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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post

Why do you need so many credit cards? Why not try slimming down your wallet which will also slim down the bulge in your pocket?

Driving Licence, ATM card, insurance card, AAA card .... That's all I need to carry on a daily basis

I have too much baggage I guess....

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I am looking for a burberry "kerfield" coat in the mist grey, size 38. http://www.ebay.com/itm/290836879678?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

I should have jumped on that one but it sold out before I could manage. If anyone knows where I might find one, PLEASE PM me!!! 

 

Also, apologies if this is not the appropriate forum/thread.

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I need a suit for professional purposes. I'm looking for a modern fitting suit, for a slim person with an athletic build. What colour and brand would you recommend, and where would I get it in Toronto? Price needs to be below $1000.

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I need a suit for professional purposes. I'm looking for a modern fitting suit, for a slim person with an athletic build. What colour and brand would you recommend, and where would I get it in Toronto? Price needs to be below $1000.
I am starting to feel like a shill for these guys, but suit supply has got your number. Good construction, decent materials, solid price, modern fit. Go grey or navy.
Other option, brooks brothers.
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I need a suit for professional purposes. I'm looking for a modern fitting suit, for a slim person with an athletic build. What colour and brand would you recommend, and where would I get it in Toronto? Price needs to be below $1000

 

Harry Rosen outlet in Missisauga is having a sale 'till Sunday. You'll see suits there for 6 or 7 hundred.

post #19926 of 30355
Or Harry Rosen MTM I think?
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I'll check out Suit Supply.

 

Harry Rosen MTM below $1000? If so sign me up!
 

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What are some basic rules or guidelines I can take into consideration when judging the quality of an item?

 

I'm slowly expanding my knowledge of clothing and dress by learning new terms, brands, and guidelines for wearing and buying clothing. However, there is no definitive guide out there that offers a holistic approach, or introduction, to the world of dressing well. I also don't have any guidance in real life, seeing as my family and friends don't care to dress this way. Therefore, it makes it a hassle for me when I'm out shopping in thrift stores, looking for clothing to buy and wear.

 

Maybe there's a list of good brands/clothing material I should keep my eye on? So far, I'm avoiding mostly everything which contains mixed material (i.e. polymers - however I'm not sure with suits seeing as they're built differently from shirts, pants, etc).

 

 

SORRY this is a large post. The search function isn't helping me out here, though.

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What are some basic rules or guidelines I can take into consideration when judging the quality of an item?

I'm slowly expanding my knowledge of clothing and dress by learning new terms, brands, and guidelines for wearing and buying clothing. However, there is no definitive guide out there that offers a holistic approach, or introduction, to the world of dressing well. I also don't have any guidance in real life, seeing as my family and friends don't care to dress this way. Therefore, it makes it a hassle for me when I'm out shopping in thrift stores, looking for clothing to buy and wear.

Maybe there's a list of good brands/clothing material I should keep my eye on? So far, I'm avoiding mostly everything which contains mixed material (i.e. polymers - however I'm not sure with suits seeing as they're built differently from shirts, pants, etc).


SORRY this is a large post. The search function isn't helping me out here, though.

Search for things like "shirt quality", "shoe quality" or "suit quality", because different garments are made differently, so the things that allow you to judge quality are different.

It's much, much easier to help somebody if they have a specific question. The answer you're asking for could take a book.

Sticking to natural fibers is a good first step. Though when you're looking in thrift stores, the key is fit. Don't buy nice stuff that doesn't fit, and it's fine to buy stuff that's not as nice that fits really well.
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Search for things like "shirt quality", "shoe quality" or "suit quality", because different garments are made differently, so the things that allow you to judge quality are different.

It's much, much easier to help somebody if they have a specific question. The answer you're asking for could take a book.

Sticking to natural fibers is a good first step. Though when you're looking in thrift stores, the key is fit. Don't buy nice stuff that doesn't fit, and it's fine to buy stuff that's not as nice that fits really well.

Thanks for the response. Yes, I should have been more specific :P perhaps what I was aiming for was just an overall introduction to this realm of men's fashion.

 

 

However, I've gotten a good kickstart from reading R. Smith's "Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress". Probably not an authoritative document, but it sure is helping!

When I shop through thrift stores, what peaks my attention (although I haven't been around to many yet, I only recently began) are those "rare" items I see (BB, RLPL) but do not fit in. I think, "Do I buy it? Resell it later?" There's quite a bit to wonder about.

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I'll check out Suit Supply.

 

Harry Rosen MTM below $1000? If so sign me up!
 

