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I'm thinking about picking up a new pair of glasses. I'd be paying out of pocket for the glasses (family doesn't really use insurance). Are designer glasses (Zegna, Polo Ralph Lauren) a huge ripoff without insurance helping you cover some of it? They seem like just a few bands of plastic/metal bolted together.
post #15437 of 29141
If you go for Carreras instead they are really good quality and design.... But with glasses it's normal to be a bit careful otherwise carreras has always satisfied me....
post #15438 of 29141
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Originally Posted by doughboysc View Post

I've recently lost weight my neck size went from 19.5" to 18" and my sleeve length went from 35" to 34". Most of my Brooks Brothers shirts are 20" neck 36" sleeve (too big you dig!). I've got a question, my chest is 52" (I wear a Long because I'm six feet one and a half) and my waist is 58". Would that be the problem for off-the-rack suits and dress shirts? What's my best option I've saved almost $10K, off-the-rack or MTM/Bespoke on suits, sportcoats/blazers, dress shirts, and trousers?
Plus, I've taken the tie-length calculator at http://www.tie-a-tie.net/extralongties.html on my height and neck size. They suggested extra long. Also I know Turnbull & Asser makes bespoke extra long neckties. What other places they have extra long neckties like in NYC besides Rochester Big and Tall for example?

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If you are planning on losing more weight, I would not go an spend a lot of money on clothing now. You could very easily drop a few more sizes and then you'd have a bunch of clothing that is too big for you. Unless you need suits/sportcoats right now, I would stick with a Rochester or another big and tall store and just buy a few basic cotton/wool pants and a few shirts. You'll be wearing the same clothes often but I'd suck it up and then once I was comfortable that I was at my final weight, I'd explore the suits/sportcoats. If this is your final weight, given your size you almost have to go MTM and who you use will depend on your budget. For shirts, there are a ton of MTM options, for suits I would check with other big and tall guys. Tie, you can get made to whatever size you like from a few people here, Sam Hober, myself and I think Kent Want offers long ties, I'm, assuming you are looking at about a 65 inch lenght tie or so.

Good advice. I lost 50 pounds and bought a wardrobe. I lost another 50 and had to start from square one again. Level off, then buy.
post #15439 of 29141
I recently purchased a white and peach striped shirt with contrast collar and French cuffs. I matched it up with a striped navy blue and grey striped suit. I welcome your opinions and critique on which you believe is a better combination along with any tie suggestion, thank you.

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Found a pair of madras pants thrifting today, they're hemmed about 2 inches short for me but have 4 to let out. Should most capable tailors be able to hem and taper my pants with a decent result? and on top of that, how much would you think that would cost? I know I should just ask, but I'd like a ballpark figure before I actually take them in. 

post #15441 of 29141
If my lapel width is 3.5 inches, what should my tie width be?
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looking for some tassle loafers, relatively low budget say 200 or less, going for a preppy look. can i get any help on where to look for them?
 

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Originally Posted by RicPac View Post

looking for some tassle loafers, relatively low budget say 200 or less, going for a preppy look. can i get any help on where to look for them?

 

What size?
post #15444 of 29141
"I recently purchased a white and peach striped shirt with contrast collar and French cuffs. I matched it up with a striped navy blue and grey striped suit. I welcome your opinions and critique on which you believe is a better combination along with any tie suggestion, thank you."

My two cents: the blue is the better match, but the stripes on the shirt are too close to the stripes on the jacket.
post #15445 of 29141
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Originally Posted by GradSchooler View Post

If my lapel width is 3.5 inches, what should my tie width be?

Standard wisdom is approximately the same width but not everybody adheres to this.
post #15446 of 29141
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Originally Posted by RicPac View Post

looking for some tassle loafers, relatively low budget say 200 or less, going for a preppy look. can i get any help on where to look for them?

Something like this?

Edit: There is also quite a selection at TheShoeMart
Edited by hoit1981 - 6/20/12 at 8:14am
post #15447 of 29141
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Originally Posted by jc4jax View Post

I recently purchased a white and peach striped shirt with contrast collar and French cuffs. I matched it up with a striped navy blue and grey striped suit. I welcome your opinions and critique on which you believe is a better combination along with any tie suggestion, thank you.
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Return the shirt. It is horrible. Get a plain white spread collar barrel cuff shirt and wear it better with either suit and almost any tie. Also, the pocket square is horrible, those striped suits need something more sober. These two combos here look like a Matisse, and imo, that is not a good thing.
post #15448 of 29141
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Originally Posted by GradSchooler View Post

If my lapel width is 3.5 inches, what should my tie width be?

Around the same. Slightly narrower tie with bigger lapels always looks better than a bigger tie with narrow lapels.
post #15449 of 29141
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Good advice. I lost 50 pounds and bought a wardrobe. I lost another 50 and had to start from square one again. Level off, then buy.

Wow, I had no idea. Congrats.
post #15450 of 29141
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Originally Posted by jslade View Post

I'm thinking about picking up a new pair of glasses. I'd be paying out of pocket for the glasses (family doesn't really use insurance). Are designer glasses (Zegna, Polo Ralph Lauren) a huge ripoff without insurance helping you cover some of it? They seem like just a few bands of plastic/metal bolted together.

Some crazy percentage of all designer glasses, regardless of the logo, are made by Luxotica (including all of the Ralph Lauren brands, but not Zegna). You definitely pay a premium to put somebody else's name on the side of your face.
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