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post #17116 of 29123
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Originally Posted by canon5dfan View Post

So I don't know if I should post this here but I wanted to get your thoughts on which has the best quality as well as looks the best? 

I'm really like the Churchs and the TBNYs then the Cole haans but since I live on the west coast in the US, I can't order the church's and it seems the TBNY's aren't sold anymore... I plan on wearing these for work but I'd love to use them for every day wear as well. Any suggestions?  

Churchs - http://www.church-footwear.com/en/UK/man/city-line/tokyo/capital-ebony


Cole Haans - http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cole-haan-air-madison-monk-strap-shoe/3290258



AE's http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4203_1_40000000001_-1


Paul Stewarts http://www.paulstuart.com/product_info.cfm?ProdID=4036&ProdCatId=1008&MainCatId=14&HEADERMENUID=1&SUBPRODCATID=0


TBNY http://www.amazon.com/Boot-New-York-Mens-Strap/dp/B000J4ICRA



TBNY looks great. Love the styling
post #17117 of 29123

So I've read quite a few posts on here about dry cleaning suits, and it seems that people don't really dry clean their suits much. If anything, they just brush their suit

and maybe steam it (or hang it while showering). I was wondering when does it become necessary to dry clean a suit. I wore a suit to a wedding recently and had it on 

for a day and half of the next day, and ended up sweating a lot, though there are no visible stains. Is sweating a scenario which calls for immediate dry cleaning?


Edited by amathew - 8/26/12 at 10:26pm
post #17118 of 29123
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

So I've read quite a few posts on here about dry cleaning suits, and it seems that people don't really dry clean their suits much. If anything, they just brush their suit
and maybe steam it (or hang it while showering). I was wondering when does it become necessary to dry clean a suit. I wore a suit to a wedding recently and had it on 
for a day and half of the next day, and ended up sweating a lot, though there are no visible stains. Is sweating a scenario which calls for immediate dry cleaning?

Unless it soaked through the lining into the wool, no.
post #17119 of 29123

What are your thoughts on tie bars with skinny ties?

post #17120 of 29123
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

Unless it soaked through the lining into the wool, no.
+1. Just hang it in a room where there is space for it to "air out".
post #17121 of 29123

So I have grown tired of dressing like a teenager and am upgrading my wardrobe. I work in a labor setting so I don't need suits for work, just nicer clothes in general.

 

So what brands should I be on the lookout for? I like Ralph Lauren a lot and I have some Brooks Brothers stuff too. I need some shoes, pants and shirts. Thanks.

post #17122 of 29123
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Originally Posted by otpad33 View Post

Does it make a difference buying a regular fit or slim fit suit if youre gonna get it tailored in the waist anyways? Is there some other parts of the suit that tend to be more slim on the slim fit?

Slim fit will probably be smaller in the chest as well, and possible the shoulders depending on brand. Also, it's always best to get whatever is closest to the end result, as you want to minimise the amount of alteration necessary whenever possible.
post #17123 of 29123
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Originally Posted by likeaboss View Post

Looking for a versatile casual driver (prefer suede) to wear with shorts and chinos (or other cotton trousers), any suggestions on specific shoes, brands, or sites to look on? Does a suede make it more casual? Hoping for something in the $100-$150 price point, but willing to spend more if I really need to.
Similar to these:
Polo Ralph Lauren 'Telly' Driving Loafer
Prada Suede Driving Shoe

Cole Haan 'Air Grant' Driving Loafer

Anyone?
post #17124 of 29123
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Originally Posted by LBC Demon View Post

So I have grown tired of dressing like a teenager and am upgrading my wardrobe. I work in a labor setting so I don't need suits for work, just nicer clothes in general.

 

So what brands should I be on the lookout for? I like Ralph Lauren a lot and I have some Brooks Brothers stuff too. I need some shoes, pants and shirts. Thanks.

