and a handkerchief and what color should they be?

It is for my High School farewell party. 

Welcome to the forum @saifeedlampard. I think a light blue shirt, navy tie, and burgundy oxfords would look great. Congrats on graduation.
post #52 of 62
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Welcome to the forum @saifeedlampard. I think a light blue shirt, navy tie, and burgundy oxfords would look great. Congrats on graduation.
Sounds great"murlsquirl"
post #53 of 62

I bought a pair of shoes because they were at a deep discount and fit what I was looking for. They came in and seem like no leather I've come across. Best comparison I have is like when you bend one of those plastic rulers, first thing that came to mind. 

 

I ordered from a department store, and when I checked the shoemaker's own store, I see that they are made of horse. The only mention of horse leather from the department store is a general description on the receipt I received in my email (Horse lthr captoe bal 7.5 brown). They are an Italian company and the Italian version of their store says "culatta" and the info in the box also says culatta (rump). It's definitely distinct from the vitello (calf) they use for everything else. 

 

A search on this site and you guys seem to agree that horse leather isn't really for dress shoes, more for work boots. Any more light you could shed? 

post #54 of 62

I have two questions. I hope someone can give me his opinions/advices.

 

I'm thinking of buying a navy blue blazer. I want to wear it with black dress pants and a white blue dots mandarin shirt. Can this be an OK look in your opinion?

 

Another thing I want to ask now. If I want to buy navy blue dress pants and a navy blue vest in the future (along with the blazer I might already have and a new white shirt and a tie), will there be a problem if there is a slight divergence among the pants'. vest's and blazer's navy blue colour?

 

I'm really new to formal looks.. :violin:

post #55 of 62
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I have two questions. I hope someone can give me his opinions/advices.

I'm thinking of buying a navy blue blazer. I want to wear it with black dress pants and a white blue dots mandarin shirt. Can this be an OK look in your opinion?

Another thing I want to ask now. If I want to buy navy blue dress pants and a navy blue vest in the future (along with the blazer I might already have and a new white shirt and a tie), will there be a problem if there is a slight divergence among the pants'. vest's and blazer's navy blue colour?

I'm really new to formal looks.. musicboohoo%5B1%5D.gif

Welcome to the forum, Konstantinos. Almost everything goes with navy...except black. You can wear grey, green, brown, tan, etc. trousers with a navy blazer, but not black. Also, I would not buy blazer and trousers in the same color but not the same fabric and plan on wearing them together. Some might not notice if it's close, but it's not something I would do...just one guys opinion.
post #56 of 62

The office I'm going to be working at is business casual. What three color trousers should I have if most of my dress shirts are some shade of blue and I have dark brown and walnut shoes? Also, do you guys recommend any trouser brands under $120?

post #57 of 62

Okay, I'd like to knock out a few alteration question in one shot, rather than one per post like I have been doing.

 

I like finding great deals on great shirts online or Ebay and then altering them.  Any answers will help me decide what is just too far from my fit to purchase.

 

Shirt size is 17 neck and 35 arm length.

 

Collar size I figure you have to get exactly right.  I don't know of an acceptable alteration that will help.  Those collar extenders look awful.-  True or False

 

Can sleeves be shortened and the shirt still look decent?  If yes, what is the maximum you would shorten sleeves on a dress shirt? Given my size, would you buy a 37, 40, 42, 44, arm length and just get it altered?

 

Can pants be upsized, by "upsized" I mean buying a 32  waist pair of pants and having them altered to a 36 bottoms for instance?  What are the limits of upsizing if this is possible at all?

post #58 of 62
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Okay, I'd like to knock out a few alteration question in one shot, rather than one per post like I have been doing.

 

I like finding great deals on great shirts online or Ebay and then altering them.  Any answers will help me decide what is just too far from my fit to purchase.

 

Shirt size is 17 neck and 35 arm length.

 

Collar size I figure you have to get exactly right.  I don't know of an acceptable alteration that will help.  Those collar extenders look awful.-  True or False

 

Can sleeves be shortened and the shirt still look decent?  If yes, what is the maximum you would shorten sleeves on a dress shirt? Given my size, would you buy a 37, 40, 42, 44, arm length and just get it altered?

 

Can pants be upsized, by "upsized" I mean buying a 32  waist pair of pants and having them altered to a 36 bottoms for instance?  What are the limits of upsizing if this is possible at all?

 

Did you get your measurements from a tailor?  In the past I would buy 17.5 to 18 shirts in 34-35.  The never really “fit” the way guys wear their clothes here.  Most of the time I would have a good amount of bunching in the arms and around the hips because they were simply just too big.  Although more comfortable they look really sloppy after I look back at them. 

