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In Boston--I've been visiting thrift stores (Keezer's, STA, The Closet) in search of a suit, but nothing I've found so far will fit. 38S is perfect in the chest and length, but the shoulders are invariably a bit too big. I've found a good tailor, but he maintains that these are not worth altering. Does anyone have ideas on how to proceed, on a slender budget? I'd be grateful for suggestions.
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Originally Posted by panaceus View Post

In Boston--I've been visiting thrift stores (Keezer's, STA, The Closet) in search of a suit, but nothing I've found so far will fit. 38S is perfect in the chest and length, but the shoulders are invariably a bit too big. I've found a good tailor, but he maintains that these are not worth altering. Does anyone have ideas on how to proceed, on a slender budget? I'd be grateful for suggestions.

Learn your exact measurements. Then scour Ebay and the Marketplace section of this site incessantly.
post #23043 of 31189
Been looking at gray suits lately on a budget, I found a suit I love however I don't know if the gray is too dark to pull of brown shoes, these compliment each other before I buy? I feel the brown should be dark enough.



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Thanks!

Follow-up--Would an MTM like Black Lapel be a reasonable option, if I can scrape together the capital?
post #23045 of 31189
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post


Your posture, while quite erect, is not that odd.

That shirt also doesn't fit you.

BTW, he was right about the suit--it's never going to work. Return it.

About the shirt, any other problems besides the glaringly obvious of too much fabric on the back?

post #23046 of 31189
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Originally Posted by panaceus View Post

Thanks!

Follow-up--Would an MTM like Black Lapel be a reasonable option, if I can scrape together the capital?

If you only need a basic suit (like navy or charcoal) I don't think it's necessary to go custom.

I've also never heard of Black Lapel so I wouldn't want to tell you yes or no there ...

I think you're probably better off reading here a bit and jotting down some commonly mentioned names of suit makers, then checking Ebay. Here are a few to get you rolling...

Caruso (they make Ralph Lauren suits plus suits for other retail labels)
Samuelsohn
JP Tilford (this is actually Samuelsohn, but made exclusively for a Canadian chain)
Canali
Corneliani
Brooks Brothers

You can find most, or all, of those right here on this site for sale on a regular basis and also on Ebay. To me, they're all very serviceable as a first suit.
post #23047 of 31189
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Originally Posted by scubaru View Post

Been looking at gray suits lately on a budget, I found a suit I love however I don't know if the gray is too dark to pull of brown shoes, these compliment each other before I buy? I feel the brown should be dark enough.



The color of the shoe looks dark enough that you should be fine wearing them with that color suit.

My issues with the suit are more around the styling (super skinny lapels, probably too short) rather than the color. The shoe styling is also not very conservative. If you plan on wearing this to work and are in a conservative industry, then you may want to reconsider.
post #23048 of 31189
I've heard of 2 alterations latently that a friend suggested he did regularly that ice never heard of. First is that his trousers are "pencilled" to stop them from fraying (why would this even happen? And secondly he has coins sewn into the inside of his pant legs to stop them riding up. Both sound bizarre to the uninitiated like me. Are these really common practice or is he talking out of his $&@! ? Or being taken for a ride by a tailor looking for a few extra $?
post #23049 of 31189
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Originally Posted by Undone View Post

About the shirt, any other problems besides the glaringly obvious of too much fabric on the back?

It looks too big all the way around--sleeves, chest, back, shoulders.
post #23050 of 31189
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

I've heard of 2 alterations latently that a friend suggested he did regularly that ice never heard of. First is that his trousers are "pencilled" to stop them from fraying (why would this even happen? And secondly he has coins sewn into the inside of his pant legs to stop them riding up. Both sound bizarre to the uninitiated like me. Are these really common practice or is he talking out of his $&@! ? Or being taken for a ride by a tailor looking for a few extra $?

Never heard of it. Also, 9 times out of 10 women know nothing about men's clothing, so ignore them. They don't take style advice from you.
post #23051 of 31189
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About the shirt, any other problems besides the glaringly obvious of too much fabric on the back?

Sorry I don't mean to be harsh, but if you can't look at that picture and see that you are absolutely swimming in that shirt I'm not sure what value any other advice would be to you. That shirt is made for a man fifty pounds heavier than you are.

Go no further than the MC casual thread on this site to see several examples that illustrate more closely how a short should fit.
post #23052 of 31189
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I have seen a few posts recommending Land's End and I had been eyeing it a bit. It looks like their charcoal wool pants are on sale right now for right about $80. I don't necessarily need them right away but probably in 1.5-2 months, do you think I should go ahead and pull the trigger for that or is it in my best interest to wait for a better sale within that time frame?

Google for a LE coupon. I bet you can find one right now for at least 15% off.
post #23053 of 31189
Banana Republic used to sell a khaki 100% cotton dress chino made out of this really thick twill,so thick it was almost like it was denim or micro-corded. I'm not sure whatthe weave would be called exactly. Needless to say they hung marvellously because the weight was great. I don't think they've sold them since 2009. Any idea where I could get something like it?
post #23054 of 31189
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That is a terrible look. Please do not try to pull it off.
 

 

So what would you change? What is wrong with the look? Could you elaborate a bit more?

post #23055 of 31189
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Originally Posted by Ramth0rn View Post

So what would you change? What is wrong with the look? Could you elaborate a bit more?
I'll start -

The ridiculously tight suit - both jacket and pants.

The horrible "suit with no socks" look. (Made to look all the more stylish by the "scratching mosquito bite on my ankle" photograph.)

The shoes - which don't much appeal to me in the first place, especially with the suit in question - are particularly inappropriate for wearing without socks. Also, while it's hard to be 100% sure from the picture, they seem a few sizes too large for the model's foot. The right foot. The itchy one.

The suit pants are too short.

Okay, who wants to chime in with some more?
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