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post #21121 of 28349

Hello everyone! 

 

So, I'm new to the world of fashion and honestly just overall dressing appropriately (like a gentleman). I'm sure I'll introduce myself in a few other threads and areas but I'm so excited to finally begin building my style. As many gents here, I do have a very small budget but will be working to sell some items to build some cash. I am working on even the fundamental level (the basics). All help is appreciated! I'll be scouring the forum and various other sites, Pinterest, mags...and the like, for ideas and overall to try and immerse myself in men's fashion. 

 

Something I've been working on recently (past week) is understanding and learning about quality brands/companies. The idea for me is to #1 Build with good (not necessarily great) items now and #2 When able, find great bargains of high quality items. Appreciate any and all help/advice/suggestions as I am truthfully at the beginning of this journey. 

 

Info about me:

 

28 male, married, 2 year old - 5'7 165 pounds, 16 1/2 neck, 31in sleeve, 40 chest, 32 waste, 7.5 shoe size.  

 

So, now for my first question:

 

 

 

Florsheim Loafers - Mahogeny - leader soles

 

----These are used at about $15-$20...Yes (if yes what to wear with) or No (why?)?

 

Thanks Guys!

post #21122 of 28349

Kenilworth. The Provo and Ithaca are I think a part of "ae", Allen Edmonds lower end line and use inferior leathers. Age will shoe on those very quickly.

post #21123 of 28349

What should I buy for my first suit? 

I came across this http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1674251651/the-tailor-truck-with-3d-body-scanning-the-future?ref=category

and for $400, they will custom make me a suit (btw I don't know my measurements). Is this worth it? If not, where and what brand should I buy? Also do I get navy (dark?) or black first? 

Any tips or advice is much appreciated. Thank you!

btw my budget is "cheap is better" Not looking to pay more than $400. 

post #21124 of 28349

Definitely get navy first. If you search for "black suits", you'll get many heated discussions, but the prevailing opinion will be to just don't do that.

 

You didn't write where you are located, but take a look at the recommendations above (Suitsupply and the suit quality thread for options). How fast do you need your suit? It is always risky to recommend a new operation like that when there is no previous experience. IMHO, a safer and faster option would be to just get a decent RTW first, especially if you are not a difficult body type to fit - you can see what you are getting. Once you already have your first suit, you will be in better position to experiment with custom operations like that.

post #21125 of 28349
I'm a big guy. I was wondering if Clarks Desert Boots would fit a big build and what colour? Any suggestions?
post #21126 of 28349
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

Can someone recommend a brand for a quality balmoral/oxford, or even a blucher, that is $200 or under, preferably? I prefer smooth/wholecut (i.e no caps, wingtips, etc). They dont need to be the best shoes ever, just to hold me over as an entry shoe into the workforce until I can buy myself a proper shoe. I would prefer a shoe that doesnt have the large, chunky rubber sole that my current Eccos do and maintains a classy profile.

 

Thanks for your time!

While I risk looking like a PutThisOn-bot, I find their list of affordable brands quite exhaustive: http://putthison.com/post/43010205853/finding-affordable-shoes-shoes-may-or-may-not-be

post #21127 of 28349
Looking for my first suit;

Should I go MTM or somewhere like Suit Supply? Is there a big difference?

For MTM I've been looking at Thick as Thieves in LA, who seem to have some great looking suits. I'm in the UK so I'm a little concerned that if there are any issues with the suit I'd have to pay international shipping costs a few times to have stuff rectified.

Anyone in the UK have a suit from TaT and could share their experience? If not, any recommendations for somewhere similar to TaT based in the UK with a similar price range? TaT prices start at $480 / £320 shipped, which is great for MTM (I think).

Thanks
post #21128 of 28349
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Originally Posted by sinfjotli View Post

Definitely get navy first. If you search for "black suits", you'll get many heated discussions, but the prevailing opinion will be to just don't do that.

You didn't write where you are located, but take a look at the recommendations above (Suitsupply and the suit quality thread for options). How fast do you need your suit? It is always risky to recommend a new operation like that when there is no previous experience. IMHO, a safer and faster option would be to just get a decent RTW first, especially if you are not a difficult body type to fit - you can see what you are getting. Once you already have your first suit, you will be in better position to experiment with custom operations like that.
I,am in the San Francisco / bay area and im not in any hurry to buy a suit. only difficult part is that I am pretty short, 5'6". and should I get dark navy or just navy. Thanks
post #21129 of 28349
Go off the rack. If you don't know exactly what you want, what works for you, and how to judge a well-fitting suit, the possibility for disaster with MTM is huge.

With OTR, you know what you are getting.
post #21130 of 28349
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Where in NYC can can I find a good selection of reasonably priced pocket squares?
Century 21.
post #21131 of 28349
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Originally Posted by emilo View Post

Hi all,

As so many others before me, I am now in a job situation where suiting up is required once in a while. I am looking to buy one or two suits in a slim, short cut, preferably dark navy and charcoal. My budget is around 700 - 1000 USD (400 - 600 EUR). I am located in Europe (UK/DK) - so a brand available within the EU would be best.
Could you gives please give me some tips regarding which brands are best bang for the buck?

Definitely search for some Boglioli suits on sale. You can find them for around $400 on sale, if you're lucky. They will be exactly what you need.

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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Go off the rack. If you don't know exactly what you want, what works for you, and how to judge a well-fitting suit, the possibility for disaster with MTM is huge.

With OTR, you know what you are getting.

+100 to this. Always start with OTR first.
post #21132 of 28349
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Originally Posted by fredmul View Post

I'm a big guy. I was wondering if Clarks Desert Boots would fit a big build and what colour? Any suggestions?

They're good casual shoes for anybody. And in any color you like, though the beeswax finish seems to be a favorite around here. A tan suede would look great for the summer. I personally wouldn't go with one of the near whites, because it limits you outside the summer, but it's entirely your call. I'm looking at the lineup on amazon, and I don't see anything there I would tell you to avoid.
post #21133 of 28349
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Originally Posted by sinfjotli View Post

While I risk looking like a PutThisOn-bot, I find their list of affordable brands quite exhaustive: http://putthison.com/post/43010205853/finding-affordable-shoes-shoes-may-or-may-not-be

 

Thank you, that was very helpful! 

 

The only shoe that seems to fit my price range of $200 or less is this one from Charles Tyrwhitt:

 

http://www.ctshirts.com/men's-shoes/view-all/Black-Oxford-shoes?q=usddefault||ML060BLK|||||||||||||

 

 

 

 

The next closest are these wholecut meermins, in which the subtracted VAT will likely cancel out the shipping charge:

 

http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1920

 

 

 

or their two models of cap toe:

 

a) http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1925

 

b) http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=2033

 

 

I found some pairs of Loake on herringshoes.co.uk for much cheaper, but they were all listed as "polished", which apparently is a euphemism for corrected grain leather and something to avoid. Everything else in leather on their website was out of my price range.

 

 

Can anyone suggest another shoe worth looking at? And what is the difference between the two meermins? It seems they are both on the same last...

post #21134 of 28349

I'm really close to buy some shirts from this eBay store I asked about earlier. I just want to be a 100% sure that they are authentic.

 

Can anyone else confirm that they are authentic and not fake? Has anybody here bought anything from this store and has something to add?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170910117785?var=470242850242

 

I would really appreciate an answer! smile.gif

post #21135 of 28349
They don't look fake to me, although I'm not an ebay RL expert.
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