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post #21541 of 28920
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Originally Posted by hennree View Post

Just got a new suit (my first 'proper' suit) and I don't feel it hugs me as i'd like it to, especially at the shoulders. If the shoulders are too wide, is that easily fixed? Will it be costly?

Alternatively, can anyone recommend somewhere to buy a suit for a £300 budget that would fit a skinny guy with narrow shoulders? The suit I've just received is a size 34 from SuitSupply.

Thanks

Unfortunately not--you can't really alter the shoulders.

If you post pics in the Tailor's Fit Feedback thread, folks there can help you decide if it fits.
post #21542 of 28920
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post


Tan leather shoes are a great option with khakis if you want to look neat but not too formal, so you defniitely have the right idea.

This would be ideal, imo (AE Delray):
 

 

Good call.  The ones in the OP's picture need to be dissolved in acid and stored underground for future civilisations to fear.

 

The Delray is a nice shape, although some Allen Edmonds shoes I find a little dull and depressing.  Read around this forum about the wonders of Carmina, Vass, and a dozen other names you might not yet have heard, and check out the traditional English brands in (at least some of their ranges) the same price range as AE: Cheaney, Crockett & Jones, Barker, Grenson, Church's (although not much loved on SF these days).  Loake are very good value as a starting point.  The last shapes of all of these tend to be a bit more stylish than AE, but I wear AE too, so just find what you love.  And then run it by us, because your first choice sucked smelly cock. :)

post #21543 of 28920
AE is my current go-to brand b/c

- they are crazy affordable on sale (under $200 per pair) and imo super value-for-$$$
- they might look like shit next to a C&J but they look better than 95% of what others are wearing. My black park avenues are still my go-to shoes for any important functions/events after 3 years of use.

Maybe meermin might come close, although i'm not in the market for new shoes right now. My next might be shoes from a local cobbler: http://edetal.sg/?post_type=product

Prices in SGD, so im guessing USD 250 or so with shippng.

also can anyone answer my previous q?
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Is there a source of well-priced ties to start my tie wardrobe? All I have is one 2.5" navy repp and a 2.5" cotton knit grenadine from Muji. I did go through thetiebar but heard differing reviews on their items.
post #21544 of 28920

There is nothing wrong with AE; they have a couple of attractive lasts and are frequently on discount like you said.  Meermin wouldn't be my first recommendation because of the service and delivery issues, but there are other options: I'd recommend Loake for an English style at an affordable price: their Indian-made L1 range are on the same lasts as the more expensive ones and use the same uppers and soles, and are sub$200 at full price.  

 

Check out www.pediwear.co.uk, for three reasons: 1. they have a good range of the above, and others. 2. their customer service is great, as is their website that is easy to search by size, brand, type etc.  And 3. they use EMS for postage, meaning if you're in the US you will receive your shoes via USPS, avoiding extra processing fees and possibly avoiding customs duties altogether.

 

Regarding ties, I did answer you that thetiebar.com is really not bad at all, in that as long as you choose a tasteful pattern, $15-20 is the going rate and the service and selection are good.  I have a couple I wear regularly - the knitted ones are very fashionable these days; I also have one more muted grenadine that's perfectly smart.

 

Oops....just used my brain and seen you're in Singapore.  Sorry.  In which case try out www.herringshoes.co.uk too - regular sales, nice selection and again brilliant service: they use DHL or Fedex.

post #21545 of 28920
Define well-priced.
post #21546 of 28920
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Originally Posted by Flame View Post

2 questions from a fresh grad.

- So I got my suit, and a few BB ESFs. I realized I lack a good rotation of plain shirts though. Looking @ Tyrwhitt since they are most available to me.
Judging from search results, the opinion is divided, but is their quality & extra slim fit decent enough? My other option is to go local MTM (Singapore), but the quality seems sub-par (polycotton wtf) unless I'm willing to double my budget

- Is there a source of well-priced ties to start my tie wardrobe? All I have is one 2.5" navy repp and a 2.5" cotton knit grenadine from Muji. I did go through thetiebar but heard differing reviews on their items.

Cotton shirts are the way to go.  Synthetics like polycotton should be avoided if possible, especially if for dress work shirts.  My guess is if you are in Singapore you can probably get a reasonably priced MTM cotton shirt for under 70 USD if you really look around.  That will definitely be less than an off the rack high quality brand name dress shirt.  Polycotton shirts are fine for going out, but ideally for work, you want to stick with cotton shirts.  If you can, your better off going for Poplin or Broadcloth shirts, as these are higher quality fabrics, whereas an Oxford fabric is more for casualwear, or might go well with a jacket that is more textured like a tweed jacket. 

 

I am not going to endorse specific brands here, but generally, you want to look for ties with woolen interlining if you are looking for high quality, well constructed ties.  You should be able to find stuff in the 40-50 USD range from some boutique brands out there.  The widths you have mentioned are skinny ties, whereas for work you want something along the lines of 3.25 to 3.5 inches.  3.25 inches seems to be the current trend.  Also, if you are over 6'2, you are better off getting an extra-length tie which most e-commerce retailers should give you the option of buying.  Standard length ties for guys under 6'2 inches are usually around 58 inches longer, and for those over the designated height, ties of 63 inches in length should be available.  Remember, you always want your necktie to be able to hit your beltline, and so adequate length is needed, especially if you start experimenting with more intricate knots such as a Full Windsor which take up more fabric when tying the knot. 

