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post #11956 of 29429
I just received a J Crew 100% Merino V-Neck for xmas. I love the color and the fit except the waist is a bit larger than I'd like.

Can I reasonably expect to take the sweater to a tailor and have the waist reduced without making it look like crap?
post #11957 of 29429
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Originally Posted by Diversification View Post

I just received a J Crew 100% Merino V-Neck for xmas. I love the color and the fit except the waist is a bit larger than I'd like.
Can I reasonably expect to take the sweater to a tailor and have the waist reduced without making it look like crap?

In a word, yes. If it has side seams, anyway. My tailor does this for me routinely.
post #11958 of 29429
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I don't think this is a particular style of shirt, but a manufacturing detail. I believe they're usually described as "contrast cuffs," and the interior of the collar is often lined with the same fabric. Though they're often fabrics that wouldn't be suitable for an entire shirt, that doesn't have to be the case.

As far as in style, it's my impression that they're neither trending nor actively disparaged. But I think it depends on the fabric and patterns. White oxford cloth button-down with blue oxford cloth contrast collars and cuffs? Subtle visual interest. Personally, I think that subtle contrast cuffs, either solid colors or relatively classic patterns (like stripes of some kind), are nice.

I believe the proper name is double french cuffs but, I see contrast cuffs as well. They are in style with a certain group right now using loud patterns and colors. Mainly the loud, club going, slicked hair set. Personally, it is not a group that I would want to be associated with. They have other legitimate sartorial uses, but it is rare to see them in the US.
post #11959 of 29429

It took a while for my first post to get approved.  Just wanted to follow up.  Thanks gents!
 

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I am going to a semi-formal NYE hotel party.  I was thinking of wearing the below suit, instead of a traditional blue or black suit to the party.  Thoughts??  The suit would be paired with a darker purple/white checked dress shirt, with a collar strong enough to stand on its own (no tie).

 

 

 

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post #11960 of 29429
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Originally Posted by atruedsgb View Post

I am going to a semi-formal NYE hotel party.
I prefer wearing a darker suit to a nighttime party. This isn't just my rule; many men see nothing wrong with wearing, say, a tan suit in the daytime, but wouldn't wear one after 6PM. If this were an afternoon thing, I'd have no great problem with the suit pictured. But as New Year's Eve parties tend to be nighttime affairs...

I don't like the idea of wearing that suit without a tie, either. But that's independent of the time of day.

I also tend to interpret "semi-formal" as calling for a tie. But I recognize that for all too many people today, "semi-formal" is little more than a way of saying "don't wear jeans or t-shirts."
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Michael
post #11961 of 29429
What are your thoughts on buying a Margiela Line 10 wool suit for casual business / etc. I want to get a more fashion forward suit to complement my other suits, however I don't think I have ever seen a margiela suit and tie, almost always without a tie. The one I am looking at has sharp shoulders and a baggier fit on the blazer, with slimmer tapered pants. I am extremely drawn to the fit on the margiela suits, but like anything am worried about the practicality of the silhouette. Will it be okay in situations where suit and tie are required? Or is this strictly casual only? I know most MC'ers don't really like the fit of margiela suits, but I figured maybe somebody with experience in the brand might be able to help me out. Thanks
post #11962 of 29429

What is size 56 pants (US) in EU? Or if someone has a good website were you can check everything right :)

 

Cheers!

post #11963 of 29429

Hi, I'm interested in purchasing my first blazer.  I picked out the Brook's Brothers Country Club blazer ($453 after 30% off -- madison fit), but I'm a little worried about the fit.  A 44L fits me perfect in the shoulder width (I wish it had less shoulder padding honestly), but I have a 33" waist, and it seems pretty baggy on me around the middle.  When the tailor cinched the back and waist with pins, it didn't hang that well on the front left.  She said its because my left shoulder is a little lower -- and maybe it is.  But I'm getting cold feet.  Should I just get it tailored elsewhere, or am I not thick enough to wear a 44L.


Edited by Velazkez - 12/29/11 at 6:36am
post #11964 of 29429
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Originally Posted by Velazkez View Post

Hi, I'm interested in purchasing my first blazer. 
I'm curious; why did you opt for the Madison fit, which is Brooks' fullest cut, if you want a blazer that's trimmer around your middle?

