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post #19771 of 28512

You can look stylish on a small budget if you go the eBay and thrift shopping route.

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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post

 

My thoughts are the same as mentioned above.

1- If it's an expensive tie get it to a good dry cleaner ASAP, don't try any magic at home.  You can destroy it with too much water.   

2- Drink pilsner!

3- I'd suggest grabbing another tie or two.

4- Wash all socks after each wear- they are undergarments that are meant to protect your foot from your shoe as much as protect your shoe from your foot. 

Hand wash your delicates in the sink with some Woolite and lay them flat on a towel to dry, same for linen pocket squares and hankerchiefs, etc.  For pocket squares - iron while still a little wet so the wrinkles won't set in. 

 

Good luck with the tie.  

1' - Not expensive, just my faovirte.

2' - :-O

3' - I own several, just few that I absolutely cherish. Perhaps I was too dramatic in saying I can't take it to the cleaners RIGHT NOW. I just want to wear it again soon, before I have the chance to get it cleaned.

4' - Thanks for this info! Much appreciated.

post #19773 of 28512
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Originally Posted by acedevil View Post

Hello everybody.

What do you think about the suit without the tie look? 

How about a suit without the tie but with the pocket square?

 

Finally, I have a dilemma at my hand. I have to attend a semi-casual party in a short while and I only have my charcoal grey three piece suit with me. (Tuxedo is not an option here) Now with a tie, I look very 'formal' in this suit. So what color shirt should I wear if wearing charcoal grey three piece without a tie? And should I wear a matching pocket square? Or a three piece without a tie is a very bad option?

Dropping the vest would make the coat appear baggy so I think that wouldn't very bright to do, right? 

It won't get you much love here, but I'm a fan if it's more than 60 degrees out. As a tool for dropping the formality level... I'd say go for it. Something else you could do is wear the suit with the tie and take off the jacket almost as soon as you get there.

post #19774 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

 

Helpful this one is not

crackup[1].gifSorry. What would you even wear 'em with, if you did that?

post #19775 of 28512
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Originally Posted by mixedmajik View Post

Inspirational answer...thanks man...I guess its hard to draw the line between buying something similar for less and buying purchases that count...doesn't always go hand in hand...but that answer made me smile thinking maybe I can still dress respectably. I do find that I'm dressing better than a lot of 19 year olds already so maybe I'm trying to move too fast to dress like you guys like you somewhat alluded to.


I'd echo mcbrown's comments on this subject.  I was always very well dressed when I was in college and I was equally as broke.  Mind you this was 15-ish years ago in Pittsburgh so the standard was not too high- but  I found that I could get good classic pieces from outlets, T.J. Maxx, etc and while they were not perfect they were long lasting and not subject to the oft-changing winds of fashion. 

 

A wardrobe made up of classic, well made, easy to mix pieces will produce dozens of great combinations that will help to "stretch" your wardrobe a bit further.  

 

I'm 39 now but I work with some fresh out of college guys and I always brag that I probably spend less on clothes than they do because I still follow the some methods I did in college.  When I first got a decent job I used to blow $80-100 on a shirt from J. Crew or Banana Republic but I quickly realized that those clothes are very temporary and now those pieces are long gone.  However, when I went back to my more classic dress-ethic I shopped less often, spent less money, and bought items that I have been wearing for years now. 

 

Wait for Nordstrom's anniversary sale and get a shirt made for $125 and you'll have it for 10-15 years.  Also look for a Nordstrom Rack or Neiman Marcus Last Call and dig through their rounders and shoe isles once every few weeks. 

I have found some great Tumi leather bags and some nice ties and pants, etc on huge discount this way.  I bought a Burberry brown leather man purse at their "outlet" mall near Williamsburg for $250-ish, about 6 months later I looked at the Japanese Burberry site and saw my exact bag in a shade darker leather for $900! 

 

Just be patient and buy well- you'll save money in the long run.  Being well dressed and well educated will land you a nice job after college and then you can apply your classical sense of style to a few of the finer things that are a bit dear in price but will be passed on to your kids! 

post #19776 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Chase H View Post

Something else you could do is wear the suit with the tie and take off the jacket almost as soon as you get there.

