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post #22126 of 27508
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Originally Posted by rudals1281 View Post

This might be the dumbest question ever but is it possible to turn a blue shirt into a pale blue shirt yourself at home with bleach?
Don't use bleach it weakens/eats the fabric. Use dye remover, but the discoloration might still be botchy.
post #22127 of 27508

Hey guys, Couple of quick Q's

 

 

1- I am starting  work as a Lawyer in about 4-5 weeks. Prior to this I had a very long stint without any formal/businesswear requirements. I've started working since the start of the year on building a beginner wardrobe but have almost run out of time/money. It's been extra hard cos i'm an awkward size/shape so can't find much OTR.

 

atm I have 1 suit (with a 2nd on the way), 2 shirts that fit (and 3 more that are too big/small in some way but passable), 3 decent ties, 2 pairs of dress shoes.

 

I think i've read on a few threads here and elsewhere that a "Beginners Professional Wardrobe" should have 4-5 suits 10+ ties 10-15 shirts etc.

 

So given I'm nowhere near that. What do you think are the most obvious holes that need filling? I assume at least a couple more shirts for sure but where to go from there? (

 

2- What/how much difference is there between full and half canvas?

 

I got measured up for a MTM suit for my new job the other day and when I asked about getting full canvas the tailor recommended that I get half ( i think he said something about my shoulder size making that the most important or something). At the time I thought he was being helpful because he knew I was on a budget. But then the other day I tried on some OTR suits in a local store and when I tried looking at canvassed suit he tried steering me towards the cheaper fused ones. I quickly realized that the fused were house brand and probably had a bigger markup on them. So then it got me thinking about before and wondering if maybe half is just much cheaper/easier to produce than full.

 

I am on quite a limited budget atm in getting kitted for my new life but if full canvas really is much better than it's probably worth investing the extra 12% markup right?

post #22128 of 27508
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

Hey guys, Couple of quick Q's

 

 

1- I am starting  work as a Lawyer in about 4-5 weeks. Prior to this I had a very long stint without any formal/businesswear requirements. I've started working since the start of the year on building a beginner wardrobe but have almost run out of time/money. It's been extra hard cos i'm an awkward size/shape so can't find much OTR.

 

atm I have 1 suit (with a 2nd on the way), 2 shirts that fit (and 3 more that are too big/small in some way but passable), 3 decent ties, 2 pairs of dress shoes.

 

I think i've read on a few threads here and elsewhere that a "Beginners Professional Wardrobe" should have 4-5 suits 10+ ties 10-15 shirts etc.

 

So given I'm nowhere near that. What do you think are the most obvious holes that need filling? I assume at least a couple more shirts for sure but where to go from there? (

 

2- What/how much difference is there between full and half canvas?

 

I got measured up for a MTM suit for my new job the other day and when I asked about getting full canvas the tailor recommended that I get half ( i think he said something about my shoulder size making that the most important or something). At the time I thought he was being helpful because he knew I was on a budget. But then the other day I tried on some OTR suits in a local store and when I tried looking at canvassed suit he tried steering me towards the cheaper fused ones. I quickly realized that the fused were house brand and probably had a bigger markup on them. So then it got me thinking about before and wondering if maybe half is just much cheaper/easier to produce than full.

 

I am on quite a limited budget atm in getting kitted for my new life but if full canvas really is much better than it's probably worth investing the extra 12% markup right?

Half canvas is easier to make, which is why it is cheaper. It sounds like your MTM tailor was just trying to save you money, but full vs. half doesn't have anything to do with your shoulder size. Would you have had to go to a different brand to get full canvas? Maybe he had a better fitting model that only came in half.

 

All things being equal, for only 12% more, I would probably go full canvas. One of the MTM makers I use doesn't offer a full canvas option, but I still use him because he nailed the fit. I consider that more important than full vs. half. The 12% may not be worth it to you at this point, but there may come a time in the future where you may decide that you only want full canvas. Getting it now means you will still wear your first suits for years to come.

