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post #5836 of 29123
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Originally Posted by Surly View Post
Should black patent balmorals be reserved for tuxedos only? I ask as I will be attending a semi-formal evening wedding and will be wearing a dark suit. Should I pair this with patent balmorals?

Thank you

You could probably get away with it, but I am not a fan of patent leather and would avoid it at all costs. Captoe oxfords should be fine.
post #5837 of 29123
What sort of color is "mouse"? Is it a shade of grey? Brown? Something else?
post #5838 of 29123
just asking again...

i got a shirt mtm locally and its a slim fitting shirt. the elbow area is a bit tight when i try to touch my chin, how do i resolve this? do i tell the tailor to widen the elbow or is it the back?
post #5839 of 29123
next pair of shoes question -
workplace is business casual (slacks + button down)
Current shoes:
black park avenues
walnut strands
that's it...
what would you get next? would prefer to keep around $300
post #5840 of 29123
Quick ?... If I were interested in buying Asian made custom shirts for CHEAP ($20-$30 a pop) where can I look? I know the quality will not be superb, but I am getting sick of having sloppy looking shirts from my usual stores. I have only had success with shirts from h&m and sometimes Zara, but nothing else fits at my usual price point. Wish I could spend more for a proper fitting brand Thanks in advance. PS What about custom cheap slacks? Slim fit of course is a must!
post #5841 of 29123
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Originally Posted by Solo118 View Post
Quick ?... If I were interested in buying Asian made custom shirts for CHEAP ($20-$30 a pop) where can I look? I know the quality will not be superb, but I am getting sick of having sloppy looking shirts from my usual stores. I have only had success with shirts from h&m and sometimes Zara, but nothing else fits at my usual price point. Wish I could spend more for a proper fitting brand Thanks in advance. PS What about custom cheap slacks? Slim fit of course is a must!
if you're in NY - Uniqlo. There is also a ton of slim fit stuff on ebay that are sold from Hong Kong, Korea, etc.
post #5842 of 29123
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Originally Posted by chasingred View Post
Does anyone have success stories about dry cleaners getting cooking oil stains out of wool pants? Or am I screwed?

if it's food oil - you can also use a little bit of dish detergent and cold water and do a spot cleaning. You can use this with most materials. If it's say a cotton shirt and the stain does not come out, do not throw it in the dryer. The dryer will permanently set the stain in.
post #5843 of 29123
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Originally Posted by ebmk3891 View Post
if you're in NY - Uniqlo. There is also a ton of slim fit stuff on ebay that are sold from Hong Kong, Korea, etc.

Ebay... never thought of that

I will check it out. As for Uniqlo, they do have some nice stuff but their store is a bit far from me so I rather order online.

A friend of mine wont reveal his source of $20 custom shirts he says he just sends one shirt to copy and he can choose from 100's of patterns. I need to interrogate him!
post #5844 of 29123
Anyone recognize the maker of this belt? The buckle says "made in italy" and it has this distinctive coat of arms every 5 inches or so around.



post #5845 of 29123
I recently purchased a couple of pairs of used Allen Edmonds from a reputable B&S seller. These are my first "nice" shoes; until now, I only wore Eccos and the like. Today, I took my pair of black Park Avenue cap toes out for their first wearing. After stepping outside, I was a bit worried. It had snowed heavily yesterday, and although most of the sidewalks were shoveled, things were still quite wet, not to mention the ever-present salt. I had planned on picking up some Tingley overshoes, but I didn't have time to get around to it this morning. Nonetheless, I decided to trudge on, and the shoes seemed to be fine throughout the day.

This evening, I went over to a friend's apartment, where I took off my shoes for a few hours. When it came time to head out, I noticed that the stitching on the cap had torn open on one side.



A closer inspection revealed another part of the cap stitching was beginning to come apart as well.



I hadn't noticed any problems with the stitching prior to this. Is this sort of damage easily repairable? Could it have been the result of one day's wearing, or is it an indication that the shoe was already in poor condition? Is it possible that it could have been prevented had I worn overshoes and/or put in a shoe tree for the few hours I had them off? I'd like to know if I did anything wrong so I don't make the same mistakes twice. (I will not accept "buying used shoes" or "wearing AEs" as correct answers.)
post #5846 of 29123
Does an "oz" measurement reference how much a square yard of a particular fabric weighs?

I know that it is a measurement of the weight of the fabric, but what exactly is being weighed?
post #5847 of 29123
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Originally Posted by ChicagoManualOfStyle View Post
I recently purchased a couple of pairs of used Allen Edmonds from a reputable B&S seller. These are my first "nice" shoes; until now, I only wore Eccos and the like. Today, I took my pair of black Park Avenue cap toes out for their first wearing. After stepping outside, I was a bit worried. It had snowed heavily yesterday, and although most of the sidewalks were shoveled, things were still quite wet, not to mention the ever-present salt. I had planned on picking up some Tingley overshoes, but I didn't have time to get around to it this morning. Nonetheless, I decided to trudge on, and the shoes seemed to be fine throughout the day.

This evening, I went over to a friend's apartment, where I took off my shoes for a few hours. When it came time to head out, I noticed that the stitching on the cap had torn open on one side.



A closer inspection revealed another part of the cap stitching was beginning to come apart as well.



I hadn't noticed any problems with the stitching prior to this. Is this sort of damage easily repairable? Could it have been the result of one day's wearing, or is it an indication that the shoe was already in poor condition? Is it possible that it could have been prevented had I worn overshoes and/or put in a shoe tree for the few hours I had them off? I'd like to know if I did anything wrong so I don't make the same mistakes twice. (I will not accept "buying used shoes" or "wearing AEs" as correct answers.)

That is strange, I've never had that problem with my AE shoes, so I'm not sure what would have caused it. I don't think weather could be to blame.

Were these shoes seconds? For the leather to rip from the stitching like that I would think it was a manufacturing problem, not a usage problem.

Perhaps they are too small for you or you are using a shoe tree that is too large. A shoe tree putting too much pressure on the toe box of the shoe might cause that, but honestly I have no idea.
post #5848 of 29123
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Originally Posted by BoomDiggs View Post
Does an "oz" measurement reference how much a square yard of a particular fabric weighs?

I know that it is a measurement of the weight of the fabric, but what exactly is being weighed?

USUALLY per square yard, but this isn't necessarily so.

http://www.fashion-incubator.com/arc...d_conversions/
post #5849 of 29123
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post
Perhaps they are too small for you or you are using a shoe tree that is too large. A shoe tree putting too much pressure on the toe box of the shoe might cause that, but honestly I have no idea.

I hadn't even considered the fit explanation, but I think you may be exactly right. I have a rather unfortunate combination of foot features: narrow heel, wide forefoot, long arch, high instep. I put in tongue pads to help with the narrow heel and long arch, but this only exacerbates the instep problem. I was a little worried about the fit, but I figured that trying it out couldn't hurt. I guess I was wrong.

Anyway, thank you for at least assuaging my weather-related fears, and I suppose also for heightening my fit-related fears. Next time, I'll listen to my gut when it comes to sizing issues.
post #5850 of 29123
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Originally Posted by ebmk3891 View Post
if it's food oil - you can also use a little bit of dish detergent and cold water and do a spot cleaning. You can use this with most materials. If it's say a cotton shirt and the stain does not come out, do not throw it in the dryer. The dryer will permanently set the stain in.

Thanks. It's already at the dry cleaners, so maybe if it doesn't work there, I'll try this as a last resort.
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