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post #19816 of 28889
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Originally Posted by acedevil View Post

Though are you sure about the grey on charcoal being a bad idea?
Whether it's a bad idea is up to the individual, I suppose. But I am sure that I usually prefer not to wear a grey shirt with a grey suit.
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And deep blue is a more vibrant color. Think of the Earth blue color from space in those pictures.
I don't care how vibrant it is; I strongly dislike wearing dark colored dress shirts with suits. It would be extraordinarily rare that I'd choose a deep blue shirt over a pale blue shirt, to wear with a 3-piece charcoal suit.
post #19817 of 28889

Been reading this forum but I'm still lost. I have a dinner (business related) that's not suit nice but not shorts and sandle casual. I have $300 or so to spend. I was thinking a cheap blazer, khakis, white shirt and a tie but it seems plain - I have no idea what to get. Something that doesn't make me look like an idiot would be nice but if idiocy is all I can get I'll take it.

 

Any help would be appreciated. Bonus points if you can give me links where I can buy it online and be done with it.

 

Thanks.

post #19818 of 28889
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Originally Posted by lostinfashion View Post

Been reading this forum but I'm still lost. I have a dinner (business related) that's not suit nice but not shorts and sandle casual. I have $300 or so to spend. I was thinking a cheap blazer, khakis, white shirt and a tie but it seems plain - I have no idea what to get. Something that doesn't make me look like an idiot would be nice but if idiocy is all I can get I'll take it.

Any help would be appreciated. Bonus points if you can give me links where I can buy it online and be done with it.

Thanks.

So you don't have a white shirt or khakis or a tie?
post #19819 of 28889

I have khakis. I have one tie that I wear to funerals and weddings.

post #19820 of 28889
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Originally Posted by lostinfashion View Post

I have khakis. I have one tie that I wear to funerals and weddings.

You're going to have to be more specific. What exactly do you need? Just the blazer? New khakis? Different tie?
post #19821 of 28889
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Originally Posted by lostinfashion View Post

I have $300 or so to spend. I was thinking a cheap blazer, khakis, white shirt and a tie but it seems plain - I have no idea what to get. Something that doesn't make me look like an idiot would be nice but if idiocy is all I can get I'll take it.
There's nothing idiotic about what you're thinking, and quite a lot right about it. It sounds like a fine look for a business-related dinner where you want to look nice, but not "suit nice." It's a traditional and versatile look.
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Bonus points if you can give me links where I can buy it online and be done with it.
No problem. And since you admit that you're still a bit lost, I'm going to make it easy for you. No searching eBay for used stuff and trying to figure out what's good and what's not. No waiting for some flash site to run a sale, available for 30 minutes, to members only. No, nothing like that. What I'm going to do is suggest where you can get the stuff you want/need, easily, within budget, and with return privileges. So not necessarily the very best pieces or deals, but we'll save that for a later date, when you're feeling less lost, okay?

1. Cheap blazer. Actually, it's an "inexpensive" blazer. Go to http://andersonlittle.com/ . Hopefully, you already know your jacket size. If not, swing by some dry cleaners that does alterations, and have the alterations guy (or woman) measure you.

Then run it past Anderson Little, and ask them if, based on your height and weight, the number makes sense. (Hey, it never hurts to confirm things.) Then buy yourself an A-L blazer. $179, and free shipping.

It's not a great blazer, but it's a perfectly acceptable blazer. It's also not particularly trim-fitting, but frankly that's a plus in my book.

Once it arrives, take it to the dry cleaners where you had the alterations guy (or woman) measure you, and reward that person by paying a few bucks to get the blazer's sleeves shortened to the right length. That's may well be all you'll need to have done to it to get it to fit tolerably well. It's an inexpensive alteration to get done.

2. Khakis. You could go to Sierra Trading Post, and try to figure out which pair of Bills Khakis fits you the way you want, and get them for 30% off the already reduced price by using a coupon obtained as a result of offering Sierra Trading your undying love on Facebook or something. Or you can go to www.landsend.com, read the descriptions of the various khakis offered, and buy a mess of them in all different sizes and styles, secure in the knowledge that you can keep the one pair that works best for you, and return all the rest to any Sears store for a refund, no muss, no fuss. Oh, and Lands' End will, in most cases, even hem/cuff the pants to your preferred length, at no extra charge. (I prefer them cuffed.) And there are always discount coupons for Lands' End. $10 off $50, free shipping, 30% off, etc.

