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post #17776 of 33081
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Originally Posted by jasonleb1 View Post

I'm a college student, I won't be wearing the suit too often so I don't really see the need to spend 1000+ on one.
Of course, one could maintain that since you'll only be wearing your suit for special occasions, it makes sense for it to be as good a suit as you can possibly afford. As opposed to someone who wears suits nearly every day, just as normal attire.

I don't entirely buy into that line of reasoning, but I have heard it.

Still, I agree that there's no need to spend $1000+ for a nice suit.

I'd also point out that a $400 suit which is properly tailored and fits perfectly, will almost always look better than a $1000 suit which is off by half an inch here and an inch there. One will also feel more comfortable wearing it. Despite this, far more men are willing to spend an extra $100 for a better suit, than are willing to spend $100 on expert alterations by an experienced tailor. (I suppose it's similar to how some people will spend a couple of thousand dollars on a DSLR, but refuse to drop more than $125 on a lens for it. Or to the fellow who spends $65,000 on a sports car, but cheaps out on tires.)
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post #17777 of 33081

Need some staple mid grey wool flannel trousers in a straight but still semi-slim style. My budget is around $150.

I was considering Howard Yount, any suggestions?

post #17778 of 33081
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Is that right? I always thought they were all in the same price bracket. Well, Suit Supply does seem to have more RTW patterns than most, perhaps you will find the right pattern for you there? Their sizing also seems to be more finely calibrated than many other RTW makers. What is your specific sizing problem anyway?

I'm short and skinny-ish (5'5 130lbs), and I also like a very slim fit with my clothes. Most stores only sell down to a 36/s which is still quite a bit too large on me. A 35R (which I think Suit Supply sells OTR) is too long and my experience with 34R is 50/50 on being too tight in the chest. So I'm starting to think MTM is my only option. Also, total noob question, but what's the difference between Ready To Wear and Off The Rack? 

 

 

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Of course, one could maintain that since you'll only be wearing your suit for special occasions, it makes sense for it to be as good a suit as you can possibly afford. As opposed to someone who wears suits nearly every day, just as normal attire.

I don't entirely buy into that line of reasoning, but I have heard it.

 

I suppose I get the logic, but a $900+ suit isn't in my budget regardless lol. And I would agree very much with your point on tailoring, it's not somewhere I skimp on. 

post #17779 of 33081
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Originally Posted by jasonleb1 View Post

I'm short and skinny-ish (5'5 130lbs), and I also like a very slim fit with my clothes. Most stores only sell down to a 36/s which is still quite a bit too large on me. A 35R (which I think Suit Supply sells OTR) is too long and my experience with 34R is 50/50 on being too tight in the chest. So I'm starting to think MTM is my only option. Also, total noob question, but what's the difference between Ready To Wear and Off The Rack? 

 

 

 

I suppose I get the logic, but a $900+ suit isn't in my budget regardless lol. And I would agree very much with your point on tailoring, it's not somewhere I skimp on. 

you don't need to spend $900+ on a MTM suit. The fabric quality won't be great, and it will likely be only 1/2 canvas, but you can get one for sub $500.

 

if you happen to be in NYC, keep your eye on gilt city and groupon and you're likely to find something even better at that price point.

 

also, a jacket can be shortened, so the 35r can just be tailord

post #17780 of 33081
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Originally Posted by JugglEvan View Post

Need some staple mid grey wool flannel trousers in a straight but still semi-slim style. My budget is around $150.
I was considering Howard Yount, any suggestions?

HY pants are a good value.
post #17781 of 33081
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Originally Posted by KObalto View Post

HY pants are a good value.

HY are rather slim, based on various threads here. I was just researching this the other day. Only marginally roomier than Mabitex/Incotex, according to people who own it. Panta is roomier, apparently. But also more expensive.
post #17782 of 33081
Would a tan cardigan look bad with one of these two shirts? (with dark gray trousers and walnut shoes)



post #17783 of 33081
I wouldn't do it. A cardigan is casual, those are very business shirts.
post #17784 of 33081
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Can you recommend anything else? I have to attend a dinner Saturday night and unfortunately I have not purchased any sports coats yet. It's suppose to be dress casual so I thought the cardigan would work.

I already own the shirts if that helps.
post #17785 of 33081
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

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Can you recommend anything else? I have to attend a dinner Saturday night and unfortunately I have not purchased any sports coats yet. It's suppose to be dress casual so I thought the cardigan would work.
I already own the shirts if that helps.

The cardigan is fine, but the shirts you chose are too formal. Look for something in oxford cloth with a button-down collar.

post #17786 of 33081
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

Ok, I need some sweater recommendations. I own 3 cardigan sweaters (all Brooks Brothers) and 1 v neck sweater (JCrew)*. Living in Denver and with fall/winter coming up, I'll be wearing sweaters a lot and wanted to find some cheap but quality options from $0 - $100. I will likely buy 3 or 4. I'd love to buy a nicer sweater like Lyle and Scott or Pringles of Scotland, but I'm going to need a few and will need to wear these almost every day during fall + winter, which is why I'm hesitant to buy just one sweater and wear that over and over again.

Any suggestions?

*I do have 2 or 3 beater sweaters from Old Navy from last year, and I'll probably throw those on here or there, but their clothes kinda suck.

A little pricier than what you are looking for but Sierra Trading Post has some good deals on Johnston of Elgin. Some are under $100 with their Deal Flyer coupon. Sale ends today.
post #17787 of 33081
Weird question... I'm looking for crepe soled (or similarly silent) shoes that could pass for dress shoes from far away. (i.e. they could be worn with a suit and wouldn't look out of place to someone unless they were close)
post #17788 of 33081

What about just rubber soled?  Allen Edmonds has many good calf leather choices in rubber soled shoes.  

post #17789 of 33081
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Originally Posted by Van Veen View Post

Weird question... I'm looking for crepe soled (or similarly silent) shoes that could pass for dress shoes from far away. (i.e. they could be worn with a suit and wouldn't look out of place to someone unless they were close)

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Originally Posted by benjclark View Post

What about just rubber soled?  Allen Edmonds has many good calf leather choices in rubber soled shoes.  

Both ideas are horrible. Just wear leather soled shoes.
post #17790 of 33081

Question:  Using a clothes brush/garment brush for your suits, jackets, trousers, and sweaters is fairly common and encouraged, but what about broadcloth shirts, denim jeans that are only washed every 3 weeks, chinos, garments that aren't mentioned in the first group and have either a thick shetland-like pile or something much tighter and neater?  Recently, I've started doing just that, and enjoy doing it, but if there's nothing outstanding on the fabric is it really accomplishing much other than aligning the showing threads in the same direction?

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