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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

You're welcome.  That configuration makes it even harder because it's just so classic and formal.  A 6/1 configuration seems more popular these days.

 

I've been strongly considering a 6x1 configuration, as I feel that the stronger V-shape would make my puny 32 inch chest look wider. Still looking for the right fabric tough.

 

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

There is one thing though: maybe you should just wear it more as a suit!

 

I think I'll try a bit that. I can always add a nice crew- or v-neck sweater underneath the jacket to take it down a notch in formality. Forest green, brown, pale lavender seems to work well.

 

Burgundy sweater with PoW coat looks bad on me for some reason, even when I swap to a brown tie.

No idea why, looks awesome in this BB add:

 

 

(Now when I look at this again, I realize he's wearing a gray v-neck with burgundy trim... oh well)

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Originally Posted by Gosroth View Post

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I've been strongly considering a 6x1 configuration, as I feel that the stronger V-shape would make my puny 32 inch chest look wider. Still looking for the right fabric tough.

 

 

I think I'll try a bit that. I can always add a nice crew- or v-neck sweater underneath the jacket to take it down a notch in formality. Forest green, brown, pale lavender seems to work well.

 

Burgundy sweater with PoW coat looks bad on me for some reason, even when I swap to a brown tie.

No idea why, looks awesome in this BB add:

 

 

(Now when I look at this again, I realize he's wearing a gray v-neck with burgundy trim... oh well)

 

He's also standing next to a chick, which messes up the assessment process for most men.  I don't like his sweater anyway.

 

Try a navy or even bottle green crew neck (the V would be too close to the V in the suit).  And tan shoes.  And cool socks.  You can do it. :)  

post #20373 of 28663
Noobie question from a senior member. One of my cheaper belts is starting to show significant wear on the buckle, seemingly out of nowhere. I really like the belt and don't want to replace it unless I have to. It has a brass buckle and I'm not sure how to clean it and remove the wear. I spent time on Google and searching here, yet the results were inconclusive.
post #20374 of 28663
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Originally Posted by usctrojans31 View Post

Noobie question from a senior member. One of my cheaper belts is starting to show significant wear on the buckle, seemingly out of nowhere. I really like the belt and don't want to replace it unless I have to. It has a brass buckle and I'm not sure how to clean it and remove the wear. I spent time on Google and searching here, yet the results were inconclusive.

Is it really brass or just brass plated? Stick a magnet next to it. Brass is non-magnetic. And what kind of wear are you talking about? Is it tarnishing or something more serious?
post #20375 of 28663
Harvey - it is solid brass. There is very minimal tarnishing, which I could handle. There are scratches, which appear to have just popped up. I worry if I strip it and refinish it, it will be uneven. I also don't know if the polish will apply unevenly with the scratches. If I have to replace it, it isn't a huge deal seeing as the belt is just an older Banana Republic belt; it would just be a pain in my ass since I actually like the shape of the belt and the buckle.
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Originally Posted by usctrojans31 View Post

Harvey - it is solid brass. There is very minimal tarnishing, which I could handle. There are scratches, which appear to have just popped up. I worry if I strip it and refinish it, it will be uneven. I also don't know if the polish will apply unevenly with the scratches. If I have to replace it, it isn't a huge deal seeing as the belt is just an older Banana Republic belt; it would just be a pain in my ass since I actually like the shape of the belt and the buckle.

I know you asked Harvey, but i think i can help. I work with brass all the time (as a woodworker, brass tends to be used a lot for hardware). If the buckle is solid brass you can actually sand the belt buckle with very high grit sandpaper (the same kind that an auto finisher would use, P1000, 1500, 2000) or better yet, steel wool (it is graded from 0 to 0000, the latter being finer) to clean it and then polish it with brasso or even paste wax, it will come out looking great (with a slightly duller finish). If you want the higher gloss look, buy a can of lacquer (believe it or not, most "polished" metal is lacquered) and spray the buckle with a light coat (make sure you didnt wax it first). It should look like new. 

 

As long as the buckle is solid brass, and as long as you sand off the finish completely, it will not look uneven. 

