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post #20116 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Mark24 View Post

I went to the Banana Republic outlet store and I bought some mereno wool v-neck sweaters yesterday. I've never worn v-necks before so my question is are they supposed to make you look chubby ? I'm a pretty slim guy but I look kind of fat in those sweaters. 

The body of the sweater is what matters there, not the neck. Banana republic pretends to be hip and stylish, but most of their stuff has the same crappy, overly generous cut designed to ensure their clothes fit fat people pretending they can still fit into a medium that a lot of mall brands suffer from.
post #20117 of 28512
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


Yeah, but perfect for the typical daytime summer wedding. You're in the UK, where weddings are often a good deal more formal than they are on this side of the pond, so that's an understandable mistake, but in the US and Canada, daytime summer weddings are the realm of seersucker with bowties, cotton and linen suits, navy blazers and khakis. Coat and tie, but fun and well, summery.

Oh we have plenty of casual weddings like you describe too (though you won't see many bow ties and seersucker isn't a thing over here). I was just pointing out that it's not suitable for the more formal types, in case he was unaware. I still think linen would be a little more versatile, and also cooler.
post #20118 of 28512
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Originally Posted by E,TF View Post

Oh we have plenty of casual weddings like you describe too (though you won't see many bow ties and seersucker isn't a thing over here). I was just pointing out that it's not suitable for the more formal types, in case he was unaware. I still think linen would be a little more versatile, and also cooler.

Fair enough, though the cooler depends on the exact choice of fabric. Since he's getting one MTM, he would be able to ask and pick out a cotton that's not too tightly woven. Of course, if he wanted to go with something like a lighter weight cotton twill, it wouldn't wear quite as cool, but it would also range nicely into spring and fall, but still wear cooler than a lot of the fairly tightly woven wool suiting on the market these days.
post #20119 of 28512
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Originally Posted by PiCcolocV View Post

I bought a couple of their same v-necks about a year and a half ago, and ended up having to get them all taken in at the sides by an alterationist - they are surprisingly not very slim fit on the body right off the rack. 

 

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Originally Posted by black_umbrella View Post


This is why you try things on before you buy them.

Also, if you're taking in BR sweaters, you should be spending money elsewhere.

Suggested steps for RTW shopping:

1 - find something you like
2 - try it on
3 - decide if it fits
if yes, proceed to step 5
if no, proceed to step 4
4 - put it back, return to step 1
5 - purchase and enjoy

 

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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


The body of the sweater is what matters there, not the neck. Banana republic pretends to be hip and stylish, but most of their stuff has the same crappy, overly generous cut designed to ensure their clothes fit fat people pretending they can still fit into a medium that a lot of mall brands suffer from.

 

Thanks for the help. So where would you guys recommend I get some slim fitting sweaters from ? I'm in still in college and I can't afford to spend more than 40-50 on a sweater  

post #20120 of 28512
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Originally Posted by ryan82885 View Post

I have a suit, but it's a few years old and I already wore it to my first round of interviews this past week. After thinking about it, I'll probably just stick with the same suit for now but instead get a new shirt and tie combo for the next set of interviews Tuesday.

No one will notice its the same suit if you wear a different shirt and tie (with assumption it's a traditionally conservative suit).
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Originally Posted by black_umbrella View Post

This is why you try things on before you buy them.

Also, if you're taking in BR sweaters, you should be spending money elsewhere.

Suggested steps for RTW shopping:

1 - find something you like
2 - try it on
3 - decide if it fits
if yes, proceed to step 5
if no, proceed to step 4
4 - put it back, return to step 1
5 - purchase and enjoy

6 - if you enjoy that much and price is right, purchase multiples in various colors and potentially double in staple colors.

Some may disagree with step #6.
post #20121 of 28512

Thanks for the help. Does anyone know where I can go to find some slim fitting sweaters ? Something $50 or under 

post #20122 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Mark24 View Post

Thanks for the help. Does anyone know where I can go to find some slim fitting sweaters ? Something $50 or under 

Ralph Lauren's merino wool.
post #20123 of 28512
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post


Ralph Lauren's merino wool.

I'm really diggin' this one. 


post #20124 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Mark24 View Post

Thanks for the help. Does anyone know where I can go to find some slim fitting sweaters ? Something $50 or under 

You could be buying them a size too large.

For context, I am 6'4" 190 lb and almost always wear a medium sweater.

Other options, beside the ralph lauren, would be uniqlo, jcrew (which has a slim fit in addition to their regular fit) or even brooks brothers when on sale. One of the downsides of cheaper wool sweaters will be pretty bad pilling that will happy pretty quickly. You can get "merino" wool sweaters at target for about $20, but you get approximately 3 wears before they look like sh*t.

I would say wait for a BB sale and try and grab one of those. If you have a store you can try them on in, so much the better.

Also, in general JCrew > BR.


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post #20125 of 28512

What is a stylistic way to keep your ears warm while still matching a smart cashmere or wool topcoat?

post #20126 of 28512
Thanks for the advice cptjeff & E,TF. Both make some good points. I've considered a linen or linen woll blend as well. I'll look into both when I finally decide to pull the trigger on a summer suit. I can see how cotton would be more casual though. I think it would be ok for most of the outdoor weddings I have been to.
Thanks again.
post #20127 of 28512

Thanks again for the help. What's the best kind of button up to wear under  a sweater ? I mean in terms of collar. Are oxford collar's the best for that ?

post #20128 of 28512
You're confusing collars (button down, spread, cutaway) with cloth (Oxford cloth, end-on-end, twill).
post #20129 of 28512
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Originally Posted by stgrim View Post

What is a stylistic way to keep your ears warm while still matching a smart cashmere or wool topcoat?

Earmuffs, hair, or a massive freaking lapel that you pop.

post #20130 of 28512
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Originally Posted by Mark24 View Post

Thanks again for the help. What's the best kind of button up to wear under  a sweater ? I mean in terms of collar. Are oxford collar's the best for that ?

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Originally Posted by RedDevil10 View Post

You're confusing collars (button down, spread, cutaway) with cloth (Oxford cloth, end-on-end, twill).

And the answer is, without a tie, a button down collar, like you'd find on your typical Oxford cloth shirt (OCBD stands for Oxford Cloth Button Down, by the way, Button Down referring to the collar). With a tie, anything works.
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