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post #18766 of 29409
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

Is it not possible for a tailor to lengthen dress shirt sleeves? I always thought it could be done as there would be extra fabric under the cuff.

I've had it done, depending on the maker there is only about 1/4" of extra to work with. Some tailors don't want to do it though because of not enough allowance. If you take the shirt to a tailor they can quickly open up a seam with a razor blade and let you know if it is possible pretty quickly.
post #18767 of 29409
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

I'm thinking about starting to do some thrifting for dress shoes. When you find older dress shoes which may not have been cleaned for a while, is it pretty simple to "bring them back to life" per say? Will applying some cream and/or polish be enough? Or should I expect that some shoes I find when thrifting are "unsalvageable"?

It can be simple, it can be a giant mess, it can be entirely impossible. If you don't know enough about shoes to be able to tell the difference, I wouldn't advise trying it.
post #18768 of 29409
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

It can be simple, it can be a giant mess, it can be entirely impossible. If you don't know enough about shoes to be able to tell the difference, I wouldn't advise trying it.

This. I've bought used shoes a couple of times before without problem, but youve really got to know what to look for, and if anything at ALL is questionable, move on. Even then, its something of a crapshoot as PB pointed out, so you have to be prepared for that. The signal-to-noise ratio is pretty low for shoes because of this.

Unless of course you can get something from B&S, but with my wide feet, shoes in my size never come up smile.gif
post #18769 of 29409

I've actually had alright luck with a very nice thrift stop right by my dorm. Got some Florsheim Imperial loafers from there. Very nice. Just a few scrapes that polish covered.

post #18770 of 29409
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Originally Posted by Chase H View Post

I've actually had alright luck with a very nice thrift stop right by my dorm. Got some Florsheim Imperial loafers from there. Very nice. Just a few scrapes that polish covered.

I think it's fine for barely used shoes, but worn shoes are probably going to be more of an issue.
post #18771 of 29409
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-thift-stores-flea-markets-in-philadelphia/
The Salvation Army Store on Broad Street is your best bet for adult men's clothing. I've been there before and they have a nice selection of suits, sportcoats, ties, and belts.
Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely check out that Salvation Army.
I found that link when searching but it seems like a lot of the places were geared towards women's clothing. At least that's the impression I got from the pictures.
post #18772 of 29409
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

I didn't think there was.

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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

Not enough to do much of anything with. Buy a longer sleeve length and have it shortened if it's a problem, but just buying the longer length should suffice.

Thanks, nothing I can do now as they were custom made shirts. I will mention to them that for future shirts I get from them have them a bit longer. When I have my arms down the length seems fine but this is what happens when I pull my arms fully up:

post #18773 of 29409

can anyone recommend an otr blazer to be worn to an outdoor wedding?  preferrably under $200, and i'd like it to be not a beater.

 

thanks.

 

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something like this ?  or will i melt in this in the tropics?

 

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/tommy-hilfiger-jacket-navy-knit-blazer-slim-fit?ID=732026&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

 

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or this:

 

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/tommy-hilfiger-jacket-navy-slim-fit-blazer?ID=405250&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

post #18774 of 29409
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Originally Posted by red81 View Post

can anyone recommend an otr blazer to be worn to an outdoor wedding?  preferrably under $200, and i'd like it to be not a beater.

thanks.
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the first one is cotton (good)... second is wool (probably not good)... if it's in the tropics why not look for a decent linen, unstructured SC? BB, CK, or RL I'm sure have some basic linen SCs that will look nice, be lightweight and travel well.

maybe not this color (altho' it's certainly tropical) but something LIKE this... perhaps....



OR



I just googled "linen sport coat" ... these two happen to be on Sierra Trading Post; $140 and $200 respectively.
Edited by Kid Nickels - 11/29/12 at 5:23pm
post #18775 of 29409
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Originally Posted by red81 View Post

can anyone recommend an otr blazer to be worn to an outdoor wedding?  preferrably under $200, and i'd like it to be not a beater. ... in the tropics?
Tropics? Outdoor? Don't want to melt?

