I am one of those guys that has been into clothes for sometime but never prefected my business atire look. Everyone says that I look my best in jeans and a shorts sleeve knit shirt so I have that down. But I work at a high profile company where your attire is very important There was a period back in high school ( had to wear coat and tie ) when I had it going pretty well but at that point I was wearing mainly American Traditional ( i.e. Brooks Brothers, Polo, etc.) Always wore Alden tassel loafers, mixed it up with some ethnic belts but overall was pretty conservative in a New England way. Since then when I started going to work having to wear suits. I started with some Hickey Freemans and Corbins. 86 the Brooks Brothers striped shirts for Charvets and Hilditch and Key. Lost the Aldens in favor of Gucci loafers and now wear Berluit's, Latanzzi's, Santoni's, etc. Tried some Lidfords that are a bit different and I am not quite comfortable in them but I thought that I would take a risk. Risks don't usually work out so well for me but there it is. Then I got into Italian suits getting marked down Kiton's etc. Then tried some custom suits one from Turnbull & Asser and another with a private tailor and used Loro Piana wool. These were good but they took a long time to make and several fittings which was an undertaking. Dry cleaners always ruined my shirts putting on too much startch, collars always seem to shrink or break buttons and then I couldn't botton them to wear my tie. So I would look like a slob even at considerble expense. I had put off getting any new suits for awhile and I found that I was abusing the casual look and not pulling it off when i had to wear suits. They got worn out, stopped fitting and or just didn't look right. Recently I have spent a lot of time and money trying to get it right. I got a MTM gray suit form Brioni that I hope is a winner. Did this because the ones that I bought off the rack weren't quite right - a bit tight under the arms and the vents don't seem to fall right. Got some Kiton winter weight suits which I have never owned because I didn't think they made sense. Always had year round weight but after this winter freezing my ass I gave in. Thinking about getting some Oxxford 2 button Manhattan's they have some at Filenes cause I can't buy anymore $4,000 ones retail. Fact is I feel like I can get buy now with what I have but given all the time, effort ( reseraching ) and money I feel like I should be all set. I am still struggling to find some ground between being too boring with the blue suit, white shirt and black shoes - To looking a bit too fashonable or aggressive. It is a fine line and things change so fast it is hard to keep up. That is why I prefer to stick to classics and throw in something new like a tie or somethinf to break it up. Any suggestions for how I can work on this without it being a second job or having to get one to pay for it all? $15,000 Bijans aren't in my budget.
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3/31/05 at 1:15am