I don't know how much this will cost you, but let's say $30-60, depending on exactly what you buy, where you buy it, and which specific coupon you use.

3. White shirt. The aforementioned Lands' End. I like the combination of a button-down collar with a blazer. But either way, Lands' End. It'll probably set you back around $35. More or less. It'll be a highly acceptable white shirt. Not the best, but inexpensive and entirely satisfactory for its intended purpose.

4. A tie. This one's easy. Go to www.thetiebar.com Narrow it down to a few ties that you like, and come back and ask for people's opinions, if you want. They have a zillion ties to choose from, so you may want to decide ahead of time what sort of tie you prefer. Silk knit, or "regular" silk. Stripes or geometric pattern. With a navy blazer and white shirt, there are LOTS of perfectly reasonable ways you can go here. Both of those clothing items are dead easy to match to a tie. Anyway, not the greatest ties in the world (not even close), but they are perfectly fine ties, and The Tie Bar offers a huge selection, and the price is a mere $15 per tie.

Assuming you already have an appropriate pair of shoes, you're all set. Under budget and everything.
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Michael
post #19822 of 28889

Blazer, shirt, and a tie. Should be good with khakis. XL shirt size if that helps. Thanks for helping.

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That was money Michael. Thanks for that. I'll check out the blazer. About the ties, does it matter if it's a skinny tie, neck tie, etc. - haha man I need to read GQ or something.

post #19824 of 28889
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Originally Posted by lostinfashion View Post

XL shirt size if that helps.
Sport shirts come in sizes like S-M-L-XL.

You want to buy a dress shirt. It'll be sized in actual numbers. Like 16.5/34-35, or 16/32, or something like that. Where the first number (the 16.5 or the 16) is your collar size, in inches. And the second number(s) represent your sleeve length.

If you don't already know your shirt size (in numbers, not just that you're an XL), then find some online video on how to measure yourself for shirt size (I'm sure there are plenty of such on youtube), and find out. At most, it'll cost you about 89 cents for a tape measure.
post #19825 of 28889

Another tie question - do you wear a blue tie with a blue jacket?

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Originally Posted by lostinfashion View Post

About the ties, does it matter if it's a skinny tie, neck tie, etc.
It matters, and is dependent on a variety of factors - the type of tie in question, the lapel width of your jacket, your build, etc.

If you wear an XL shirt, I'm guessing that you're probably not a particularly petite fellow (hey, if I'm wrong, I'm sorry). Such being the case, and given the lapels on the blazer I suggested, you could probably wear a regular width tie. This isn't a hard and fast rule - I'm a big fellow, myself, and some of my ties are skinny, although the majority are not. But without seeing you or knowing more, that'd be my advice to you. And if the skinny tie would've had you looking more young and hip, well, you're talking about wearing this to a business-related dinner, and not to some club in search of female companionship.
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man I need to read GQ or something.
Not something I've ever wanted to do, but whatever makes you happy, my friend.
post #19827 of 28889
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


It matters, and is dependent on a variety of factors - the type of tie in question, the lapel width of your jacket, your build, etc.

If you wear an XL shirt, I'm guessing that you're probably not a particularly petite fellow (hey, if I'm wrong, I'm sorry). Such being the case, and given the lapels on the blazer I suggested, you could probably wear a regular width tie. This isn't a hard and fast rule - I'm a big fellow, myself, and some of my ties are skinny, although the majority are not. But without seeing you or knowing more, that'd be my advice to you. And if the skinny tie would've had you looking more young and hip, well, you're talking about wearing this to a business-related dinner, and not to some club in search of female companionship.
Not something I've ever wanted to do, but whatever makes you happy, my friend.

I'm more wide than fat but definitely not petite. I'll check out the wide ties. Thanks again for your help - I'll be back if things get crazy.

post #19828 of 28889
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Originally Posted by lostinfashion View Post

Another tie question - do you wear a blue tie with a blue jacket?
You could - a navy tie with a navy blazer can be a very good look. But you don't have to, and may find that bringing in another color makes things more interesting.

For example, you might opt for something like a blue and [insert other color HERE] stripe tie.
post #19829 of 28889
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post


A forest green tie is also classic and understated.

The tie bar has one of those in wool that I really want. 

post #19830 of 28889

Since I'm a small guy (5'8", 130Ibs) and I want to wear a single breasted mid - length coat, which color is most suitable to me, navy or honey?

Thank you.

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