Seersucker, baby.

There's currently a sale at Jos. A. Bank on seersucker suits and sportcoats. Single breasted, double breasted (for the truly sartorially self-confident), 2-button, 3-button, you name it. In a variety of colors. $99 to $159. Personally, I'd go for the full suit, since it's not much more expensive than just the sportcoat, and an orphan pair of seersucker pants is not the worst thing in the world to have hanging in your closet, but a $99 seersucker sportcoat might suffice for your purposes.

Yeah, it's Jos. A. Bank. Not one of SF's favorite retailers. Yes, the place runs sales approximately 364 days per year, and its "regular" prices are ridiculous. And yes, many of its suits and sportcoats run to an overly roomy, traditional fit, which offends the folks around here who want their clothes close-fitted.

But come on - a perfectly decent seersucker suit, in 100% cotton, with Smart Fabric/Stays Cool lining, in all different colors and styles, for $129, with free shipping? That's definitely worth at least some consideration. Plus, if it arrives and it turns out that you hate it, JAB tends to be very easygoing when it comes to returns.

Seersucker, my friend. Seersucker. Buy it, bemoan the Senate's abandonment of Seersucker Thursday while wearing it, rent "To Kill A Mockingbird" and watch Gregory Peck wear it while playing a small town southern lawyer.

Plus, if you're traveling to this tropical wedding, and you're afraid that your clothes will be wrinkled from having been packed, seersucker looks fine when a bit rumpled. Or if you want to wear a bow tie, bow ties and seersucker suits are a classic combination. Do you often have difficulty deciding what shirt to wear with your suit? Got news for you - a plain white shirt goes just fine with a seersucker suit.

Let's be honest - can there really be many men who frequent SF, and who don't harbor, if only way back in the dark corners of their minds, a certain longing to face a hot summer day dressed in a seersucker suit, a bow tie, and a pair of spectators? Maybe even topped with a straw hat? I mean, I get that not all men here will give in to the urge. Some may even be afraid to dress like that. But that doesn't mean there isn't a small voice in the back of their heads, hinting at just how cool a thing it would be to dress that way. And to be nonchalant about it.

Seersucker.
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Michael
post #18776 of 29409
^ I really was going to mention seersucker as well. Just thought he would want something that would have more versatility later on when he may be able to wear it more often.. but personally I agree. Wedding in the tropics is a perfect time to indulge in some more interesting fabrics and combinations you may not be able to wear as regularly wherever you happen to be located. Good suggestion Michael.
post #18777 of 29409

Hello all,

 

Is there an accurate way to convert a jacket size to a traditional clothing size? I usually wear a size medium on clothing, what size blazer should i be looking for?

post #18778 of 29409

Hello. 

 

Just so you know I'm putting on my big boy pants and getting a pair of real shoes, rather than sneakers and boots!

Not long ago I ordered a pair of Florsheim Veblen shoes in size 9.5 (I usually wear 9.5 in my Nike sneakers) but when I got them they were way to big. Maybe more than an inch.

If anyone could help me out with sizing I would be very happy since I live very remote to where they usually sell Florsheim. If not - could you recommend another pair of longwing that will do me just?

 

Thank you and pardon the grammar.

post #18779 of 29409
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Originally Posted by Telnet7 View Post

Hello all,

Is there an accurate way to convert a jacket size to a traditional clothing size? I usually wear a size medium on clothing, what size blazer should i be looking for?
I'm pretty sure a M would be around a 38-40, depending on your build and how you like your jackets to fit.
post #18780 of 29409

with only 4 Jos A bank locations within 3 miles of me, i think i'll make the "drive" this weekend.

 

thanks for the suggestion. i thought about a khaki suit, but i'll give seersucker a look, why not.  i have a couple months to play around with searching and tailoring if need be.

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