 

On my blog, I have several articles pertaining to mixing and matching colors, as you don't want to be buying ties that you later realize don't necessarily compliment whats in your existing wardrobe!  These articles can be found at http://suitupdressup.wordpress.com/category/color-theory/

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

post #21547 of 28920
Where can someone buy calfskin online?
post #21548 of 28920
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Originally Posted by hennree View Post

Just got a new suit (my first 'proper' suit) and I don't feel it hugs me as i'd like it to, especially at the shoulders. If the shoulders are too wide, is that easily fixed? Will it be costly?

Alternatively, can anyone recommend somewhere to buy a suit for a £300 budget that would fit a skinny guy with narrow shoulders? The suit I've just received is a size 34 from SuitSupply.

Thanks

Shoulders are difficult to alter. The tailor would have to open the back seam, take off the collar, shorten the collar, take in the suit at the back seam, re-attach the collar, and a bunch of other crap.

My best advice to you, without any offense meant at all, is to sign up for the gym. In 6 months you'll be a size 36 and everything will fit you better. And you'll feel great. No one likes a bone-skinny dude even if he's dressed perfectly.
post #21549 of 28920

My graduation is coming up very soon and this will be one of the few times I can wear a tie casually. I want to get something playful but not obnoxious. Any ideas?

 

I thought camo might be a good idea, problem is I dont know if it's the best to match with charcoal pants and black shoes:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/simon-printed-cotton-tie/3474980?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=simon_printed_cotton_tie:675673&cm_pla=neckwear:men:tie&cm_ven=Google_Product_Ads&mr:referralID=1940f5cc-b865-11e2-a969-001b2166c2c0

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/81040277/brown-necktie-for-men-me-and-matilda?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted&utm_campaign=accessories_low&gclid=CNOu0LmeiLcCFU7hQgodCB0A0w

 

thoughts?

post #21550 of 28920

I want to pick one of those shoes for going picnic with dark blue, dark green jeans, beige khaki trousers or blue cargo trousers. I'm biassed to the red, but I'm not sure whether it matches those color of pants.

Can you please help me?

 

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post #21551 of 28920

With the dark green or beige I'd go with blue.  For the blue, maybe red.  But the blue ones will be most versatile for you.  They're not that nice though...get some nicer ones, in tan. :)

post #21552 of 28920
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Originally Posted by kushburner View Post

 

thoughts?

 

Don't be ridiculous.  You'll be looking at this picture for the rest of your life, so don't be a tool.

 

It's your graduation.  By all means wear something cheerful, but "playful" will just make you look like a douche.  Dress beautifully, it's the beginning of the rest of your life.  This is the "Classic Menswear" forum, dude, go look at the "What are you wearing right now?" thread for some ideas on how gentlemen of style actually dress (and ignore anyone in jeans, cargo pants, or no socks  as part of their "classic" ensemble - we're back to douche land).  There are some really well-dressed people over there, some of them just out of college like you.  You don't have to try to be "fun" by wearing a stupid tie.  If you're fun, it's in your personality.  But if you're dressed like a dick, your personality might well be overlooked.

post #21553 of 28920
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Originally Posted by kushburner View Post

My graduation is coming up very soon and this will be one of the few times I can wear a tie casually.

Do not let yourself fall into the habit of thinking that you have no opportunities to wear a tie - casually or otherwise. If you want to wear one, you can almost always find opportunities to wear one.
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I want to get something playful but not obnoxious.
The two camo-type ties you mention strike me as being... well, pretty awful.

Playful is fine. But playful is best when subtle or whimsically light hearted or humorous. These ties are nothing of the sort; they're simply unappealing.

Doubtless, someone will tell you that those ties could look good, and you should wear one of them. Because no matter how terrible the idea, someone on SF will invariably suggest that it could look good.

I don't really go for playful ties in general, but I do own a few, and wear them on occasion. Not long ago, I thought about picking up this hippo tie, for instance. http://tinyurl.com/csov7ru

I would add that mimo makes a good point. I suspect that the majority of people who choose to wear something extremely playful for graduation photos, wedding photos, etc., regret their choice when looking at the photos a decade or three down the road. I'd probably suggest you go no more playful than a cotton madras tie, or a silk knit tie.
post #21554 of 28920

I just bought this Harris Tweed jacket on eBay, and I have two questions:

1. Are the lapels too wide? Sellers say they're 3" 5/8 at the widest point and this width is in style right now (of course.) I haven't received the item yet but I intend to have a tailor slim down the lapels. Would it be a good idea?

2. The inside label says Hartford Clothes for I. Rosen Memphis. Google turned up nothing. Does anybody have any idea about this maker or the origin of the jacket?

 

 

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post #21555 of 28920
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Originally Posted by Flame View Post

AE is my current go-to brand b/c

- they are crazy affordable on sale (under $200 per pair) and imo super value-for-$$$
- they might look like shit next to a C&J but they look better than 95% of what others are wearing. My black park avenues are still my go-to shoes for any important functions/events after 3 years of use.

Maybe meermin might come close, although i'm not in the market for new shoes right now. My next might be shoes from a local cobbler: http://edetal.sg/?post_type=product

Prices in SGD, so im guessing USD 250 or so with shippng.

also can anyone answer my previous q?

For affordable ties, Lands' End (with discount) are good.
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