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post #23971 of 28887
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Originally Posted by sparrow View Post

Mtm wouldn't have darts
Darts are for slimming. Rack items

 

OK, so that would mean I need to specify separate front and back measurements rather than the ordinary: chest, waist, bottom measurements I guess.

post #23972 of 28887
I would ask your tailor what they need
It would be weird to have differ t front back
post #23973 of 28887

some feedback? 

 

post #23974 of 28887

Overall, I think it looks pretty nice. Two minor quibbles:

 

1. I think I'd prefer the jacket sleeves just a bit longer.

2. Not sure about the buttons on the coat--seem a little big.

 

But again, solid effort overall!

post #23975 of 28887
I agree with loarbmhs; the jacket sleeves could stand to be just a little longer.

I don't agree with him with regard to the buttons. The jacket buttons don't seem freakishly large to me, although I accept that judging their precise size is difficult in a small picture. But in any case, it's a blazer. Blazer buttons are permitted - some might even argue, expected - to call more attention to themselves than are most other sport coat buttons, or certainly most suit coat buttons. I mean, they're routinely metallic and bear crests or other emblems, so clearly going unnoticed isn't the main objective.

As for the rest of it, while the jacket appears to be a more modern fit (I prefer a more traditional fit), it's certainly not freakishly short or tight, so good enough. The shirt looks okay, what little can be seen of it. The pants look a little more snug in the thigh than I'd prefer (but as I've already noted, I prefer more traditional fits). The color match between pants and jacket is okay.

Overall, not really an A+, but certainly a credible effort.
post #23976 of 28887

I'm really interested in purchasing my first pair of AE. I hope you guys can help me out with some of my questions.

 

1. Is the sizing chart in the AE website accurate? I understand that it will always be best if I go to an actual store but in my case that is not possible since AE is not available locally in my country (Philippines). Based on the chart my shoe size is a 9D.

 

2. I am currently looking at either the Strand or the Mcallister. Any inputs on which I should get first would be highly appreciated. Also since I am a size 9D do I need to size up/down based on these shoe models?

 

3. If I am going to buy second hand shoes, what are the things that I should look/check out for?

 

Thanks.

post #23977 of 28887
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Originally Posted by jpjdavid83 View Post
 

I'm really interested in purchasing my first pair of AE. I hope you guys can help me out with some of my questions.

 

1. Is the sizing chart in the AE website accurate? I understand that it will always be best if I go to an actual store but in my case that is not possible since AE is not available locally in my country (Philippines). Based on the chart my shoe size is a 9D.

 

2. I am currently looking at either the Strand or the Mcallister. Any inputs on which I should get first would be highly appreciated. Also since I am a size 9D do I need to size up/down based on these shoe models?

 

3. If I am going to buy second hand shoes, what are the things that I should look/check out for?

 

Thanks.

1. Size chart is hard to use... I'd go one size down from your sneaker size.  I wear a 7 in Nikes, and a 6 in AE.  The size chart might be good for determining the width.

2. Get Walnut Strands, hands down the best shoe they make - they'll change your life.  The Strand last is "longer" than some of their other ones I think, but in reality, if you're new AE, you won't notice (I didn't).  See #1 regarding sizing.

3. Make sure there's no cracks in the upper, and that the soles aren't too worn down.

 

Also, spend some time on the AE appreciation thread - it's chock full of info.

post #23978 of 28887

I used the AE paper size guide they have on their website.  I measured a 13B and ever since then (15 pairs of AEs later) I've been quite happy in my 13B shoes - the fit is perfect for me.  I also wear size 13 sneakers (usually a narrow fit though).  The best thing to do is go to a store and try something on before you lead into an on-line purchase. 

post #23979 of 28887

I also have an awkward fit, and yet found the AE size guide to be as good as anything else: I'm a 10E and now have several pairs on different lasts, with which I'm very happy. It's not that difficult, just follow the instructions and trust the guide: I kind of went on the generous side to be safe the first time and was way out.  The size guide speaks truth, believe it.

 

Of course lasts from other makers will vary a lot, and for instance , you might only want to go down half a size with a UK maker rather than a full one.  And watch the width: "E" is narrow for a lot of English makers, and those who use it as standard tend to have narrower lasts anyway (EG, C&J, G&G).  A US "D" width might often be an F, and only half a size down.

 

I'm a UK 9.5 usually, in an F and sometimes G.  

post #23980 of 28887

Affordable Suit Setup Help!

Im sure there are many threads already on here about this very topic, but I have spent 2 days trying to find an answer to my particular issue and have had little succes other than piecing together some info from threads that are like 3 years old! :)

 

Just looking for some input on a suit purchase.  I need a new suit for the wife's company holiday party as I am now making a little more money and feel it is time to ditch the Men's Warehouse, un-tailored suits that are in the back of my closet. I really want to start buying nice, "stylish" clothes and feel that this is the perfect opportunity to get started. 

 

Now, i am not looking to jump into anything crazy expensive as i will only wear it a couple of times a year, but also want to look good and make a bit of a statement. 

 

I want to know opinions on the best, affordable suit option.  Also looking for some tips on shirts, shoes, and ties.  Basically, if you had to start all over with your collection, how would you do it?  We all gotta start somewhere right?  

 

Any info is greatly appreciated, (brands, stores, colors, style).

post #23981 of 28887

Cross post from a thread I started, but I'm looking for a pair of black boots:

 

Hey Everyone,

 

I'm looking for a black boot that I can wear in formal and casual situation. I.e. they'll work with jeans but won't look out of place in the office or even with a suit.


I'm debating between the fifth street by AE and the Martin by Cole Haan. Any input? Suggestions for other shoes in that price range? Thanks in advance!

 

Here's the AE.

 

 



Here's the CH.

 

post #23982 of 28887
^I don't think either of those boots does both formal and casual. The balmoral boot is way too formal for jeans, and the other too casual for suits.

How about a black Chelsea boot?
post #23983 of 28887

You think a black chelsea boot would go with both jeans and a suit?

I picked up a pair of Aldo (i know... i know...) black leather boots that looked okay. They were 90 bucks and were made in mexico. They looked to be pretty well made and don't have any perforations or cap toe. I'll post a picture of them later but they look pretty sleek. I'll probably only wear them like once a week, so lets see how long they last. Those might fit the bill.

post #23984 of 28887
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

You think a black chelsea boot would go with both jeans and a suit?

As well as any black shoes go with jeans. In the last week or so I've worn my very dark brown chelsea boots (current model, $100 from Lands' End) with jeans and a sweater, cords and a sportcoat, and a gray flannel suit. I'd pick up a pair in black, but I don't need them. The leather isn't great, but they're fine (they compare well to Cole Haan) and for the money that's all I can ask.

post #23985 of 28887

Black shoes aren't great for casual - if I were wearing black with blue jeans, it would have to be something like a heavy scotchgrain, perhaps with a thick welt or heavy sole.  There is no one shoe for everything, and this is not the place to find people who will advise you to buy fewer shoes....

 

Of the two, pick the AE because it will actually be smart enough to wear with a suit, and it's a better-made shoe.  But assuming that's around the $300 mark even in the sale, I suggest this: if you're on a budget and that's why you only want one, then email shoebank@allenedmonds.com asking them what they have as seconds in your size (see above comments on size guide, or go into an AE shop and get measured./try stuff).  I am sure you will find some sharp black dress shoes and somethign better to wear casually, maybe even a boot or two, and get both for under $300.

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