2 questions from a fresh grad.
- So I got my suit, and a few BB ESFs. I realized I lack a good rotation of plain shirts though. Looking @ Tyrwhitt since they are most available to me.
Judging from search results, the opinion is divided, but is their quality & extra slim fit decent enough? My other option is to go local MTM (Singapore), but the quality seems sub-par (polycotton wtf) unless I'm willing to double my budget
- Is there a source of well-priced ties to start my tie wardrobe? All I have is one 2.5" navy repp and a 2.5" cotton knit grenadine from Muji. I did go through thetiebar but heard differing reviews on their items.
Cotton shirts are the way to go. Synthetics like polycotton should be avoided if possible, especially if for dress work shirts. My guess is if you are in Singapore you can probably get a reasonably priced MTM cotton shirt for under 70 USD if you really look around. That will definitely be less than an off the rack high quality brand name dress shirt. Polycotton shirts are fine for going out, but ideally for work, you want to stick with cotton shirts. If you can, your better off going for Poplin or Broadcloth shirts, as these are higher quality fabrics, whereas an Oxford fabric is more for casualwear, or might go well with a jacket that is more textured like a tweed jacket.
I am not going to endorse specific brands here, but generally, you want to look for ties with woolen interlining if you are looking for high quality, well constructed ties. You should be able to find stuff in the 40-50 USD range from some boutique brands out there. The widths you have mentioned are skinny ties, whereas for work you want something along the lines of 3.25 to 3.5 inches. 3.25 inches seems to be the current trend. Also, if you are over 6'2, you are better off getting an extra-length tie which most e-commerce retailers should give you the option of buying. Standard length ties for guys under 6'2 inches are usually around 58 inches longer, and for those over the designated height, ties of 63 inches in length should be available. Remember, you always want your necktie to be able to hit your beltline, and so adequate length is needed, especially if you start experimenting with more intricate knots such as a Full Windsor which take up more fabric when tying the knot.
On my blog, I have several articles pertaining to mixing and matching colors, as you don't want to be buying ties that you later realize don't necessarily compliment whats in your existing wardrobe! These articles can be found at http://suitupdressup.wordpress.com/category/color-theory/
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.