Coppley MTM starting at $895 right now.

post #19932 of 30355
Pretty much what was already said. My method of judging clothing comes to three rules, fit (see above), material (natural vs synthetic, thread count ect) construction (was it sewn or glued? Does the stitching look consistent? Are there loose threads? Ect). Everything else sort of comes as a bonus.
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What are some basic rules or guidelines I can take into consideration when judging the quality of an item?

I'm slowly expanding my knowledge of clothing and dress by learning new terms, brands, and guidelines for wearing and buying clothing. However, there is no definitive guide out there that offers a holistic approach, or introduction, to the world of dressing well. I also don't have any guidance in real life, seeing as my family and friends don't care to dress this way. Therefore, it makes it a hassle for me when I'm out shopping in thrift stores, looking for clothing to buy and wear.

Maybe there's a list of good brands/clothing material I should keep my eye on? So far, I'm avoiding mostly everything which contains mixed material (i.e. polymers - however I'm not sure with suits seeing as they're built differently from shirts, pants, etc).


SORRY this is a large post. The search function isn't helping me out here, though.
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I just realized I originally posted this question in the wrong place. Apologies for that.

 

The most recent bespoke suit I purchased was made with what the tailor described as a 'much higher quality' fabric then even the super 150s wool/cashmere that I normally get with them. It is supposedly a better wool/cashmere blend fabric. Anyway, I received it and while it looks great when you look at it straight on, if you look at it from an angle, you can see that the fabric is fuzzy or balled up.. I'm not sure what the correct term would be for the phenomenon, but I'd liken it to if you have a nice dress sock that you do not turn inside out and wash and dry a bunch of times (it gets fuzzy or like the fabric is coming apart, unwinding or standing up).

 

Can someone let me know if this is normal, whether I should be concerned and/or whether it is fixable?

 

My tailor says this is just the way this type of super high end cashmere fabric is...

 

Thanks!

 

 

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well you have a few options since this isn't (or rather shouldn't be) formal. To begin, a white shirt with a blue suit always looks classic. Additionally, consider the opposite, more rakish black shirt. After that really the sky is the limit, a lighter blue for a color blocked look. Any complimentary tone, such as a brown (careful could look embarrassingly 70s). Corresponding tie combos in order of preference, white with red, then lighter shade of blue, then repp. Black none, pop open a button or two and go out like a badass. I could go on but the real answer is to not wear a tie unless you must. A blue shawl collar suit is a party piece and not really office appropriate and should be treated accordingly: casually.

 

thanks for the reply... well i'll be a single guest at a friend's wedding. so it doesn't have to be formal. i'm a security dog handler so there's also no office, just a desire to look good when i get a chance to

 

i've just bought a similar tie to this in a houndstooth pattern to wear with a white shirt. i think it looks good. my suit is slightly darker, but similar.

 

 

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What are some basic rules or guidelines I can take into consideration when judging the quality of an item?

 

I'm slowly expanding my knowledge of clothing and dress by learning new terms, brands, and guidelines for wearing and buying clothing. However, there is no definitive guide out there that offers a holistic approach, or introduction, to the world of dressing well. I also don't have any guidance in real life, seeing as my family and friends don't care to dress this way. Therefore, it makes it a hassle for me when I'm out shopping in thrift stores, looking for clothing to buy and wear.

 

Maybe there's a list of good brands/clothing material I should keep my eye on? So far, I'm avoiding mostly everything which contains mixed material (i.e. polymers - however I'm not sure with suits seeing as they're built differently from shirts, pants, etc).

 

 

SORRY this is a large post. The search function isn't helping me out here, though.


Before I joined SF I lurked for a few years reading through almost every pertinent thread.  I was interested in buying clothes in Naples so I got a notebook and started making notes and built a list of brands based off of the conversations here on SF.  I might suggest that approach might work for you as well.  Read a lot of posts here and take notes, then try to go look at these brands in a store and feel the fabric.  Feel its weight and texture in your fingers- look at the density of the fabric.  Feel is just as important as look.  Take a close look at the stitching- look at the workmanship in the seams and button holes, look at the buttons and how they are attached. 

 

I don't think you can judge quality garments until you have spent some time with them.  Once you peruse the brand names mentioned here you will have some reference point from which to judge garments you encounter while shopping or thrifting. 

 

The name brand itself is not the point- but certain brands have consistently high standards- and that engenders trust with the consumer, so don't be too put-off by the impression some get of being a brand-whore.  I think of myself as a quality-whore. 

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