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post #13951 of 28517
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post

F Dooshland. I had horrible experiences. Dood, if you are set on it, let him know you will not undervalue the item (a plus for him) and do the shipping online. You get free tracking unlike the janky stuff you get from the post office. But beware, if the item gets lost the Post Office will say, "once the item has been handed over to the Germans, we have no control". You might want to look into (and charge for) DHL which is basically the post office in Ger-doooshland. smile.gif

Thanks for the info. Yeah I usually just do first class abroad and hope it arrives but this pair of boots costs a bit more so I don't want to risk it. Trying to see if it's worth it (not looking like it is right now)
post #13952 of 28517
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Originally Posted by terrencemcgee View Post

If you guys don't mind, I'm going to piggy back on these Allen Edmonds questions.  I've never owned a pair of Allen Edmonds, and I would like to try a pair as my first nice dress shoes. I in the past have just bought $80 Rockports and such, and it's time to step up my game. I keep hearing great things about Allen Edmonds - their labor practices, customer support, manufacturing process, etc -  so that's why I chose them. 


However, I just can't afford full price. I got the contact for the factor seconds listing, and, unfortunately, the shoe I have my heart set on - the Rutledge - is not on the list.

Does anyone know of any other way to get a pair of Rutledge's without paying the full $445. I'd love to start a lifetime of Allen Edmonds wearing, but I can't bring myself to jump in if it's a $445 buy-in...


I have Park Ave's and they are awesome.  I bought them full price, but their reputation is that they last for years, and then can be refurbished by Allen Edmunds to look like new for about 150 I believe.

 

I recently went to an Allen Edmonds outlet that sells only factory seconds to see what the seconds are like.  My impression was that, for business purposes, the 100 dollars you will save is not really worth while.  Many of the seconds that I saw had stitching errors, excess glue on the soles, scratched up leather, etc.  If you need them for business, I would shell out the extra hundred and look as presentable as you can, personally.

 

If you can find a nice pair of seconds tho, 249 or so for a pair of AE would be a steal.

Also, i think they have a summer sale coming up in a few months, if you can hold out.

 

BTW, as per the questions earlier, I ordered a pair of the fifth aves in walnut.  Didn't pull the trigger on the walnut belt yet, tho.

 

 

 

post #13953 of 28517
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Any feedback on Allen Edmunds belts?  If i get the Walnut Fifth Ave, I was planning to pick up their dress belt in walnut as well.

Thanks again.

AE belts are good quality, the couple I have are well made.
post #13954 of 28517
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Originally Posted by bnovc View Post

Where is a good place to buy fitted clothing (I live in Kansas)?

 

I have been buying clothing from Express, but I suspect it wasn't that great of quality; everyone on these forums seems to think that, too. I've seen some suggestions of H&M. They seem really inexpensive, but perhaps they are nicer..I've never visited one. They don't have a lot of options on their site. I've been buying the fitted 1MX shirts from Express, and I think they look pretty good when I'm standing, but when I sit they bunch up a lot at the buttons. If I try wearing a jacket with them, the collars seem to get pushed down and look terrible. I've bought one extra slim shirt from Brooks Brothers. They had me get a 15/33, although I think a 34 would have been better. When I bend my arm at all, my sleeve goes and stays down. It also seems a little bunchy at my waist. Maybe I'm overly picky? I'm 6ft1, 160lbs.

 

Thanks for any advice.

Try a made-to-measure service.  You specify the fabric, the measurements, the type of collar, the presence or absence of a placket (which would help with the "buttons-bunch-up-when-I-sit-down" problem), etc.

 

Propercloth.com, one such MTM service, will remake your first shirt free of charge if you don't like the way it fits.  That would probably be a good place for you to start, so that you don't have to worry too much about mistakes.  Be prepared to spend $80-$100 minimum.

 

 



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Originally Posted by haha01 View Post

Anybody know of any brands that make underwear that conforms to every part of your body and makes you feel like you're wearing nothing? I think hanro and zimmerli are among the top luxury brands, but if quality means only the fabric is better, I wouldn't know the difference on my body if I had hanes briefs or hanro mercerized cotton on me. 

Emporio Armani.  The 95% cotton, 5% elastane models are really soft.  They hug your body like a second skin, but don't constrict movement.  It really does feel like you're wearing nothing.

