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post #16606 of 29358
I am a recent college grad. and have 6 weddings to attend in the coming months earliest is in thee weeks. I only own one suit, Very buisness navy pinstripe. I make a teachers salary so not enough to spend major money. Maybe around $300 before alterations. I want to buy a charcoal suit to fit the needs for weddings funerals and other semi formal events. I have a nordstroms rack and mall with macy, dillards, jc penny to shop at, i refuse to go to the mwh. I am 6 ft 189 athletic build shoulders are pretty wide chest about 42 waist 32. Any suggestions on brand or specific suits or anything I am new to this.
post #16607 of 29358
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Originally Posted by Jbond4321 View Post

I am a recent college grad. and have 6 weddings to attend in the coming months earliest is in thee weeks. I only own one suit, Very buisness navy pinstripe. I make a teachers salary so not enough to spend major money. Maybe around $300 before alterations. I want to buy a charcoal suit to fit the needs for weddings funerals and other semi formal events. I have a nordstroms rack and mall with macy, dillards, jc penny to shop at, i refuse to go to the mwh. I am 6 ft 189 athletic build shoulders are pretty wide chest about 42 waist 32. Any suggestions on brand or specific suits or anything I am new to this.

Try on many different models and brands. That's the only advise at this stage.
post #16608 of 29358
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Originally Posted by kobehobe View Post


oh really? didnt know that
im still learning tips here, mind you i had been taking notes from GQ which apparently is for kids.
Im still new to this sorry frown.gif
so dont match the socks with PS?
I dont want to wear plain socks, i like a little character, so what do you recommend with this look: (sorry for the low qual pic, camera on iphone is bad now)


That jacket fits you horribly, and with the lapels so skinny it is already a bit fashiony, also the skinny tie and little clip is blah. Get rid of it all.
post #16609 of 29358
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Originally Posted by marf View Post

Can someone critique the selection and fit of this outfit for a noob?  

Would there have been a better option for pants other than black?  How is the pattern matching/contrast?

Sorry for the bad fluorescent light...I tried to color correct.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)








There is no pink in this tie (bad cell phone image)  Shirt is white w/blue and tan check.





The tie is awful, maybe try a striped rep, or knit tie. Also I would go with mid gray or charcoal trousers.
post #16610 of 29358
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Originally Posted by kobehobe View Post

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Originally Posted by dah328 View Post

If you are matching your PS to your socks, you are already dressing whimsically without regard to the traditional "rules" for men's suits. If that's the case, what remains to prevent you from wearing any color of socks with your suit?

oh really? didnt know that
im still learning tips here, mind you i had been taking notes from GQ which apparently is for kids.
Im still new to this sorry frown.gif
so dont match the socks with PS?
I dont want to wear plain socks, i like a little character, so what do you recommend with this look: (sorry for the low qual pic, camera on iphone is bad now)


Understood and I don't mean to sound harsh. I wish this kind of thing were presented to new members before entering the Men's Clothing forum. There's a long history of conventions attached to suits and men's tailored clothing in general. If you wish to be considered well-dressed in that context, you must learn and apply those conventions to your clothing. In some contexts, departure from those conventions is considered adventurous, individually expressive, or any number of other words (which are often euphemisms for questionable taste). As an example, were I to see you out at a restaurant for dinner with your pink square and pink socks, I would think that you were having a little bit of fun with your attire though it's not particularly to my taste. Were you to show up to a meeting at my firm in that same clothing, I would think that you were either not taking the meeting seriously or were hugely misinformed as to what constitutes acceptable business attire. That is to say, if you are only ever in contexts where you need not conform to the traditional conventions of men's attire, then feel free to wear whatever socks you like (or none at all). If you have any need or interest in learning about the conventions of men's tailored clothing, this is a good place to do it. The following threads have some good posts explaining different elements of it. In general, you will it to be a more understated than what you might find in a men's fashion magazine.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309586/whnay-s-good-taste-thread/0_40
http://www.styleforum.net/t/230619/cbd-waywrn-an-experiment/0_40
http://www.styleforum.net/t/310176/squarefail-or-the-most-common-reason-why-you-look-like-hell/0_40
http://www.styleforum.net/t/309772/how-to-wear-a-white-shirt/0_40

BTW, you are very much correct in your observation that GQ is for kids (or generally worthless, etc).
post #16611 of 29358
Originally Posted by JakeGittes

Can a suit jacket be successfully converted to a waistcoat? I mean, can it be dissasembled and pieces of it be taken for the front part of a waiscoat, to which would be added the appropriate material for the back panel?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by dah328 View Post

I've never heard of it being done. I would think that the jacket's breast pocket would be an obstacle in converting it to a vest.