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Opinions sought: If you could only get one suit, which of these would you choose?

(Helps if you've had experience with more than one, obviously).

 

 

Seymours (local San Francisco tailor)

mytailor (Joe Hemrajani)

Samuelsohn trunk show

WW Chan

Barney's house brand (Caruso, less desirable personally since fabric choices are limited to plain blue or grey)

post #20378 of 28663

Question: Is this jacket waist measurement normal for a 40L jacket with these measurements?

 

Shoulders - 19"

Chest - 42"

Waist - 40"

Length - 32.5"

Sleeves - 25"

 

The trousers have a 36" waist measurement.
 

post #20379 of 28663
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Originally Posted by eqcitizen View Post

I know you asked Harvey, but i think i can help. I work with brass all the time (as a woodworker, brass tends to be used a lot for hardware). If the buckle is solid brass you can actually sand the belt buckle with very high grit sandpaper (the same kind that an auto finisher would use, P1000, 1500, 2000) or better yet, steel wool (it is graded from 0 to 0000, the latter being finer) to clean it and then polish it with brasso or even paste wax, it will come out looking great (with a slightly duller finish). If you want the higher gloss look, buy a can of lacquer (believe it or not, most "polished" metal is lacquered) and spray the buckle with a light coat (make sure you didnt wax it first). It should look like new. 

As long as the buckle is solid brass, and as long as you sand off the finish completely, it will not look uneven. 

Excellent advice.
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Originally Posted by Touching Cloth View Post

Opinions sought: If you could only get one suit, which of these would you choose?
(Helps if you've had experience with more than one, obviously).


Seymours (local San Francisco tailor)



mytailor (Joe Hemrajani)



Samuelsohn trunk show



WW Chan



Barney's house brand (Caruso, less desirable personally since fabric choices are limited to plain blue or grey)



I fully endorse Samuelsohn.

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Originally Posted by forbritisheyes View Post

Question: Is this jacket waist measurement normal for a 40L jacket with these measurements?

Shoulders - 19"


Chest - 42"


Waist - 40"


Length - 32.5"


Sleeves - 25"

The trousers have a 36" waist measurement.

Doesn't sound too far off. If it's a little big that's probably a pretty easy fix for a tailor to take in.
post #20380 of 28663
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

Doesn't sound too far off. If it's a little big that's probably a pretty easy fix for a tailor to take in.

Thanks, Harvey. I usually wear a 41L/42L Regent or Fitz taken in an inch and a half(from its unaltered state, of course). I hope this one can be taken in as much. What would you say is "appropriate" or expected in terms of jacket waist size? for a 40L?

 

Would the 36" waist indicate it isn't a 6" drop?

post #20381 of 28663
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Originally Posted by forbritisheyes View Post

Thanks, Harvey. I usually wear a 41L/42L Regent or Fitz taken in an inch and a half(from its unaltered state, of course). I hope this one can be taken in as much. What would you say is "appropriate" or expected in terms of jacket waist size? for a 40L?

Would the 36" waist indicate it isn't a 6" drop?


Expected would probably be around 38. I wear a 42/43L and usually a jacket waist right about 40 is what I get OTR.
post #20382 of 28663
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post


Expected would probably be around 38. I wear a 42/43L and usually a jacket waist right about 40 is what I get OTR.


=[ Do you think it was altered? (I'm buying a preowned suit)

post #20383 of 28663
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Originally Posted by forbritisheyes View Post


=[ Do you think it was altered? (I'm buying a preowned suit)

Probably not. It's a lot more trouble to let out an OTR jacket then to take it in.
post #20384 of 28663
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post


Probably not. It's a lot more trouble to let out an OTR jacket then to take it in.


THank you very much for the help, harvey. I hope my tailor can do it; he's one of the top 3 in the bay area, but I know that the suit itself may limit him.

post #20385 of 28663
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Originally Posted by forbritisheyes View Post


THank you very much for the help, harvey. I hope my tailor can do it; he's one of the top 3 in the bay area, but I know that the suit itself may limit him.

What brand and model are the suit? You may be able to check online to see if it has been altered.
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