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post #31801 of 33197
I'm having a tough time getting used to MTM shirts. I've usually had clothing that was probably too baggy in the body, but it was comfortable!

Now I find tailored clothing a bit restricting, especially across the back and against the waist, when I am seated typing at my desk or reaching for stuff - is that normal?
post #31802 of 33197
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Originally Posted by 1up View Post

I've usually had clothing that was probably too baggy in the body, but it was comfortable!
Your clothing should be comfortable. Proper fit is arguably the single most important factor in choosing clothing, and if it's not comfortable, it doesn't fit right.
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Now I find tailored clothing a bit restricting [...] is that normal?
To channel my inner Social & Behavioral Scientist, "I prefer not to talk about 'normal" and 'abnormal.' Rather, let's talk about whether you're happy with how you feel."

So, are you happy feeling restricted in your clothing? Apparently not. Such being the case, the clothing's not right for you.

Clothing needn't be unpleasantly baggy and over-sized, to permit reasonable comfort when engaging in routine activities - and sitting at your desk typing is an activity which surely qualifies. But it may need to be "roomier" than the fit which some people currently hold to be trendy and desirable.

And fwiw, a person who is physically uncomfortable seldom looks his best.
post #31803 of 33197
Is there a name for the straps that go from inside a sleeve and button on the outside to hold up a rolled sleeve?
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Edited by Van Veen - 12/18/15 at 5:20am
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Originally Posted by jamesmkeart View Post

Is there a name for the straps that go from inside a sleeve and button on the outside to hold up a rolled sleeve?
Might this be some variant on the sleeve garter?
post #31806 of 33197

Sorry if I am doing this wrong: I did try a search first:   Is fortythieves.co.uk a legit seller?   They have some interesting items for sale but I thought I would ask you kind folks first.   

post #31807 of 33197
I think a tailor could tighten it up for you.
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Originally Posted by pravda View PostSubnav

I think a tailor could tighten it up for you.


Seems like the best option for me too, as you are kinda in the middle of two sizes.

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I'm currently looking for a first suit mainly for upcoming medical school interviews and more fancy social events.

 

I was originally hoping to buy a charcoal one since that is the most versatile. However, I found a Strellson suit at a consignment store priced $350 and I like the way it fits on me better than anything I've tried on from the big box stores so far. The only issue is it is slightly brown and patterned (see 1st picture for comparison against my dark brown jacket). It also has a slight sheen, which the store owner said was because of the slight silk content. 

 

I do like the way this suit fits and the price, however I do not know much about suits aside from reading some basic suit guides so I am worried about the formality and versatility of this suit due to the color/pattern/sheen. Would this suit be appropriate for medical school interviews? What about for social events (wedding/fancier dinners/plays)?

post #31810 of 33197
I aim to have a casual suit made this year. Most of the choices are easy; it will have patch pockets, spalla camicia etc. I will probably be a very dark brown. I hope to use it both as a suit and as a blazer/sports coat. There are two things I can't decide on however:

1. Would a birdseye weave be a suitable fabric choice?
2. Is there a point to leaving the back unlined?

Any opinions?
post #31811 of 33197
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Originally Posted by IJReilly View Post

I aim to have a casual suit made this year. Most of the choices are easy; it will have patch pockets, spalla camicia etc. I will probably be a very dark brown. I hope to use it both as a suit and as a blazer/sports coat. There are two things I can't decide on however:

1. Would a birdseye weave be a suitable fabric choice?

Birdseye tends to be quite small and therefore more business-orientated. Barleycorn is a larger-scale version and perhaps more casual. Houndstooth is another option.

2. Is there a point to leaving the back unlined?

Yes, the suit wears cooler. Whether this matters depends on where you'll be wearing it (in Stockholm it wouldn't seem to be worthwhile) and the weight of the fabric you use (a heavier weight fabric negating any benefit from being half-lined anyway).
post #31812 of 33197
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Originally Posted by oxnume View Post

I was originally hoping to buy a charcoal one since that is the most versatile. [...] it is slightly brown and patterned [...] It also has a slight sheen
You decided you wanted a very versatile suit. A basic, charcoal suit. Something that would look right whenever conservative dress was appropriate - an interview, a wedding, a funeral, etc.

A slightly brown, patterned suit, with a sheen, is not a highly versatile suit.

I'm not saying it can't be a nice suit. If someone already owns a solid grey suit and a solid navy suit, and is now looking for something a little different, the sort of suit you describe could be a defensible choice.

But if you only have one suit, there's no way you're going to convince me that a slightly brown, patterned, somewhat shiny suit is going to be a better, more versatile choice than a basic, solid, non-shiny, charcoal one.

Moreover, if this is your first suit, I don't think dropping $350 on something from a consignment store is necessarily the best way to go, either. Buying used suits can be okay, but it's really a better option for someone who already knows suits, because he wears suits.

And since you mention shopping for suits at big box stores... Don't shop for your suit at a big box store. I won't go so far as to say that one can't find a great suit at... I don't know... let's say Macy's. But by and large, the big box store's suit selection will be biased toward low- to mediocre-quality "fashion" suits, often from the bottom or near bottom line of some company which has purchased the right to slap the name of some "designer" most people have heard of, on the label.

No, try shopping for a suit at a store that specializes in men's suits and similar menswear. Not at a big department store. And not online. You're buying your first suit, and your post suggests that your notion of what you should be buying is understandably imperfect at this point. Find a store whose bread and butter is classic men's suits. Go at an off day/time, when the salesman - preferably, a senior salesman, who's been doing this for many years - can devote substantial time to helping you. Tell him very clearly what it is you want - a highly versatile, classic, dark grey suit.

Even Jos. A. Bank, while catching lots of criticism here on SF - much of it justified - would be a better choice than would the typical big box store. And it'd be well within your budget.
post #31813 of 33197

I just bought this tie as a wedding/funeral tie. Good choice? Wearable only with a white shirt? Any other use besides just those two occasions?

 

It's 8cm wide. I'd have preferred a little wider, but on sale and a strong dollar vs. Canadian dollar, it was impossible to pass up from Spier and Mackay.

post #31814 of 33197
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Originally Posted by flvinny521 View Post

I just bought this tie as a wedding/funeral tie. Good choice? Wearable only with a white shirt? Any other use besides just those two occasions?



It's 8cm wide. I'd have preferred a little wider, but on sale and a strong dollar vs. Canadian dollar, it was impossible to pass up from Spier and Mackay.

I wouldn't wear that as a funeral tie - only solid black for those occasions. I have a similar tie and it gets lots of wear - fine with a blue shirt and a pretty wide variety of suits. Never tried it with a patterned shirt but others may be able to give a view.
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