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post #21031 of 29411

Are these PRL shirts fake?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NWT-Polo-Ralph-Lauren-Mens-Cotton-Oxford-Custom-Fit-Long-Sleeve-Sport-Shirt-/170910117785?pt=US_CSA_MC_Shirts&var=&hash=item27cb096f99

post #21032 of 29411

Don't look fake to me.
post #21033 of 29411
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Originally Posted by rudals1281 View Post

I AM HAVING A BAD TIE DAY! Ignore the knot, just tell me the shirt and the tie combo. I think this tie is just butt ugly!!!!

 

I don't think the tie is ugly.  I think you've potentially gone with the wrong color combination.  Even though grey is a neutral and can go with most colors, I think a lighter blue shirt (solid) would look great with this tie as the tie is more along the lines of pink / burgundy.  Check out my blog http://suitupdressup.wordpress.com for advice on how to mix and match ties with respect to both color and pattern. 

post #21034 of 29411
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Originally Posted by TKeaten View Post

Morning, gents.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
First post, and I just stumbled on this forum yesterday while deciding to make the plunge into style.  There are... a lot of rules to keep in mind, and as such I figured my best bet would be to ask if I was on the right track before taking the dive on a purchase.

At the moment, I don't have any of my own suits.  I have some that have been passed down, they're in decent shape, but, well, they're old and don't fit right.  All around not working.  Since this is my first purchase and first legitimate suit, I want to make sure its something that will be functional for a long time, in a lot of situations, as it will be my go-to for a while until I'm able to build up some good income for more.

I've noted a couple things - Navy/Charcoal is the standard, with some back-and-forth on the shoe matches, but most tend to agree with darker browns / burgundy.  I've seen some really good things about Benjamin Sartorial, so I'm hoping to go with him for the suit.  That said, he has no Charcoal in my size (44R), only Gunmetal, so I'm leaning toward Navy.

Suits I'm looking at:
http://www.ehaberdasher.com/servlet/the-13057/Benjamin-Sartorial-Suit-cln--43R-fdsh-44R/Detail
http://www.ehaberdasher.com/servlet/the-4932/Benjamin-Sartorial-Suit-cln--44R/Detail

Shoes I'm looking at:
http://bostonian.clarksusa.com/eng/product/reserve/28756
http://bostonian.clarksusa.com/eng/product/andover/25408

Which suit would be best for a first-purchase?  Are these shoes considered decent (I'm not finding as much info on that end)?  Thanks in advance, I'm hoping to get things purchased quickly.

Go with the solid navy suit.

For the shoes, Bostonian are garbage. Look for some Allen Edmonds seconds. Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand, or McAllister. They are a bit more pricey than those Bostonians, but will last much, much longer.
post #21035 of 29411
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post


Go with the solid navy suit.

For the shoes, Bostonian are garbage. Look for some Allen Edmonds seconds. Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand, or McAllister. They are a bit more pricey than those Bostonians, but will last much, much longer.

 

Apologies for being woefully ignorant on this stuff, but hey, I need to learn somewhere.

 

The solid suit is listed as "Dark Navy" - that's still going to function as the go-to Navy?  And on the shoes, for a "Dark Navy," would dark brown or burgundy make a better compliment?

post #21036 of 29411
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Originally Posted by TKeaten View Post

Apologies for being woefully ignorant on this stuff, but hey, I need to learn somewhere.

The solid suit is listed as "Dark Navy" - that's still going to function as the go-to Navy?  And on the shoes, for a "Dark Navy," would dark brown or burgundy make a better compliment?

Yeah, the first suit is fine, that's a classic navy blue.

I'd go with dark brown over burgundy for the shoes--burgundy tends to look weird outside of shell cordovan.
post #21037 of 29411

Hey guys. I made a thread for this, but received no responses. So here I am.

 

Got my Black Lapel Navy Suit today, 3.5 weeks after ordering. This is a MTM site like Indochino, except Black Lapel's are half canvassed and the fabric may be of slightly higher quality.  This is a traditional navy suit for financial office environment. I ordered the tailored cut (between slim and traditional). I have 30 days to get $75 worth of alterations which will be covered by Black Lapel. The company has been nothing but fantastic so far. I got my original measurements by measuring myself three separate times, with the help of a tailor and two friends. Please ignore tie, shirt, belt, and rumpling/creases. Tie is okay, shirt is too big in most measurements, and belt is bad. Suit appears rumpled/creased because it just came out of the box.

 

 

I have a great tailor to go to and while I think that largely the fit of this is nearly perfect, I suspect a few minor alterations could be made to make it perfect. Here are a few of my own critiques:

  1. Sleeves. I can't tell whether my shirt sleeves should be longer, or if the suit sleeves should be shorter. Either way, I know that a bit of the shirt sleeve should be showing, and it is not at all.
  2. I wanted the pants to have a single, clean break. I think they could be made just a bit shorter.
  3. The shoulders feel great, but the chest could be made a little more form fitting.

