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I have been measured twice as 19.5 inches in the shoulders. While considering buying a suit on-line I realize all my suits and SC are 18.50 to 19 inches measured in the back seam to seam

Is this normal for slimmer fitting stuff? And do most error on slightly smaller shoulders rather than a little too big?
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Thanks!  I appreciate your thoughts.  I will certainly have to look into getting some new ties.  At least I can salvage one. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by sean anon View Post

I have been measured twice as 19.5 inches in the shoulders. While considering buying a suit on-line I realize all my suits and SC are 18.50 to 19 inches measured in the back seam to seam

Is this normal for slimmer fitting stuff? And do most error on slightly smaller shoulders rather than a little too big?

Who did the measuring?  If your current wardrobe consists of well fitting jackets, I suggest using their actual measurements to aid in your online search.

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Two different tailors did the measuring

It is possible I don't what a perfect shoulder fit is. The SCs are unstructured. The Slim fitting suit has light shoulder padding

My chest is 42 measured and all my tailored clothes measure 22 across the chest. The 42 from suit supply is 46 across the chest and 19.5 in the shoulders. The 40 is 19/44
Edited by sean anon - 7/7/13 at 9:02pm
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Posted these questions on the shoe care thread but the thread's all over the place.  Any input would be appreciated!

 

1. Can somebody who is experienced with Saphir products recommend the correct color for these shoes (Loake 1880 Dorchesters)?  I'm thinking light brown but tan and cognac also sound plausible.
 

2. Is cream a better option than wax? I'm not sure I'd want a mirror polish on these and I think they look really nice as is, but a lot of the recommendations call for a few layers or cream and then a layer of wax to protect. Should I still apply both even though I don't want a mirror finish? Since these are mint, I don't really need to restore the color - maybe Reno is all I really need?

3. Any suggestions for a matching dress belt? Loake doesn't seem to carry them.

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In that price range, Sterlingwear of Boston would be my #1 choice for a peacoat. They've been the official manufacturer of peacoats for the US Navy for nearly half a century. Made in the USA. Wide variety of styles, fabrics, and sizes. Yeah, definitely the "go to" place for a $300 peacoat. And they even ship internationally.

http://www.sterlingwear.com/cart/index.php?p=catalog&parent=1&pg=1

 

Thanks, good suggestion, I'll keep that in my mind when ordering a new fall-/winter jacket.

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What are the best inexpensive watches?
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Originally Posted by Tray8 View Post

What are the best inexpensive watches?
Depends on how you define "best," and how you define "inexpensive."

Not to sound unfriendly, but I'm not sure the "Ask a Question..." thread is really the best place for such a broad question. In fact, I'm not even sure SF is the best place for such a discussion. You might be better off going to a place like www.watchuseek.com, looking around and reading for a while, then perhaps posting a more specific version of your question there. I know there's an "Affordable Watches" theme forum at watchuseek which might prove appropriate.
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 7/8/13 at 4:39am
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Kresso: I agree with Shoelove on what is salvageable.  The differences between ties are normally the weight and quality of the silk (although there are many different weaves within the boundaries of high quality too; search some threads about ties!).  The other major difference is whether it's lined (with some soft material to give it some substance) or unlined, instead using additional folds of silk to give it body: you'll see expressions like "seven fold" meaning, well, you can work it out.  The unlined ones are usually more expensive.  They also take a bit more looking after.

 

If you want to replace a bunch of ties cheaply, then try www.thetiebar.com.  There's nothing too fabulous there, but it's all better than polyester.  And you can get a decent selection of ties for your hundred bucks while you acquire more high quality ones over time.  I'd suggest a couple of silk knits with no pattern for casual SF-approved-ness; green, navy, rust would be my colour choices (and I personally hate knits with patterns).  Then your business specials: solids or very small pin dots/patterns in dark navy, burgundy, brown, olive green, and then perhaps an occasional lighter pattern but still quite muted, in one of those colour families.  For variety, you might like to add a heavy wool tie or two - olive, burnt orange are nice mixes with this texture I find, and tend to go with the more country-style clothes that you'd use them with.  And one more, perhaps a regimental stripe: red and blue, blue and green, but not too bright and keep it simple, with the more sober colour being the dominant one.  You don't want to look like an air hostess.  

 

Final thing: plain, black, silk tie.  For funerals.  Every man must have one.  And if you ever wear a dinner suit (tuxedo), the same in a bow.

 

Regarding tie length, apart from your height/weight there are two more factors: I personally have a larger collar size than the rest of me would suggest.  Sometimes I find ties a little short.  And it also depends which knot you prefer.  If you have a lined tie and like a windsor knot, a longer one might be useful.  If you're average size in other respects and prefer a four in hand, regular is fine.  I would advise you to learn the Pratt/Shelby knot as a middle way between the two - nice and triangular like the first, but better for a shorter tie like the second.  And for a knitted tie, double four in hand will make Styleforum love you.