I had thought of that, but I think it could be solved by having the waistcoat (vest) made with breast pockets, too.

The fact is that I have two let's say identical suit jackets (long story, but related to a failed online MTM comission, where they so messed up the original specifications that they sent me another one... and failed to do it right, nonetheless, although the second one is wearable after some alteration). So I am considering turning the first jacket into a waiscoat, and have a 3-p suit.

Would that be feasible?
post #16612 of 29358
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Originally Posted by JakeGittes View Post

The fact is that I have two let's say identical suit jackets (long story, but related to a failed online MTM comission, where they so messed up the original specifications that they sent me another one... and failed to do it right, nonetheless, although the second one is wearable after some alteration). So I am considering turning the first jacket into a waiscoat, and have a 3-p suit.

Would that be feasible?

Honestly, I think you would need to ask that question of whatever tailor you were considering for the job. Even if it were physically possible, I would imagine that few of them would be particularly enthusiastic about it. Frankly, unless the jacket's fabric is stunningly expensive, the amount of labor involved in salvaging the fabric from the jacket will exceed the value of the fabric.
post #16613 of 29358
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Originally Posted by JakeGittes View Post

Originally Posted by JakeGittes
Can a suit jacket be successfully converted to a waistcoat? I mean, can it be dissasembled and pieces of it be taken for the front part of a waiscoat, to which would be added the appropriate material for the back panel?
Thanks!
I had thought of that, but I think it could be solved by having the waistcoat (vest) made with breast pockets, too.
The fact is that I have two let's say identical suit jackets (long story, but related to a failed online MTM comission, where they so messed up the original specifications that they sent me another one... and failed to do it right, nonetheless, although the second one is wearable after some alteration). So I am considering turning the first jacket into a waiscoat, and have a 3-p suit.
Would that be feasible?

The stance wouldn't be high enough, plus the buttons wouldn't line up as well as them being too big as vest buttons are smaller. Also the pockets and such just wouldn't work.
post #16614 of 29358
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Originally Posted by marf View Post

Can someone critique the selection and fit of this outfit for a noob?  

Would there have been a better option for pants other than black?  How is the pattern matching/contrast?

Sorry for the bad fluorescent light...I tried to color correct.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




There is no pink in this tie (bad cell phone image)  Shirt is white w/blue and tan check.

Frankly, the fit of your jacket and trousers is much better than that of the average noob. There is certainly lots of room for improvement in the coordination among your jacket, shirt, tie, and trousers. There are vanishingly few occasions where black odd trousers are not inferior to a number of other color choices. I would suggest that you browse through the threads I mentioned in post #16615 to see some more sophisticated combinations.
post #16615 of 29358

Place to buy relatively inexpensive, toned down blackwatch trousers with a modern fit? Thanks

post #16616 of 29358

Could someone post some pictures of trench coats in "cream" color?

 

I would like to know if it looks good when wearing white shirts.

 

Thanks.

post #16617 of 29358
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Originally Posted by Namehere2 View Post

I'm looking to buy a pair of light-olive chino pants, something in the style of -> http://www.ralphlauren.com/graphics/product_images/pPOLO2-13235397_standard_v360x480.jpg. My budget is not big enough to buy those on the picture though..

Anyonee has got any websites that sell similar chinos?


try jcrew.com  they have chinos in an olive colour that may suit you.

post #16618 of 29358

does it make a material difference how polish/wax/cream are applied to shoes?

 

horsehair dauber brush, sponge applicator, or cotton rag shirt?

post #16619 of 29358

Quick question:

 

-all things considered - style, price, durability, quality of leather and construction, cachet, desirability, etc.....which one to choose?

 

1.Church's custom grade Charles II, from their Royals line, in 002 last?

http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=4&shoeid=3980

 

or

 

2.Carmina 922c in the Rain last?

http://www.carminashoemaker.com/web/hom/coleccion_modelo.php?lang=eng&dist=h&id_col=17&id_mod=57

 

I am looking to purchase either in black.

 

Thanks in advance!
 

post #16620 of 29358
I'm continuing on building my work wardrobe. The dress is business casual and I'm in the market for a new black pair of shoes. Would these be too formal for business casual, or would they do fine?

http://andrewlockshoes.com/products/389957-the-black-oxford
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