 

 

Please give more advice, and thanks in advance. Here are way too many pictures.

 

Full album: http://imgur.com/a/E4OVE

post #21038 of 29411
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

I'd go with dark brown over burgundy for the shoes--burgundy tends to look weird outside of shell cordovan.

Wut?
post #21039 of 29411

Is it unacceptable to wear indigo/blue suit for an interview? On what occasion(s) is it appropriate to wear indigo/blue suits? (I'm aware charcoal and navy is advisable but they are too dark or close to black for my liking.)

 

Examples:

 

http://www.moss.co.uk/TBC-964840320

 

http://www.reiss.com/mens/suits-and-tailoring/evoque/indigo/

 

http://www.reiss.com/mens/suits-and-tailoring/duke/blue/

 

 

Cheers

post #21040 of 29411
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

I'd go with dark brown over burgundy for the shoes--burgundy tends to look weird outside of shell cordovan.
You're certainly entitled to your opinion, however I have a significant number of burgundy shoes (or some closely-related shade, often bearing a wine-like name - "merlot" being the most common of these), only one pair of them in shell cordovan, and I don't think they look at all weird. Nor have I received negative comments or noticed critical glances when I wear them. In fact, some of them are among my favorite and in my opinion best-looking shoes.

Mind you, neither have I anything against brown shoes.

Of course, much depends on the situation. For example, I think tan shoes are just fine when worn in the daytime with chinos, while I visit the supermarket. That doesn't mean I think they're just fine when I'm wearing a charcoal suit, in the evening, at a professional function.

In light of these situational considerations, I would, in fact, suggest that TKeaten - who is buying his first "real" suit, probably in navy - go with brown shoes. Not because I dislike burgundy, but because when all is said and done, dark brown is a somewhat more versatile choice. Not always the better choice, but less often an outright bad choice.

Frankly, I would often suggest to someone buying his first "good" suit(s), hopefully in navy or medium/dark grey, that he seriously consider going with black shoes. NOT because I think black shoes are usually the best choice, but because black shoes are usually the safest choice with a navy or grey suit. And when just starting out, it's not necessarily a mistake to opt for "safe and versatile." Particularly when it comes to major/big ticket items like suits and shoes. Especially (but not exclusively) if the man is concerned with how he looks in relatively conservative settings (many weddings, funerals, interviews, etc.).

Now, I noticed a fatal hole a few hours ago, in my favorite pair of socks - my fire engine red and yellow over-the-calf wool argyles. Might I request we each take a moment for silent reflection on how these beloved socks enriched the world with their presence? (Their sister pair - my purple and yellow over-the-calf wool argyles - are bearing up under the loss in dignified fashion. Well, as dignified as purple and yellow gets.)
post #21041 of 29411
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Originally Posted by TKeaten View Post

Apologies for being woefully ignorant on this stuff, but hey, I need to learn somewhere.

The solid suit is listed as "Dark Navy" - that's still going to function as the go-to Navy?  And on the shoes, for a "Dark Navy," would dark brown or burgundy make a better compliment?

Brooks Brothers go to navy fabric used in their 1818 suits can easily be confused with black in some lighting conditions. A couple of times I have sold a BB navy blazer or suit and had the buyer contact me and tell me that I sent them a black item instead of navy. I ask them to compare it to a black item in good natural light and get back to me if it is black. Nobody has ever gotten back to me on that issue.

TLDR: Navy is dark navy.
post #21042 of 29411

Hello all,

 

I found this on winter sale. I think it fits me in shoulders, but i don't like the straight cut. I would like to have it altered in the hip/waist so that it is narrower.

Is this possible without screwing up the pockets or something else?

post #21043 of 29411

^ Try asking the tailors in the tailors' thread: http://www.styleforum.net/t/265924/the-tailors-thread-fit-feedback-and-alteration-suggestions

 

Other than that, my understanding is that as long as the shoulders and chest fits, the waist can be taken in, within reason, the same way you would do it with a regular jacket. But, do you plan to wear the overcoat over a suit? If yes, you should absolutely try it on with a suit jacket, before you decide on the fit and alterations.

post #21044 of 29411
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

Wut?
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

You're certainly entitled to your opinion, however I have a significant number of burgundy shoes (or some closely-related shade, often bearing a wine-like name - "merlot" being the most common of these), only one pair of them in shell cordovan, and I don't think they look at all weird. Nor have I received negative comments or noticed critical glances when I wear them. In fact, some of them are among my favorite and in my opinion best-looking shoes.

Just my opinion. I think that burgundy/merlot color looks much better with the subtle shell sheen. It looks too flat in calf IMO.

For a first pair of brown shoes though, definitely get a dark brown, not burgundy/merlot.
post #21045 of 29411
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Originally Posted by RCAsia View Post
 

LOL but this is a light blue shirt!!! And I just couldn't stand it!

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