 

Under Armour boxer breifs also fit like a second skin, but I've found that a) they restrict movement more than EA underwear, and b) the spandexy athletic fabric doesn't feel as comfortable on your skin as EA fabric does.

 

Calvin Klein is another good option, but I don't like CK underwear quite as much as EA underwear.  However, CK boxer breifs/trunks aren't as constricting in the, erm, crack and crotch as are EA boxer breifs. 

 

 

post #13955 of 28517
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Originally Posted by terrencemcgee View Post

If you guys don't mind, I'm going to piggy back on these Allen Edmonds questions.  I've never owned a pair of Allen Edmonds, and I would like to try a pair as my first nice dress shoes. I in the past have just bought $80 Rockports and such, and it's time to step up my game. I keep hearing great things about Allen Edmonds - their labor practices, customer support, manufacturing process, etc -  so that's why I chose them. 


However, I just can't afford full price. I got the contact for the factor seconds listing, and, unfortunately, the shoe I have my heart set on - the Rutledge - is not on the list.

Does anyone know of any other way to get a pair of Rutledge's without paying the full $445. I'd love to start a lifetime of Allen Edmonds wearing, but I can't bring myself to jump in if it's a $445 buy-in...


PM SF member "allaboutshoes", he might be able to help in that one. The Rutledge is not only part of AE's upper tier Independence Collection, but it is a newly released model. You will not find seconds at this time, maybe in the near future though. Also, at that price point, many would argue that there are better options, like C&J.

In the end, pick what you like.
post #13956 of 28517

Hey, a suiting question.

 

I need to purchase a suit for a wedding in June. Im looking for something slim, but not silly looking thin. Gilt is offering a Wool Flannel charcoal suit at a 300 dollar price tag.

 

http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/casua/product/127006799-ben-sherman-suiting-wool-solid-flannel-suit

 

unfortunately it is hard to find the exact measurements. 

 

Does anyone have any experience with this cut, and overall, is it a bad purchase? I'd love a beautiful Oxxford or Chester Barrie, alas it's not really in the budget. 

 

Thanks guys

post #13957 of 28517
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Originally Posted by dgonsh View Post

Hey, a suiting question.

I need to purchase a suit for a wedding in June. Im looking for something slim, but not silly looking thin. Gilt is offering a Wool Flannel charcoal suit at a 300 dollar price tag.

http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/casua/product/127006799-ben-sherman-suiting-wool-solid-flannel-suit

unfortunately it is hard to find the exact measurements. 

Does anyone have any experience with this cut, and overall, is it a bad purchase? I'd love a beautiful Oxxford or Chester Barrie, alas it's not really in the budget. 

Thanks guys

Tons of Ben Sherman suits at Nordstrom Rack, they fit slim but quality is really bad
post #13958 of 28517
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post


Tons of Ben Sherman suits at Nordstrom Rack, they fit slim but quality is really bad


thanks, i dont want poor quality. i really dont. but i dont have a lot of spare cash to spend on a beautiful suit. 

 

i stumbled on a wonderful oxxford suit on ebay in exactly my measurements (pretty damn close) for a great price. but im worried it will be too old a fit, aka quite boxy. the lapels looks quite thick. and theres pleats. im not opposed to pleats, but i do worry of how they will suit my build. worth taking a shot and taking to the tailor to slim as best as possible?

 

 

 

 

post #13959 of 28517

Got a suit question for my sister-in-law's (wife's sister's) wedding this August. My wife's the matron of honor, and I was asked to be an usher. I'm thinking this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get my first charcoal suit. I've searched the forums, but couldn't find anything recent concerning lapel type. I know this has come up before, but usually from the perspective of the bridegroom. I like the idea of peak lapels, especially since I'm not simply a guest. But I want to be able to wear the suit for work or other functions and I'm not sure if notch lapels would be a better or more appropriate/long term choice. The rest of the ensemble will be a white shirt (spread collar, french cuffs) with some sort of wedding tie and black balmorals (I'm currently lusting after these Kent Wang shoes:

 

http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html

 

And being this new to the style game, I've never thought of shoes in this manner before. Haha.) I don't know why, but I like the plain toe style of these vs. cap toes. Maybe it's the versatility of it potentially being used as black-tie/tuxedo shoe (at least that's how it's advertised on the site)? Anyway, I'm also open to suggestions on the shoes, as these would be way more than I've ever spent on shoes. Hell, any shoe worthwhile is going to be a huge departure for me, as far as spending habits go, but I'm open to it as long as it's justifiably good quality that will last me many many years. Thanks in advance for any advice (on any aspect of my planned attire)! Cheers!

