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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc - Page 951post #14252 of 1932810/6/16 at 10:48pm
Hey, it's Mr Off-Topic Guy again doing some late-night suit searching. I know this is not very practical, but I'm trying to talk myself out of it:post #14253 of 1932810/7/16 at 12:57am
I buy a ton of sportcoats and some suits on ebay. The most important thing is to get an idea of what your true measurements are and only buy things that have all the necessary measurements listed and that fit you almost perfectly. If you already have a jacket that fits you well, get a tape measure and a note card and make a list of what you're looking for. If you don't, then start by getting some cheap sportcoats until you can start approaching a perfect fit. There's tons of jackets on ebay or in your neighborhood thrift store for cheap, and you should mess around with them before spending a lot of money on a suit. I have an Armani jacket that I love that cost me $16 shipped. Even if you don't think you want to wear secondhand clothes, it is probably worth getting some to arrive at your precise measurements.
Here's an article about how to measure a jacket: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/clothing/style-tips/how-to-measure-a-jacket/ The shoulder width is probably the most important.
If the ebay listing doesn't have measurements, I don't buy. If there are any condition problems at all, I don't buy. If the measurements are off enough to require tailoring in any way, I don't buy. This is mostly because I'm not really willing to spend more than $60 on a sportcoat or $100 on a suit, so spending money on tailoring would add a significant percentage to my cost. I probably consider purchasing about one or two percent of the things I look at on ebay, and then talk myself out of most of those, but I've still ended up with around a dozen sportcoats so far this year and I think four suits.
So there's nothing really wrong with spending $500 on a suit on ebay, and that is really a pretty nice suit, but it's probably not a good idea for that to be the first suit you buy.post #14254 of 1932810/7/16 at 3:12am
Hmm I have never been charged a restocking fee but I have always returned seconds to the shoebank in person (one not to far from my work). I know if you return seconds to the regular retail store (next to my work) or I think mail them back in there is the $10 fee. So if you are lucky enough to live near a shoebank you can return them for free. I have even returned seconds that I purchased at another shoebanks to the shoebank near work with no restocking fee. I think they are charging you for the shipping from the retail store to the shoebank since the retail store cannot sell the seconds they have to be shipped to a shoebank.
But you are right if you don't live near a shoebank you are going to have to pay a fee.post #14255 of 1932810/7/16 at 5:34am
Do have any other shoes like the Strandmok or Neumok? If not, be sure you have clothes to go with them. I think those styles (rugged versions of the Strand or McAllisters) look great, but, considering what I wear, they're probably a little too dressy for my casual clothes and too casual to go with the suits I wear to work. I see them going better with chinos than with anything else.
Quote:post #14256 of 1932810/7/16 at 5:47ampost #14257 of 1932810/7/16 at 5:59ampost #14258 of 1932810/7/16 at 7:24amQuote:
They're not going to allow you to add/change eyelets. As a sales associate told me (and as we should all very well be aware of) people from here pretty much went overboard with customization, so now that era of MTO is over.
The most we'll get is a sole/welt change.post #14259 of 1932810/7/16 at 7:34amQuote:
This only works if your natural measurements match a size that's common. If you're under 5'10", you pretty much HAVE to get things tailored since virtually nobody has Short/S/C sizes. Ever wonder why when something in a 38S/39S gets posted it gets snatched up so quickly? Because there are a lot of guys out there in the 5'6"-5'9" range and sale stuff in those sizes is exceedingly rare compared to R lengths.Quote:
I was going to have a local cobbler do the brass eyelets .post #14260 of 1932810/7/16 at 7:46ampost #14261 of 1932810/7/16 at 8:28ampost #14262 of 1932810/7/16 at 8:30ampost #14263 of 1932810/7/16 at 8:46ampost #14264 of 1932810/7/16 at 9:07amQuote:Originally Posted by FaRKle
I'm kind of feeling these shoes in the various colors:
-Navy: Dundee (yes another one, but with a natural welt/edge), Alumnus (add brass eyelets), Oak Street (add brass eyelets)
-Ruby Red: 1st Ave boot, Cornwallis, St John, Yorktown, Exchange place
-Green: Carlyle, McAlllister
I'll probably pick up 2-4 from this list...
I like your ruby red options. The wallet may allow me to choose one, I'm leaning towards the Cornwallis.post #14265 of 1932810/7/16 at 9:14am
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