Yeah sounds like a good time-frame.
There are a lot of boxes in here.
Bring water, pls.
I meet way too many guys who want their first proper suit and go down the MTM route. IMO it just isn't worth the effort, money or risk for any guy's first few suits unless you have a very hard to fit body. It's only worth venturing into PJ and maybe Rob's type thing once you know what you want after a year or two of wearing suits everyday, and only if you truly have a passion for men's clothing. Online MTM is just a mugs game, anyone who gets this right on the first time has fluked it. Just go to MJ Bale/Herringbone/Azzaro etc, find something that fits and alter it.
I'll not be wearing a suit every day for a long time, but I'd like a suit that fits well. Considering the price for MTM in store is, in many ways, not that much more than OTR in store (and also takes out the risk associated with an alterations tailor). It's a good fit. What's an MJ suit $550? Plus alterations? $650? $700? For $50 more I can have a set of measurements and level of choice that far surpasses that. I can also visit someone that is knowledgeable and experienced.
To expound, it's also no secret that many generation Y's/millenibugs prefer having a pretty strict direction of choice and options and prefer things 'just so', which factors into a young man's choice too.
That tie is more fashion than style, I think. I really wish I bought the navy tie with the white zig-zags when I saw them a while back. It's not that bad, but I'm finding myself more and more conservative as time goes on.
Regarding people going straight to MTM, I agree that it might not be wise move for people who don't wear suits, but I think there is some middle ground between that and wearing a suit all day to work for a few years.
No pictures, but I can offer a vague guide to my technique.
Start each new coat at the tip of the toe and work your way back as your use the polish up. It should allow you to still get the mirror shine on the cap, as well as slowly decreasing the amount of polish you use further back. Let me dig out a pair and I'll see if I can snag a crappy photo for you tomorrow. They aren't mirror shined, but are bulled at the tip and heel.
Thanks for that. $2.40/mL is certainly cheaper than LuckyScent. How do I arrange to get the samples? PM?
I tried a few more:
1. Terres D Hermes- a bit unexciting on skin;
2. Leather Oud by Dior- too aggressive for CBD;
3. Chergui by Lutens- a bit cloying;
4. CDG2Man- synthetic;
5. Wonderwood- disappeared on skin, one dimensional;
Amouage Memoir still the go, the vetiver/oud/wood drydown is scintilating. But projection is a bit weak, and very pricey.
CDG Odeur 71 sounds interesting. If the smell of ozone prior to a thunderstorm can really be replicated, that would be great. Reminds me of the smell when a thunderstorm is about to hit in the tropics and the cool change coming in.