 

As for shirts, you will absolutely need more. How are you going to get through the week with only 2 shirts? You want at least one per day of the week, but you will have to get them cleaned too, so you are likely looking at 8-10. You probably need a few more ties too, as people may notice you wearing the same tie multiple times in the same week. Try for 5 for now.

 

2 pairs of shoes is good. Don't wear the same pair two days in a row, and get some cedar shoe trees for when you aren't wearing them.

post #22129 of 27508

Hi, guys!

 

I am about to buy two jackets from Suit Supply, and I can already see that the sleeves will end up being too long, so I am going to take it to the tailor to fix the sleeves, however the only problem is that the jackets have functional buttons. That means that I have to pay more for get it tailored. It will cost $78 pr jacket. Do you think that is too much? I live in Norway, so everything is bacially more expensive, but to compare with non-functional buttons, it "only" costs $68. So, is it worth to pay $78 for a $300 jacket?

post #22130 of 27508
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

Hey guys, Couple of quick Q's

2 shirts that fit

Get more shirts!! since you mentioned you have weird proportions I would try MTM. Luxire makes great shirts and they're cheap. Order one at a time until you nail the fit. Measure your best fitting shirt and make slight adjustments as necessary, there is a discussion thread on luxire with a lot of good advice. Good luck.
post #22131 of 27508
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Originally Posted by TM79 View Post

Unless you plan on buying a size too small, part of the appeal of those sweaters is their bagginess.

Not everything needs to be slim fit, people! Stop the insanity!
Ok- you like baggy clothes. Sure whatever. But that wasn't my question. I want to know if anyone knows where I could purchase one. (By "one" I'm referring to a slim fit shaggy dog type sweater).
Edited by meursault42 - 6/8/13 at 9:35am
post #22132 of 27508
Where can I find the Lands End year round trouser other than online?

2 sears didn't have them
post #22133 of 27508

EDIT: Looking for leather loafers with a thin leather sole that will wear in really nicely like these with creases/patina. I know these are gucci but looking for something less expensive.


Edited by maraca2020 - 6/8/13 at 6:04pm
post #22134 of 27508
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post

Where can I find the Lands End year round trouser other than online?

2 sears didn't have them

You can either find a different Sears or order online. Pretty much the only options. What's the problem with ordering online?
post #22135 of 27508

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Edited by blayne20 - 6/8/13 at 8:24pm
post #22136 of 27508
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

What's the problem with ordering online?
In his post from 5+ days ago, he indicated that he needed the pants within about a week. I suggested he order online, and perhaps pay a few dollars extra for 2nd day delivery. Apparently, he rejected that suggestion, and now needs the pants in a big hurry.

In response to his follow-up question on the extent of the LE selection at a Sears store, I did inform him that the Lands' End departments in Sears stores tend to carry only a small fraction of the items available from LE online.

And with that recap, we've now all been brought up to speed. smile.gif

I'm not in any way unsympathetic to his plight, although this is a perfect example of why it's sometimes a mistake to put off shopping until the last minute. And, I guess, an illustration of how buying online can sometimes be faster and easier than buying from one's local brick-and-mortar store. (Although local Sears stores are often a great convenience when it comes to returning LE items purchased online.)
post #22137 of 27508

Is it a legal requirement that products are labeled what country they are made in? If so, are there exceptions to this? ( Quantity, or for export only )

As to labels that also identify where the components were made, is that also a legal thing or a marketing thing?

post #22138 of 27508
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Originally Posted by lusso63 View Post

Is it a legal requirement that products are labeled what country they are made in? If so, are there exceptions to this? ( Quantity, or for export only )
As to labels that also identify where the components were made, is that also a legal thing or a marketing thing?
Assuming you're asking about the United States, a reasonable layman's explanation of the requirements may be found at http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus21-threading-your-way-through-labeling-requirements-under-textile-and-wool-acts
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 6/8/13 at 6:06pm
post #22139 of 27508
Can a suit still have the natural shoulder look, while correcting/padding for uneven (thanks to previously broken collar bone) sloped shoulders?
post #22140 of 27508

Looking for sources to purchase replacement buttons (not gold) to tone down a navy blazer that came with black buttons. I've never bought different buttons before. I'm in the US.

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