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post #24901 of 33180
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Originally Posted by CheekyFireman View Post

Is buying a used (pre-owned!) suit on ebay a completely silly thing to do? 


Do you know the measurements of a suit which fits you properly? Use this method: http://askandyaboutclothes.com/clothing/style-tips/how-to-measure-a-jacket

If so then give ebay a shot. You mentioned that someone is selling some HF suits in your size. I would suggest that you stop thinking of a certain number as your size. For example, let's say you bought a new unaltered Brooks Brothers made in USA 1818 Madison suit in 44R. It fits with only minimal alteration. Cool. You are a 44R, right?

Then you see a new unaltered Brooks Brothers 1818 Fitzgerald 44R on ebay. You snap that baby up, because it is a nice suit and it is your size. But when you try it on there is a bit of a problem. That Fitz is tight. It's tight everywhere; across the shoulder, at the upper arm, in the chest, everywhere. Guess what. You need a 46R in Fitz.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as examples of "knowing your size". BB suits which are manufactured in Italy are slimmer and smaller than the US made suit of the same size and cut, so not even every BB 1818 Madison will fit you.

And then you must consider that most used suits have been altered. You will see many suits on ebay which have a chest measurement which is actually smaller than the labeled size (it should be larger to allow for movement).


TLDR: Only buy a suit, blazer or sport coat on ebay if you know your measurements and measurements of the jacket are provided by the seller. Jacket "sizes" are not standardized and will often be misleading.
post #24902 of 33180

When buying a suit, what determines how much padding you need in your shoulders? Can it be tailored out?

post #24903 of 33180

It's not just how much,it's the shape, too.  Generally it's made to make your shoulders look straight and wide.  My shoulders are straight enough, so I find that sometimes there's too much padding at the end and it makes the padding stand up a little.  The suits I have made I generally request to have less padding than usual, and flatter.  But in answer to your question, yes.  Adjusting the width of the shoulders is a complicated job requiring a lot of skill, and generally not worth it for ready-to-wear.  But taking out a little padding is very simple, and well worth the small investment if it makes the jacket look more natural on you.

post #24904 of 33180
Looking for a recommendation for a first non-Uniqlo suit. Budget $400-600. Can stretch a bit past that, but not much.

I'm slim built with straight/wide shoulders, so minimal padding is best.

So far, checking out JCrew and Brooks Brothers. Any other brands I should keep in mind?
post #24905 of 33180
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Originally Posted by .Impulsv View Post

Looking for a recommendation for a first non-Uniqlo suit. Budget $400-600. Can stretch a bit past that, but not much.

I'm slim built with straight/wide shoulders, so minimal padding is best.

So far, checking out JCrew and Brooks Brothers. Any other brands I should keep in mind?

 

SuitSupply.

post #24906 of 33180

What leather conditioner is recommended for leather gloves?

post #24907 of 33180
make sure to do a spot check to see whether the gloves darken.

you can use lexol conditioner, but do not use lexol cleaner. the glycerine will darken and harden the leather if you apply even slighlty too much. I destroyed a glove using the cleaner. frown.gif
if you want to use a cleaner, use a cleaner-conditioner combo such as saphir reno. and of course, make sure to spot check first. saphir also has leather lotion, and nappa cream for very delicate leathers. afinepairofshoes has good prices on saphir and decent shipping cost for orders under 2.5kg. they currently have a black friday code, BF20 for 20% off. but lexol is cheaper and will probably do the trick in most cases.
post #24908 of 33180
Quote:
Originally Posted by .Impulsv View Post

Looking for a recommendation for a first non-Uniqlo suit. Budget $400-600. Can stretch a bit past that, but not much.

I'm slim built with straight/wide shoulders, so minimal padding is best.

So far, checking out JCrew and Brooks Brothers. Any other brands I should keep in mind?

Suit Suppy. If I had your budget and I would stretch it a bit more and go for Kent Wang.

post #24909 of 33180

(edited to include quote from ImTheGroom)

 

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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post
 

 

Are you getting it taken in at the sides, or darted?  That does not seem exceptionally high, but it is probably on the high end.  But, in the future you can get MtM shirts for $60/ea.  Check out the Luxire thread; I don't have any of their shirts, but I'm told they're quite nice.  There are other places around that do MtM in that price range.

