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post #30241 of 33197
instead of the penny loafers, how about these meermin? Too formal to go with just chinos and shirt?
https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=2328#
post #30242 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Slh View Post

instead of the penny loafers, how about these meermin? Too formal to go with just chinos and shirt?
https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=2328#
Too dressy IMO.
post #30243 of 33197

Perhaps the silliest question of the day, but here goes...

 

My shirt cuffs typically have two buttons, one button for a loose cuff and the other for a more snug cuff.  Is there any sartorial aesthetic reason or "rule" regarding which button should be used?

 

My cuffs tend to fit better when I use the snug button.  If using the snug button is not "against the rules," I'd rather not have the cuffs resized/cuff buttons re-located.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

- John

post #30244 of 33197
Depends on how big your wrists are. I usually use the first button on my left side where my watch is and the second button on my right.
post #30245 of 33197
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slh View Post

instead of the penny loafers, how about these meermin? Too formal to go with just chinos and shirt?
https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=2328#

 

Chinos and a shirt are exactly what these should be worn with.  They're just about fit for a jacket and tie in an informal setting, but suede is fundamentally casual, and that would be just right.

 

Other than a black oxford, there's not much in the shoe world that is too formal for a pair of chinos and an open shirt.  On the contrary, the smarter the shoe, the sharper the casual look.

post #30246 of 33197
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Chinos and a shirt are exactly what these should be worn with.  They're just about fit for a jacket and tie in an informal setting, but suede is fundamentally casual, and that would be just right.

Other than a black oxford, there's not much in the shoe world that is too formal for a pair of chinos and an open shirt.  On the contrary, the smarter the shoe, the sharper the casual look.
thank you mimo. I think they can be pretty versatile shoes both with chinos, or jacket, tie and smarter trousers. My only doubt is that the sole is rubber, not leather.
post #30247 of 33197

Well, although that feels more casual again to me, it's a personal thing.  I prefer leather soles too, but especially with chinos, who cares?  Anyway, if you want a suede oxford, there are plenty around.

post #30248 of 33197
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Well, although that feels more casual again to me, it's a personal thing.  I prefer leather soles too, but especially with chinos, who cares?  Anyway, if you want a suede oxford, there are plenty around.
I would like to wear them with smarter trousers too, eg wool trousers.
I was looking for meermin because they have a good quality/price ratio.
post #30249 of 33197

As long as they're in stock - delivery can be hit and miss with Meermin - a few days if they happen to be in stock, up to two months if they're not.  The website will not give any indication as to which.  And you get what you pay for.  The Loakes I linked to have leather soles, are less likely to have quality control issues, and will be shipped to you in 2-3 days wherever you are.  But you're right, it's an extra $80 or so, and I do have some "Classic" Meermins that I like just fine.  Each to his own, and good luck.

post #30250 of 33197
Can a suit be altered down one size?

Suit is tagged at 40L but runs slim and would need it to be a 38R. Jacket also has working buttonholes which may pose an issue.I would need 1/2 inch chopped off the sleeves
measurements:
Chest (pit-to-pit, flat across):

20.0"

Sleeves (from shoulder to cuff):

25.0"

Shoulders (flat across):

17.5"

Length (bottom of collar to tail):

30.5"

Pants

Inseam: 31.75 (3.0 extra material)

Waist: 17.0 (2.0 extra material)
post #30251 of 33197
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Originally Posted by TheBlackBruceWayne View Post

Can a suit be altered down one size?

Suit is tagged at 40L but runs slim and would need it to be a 38R. Jacket also has working buttonholes which may pose an issue.I would need 1/2 inch chopped off the sleeves
measurements:
Chest (pit-to-pit, flat across):

20.0"

Sleeves (from shoulder to cuff):

25.0"

Shoulders (flat across):

17.5"

Length (bottom of collar to tail):

30.5"

Pants

Inseam: 31.75 (3.0 extra material)

Waist: 17.0 (2.0 extra material)

It can be done, but it's going to cost you a lot of money, and you better go to the best tailor you can find to have it done, because it's going to be very very tricky to alter the shoulders, chest, length, and sleeves (since they are surgeon's cuffs they might have to do the adjustment from the shoulder rather than the cuff). You're probably looking at $200-$300 worth of tailoring expense, and there's no guarantee that it will come out looking the way you want it to. Probably better to find a jacket that is a closer match in the shoulders, chest and length, and have the waist and sleeves adjusted as needed, unless this is like an Attolini or Kiton.

post #30252 of 33197
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBlackBruceWayne View Post

Can a suit be altered down one size?

Suit is tagged at 40L but runs slim and would need it to be a 38R. Jacket also has working buttonholes which may pose an issue.I would need 1/2 inch chopped off the sleeves
measurements:
Chest (pit-to-pit, flat across):

20.0"

Sleeves (from shoulder to cuff):

25.0"

Shoulders (flat across):

17.5"

Length (bottom of collar to tail):

30.5"

Pants

Inseam: 31.75 (3.0 extra material)

Waist: 17.0 (2.0 extra material)
It is perfectly possible to alter a suit down a whole size as long as the shoulders fit well and the tailor knows what he/she's doing. A sleeve with functioning buttonholes is quite impossible to have lengthened, but may be shortened from the shoulder.
post #30253 of 33197
Thanks for the input guys.

If I'm measuring correctly, the chest and jacket length are only .5" longer than my best fitting jacket. And the shoulders are .5" shorter than it. It is a Phineas Cole /Paul Stuart
post #30254 of 33197
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBlackBruceWayne View Post

Can a suit be altered down one size?
Almost any "downsize" alteration is possible, given money and a sufficiently skilled alterations tailor. But some cost more than they're generally worth, and some tend to yield results which just aren't entirely satisfying.

Downsizing your suit from a 40L to a 38R is likely to cost more than it's worth, and to yield less than completely satisfying results. Unless there's some overwhelming reason for you to wear this suit - maybe it's the suit you wore 25 years ago, when you were presumably taller and more muscular, and when you blew up the evil Emperor's hot tub, and now the Rebel Alliance has requested you wear it to the ceremony where they're going to award you a Lifetime Achievement Award - you'd likely be best advised not to try it.
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Suit is tagged at 40L but runs slim and would need it to be a 38R.
If you wear a 38R, buy a 38R. Do not try making a 40L work.

Similarly, if you wear size 9D shoes, don't buy size 10EE shoes, figuring there's maybe some way to shrink them down enough to fit you.
post #30255 of 33197

I have a dark navy suit and would like a knitted tie and tie bar that would work well. Any suggestions on colour and style of tie bar etc? 

 

Photos or web-links would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks

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