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Definitely. That was some pretty bad advice there. Long black ties for formalwear and Vineyard Vines ties to "bring an outfit to life"? uhoh.gif

I'm also not clear why a regimental stripe tie is a must for business functions. I would never wear a regimental stripe tie in any kind of formal business environment. They are fine in a more casual office environment, but certainly not a "must."

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm just entering my teens and starting to develop my 'proper wear' for professional purposes and it is something I like to follow. At the moment I've got 2 blue ties (one Sam Hober), pair of Florsheim black shoes, 1 navy and 1 charcoal suit, a few shirts that are white and navy. General advice I'm looking for is what are other good items to buy as I start up, I have a fairly small figure so when I was looking for suits/shirts there was difficulty. I might look to buy shoes next since my Florsheims have peeled at the toe. Thanks for any advice.

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I would ditch the navy shirts and get more in light blue.

I probably wouldn't spend too much on clothing at this point. Since you are just entering your teens, you are going to outgrow almost everything you buy, in some cases, within a year.

As for what else to buy, I recommend more ties, and in burgundy. If you are wearing adult-sized ties, these will last you for a while. You might also consider a navy odd jacket and some type of mid-gray trouser.
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I bought a Hugo Boss super 150 suit about five years ago, and now I need to have the pants taken out a bit. I used to be a 34 waist. Now I am more comfortable in a 36. I am trying to figure out where to get this alteration done. Could anyone advise me as to what level of skill this alteration requires? I live in Battery Park, in Manhattan, and I was looking at Fidi Cleaners, Wagner and King's as possibilities. Can anyone recommend a tailor or advise how I can go about finding one who will do this properly? I've read a bit on the forums about some of the better tailors in Manhattan. I get the impression that they might be a bit out of my price range or reluctant to do alterations for people who are not bespoke clients. From what I've read, Bhambi's might strike a balance between quality and price. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance.
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Phil,

 

What M Sulinski said.

 

Plus, regarding your new shoes, I am hoping someone can find you a company in the US that sells proper goodyear welted shoes for a reasonable price.  Sure, you grow out of shoes quickly, but it's a shame when they fall apart - and I know how often that happened to me even at your age.

 

In the mean time, I've recommended this UK company to others as a cheap source of reasonably well-made shoes.  They're still cheap shoes, but they shouldn't come to pieces and have a decent selection - if the postage etc works for you.  I got some for my son (14) as he's also growing fast.  They're not bad for the money.

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Originally Posted by elementbrdr View Post

I bought a Hugo Boss super 150 suit about five years ago, and now I need to have the pants taken out a bit. I used to be a 34 waist. Now I am more comfortable in a 36. I am trying to figure out where to get this alteration done. Could anyone advise me as to what level of skill this alteration requires? I live in Battery Park, in Manhattan, and I was looking at Fidi Cleaners, Wagner and King's as possibilities. Can anyone recommend a tailor or advise how I can go about finding one who will do this properly? I've read a bit on the forums about some of the better tailors in Manhattan. I get the impression that they might be a bit out of my price range or reluctant to do alterations for people who are not bespoke clients. From what I've read, Bhambi's might strike a balance between quality and price. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

It's an easy and incredibly common alteration. As long as there's enough fabric, your normal dry cleaners should suffice.
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Anyone know where I can purchase or order nice looking braided or suede belts with good quality, preferably not that very expensive?

post #22388 of 27518
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

I would ditch the navy shirts and get more in light blue.

I probably wouldn't spend too much on clothing at this point. Since you are just entering your teens, you are going to outgrow almost everything you buy, in some cases, within a year.

As for what else to buy, I recommend more ties, and in burgundy. If you are wearing adult-sized ties, these will last you for a while. You might also consider a navy odd jacket and some type of mid-gray trouser.

 

Hi gents, in regards to my post sorry I meant I am 18! And I do have a casual job where I do have to wear formal attire at a multinational firm.

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Is it in "good taste" to wear faux flower lapel pins? Would it be any more or less appropriate than a pocket square in a business setting?

 

This would be something worn daily and not randomly. (many people in my office seem to like to wear cufflinks a couple of days per week which just seems off to me, is it the end of their wash cycle?)

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I don't see any issue with a subtle PS in a business setting, or if people sometimes wear barrel cuffs and sometimes French ones (I am also in that category - a matter of mood, formality, weather, whatever).

 

As for flower pins, I do find them a little affected.  If it has some significance, OK, otherwise I suppose it's no more or less offensive than a loud tie or a gold watch bracelet.  Just one thing on significance, though: these pins can have meanings you don't realise, so choose carefully, especially depending where you work.  I remember from years ago that the US Secret Service and other similar bodies used them to signify who was carrying a weapon at a given time.  I've also seen them used as an identifier of status with the Freemasons.  On a more general level, various flowers have been used to signify some kind of cultural or political identity or message - charities use them all the time too.

 

So definitely do what you want, but be sure you know what you might be communicating!

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I don't see any issue with a subtle PS in a business setting, or if people sometimes wear barrel cuffs and sometimes French ones (I am also in that category - a matter of mood, formality, weather, whatever).

 

As for flower pins, I do find them a little affected.  If it has some significance, OK, otherwise I suppose it's no more or less offensive than a loud tie or a gold watch bracelet.  Just one thing on significance, though: these pins can have meanings you don't realise, so choose carefully, especially depending where you work.  I remember from years ago that the US Secret Service and other similar bodies used them to signify who was carrying a weapon at a given time.  I've also seen them used as an identifier of status with the Freemasons.  On a more general level, various flowers have been used to signify some kind of cultural or political identity or message - charities use them all the time too.

 

So definitely do what you want, but be sure you know what you might be communicating!

Thank you! I hadn't thought about the possible message conveyance. I know Canadians wear a red poppy for Rememberence Day (I think?) but I wouldn't have thought it would signify something like carrying a weapon. I'll have to do some research.

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Thank you! I hadn't thought about the possible message conveyance. I know Canadians wear a red poppy for Rememberence Day (I think?) but I wouldn't have thought it would signify something like carrying a weapon. I'll have to do some research.

 

The red poppy is normally made of paper; I just recall some unusual little enameled pins used for other purposes.

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Calf, I think.  

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