I ask this not in criticism of the Madison fit, which is my own preference. But unlike many here on SF, I like fuller fitting suits and blazers, so for me it's a choice that makes sense.
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Michael
post #11965 of 29429
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


I'm curious; why did you opt for the Madison fit, which is Brooks' fullest cut, if you want a blazer that's trimmer around your middle?
I ask this not in criticism of the Madison fit, which is my own preference. But unlike many here on SF, I like fuller fitting suits and blazers, so for me it's a choice that makes sense.
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Michael


Because they had 2 blazers in 44L.  The other was also madison cut and a little cheaper ($548 before discount and nicer wool I guess:  super 130 vs super 120, though the 120 felt nicer to my hand), but something about it didn't look or feel as nice to me -- and it had more shoulder padding I thought.  I could order a slimmer cut I guess.  But from the pictures those don't seem to be in the same timeless blazer style.  The buttons aren't the same, and the lapels look funny.  Does the slimmer stuff have less shoulder padding, because I would prefer none quite honestly.  I'm posting here because I need advice.  Opinions are welcome.

 

In fact looking at pics of that gray suit above.  It kind of has the same wrinkling on that fellow's left side.  But its worse for me with the blazer.

 

post #11966 of 29429
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Originally Posted by cliche View Post

What is size 56 pants (US) in EU? Or if someone has a good website were you can check everything right smile.gif

Cheers!

Here is a good website where you can check everything:
www.google.com
Good luck!
post #11967 of 29429
Velazkez, if you could post a photo of yourself wearing the blazer in question, it might make it easier to comment on it.

And you're right, the traditional "timeless" Brooks Bros. blazer fit is not particularly close fitting.

And ultimately, "I bought it because they only had 2 blazers in my size, and this one seemed the better of the two," is often a situation where the best move is not to make a purchase. No, not always. But particularly when one is relatively inexperienced at buying a blazer, it doesn't hurt to have a fair number of blazers of different fits and styles from which to choose.

Seriously though, without a picture of you in the blazer, it's really difficult to say whether it's too baggy, to comment on wrinkling, to determine whether you're "not thick enough" to wear a 44L, to evaluate whether the shoulders seem overly padded, etc.
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Michael
post #11968 of 29429
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Originally Posted by Velazkez View Post


Because they had 2 blazers in 44L.  The other was also madison cut and a little cheaper ($548 before discount and nicer wool I guess:  super 130 vs super 120, though the 120 felt nicer to my hand), but something about it didn't look or feel as nice to me -- and it had more shoulder padding I thought.  I could order a slimmer cut I guess.  But from the pictures those don't seem to be in the same timeless blazer style.  The buttons aren't the same, and the lapels look funny.  Does the slimmer stuff have less shoulder padding, because I would prefer none quite honestly.  I'm posting here because I need advice.  Opinions are welcome.

 

In fact looking at pics of that gray suit above.  It kind of has the same wrinkling on that fellow's left side.  But its worse for me with the blazer.

 


I would not spend that kind of money on a blazer that does not fit you right when BB has so many different cuts available.  Try on different blazers to find one that fits you right.  The country club blazer is slimmer than the normal Madison cut, but is still a pretty full cut (even after I sized down).  I tried it on a few weeks ago and, despite the beautiful Saxxon wool, just did not like how it fit me.  The Fitzgerald blazer fit great, but I did not like the hopsack option or the flannel option.  I ended up going with a much cheaper Regent fit blazer ($250 on sale) because it fit me well and was a traditional worsted wool.  By the way, the traditional blazer in the Regent fit (not the unstructured, more casual one) is not available in the stores and you have to ask the SA to order it for you, so that you can try it on.  Even though it was not in the store that day, my SA honored the sale price.  Go back and work with your SA to find a blazer that works for you. 
 

 

post #11969 of 29429
Does anybody know what this type of shoe is called, and if there are others like it:

http://www.kurtgeiger.com/beatnik-2.html

It is like a chelsea boot, only lower, but a search for "chelsea shoe" doesn't really find any.

Thanks.
post #11970 of 29429
I recently purchased a Brooks Brothers brown houndstooth Sport Coat. I'm having trouble finding a good combination with my wardrobe. My wardrobe is not that big, which is part of the problem. I'll try adding a picture tonight, the coat doesn't seem to be on the website during the sale. It just has two colors a dark brown and a lighter one. The pattern is relatively large.

I'm looking for recommendations to combine with it. The best I've come up with is a light blue shirt with a navy grenadine tie and medium gray trousers. I think I need to buy a bright orange pocket square to liven that combination up.

I'm fairly active in politics and would likely mostly wear it to various political events, conventions, endorsement party's, etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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