 

 

Hey ImTheGroom - thanks for the reply!

 

I apologize, but I don't know what "darted" means.  The sleeves were taken in, as were the sides of the torso.  What's the difference?

 

Special thanks for the tip regarding Luxire, and MtM generally.  It's very helpful to me since my measurements aren't totally typical.  18.5 neck, 38/39 arm.  Getting something MtM, especially for only $60, would be useful.


Edited by John P - 12/1/13 at 1:26pm
post #24910 of 33180
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Originally Posted by Veremund View Post


Yes, it's high. Shop around next time.

 

Funny story about that.  This is my shopping around process.

 

Again, total noob.  I purchased shirts at Men's Wearhouse.  They were big & billowy - like all off-the-rack shirts are on me.  So I brought them in, one-by-one, to my local dry cleaners for alterations.  Two shirts came out decent looking, in my opinion.

 

The third shirt came out with the sleeves too short.  So short, in fact, that the best "repair" option was to make it a short-sleeve shirt.  They did the work for free and paid for a new shirt (not cash - cleaning credit) at least.  However, as you might imagine, I wasn't thrilled.

 

I was dissatisfied with that cleaner for other reasons, so I went to a new cleaner.  First shirt they altered - ugh.  When I bend my arms at the elbows the cuffs almost rip off the sleeves.  So the second cleaner is worse than the first.

 

Hoping for something better, I visited StyleForum and searched for Sacramento Tailor.  Based on an old thread on this forum, I found the local tailor.  I went there and, not knowing any better, spent $28 per shirt to get the sleeves and torso slimmed.

 

If you have any helpful knowledge, I'll gladly learn.

 

Thanks! 

post #24911 of 33180

I would either self-clean/iron or find some cleaners that wash without the nasty chemicals and actually hand-iron your stuff as opposed to the inflate and pres method. The latter will be more expensive but with the former it's only a matter of time until your shirt rips apart or the buttons fall off.

post #24912 of 33180
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Originally Posted by John P View Post
 

 

Funny story about that.  This is my shopping around process.

 

Again, total noob.  I purchased shirts at Men's Wearhouse.  They were big & billowy - like all off-the-rack shirts are on me.  So I brought them in, one-by-one, to my local dry cleaners for alterations.  Two shirts came out decent looking, in my opinion.

 

The third shirt came out with the sleeves too short.  So short, in fact, that the best "repair" option was to make it a short-sleeve shirt.  They did the work for free and paid for a new shirt (not cash - cleaning credit) at least.  However, as you might imagine, I wasn't thrilled.

 

I was dissatisfied with that cleaner for other reasons, so I went to a new cleaner.  First shirt they altered - ugh.  When I bend my arms at the elbows the cuffs almost rip off the sleeves.  So the second cleaner is worse than the first.

 

Hoping for something better, I visited StyleForum and searched for Sacramento Tailor.  Based on an old thread on this forum, I found the local tailor.  I went there and, not knowing any better, spent $28 per shirt to get the sleeves and torso slimmed.

 

If you have any helpful knowledge, I'll gladly learn.

 

Thanks! 

 

Check yelp. Also, for that cost and headache, you're just better off buying better shirts!

post #24913 of 33180

Anyone able to comment on the lasts used for George Cleverley shoes? There does not appear to much info on their RTW sizing here and there are quite a few nice shoes on sale at Leather Soul.  I have my eye on the Thomas in particular. I don't have much experience in shoe sizes but it seems I am close to a 11 US in standard width in lasts like EG 82 but Carmina Simpson and Allen Edmonds 8 last are both so narrow I have size up or out at least one size.

 

Can anyone chime in with any experience?

post #24914 of 33180
Does anyone know of Levi's jeans 508 are oversized? I just bought a pair from eBay in my size and they are enormous..
Since I use tapered would 511 be a good option or too skinny in thinking on shifting to 511 since they're cheaper and there's more variety than 508 and 520 which I fancy more. Appreciate comments
post #24915 of 33180

Does anybody have experience ordering domestically from the Allen Edmonds website? Do they mark the outside of the box with the invoice/list of contents?

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