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Ask A Question, Get An Answer... - Post All Quick Questions Here (Classic menswear)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Well-Known Member

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    I only button the middle on mine.
     
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  2. Spurious

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    Middle or upper two, your choice.
     
  3. msulinski

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    Is there an OTR maker of fresco suits? The MTM makers I have tried so far don't seem familiar with fresco fabric. I am not hard to fit OTR, so would consider going this way.
     
  4. E TF

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    Cotton suits are great but casual. They will not be suitable for formal weddings. Cotton comes in many weights and guises, some will wrinkle more than others. All will wrinkle though - so don't buy it if wrinkles are going to bother you. Sometimes cotton can wear surprisingly warm, more so than wool (which, in looser weaves, tends to be more breathable). If you're concerned about heat, I would go for linen over cotton. I would also consider a linen suit slightly more formal than cotton too, so may be more versatile for wedding purposes (though only slightly). Obviously, linen will wrinkle, but that's part of its charm.

    Personally, I consider cotton a good cloth for causal spring/autumn suits.
     
  5. argerg22

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    would you say that this is a 2 1/2 buttoning?
     
  6. cptjeff

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    Yeah, but perfect for the typical daytime summer wedding. You're in the UK, where weddings are often a good deal more formal than they are on this side of the pond, so that's an understandable mistake, but in the US and Canada, daytime summer weddings are the realm of seersucker with bowties, cotton and linen suits, navy blazers and khakis. Coat and tie, but fun and well, summery.
     
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  7. Art of Darkness

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    From top down, sometimes, always, never.
     
  8. Mark24

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    I went to the Banana Republic outlet store and I bought some mereno wool v-neck sweaters yesterday. I've never worn v-necks before so my question is are they supposed to make you look chubby ? I'm a pretty slim guy but I look kind of fat in those sweaters.
     
  9. PiCcolocV

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    I bought a couple of their same v-necks about a year and a half ago, and ended up having to get them all taken in at the sides by an alterationist - they are surprisingly not very slim fit on the body right off the rack.
     
  10. black_umbrella

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    This is why you try things on before you buy them.

    Also, if you're taking in BR sweaters, you should be spending money elsewhere.

    Suggested steps for RTW shopping:

    1 - find something you like
    2 - try it on
    3 - decide if it fits
    if yes, proceed to step 5
    if no, proceed to step 4
    4 - put it back, return to step 1
    5 - purchase and enjoy
     
  11. cptjeff

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    The body of the sweater is what matters there, not the neck. Banana republic pretends to be hip and stylish, but most of their stuff has the same crappy, overly generous cut designed to ensure their clothes fit fat people pretending they can still fit into a medium that a lot of mall brands suffer from.
     
  12. E TF

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    Oh we have plenty of casual weddings like you describe too (though you won't see many bow ties and seersucker isn't a thing over here). I was just pointing out that it's not suitable for the more formal types, in case he was unaware. I still think linen would be a little more versatile, and also cooler.
     
  13. cptjeff

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    Fair enough, though the cooler depends on the exact choice of fabric. Since he's getting one MTM, he would be able to ask and pick out a cotton that's not too tightly woven. Of course, if he wanted to go with something like a lighter weight cotton twill, it wouldn't wear quite as cool, but it would also range nicely into spring and fall, but still wear cooler than a lot of the fairly tightly woven wool suiting on the market these days.
     
  14. Mark24

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    Thanks for the help. So where would you guys recommend I get some slim fitting sweaters from ? I'm in still in college and I can't afford to spend more than 40-50 on a sweater
     
  15. ellsbebc

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    No one will notice its the same suit if you wear a different shirt and tie (with assumption it's a traditionally conservative suit).


    6 - if you enjoy that much and price is right, purchase multiples in various colors and potentially double in staple colors.

    Some may disagree with step #6.
     
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  16. Mark24

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    Thanks for the help. Does anyone know where I can go to find some slim fitting sweaters ? Something $50 or under
     
  17. mkarim

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    Ralph Lauren's merino wool.
     
  18. donjuan17

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    I'm really diggin' this one.

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  19. black_umbrella

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    You could be buying them a size too large.

    For context, I am 6'4" 190 lb and almost always wear a medium sweater.

    Other options, beside the ralph lauren, would be uniqlo, jcrew (which has a slim fit in addition to their regular fit) or even brooks brothers when on sale. One of the downsides of cheaper wool sweaters will be pretty bad pilling that will happy pretty quickly. You can get "merino" wool sweaters at target for about $20, but you get approximately 3 wears before they look like sh*t.

    I would say wait for a BB sale and try and grab one of those. If you have a store you can try them on in, so much the better.

    Also, in general JCrew > BR.


    ^avoid the stupid pony logo
     
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  20. stgrim

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    What is a stylistic way to keep your ears warm while still matching a smart cashmere or wool topcoat?
     

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