They're not fans of this around here either.
post #19777 of 28512
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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post


I'd echo mcbrown's comments on this subject.  I was always very well dressed when I was in college and I was equally as broke.  Mind you this was 15-ish years ago in Pittsburgh so the standard was not too high- but  I found that I could get good classic pieces from outlets, T.J. Maxx, etc and while they were not perfect they were long lasting and not subject to the oft-changing winds of fashion. 

 

A wardrobe made up of classic, well made, easy to mix pieces will produce dozens of great combinations that will help to "stretch" your wardrobe a bit further.  

 

I'm 39 now but I work with some fresh out of college guys and I always brag that I probably spend less on clothes than they do because I still follow the some methods I did in college.  When I first got a decent job I used to blow $80-100 on a shirt from J. Crew or Banana Republic but I quickly realized that those clothes are very temporary and now those pieces are long gone.  However, when I went back to my more classic dress-ethic I shopped less often, spent less money, and bought items that I have been wearing for years now. 

 

Wait for Nordstrom's anniversary sale and get a shirt made for $125 and you'll have it for 10-15 years.  Also look for a Nordstrom Rack or Neiman Marcus Last Call and dig through their rounders and shoe isles once every few weeks. 

I have found some great Tumi leather bags and some nice ties and pants, etc on huge discount this way.  I bought a Burberry brown leather man purse at their "outlet" mall near Williamsburg for $250-ish, about 6 months later I looked at the Japanese Burberry site and saw my exact bag in a shade darker leather for $900! 

 

Just be patient and buy well- you'll save money in the long run.  Being well dressed and well educated will land you a nice job after college and then you can apply your classical sense of style to a few of the finer things that are a bit dear in price but will be passed on to your kids! 

This. If you can dress well on almost no money (I like to think I do), you can dress very well on a bit of money. Another thing to consider shirting-wise is Luxire's Warzone Twill. I'll be getting one soon, and if it looks as good as the pictures, it's definitely worth the $60. It's guaranteed for 250 washes.

post #19778 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


They're not fans of this around here either.

Bah. Being substantially overdressed to a social event is a far, far worse sin in my book. People think you think you're better than them, and that's about as un-classy as it gets.

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Though I appreciate the advice but I don't see myself doing that. Anyways, can you or anybody else give me a more detailed answer. I am not being rude or anything but I am just confused. The questions are in bold.

 

 

What do you think about the suit without the tie look? 

How about a suit without the tie but with the pocket square?

 

Finally, I have a dilemma at my hand. I have to attend a semi-casual party in a short while and I only have my charcoal grey three piece suit with me. (Tuxedo is not an option here) Now with a tie, I look very 'formal' in this suit. So what color shirt should I wear if wearing charcoal grey three piece without a tie? And should I wear a matching pocket square? Or a three piece without a tie is a very bad option?

Dropping the vest would make the coat appear baggy so I think that wouldn't very bright to do, right?

post #19780 of 28512

Does anyone in the Chicago area know of the status of Shrine Haberdashery? Their website has been down for over a week; I tried to Facebook message them but I got no response and their page seems fairly inactive. Have they closed recently? Thanks for your help.

post #19781 of 28512

Thought I'd throw this here rather than starting a new thread...

 

I'm going to my brother-in-law's wedding in Halifax, NS this summer.

 

What's the general etiquette for how to dress for a wedding there versus here in California?

post #19782 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Chase H View Post

crackup%5B1%5D.gifSorry. What would you even wear 'em with, if you did that?

 

Purely spring/summer wear, probably wear them with light coloured chinos or jeans.  They are is a similar colour (cognac) but not wingtips and suede.   I left these in my trunk for a couple 100+ degree days and the crepe is half melted and the other half looks like someone has been eagerly chewing on it.  So basically they can't look any worse than they do now.  I tend to experiment with shoes once the initial thrill is gone and thrust me: The thrill has left the building

post #19783 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

They're not fans of this around here either.

+1, not a good look. Why even wear a coat then? And a tie with no coat looks even worse than a suit with no tie.
post #19784 of 28512
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Originally Posted by acedevil View Post

Hello everybody.
What do you think about the suit without the tie look?

It is only appropriate for wear while chugging Grey Goose from the bottle.
post #19785 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

It is only appropriate for wear while chugging Grey Goose from the bottle.

...and only with square-toed Aldo shoes...
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