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Tray, depending on your definitions of "inexpensive", search out the "Poor Man's Watch Thread", or for higher end, "The Watch Appreciation Thread".  There is also a thread where someone asked for the best watch under five grand US.  They are all under the Classic Menswear side, i.e. here.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Massively helpful necktie screed (Click to show)
Kresso: I agree with Shoelove on what is salvageable.  The differences between ties are normally the weight and quality of the silk (although there are many different weaves within the boundaries of high quality too; search some threads about ties!).  The other major difference is whether it's lined (with some soft material to give it some substance) or unlined, instead using additional folds of silk to give it body: you'll see expressions like "seven fold" meaning, well, you can work it out.  The unlined ones are usually more expensive.  They also take a bit more looking after.

If you want to replace a bunch of ties cheaply, then try www.thetiebar.com.  There's nothing too fabulous there, but it's all better than polyester.  And you can get a decent selection of ties for your hundred bucks while you acquire more high quality ones over time.  I'd suggest a couple of silk knits with no pattern for casual SF-approved-ness; green, navy, rust would be my colour choices (and I personally hate knits with patterns).  Then your business specials: solids or very small pin dots/patterns in dark navy, burgundy, brown, olive green, and then perhaps an occasional lighter pattern but still quite muted, in one of those colour families.  For variety, you might like to add a heavy wool tie or two - olive, burnt orange are nice mixes with this texture I find, and tend to go with the more country-style clothes that you'd use them with.  And one more, perhaps a regimental stripe: red and blue, blue and green, but not too bright and keep it simple, with the more sober colour being the dominant one.  You don't want to look like an air hostess.  

Final thing: plain, black, silk tie.  For funerals.  Every man must have one.  And if you ever wear a dinner suit (tuxedo), the same in a bow.

Regarding tie length, apart from your height/weight there are two more factors: I personally have a larger collar size than the rest of me would suggest.  Sometimes I find ties a little short.  And it also depends which knot you prefer.  If you have a lined tie and like a windsor knot, a longer one might be useful.  If you're average size in other respects and prefer a four in hand, regular is fine.  I would advise you to learn the Pratt/Shelby knot as a middle way between the two - nice and triangular like the first, but better for a shorter tie like the second.  And for a knitted tie, double four in hand will make Styleforum love you.

If every guy out there who knew jack about ties followed this advice, the world would be a better place. Well done.
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Is $799 a good price for a NWT 100% cotton Brunello Cucinelli suit? Solid grey.
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Originally Posted by becnal View Post


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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Kresso: I agree with Shoelove on what is salvageable.  The differences between ties are normally the weight and quality of the silk (although there are many different weaves within the boundaries of high quality too; search some threads about ties!).  The other major difference is whether it's lined (with some soft material to give it some substance) or unlined, instead using additional folds of silk to give it body: you'll see expressions like "seven fold" meaning, well, you can work it out.  The unlined ones are usually more expensive.  They also take a bit more looking after.

 

If you want to replace a bunch of ties cheaply, then try www.thetiebar.com.  There's nothing too fabulous there, but it's all better than polyester.  And you can get a decent selection of ties for your hundred bucks while you acquire more high quality ones over time.  I'd suggest a couple of silk knits with no pattern for casual SF-approved-ness; green, navy, rust would be my colour choices (and I personally hate knits with patterns).  Then your business specials: solids or very small pin dots/patterns in dark navy, burgundy, brown, olive green, and then perhaps an occasional lighter pattern but still quite muted, in one of those colour families.  For variety, you might like to add a heavy wool tie or two - olive, burnt orange are nice mixes with this texture I find, and tend to go with the more country-style clothes that you'd use them with.  And one more, perhaps a regimental stripe: red and blue, blue and green, but not too bright and keep it simple, with the more sober colour being the dominant one.  You don't want to look like an air hostess.  

 

Final thing: plain, black, silk tie.  For funerals.  Every man must have one.  And if you ever wear a dinner suit (tuxedo), the same in a bow.

 

Regarding tie length, apart from your height/weight there are two more factors: I personally have a larger collar size than the rest of me would suggest.  Sometimes I find ties a little short.  And it also depends which knot you prefer.  If you have a lined tie and like a windsor knot, a longer one might be useful.  If you're average size in other respects and prefer a four in hand, regular is fine.  I would advise you to learn the Pratt/Shelby knot as a middle way between the two - nice and triangular like the first, but better for a shorter tie like the second.  And for a knitted tie, double four in hand will make Styleforum love you.

mimo,

  Thanks a ton for your input.  That really helped a lot.  I will check out thetiebar for to get some ties really quick to replace my polyester collection and try and learn more about ties.  Thanks for your suggestions on what to get for my core collection, that helps a TON.

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There's a real outbreak of good manners around here lately - you're most welcome and I hope you find what you want! :)

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