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post #20086 of 30370
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Originally Posted by K2793 View Post

Which fits me better from this comparison picture? This is the same shirt, top two pictures are XS, bottom two are S. I'm having a really hard time finding good fitting shirts as I try to transitional to a more professional wardrobe. I have a 36" chest and 29" waist but I feel as if everything fits unflattering. The S feels baggy at parts and it's hard to tell from the pictures. However the XS is a bit tight in the torso. Should I try a specific shirt model, can anyone recommend?
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I tend to stay away from any shirts measured in S, M, L.

Look at Charles Tyrwhitt, TM Lewin, or Brooks Brothers on sale for starter shirts. All have slim fits that should work for you.
post #20087 of 30370
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Originally Posted by K2793 View Post

Which fits me better from this comparison picture? This is the same shirt, top two pictures are XS, bottom two are S. I'm having a really hard time finding good fitting shirts as I try to transitional to a more professional wardrobe. I have a 36" chest and 29" waist but I feel as if everything fits unflattering. The S feels baggy at parts and it's hard to tell from the pictures. However the XS is a bit tight in the torso. Should I try a specific shirt model, can anyone recommend?

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post


I tend to stay away from any shirts measured in S, M, L.

Look at Charles Tyrwhitt, TM Lewin, or Brooks Brothers on sale for starter shirts. All have slim fits that should work for you.

 

I'd concur with the "slim" fit recommendation- or buy the S and have it tailored.

post #20088 of 30370
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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post

 

 

I'd concur with the "slim" fit recommendation- or buy the S and have it tailored.

The problem with buying S/M/L is that you can't get a customized sleeve length. Any of the above suggestions (TM Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt, BB) will offer a variety of whole sleeve sizes for each neck size. A tailor can shorten sleeves, but now you are adding $15 cost per shirt, and shortening the sleeves too much messes with the length/look of the sleeve placket.

post #20089 of 30370
Looking to get a nice tie...upto around $100...maybe $150. What are my options? Can I get a nice 7 fold?
post #20090 of 30370
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

The problem with buying S/M/L is that you can't get a customized sleeve length. Any of the above suggestions (TM Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt, BB) will offer a variety of whole sleeve sizes for each neck size. A tailor can shorten sleeves, but now you are adding $15 cost per shirt, and shortening the sleeves too much messes with the length/look of the sleeve placket.

Or a proper neck size. Basically, it is very unlikely that either the neck or the sleeves will be just right. If you are one of the few people for which that shirt fits perfectly, go for it. If not... It's not worth it.

Furthermore, the "serious" shirt makers all size their stuff in neck/sleeve sizes. If it's being sold in S/M/L sizes, it's almost certainly a garbage shirt.
post #20091 of 30370
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Looking to get a nice tie...upto around $100...maybe $150. What are my options? Can I get a nice 7 fold?

Plenty of good stuff on sale at that price point--Drakes just had a big sale with lots of good stuff around that price.

Also, eBay or B&S.

Finally, check out Sam Hober. Great stuff, and almost all of it under $100.
post #20092 of 30370
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Plenty of good stuff on sale at that price point--Drakes just had a big sale with lots of good stuff around that price.

Also, eBay or B&S.

Finally, check out Sam Hober. Great stuff, and almost all of it under $100.

Will check out Sam Hober. Where can I find Drakes online?
post #20093 of 30370
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Will check out Sam Hober. Where can I find Drakes online?

http://www.drakes-london.com/
post #20094 of 30370
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

The problem with buying S/M/L is that you can't get a customized sleeve length. Any of the above suggestions (TM Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt, BB) will offer a variety of whole sleeve sizes for each neck size. A tailor can shorten sleeves, but now you are adding $15 cost per shirt, and shortening the sleeves too much messes with the length/look of the sleeve placket.

 

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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post


Or a proper neck size. Basically, it is very unlikely that either the neck or the sleeves will be just right. If you are one of the few people for which that shirt fits perfectly, go for it. If not... It's not worth it.

Furthermore, the "serious" shirt makers all size their stuff in neck/sleeve sizes. If it's being sold in S/M/L sizes, it's almost certainly a garbage shirt.


I couldn't agree more- In my first reply actually started to write about both the neck and sleeve issue but I erased it and kept my reply simple.  If it's S/M/L it's most likely a fashion shirt from BR, H&M or some other store for younger shoppers.  Looking at the picture he posted it appears that the sleeves are a touch too long in the Small size- but with some minor tailoring there and on the sides it could be corrected.  Hard to say unless you see it in real life. 

T.M. Lewin and Tyrwhitt don't work for me, but I think a slim guy might find some good starter shirts there.  I stopped in to both of their Edinburgh stores this summer and tried all of their sizes, but my shoulders are too broad so no luck for me. My personal fit aside- I think a young professional could get a great core of wardrobe basics built there. 

 

Thank you both for offering clarification to my post- I think you are both right on. 

post #20095 of 30370
Fantastic help gents, thank you. I will look into TM Lewin and others. I need to figure out my sleeve length and I'll be good to go.

One more quick question, I need a suit for upcoming job fairs and just future events in the business field for school. I'm worried my physique may change within a year as I am hopeful I may grow a tad more, and I am starting to work out. What is a good budget option for a conservative suit? I was thinking charcoal in color would be best. I have J&M Melton's for shoes.
post #20096 of 30370

Hi gents

 

First time poster, medium term lurker here that's been gradually improving my wardrobe with the help of this wonderful forum.

 

Wondering if anyone could help me identify the name/fit of this PS Paul Smith suit? Recently bought at a local sale and it fits me just about perfect right off the rack so I'm thinking about buying another suit or two from ebay or other online source, but would like to make sure that I get the same fit.

 

Thanks

 

(sorry for crappy cellphone pics)

post #20097 of 30370

Just ordered a pair of Allen Edmonds for Brooks Bros. Strands. Fairly new to the dressing shoe game.
My question is this: Should i get shoe "taps" for them? 

Also just bought a pair of Magnanni 'Miro's (these don't have the added rubber padding that the BB do) 
Should i get a cobbler to add rubber padding to them?

post #20098 of 30370

Anyone know a place in London that sells Saphir suede cleaner and waterproofer?

post #20099 of 30370
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Originally Posted by donjuan17 View Post

Just ordered a pair of Allen Edmonds for Brooks Bros. Strands. Fairly new to the dressing shoe game.
My question is this: Should i get shoe "taps" for them? 

Also just bought a pair of Magnanni 'Miro's (these don't have the added rubber padding that the BB do) 
Should i get a cobbler to add rubber padding to them?

 

Depends on how hard you are on you shoes.  If you are asking, then probably.

post #20100 of 30370

I'm thinking of adding a Navy cotton suit to my wardrobe for summertime.  Mostly for daytime warm weather weddings.  I'd be looking to get one made to measure I think.  My questions:

 

1) Is cotton a major pain to keep wrinkle free/travel with?

2) Is it significantly cooler than wool?

2) Any ideas where to look for a slim cut made to measure at a reasonable price? I live in Canada
 

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