 

Do you mean nice clothes for casual settings or for work settings?  If for work, I can recommend the following:

 

  • Higher End Shirts: Borrelli, Finamore, etc. (these will run you quite a bit of dough); Cost-efficient: TM Lewin, Brooks Brothers (wait for a sale or do their '3 for' bundles), Charles Tyrwhitt
  • Higher End Pants: Howard Yount (my personal favorites), Panta, Zanella, Mabitex, Incotex; Cost-efficient: I love Brooks Brothers Milano chinos... if you are looking for cotton instead of wool, you can definitely keep costs down.  But wool is going to be pretty expensive in any case.
  • Shoes: My personal opinion is that you shouldn't skimp on your shoes.  If you want them to last, make the bigger investment now (this also pertains to the rest of your wardrobe, but especially so for shoes).  I think the best lower-cost but high-quality shoes are Allen Edmonds, but opinion is sort of split on them.  You can try Meermin (www.meermin.es) - there is a thread devoted to them where you can learn a bit more.  Obviously, stuff like John Lobb, Crockett & Jones, Edward Green, etc. are going to run you quite a bit of cash.  I love Church's myself and Loake (1880 line) are also a good deal.

 

Sorry for the stream of consciousness, but I was in your shoes about 6 months ago and have learned a ton on here just reading various threads from people who know their shit.  If you take your time you could do the same!

post #17125 of 29123

Could someone provide an explanation of the term "mainline"? As in: Pal Zileri mainline wool silk linen plaid sportcoat

post #17126 of 29123
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Originally Posted by scoredtx View Post

Could someone provide an explanation of the term "mainline"? As in: Pal Zileri mainline wool silk linen plaid sportcoat

From what I understand it means the main line for a brand that has different lines, such as Giorgio Armani, which has Emporio Armani, Armani Exchange, etc.
post #17127 of 29123
Mainline can also mean their best line; it's a way of differentiating from lower-end lines that some companies spin off. In the case of Pal Zileri it's a bit tricky since they also have 'Pal Zileri Sartoriale', which is a premium line, but not as common as their mainline.
post #17128 of 29123

Anyone have anything positive or negative to say about Stile Latino suits by Attolini or possibly about how they compare quality wise to ISAIA?

 

I've heard they use quite a bit of synthetics in their materials which makes me wonder, because at that price point I'd expect 100% wool, etc.

 

Thoughts?

post #17129 of 29123
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Originally Posted by aglass View Post

 

Do you mean nice clothes for casual settings or for work settings?  If for work, I can recommend the following:

 

  • Higher End Shirts: Borrelli, Finamore, etc. (these will run you quite a bit of dough); Cost-efficient: TM Lewin, Brooks Brothers (wait for a sale or do their '3 for' bundles), Charles Tyrwhitt
  • Higher End Pants: Howard Yount (my personal favorites), Panta, Zanella, Mabitex, Incotex; Cost-efficient: I love Brooks Brothers Milano chinos... if you are looking for cotton instead of wool, you can definitely keep costs down.  But wool is going to be pretty expensive in any case.
  • Shoes: My personal opinion is that you shouldn't skimp on your shoes.  If you want them to last, make the bigger investment now (this also pertains to the rest of your wardrobe, but especially so for shoes).  I think the best lower-cost but high-quality shoes are Allen Edmonds, but opinion is sort of split on them.  You can try Meermin (www.meermin.es) - there is a thread devoted to them where you can learn a bit more.  Obviously, stuff like John Lobb, Crockett & Jones, Edward Green, etc. are going to run you quite a bit of cash.  I love Church's myself and Loake (1880 line) are also a good deal.

 

Sorry for the stream of consciousness, but I was in your shoes about 6 months ago and have learned a ton on here just reading various threads from people who know their shit.  If you take your time you could do the same!

Thanks. Yeah like I said I work in labor so I can't where a suit to work lol. This would all be for regular casual life no business.

post #17130 of 29123
Looking for a casual driver that I can wear for more than driving. Thoughts on these and recommendation on more affordable alternatives?

Basel Kudu Suede Dark Brown - $464.58
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Edited by likeaboss - 8/27/12 at 1:29pm
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