 

 

post #13960 of 28517

Is this a decent, cheap dress shirt?

 

 

http://www.landsend.com/pp/mens-tailored-fit-no-iron-straight-collar-pinpoint-dress-shirt~192485_59.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::WHI&CM_MERCH=IDX_men-_-dress-shirts-ties-_-regular-_-tailored

post #13961 of 28517

Hello, does anyone have an opinion on these shoes?

 

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/polo-ralph-lauren-orrick-wingtip-oxford/3281351?origin=category&resultback=2726

 

I was checking them out as a semi casual use.  

 

Also if there is a better thread for this question any info would be appreciated. As you can see by the number of posts, noob here =)

post #13962 of 28517
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Originally Posted by adampaul View Post

Got a suit question for my sister-in-law's (wife's sister's) wedding this August. My wife's the matron of honor, and I was asked to be an usher. I'm thinking this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get my first charcoal suit. I've searched the forums, but couldn't find anything recent concerning lapel type. I know this has come up before, but usually from the perspective of the bridegroom. I like the idea of peak lapels, especially since I'm not simply a guest. But I want to be able to wear the suit for work or other functions and I'm not sure if notch lapels would be a better or more appropriate/long term choice. The rest of the ensemble will be a white shirt (spread collar, french cuffs) with some sort of wedding tie and black balmorals (I'm currently lusting after these Kent Wang shoes:

http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html

And being this new to the style game, I've never thought of shoes in this manner before. Haha.) I don't know why, but I like the plain toe style of these vs. cap toes. Maybe it's the versatility of it potentially being used as black-tie/tuxedo shoe (at least that's how it's advertised on the site)? Anyway, I'm also open to suggestions on the shoes, as these would be way more than I've ever spent on shoes. Hell, any shoe worthwhile is going to be a huge departure for me, as far as spending habits go, but I'm open to it as long as it's justifiably good quality that will last me many many years. Thanks in advance for any advice (on any aspect of my planned attire)! Cheers!


You should differ to the bride's request ( if any ) in this matter. Otherwise, enjoy your peak lapel grey suit.

Regarding the shoes, black tie traditionally dictates patent leather black shoes. So versatility does not extend that far in this case, not that most will care now a days... plain.gif
post #13963 of 28517
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Originally Posted by adampaul View Post

Got a suit question for my sister-in-law's (wife's sister's) wedding this August. My wife's the matron of honor, and I was asked to be an usher. I'm thinking this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get my first charcoal suit. I've searched the forums, but couldn't find anything recent concerning lapel type. I know this has come up before, but usually from the perspective of the bridegroom. I like the idea of peak lapels, especially since I'm not simply a guest. But I want to be able to wear the suit for work or other functions and I'm not sure if notch lapels would be a better or more appropriate/long term choice.


I would say in the long run even though peaked is considered more formal, notched would be more versatile.
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post

Regarding the shoes, black tie traditionally dictates patent leather black shoes. So versatility does not extend that far in this case, not that most will care now a days... plain.gif

I don't remember where I read it (maybe the Put This On blog), but did read it recently, that the plain toe balmoral was fine for black tie.

Edit: It was Put This On.
post #13964 of 28517

 

I'd like to write a review/blog/article/something about Nick Lopez, a bespoke tailor in Houston. There isn't a lot of information about him, so I thought I'd write something about my experiences with him. I have pictures of the shop, I've talked to Nick about the suit-making process at his shop, and I have first hand experience, so I thought I'd post something on Styleforum.

 

I could just start a thread, but would that be the best thing to do?

 

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post #13965 of 28517
Can I get Brooks Brothers shirts tailored and expect a good outcome? I bought the slims, which are too wide in the waist and perfect in the chest. The extra slims take 3" off chest and 1" off waist(lol?) which is no good. Can a basic tailor chop 2-3 inches out of the waist, should I take it somewhere like Nordstrom and have their tailor do it?
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