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Originally Posted by dah328 View Post

I don't think the tie is cheap-looking or unfit for wearing, but if I had a choice of Brioni ties, I would probably choose one with a more subdued pattern. The biggest problem with your shirt is its more casual pattern. Swapping that shirt out for a solid would significantly improve the combination.

That's a loud pattern? The hell? It's not as boring as a solid, but it's more than subdued enough for just about anything outside a funeral.

It's a nice tie. I would swap out the shirt for something solid, but that tie and the suit are fine. The shirt's fine too, but the scale of the checkish part of the tie pattern and that of the shirt are too close. White or blue, though I think I would prefer white.
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I'm interested in stepping up my more formal wear game (I have two weddings and possibly a job interview coming up in the next two months). I'm looking for recommendations for a half decent suit in the ~$500 range (I expect to get chastised here for this sentence).

I am also looking for a decent, simple, quality watch in the $300-400 price range. I know how quality is measured here so, again, the above applies, but this one caught my eye:



I've never owned a watch before, far as I can remember, so suggestions in the same price range would be appreciated.

As for dress shirts, I have heard that getting your own shirts made is about as affordable as, if not cheaper than, purchasing quality off-the-rack shirts. Is this true? If so, can anyone recommend any shirtmakers in the Madison/Milwaukee/Chicago area, or point me to how I could find some? If not, suggestions? Go for BB or something else?

Finally, I was considering getting a hat and came across the Stetson Lodi. Is this acceptable or just weird? My head's so big I have never bought a hat before, but this one fits in 7 3/4 surprisingly.
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I'm interested in stepping up my more formal wear game (I have two weddings and possibly a job interview coming up in the next two months). I'm looking for recommendations for a half decent suit in the ~$500 range (I expect to get chastised here for this sentence).
I am also looking for a decent, simple, quality watch in the $300-400 price range. I know how quality is measured here so, again, the above applies, but this one caught my eye:

I've never owned a watch before, far as I can remember, so suggestions in the same price range would be appreciated.
As for dress shirts, I have heard that getting your own shirts made is about as affordable as, if not cheaper than, purchasing quality off-the-rack shirts. Is this true? If so, can anyone recommend any shirtmakers in the Madison/Milwaukee/Chicago area, or point me to how I could find some? If not, suggestions? Go for BB or something else?
Finally, I was considering getting a hat and came across the Stetson Lodi. Is this acceptable or just weird? My head's so big I have never bought a hat before, but this one fits in 7 3/4 surprisingly.

 

 

For a $500 suit, look at Benjamin from eHaberdasher. In terms of a watch, check out the Poor Man's Watch Thread. I got a Seiko 5 and swapped out the bracelet for a leather strap and deployant clasp.

 

Have you got appropriate shoes?

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Went to BB for shirts today and had the guy measure me. He said I'm 14.5 and 33. I tried on a 33, but was concerned the sleeves might be a hair short. Should I go up to a 34 sleeve? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


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Is this an acceptable collar for a tall and skinny person (6'1" and 150 lbs)?
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Collar looks fine to me. Sleeves do look a just a little bit short in that pic - I'd try the 34 sleeve and see. Might also be worth seeing what they look like with a jacket on too.
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Okey. Yeah I like brown, I really enjoy my brown boat shoes.

Somewhere in the back of my head it feels stupid to have 2 brown pair of shoes. And that I should do something to make them less similar. Maybe higher shoes, darker. I'm so not sure of what to do haha!

I'm sitting at this desk trying to count the number of pairs of brown shoes I have back at the house ... sure I keep forgetting some. (It is definitely more than two).
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Okay I'm basically a SW&D guy, so be gentle. I need to put together an outfit for a wedding I'm attending, and I'm wondering if this shirt is too casual / doesn't work with the suit? I like the colors/patterns, but does the fact that it's button down, or the cloth (oxford) make it too casual? Thank you for your input.

 

Everything here screams informal... the POW suit, checkered button down shirt, loud pattern tie... if you don't have a solid navy/charcoal suit I guess this one is OK as the POW is very subdued, but I'd wear a white shirt and a wedding tie with it.

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Anyone want to help me shop with colors? :P

I need some winter/fall clothes... there's a couple of things I was looking at not sure on the colors but will post the links to them if anyone wants to help out. :)

http://www.jcrew.com/boys_category/sweaters/cottoncashmere/PRDOVR~99587/99587.jsp

http://www.jcrew.com/boys_category/sweaters/cottoncashmere/PRDOVR~28327/28327.jsp

http://www.jcrew.com/boys_category/sweaters/cotton/PRDOVR~92820/92820.jsp (maybe not sure)

http://www.jcrew.com/boys_category/outerwear/wool/PRDOVR~49443/49443.jsp

http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/FactoryBrowse/Factory_Shop_By_Category/Boys/bestfall/PRDOVR~24124/99102432305/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~15~~205+18+73~15~~~~~~~/24124.jsp (red, white and blue maybe??)