 

After getting measured at the tailor I now wear 16.5 to 17 in 32-33 sleeve.  Although it took some time to get used to the tighter fit the look is a LOT neater and cleaner.  The problem I ended up running into was some shirts in my size was even in those sizes some companies just had a LOT of room in the middle.  I got an IKE Behar shirt new that had 4 more inches of fabric in the over the same shirts I got from Spier and Mackay.  Since most sellers on ebay don’t say how wide the waist is or the thickness of the arm holes I had to learn the hard way.  I don’t really need a “slim fit” shirt so I’m not looking for those, but I don’t need a shirt made for a portly guy either. 

 

The only thing I would spend money altering would be the arm length.  Anything else would be pretty expensive and that money would be better spent or just getting more shorts that fit better. 

post #59 of 62

The last time I was measured was in the Thomas Pink store.  I'm not sure if that counts as tailor standard of measures, seeing as they are specifically concerned with how I fit in Thomas Pink shirts only.  Thomas Pink - Athletic Cut shirts have one of the best fits I've had in a shirt- no bagginess in the waist and room for my broad shoulders.

 

I have the same problems you have described.  I have wide shoulders and a medium gut, so shirts that  usually fit in the shoulders are way to baggy in the torso area, but like you I prefer a neat cleaner look.  I find that sometimes if I bye slim fit shirts in XL or XXL I get the look I'm trying to achieve- a more streamlined torso and enough room for my shoulders. 

 

I'm going to try Charles Tyrwhitt shirts out as well.  They specifically designed their slim fit shirts for guys that  ARE NOT skinny / slim , but want a trimmed down look in their dress shirts.  They also have an extra-slim fit cut for those that really want that look.

 

 

But back to the original questions please answer if possible.  How much is too much to chop of a shirt length that is too long?  

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Did you get your measurements from a tailor?  In the past I would buy 17.5 to 18 shirts in 34-35.  The never really “fit” the way guys wear their clothes here.  Most of the time I would have a good amount of bunching in the arms and around the hips because they were simply just too big.  Although more comfortable they look really sloppy after I look back at them. 

 

After getting measured at the tailor I now wear 16.5 to 17 in 32-33 sleeve.  Although it took some time to get used to the tighter fit the look is a LOT neater and cleaner.  The problem I ended up running into was some shirts in my size was even in those sizes some companies just had a LOT of room in the middle.  I got an IKE Behar shirt new that had 4 more inches of fabric in the over the same shirts I got from Spier and Mackay.  Since most sellers on ebay don’t say how wide the waist is or the thickness of the arm holes I had to learn the hard way.  I don’t really need a “slim fit” shirt so I’m not looking for those, but I don’t need a shirt made for a portly guy either. 

 

The only thing I would spend money altering would be the arm length.  Anything else would be pretty expensive and that money would be better spent or just getting more shorts that fit better. 

The last time I was measured was in the Thomas Pink store.  I'm not sure if that counts as tailor standard of measures, seeing as they are specifically concerned with how I fit in Thomas Pink shirts only.  Thomas Pink - Athletic Cut shirts have one of the best fits I've had in a shirt- no bagginess in the waist and room for my broad shoulders.

 

I have the same problems you have described.  I have wide shoulders and a medium gut, so shirts that usually fit in the shoulders are way too baggy in the torso area, but like you I prefer a neat cleaner look.  I find that sometimes if I bye slim fit shirts in XL or XXL I get the look I'm trying to achieve- a more streamlined torso and enough room for my shoulders. 

 

I'm going to try Charles Tyrwhitt shirts out as well.  They specifically designed their slim fit shirts for guys that ARE NOT skinny / slim, but want a trimmed down look in their dress shirts.  They also have an extra-slim fit cut for those that really want that look.

 

 

But back to the original questions please answer if possible.  How much is too much to chop of a shirt length that is too long?  

post #60 of 62

I'd recommend at least one white shirt.  I prefer woven whites or white shirts with refined small patterns, like white herringbone.  

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The office I'm going to be working at is business casual. What three color trousers should I have if most of my dress shirts are some shade of blue and I have dark brown and walnut shoes? Also, do you guys recommend any trouser brands under $120?

I would add in a white dress shirt.  I have had almost all blue shirts in a business casual workplace before  and it feels so bland.  I think with pants the quality if the fabric, and construction are as important as color and pattern.

 

I would do grey, light or dark brown, and a navy.  I like Valentini Sartoria and Incotex 1951, but I'm new to this so I'm sure there are posters or moderator that could point you in a better direction or give you other options.  I think it may be hard to get either of those under $120 new.

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