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Sweaters to go with my khakis and dark blue jeans. Coat for work.

 

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G'day

 

Could someone please tell me how much style/fashion changes year to year? If I was to buy a good suit this year how long would it be until it looked dated?

 

Cheers

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Originally Posted by Perth Ubar View Post

G'day

Could someone please tell me how much style/fashion changes year to year? If I was to buy a good suit this year how long would it be until it looked dated?

Cheers

At current trends your probably good for a while. As it never went totally out of date from the 50s and probably won't ever go completely out of date. Especially since europe has, and always will make suits like today's. But you will definitely should have a few years before its not the top fashion.
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For a $500 suit, look at Benjamin from eHaberdasher. In terms of a watch, check out the Poor Man's Watch Thread. I got a Seiko 5 and swapped out the bracelet for a leather strap and deployant clasp.



Have you got appropriate shoes?

Thanks for the tips!

I do not, but I know what I'm doing in that department. For the job interview I will most likely be getting some Alden or AE cap toe oxfords. For the weddings I don't really care about shoes TBH, like most weddings of people my age (24) they're not really formal and I'll probably be getting hammered which is most likely a good reason to wear cheaper dress shoes. I have some Johnston & Murphy's or Florsheims that I could wear.
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Originally Posted by Perth Ubar View Post

G'day

 

Could someone please tell me how much style/fashion changes year to year? If I was to buy a good suit this year how long would it be until it looked dated?

 

Cheers

 

If you stay conservative with your selection I'd say a decade or more. Someone from this forum might be able to tell if you aren't wearing the latest fall fashions, but that doesn't mean your suit will no longer be appropriate. Where you run into trouble is getting a trendy suit that follows some whim of the moment. Think of the lapels coming out of the 70s.

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Hi I'm looking for a necklace that's similar to this: http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/shop/jewellery/necklaces/orb-locket-423/ or this: http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/shop/jewellery/necklaces/diamante-heart-pendant-man-9955/ in the US preferably. Also, are these too effeminate or gaudy? I'm young, broke, and a complete beginner of style so any help would be appreciated =]

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Originally Posted by RDiaz View Post

Everything here screams informal... the POW suit, checkered button down shirt, loud pattern tie... if you don't have a solid navy/charcoal suit I guess this one is OK as the POW is very subdued, but I'd wear a white shirt and a wedding tie with it.

Wedding ties aren't really a necessity for guests.

Where do people get the idea that you need to dress highly formally when attending a wedding anyway? AT least in the US, coat and tie is called for, but outside of that, you can have a pretty fair bit of fun?

Maybe it's just that I come from a southern area, where "summer wedding" is the excuse for seersucker, linen, embroidered belts, white bucks, bowties, and the like. Weddings are supposed to be fun, and attire reflects that.

IMO, There is nothing wrong with a checked suit. There is nothing wrong with that tie. The concern I have about that shirt is that the pattern is too much, not about formality.
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Maybe it's just that I come from a southern area, where "summer wedding" is the excuse for seersucker, linen, embroidered belts, white bucks, bowties, and the like. Weddings are supposed to be fun, and attire reflects that.

I am going as a guest's date to my girlfriend's friend's wedding ceremony and reception. Based on past wedding experiences, I expect that I will be the best dressed. I have a feeling I am going to be seeing quite a few ill fitting dress shirts with square toed shoes and perhaps even some polos. Most wedding receptions (and some ceremonies) I have been to have been business casual.
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Originally Posted by jbernard View Post


At current trends your probably good for a while. As it never went totally out of date from the 50s and probably won't ever go completely out of date. Especially since europe has, and always will make suits like today's. But you will definitely should have a few years before its not the top fashion.

 

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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

 

If you stay conservative with your selection I'd say a decade or more. Someone from this forum might be able to tell if you aren't wearing the latest fall fashions, but that doesn't mean your suit will no longer be appropriate. Where you run into trouble is getting a trendy suit that follows some whim of the moment. Think of the lapels coming out of the 70s.


Thanks for the replies. Yes, I was thinking 70's lapels and flares!

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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

Wedding ties aren't really a necessity for guests.
Where do people get the idea that you need to dress highly formally when attending a wedding anyway? AT least in the US, coat and tie is called for, but outside of that, you can have a pretty fair bit of fun?
Maybe it's just that I come from a southern area, where "summer wedding" is the excuse for seersucker, linen, embroidered belts, white bucks, bowties, and the like. Weddings are supposed to be fun, and attire reflects that.
IMO, There is nothing wrong with a checked suit. There is nothing wrong with that tie. The concern I have about that shirt is that the pattern is too much, not about formality.

I've never quite understood this one area of SF groupthink. Perhaps I just go to the wrong weddings, but 99.99% of people don't even come close to the level of formality commonly espoused here. I'm going to a wedding in Georgia this weekend and will be wearing a British khaki linen suit with a shepherd check tie. I have little doubt that I'll still be one of the most formally dressed people there.
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