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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. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

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    Strictly speaking, your suspenders should not be seen in public. They're like underwear that way. So, if you hold to this standard, and wear a jacket over your suspenders, and keep your jacket on, it doesn't matter what color the suspenders are. Yes, I recognize that many men habitually remove their jackets at work, at social events, etc. But that's the traditional, conservative rule, so I figured I'd mention it.

    If you intend to go around with your suspenders visible, well, then I suppose suspenders which are compatible with the rest of your attire in terms of formality, color, pattern, fabric, etc., would work best. (Note that "compatible" isn't necessarily the same thing as "matching." It's much the same way as how a pocket square, necktie, and suit, when worn together, should all be compatible with each other, but it's typically best if they do not all match each other.)

    1. If wearing a belt, do not also wear suspenders. If wearing suspenders, do not also wear a belt. It's strictly an "either/or" situation.

    2. A vest should properly cover the waistband of one's pants. A belt will not infrequently tend to protrude under the vest, adding girth, drawing the eye to the waist, and ruining the smooth line. Consequently, if you're wearing a vest, suspenders may be an especially good idea.

    3. Assuming your pants have suspender buttons sewn in (please do not wear clip-on suspenders), you may wear suspenders with them, even if the pants also have belt loops. This is generally acceptable (although some individuals may not care for the look). HOWEVER, see #4, below.

    4. Technically, pants meant to be worn with a belt, and pants meant to be worn with suspenders, are tailored slightly differently. So, if your pants have belt loops and you routinely wear them with a belt, you may find that they won't hang quite as well when worn with suspenders as would a pair tailored specifically with suspenders in mind (and these pants specifically intended to be worn with suspenders would, presumably, not have belt loops). This may not necessarily be a major problem - a given pair of pants may prove acceptable when worn either way - but it is something to keep in mind. Certainly, if you ever went to a reputable bespoke tailor to have a suit made, he would want to know your preference, re belt/suspenders, and would adjust the fit accordingly.

    BTW, bonus points to you for calling them "pants" and "suspenders," as opposed to "trousers" and "braces." :)
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  2. thisisfun

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    I've been searching around for a good dress shirt in the $75-100 range. Most people agree that the BB dress shirts are good for the price. I'm curious, since the Benjamin suits get such good reviews, is how are the Benjamin dress shirts in terms of quality and fit when compared to the BB shirts?
     
  4. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

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    I find that silk lacks the body needed to work well with a TV/straight/Presidential fold. I like silk pocket squares just fine, but almost always wear them casually stuffed into the pocket, in what I believe is called a puff "fold" (which isn't really much of a fold, at all).

    For the more formal sorts of folds you're asking about, I stick with linen or cotton.

    That having been said, I'm not claiming that it's utterly impossible to wear a silk square in a TV/straight fold. Just that more often than not, this isn't the ideal combination.

    Well, black and white is a classic combination. Perhaps too stark for some tastes, although the situation and the tie might mitigate this to a considerable extent.

    Black and pink can work well, too.

    Please don't wear an "almost dark berry" shirt, with a black suit. Much as I dislike black suits, pairing them with dark shirts just makes the whole thing even worse.
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  6. grahamalama

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    Quick Question: So I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I'm trying to make this hand-me-down blazer work with something. Two main questions
    1. I was wondering if it was worth bothering
    2. and if so, what would you suggest I do with it. Or am I on the right track?

    Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/Bk9rU

    Let me know of your suggestions, thanks!
     
  7. mkarim

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    It's neither classic nor versatile. From that perspective, I wouldn't bother.



    Do you really want those? :embar:
     
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  10. amathew

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    Anyone have suggestions for traveling with a suit.

    I only have two options, roll it up and put it in a backpack or use a plastic bag to carry it.

    I leave Friday evening and the flight is 2 hours, then I have a wedding to attend Saturday at noon.

    Don't know what to do and my flight is tomorrow evening.
     
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  11. Steve Smith

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    Search youtube for a "how to fold a suit" video. Should be wearable out of your luggage.
     
  12. Ivar

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    I think I like it -- at least the silhouette -- but I reserve my judgement till you show us a sharper photo.
     
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  13. amathew

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    Saw this and will give it a try.


    Do you think it will be file to fold it in the morning, then head to work and leave it as such. I'm planning on cutting early from work to go to the airport, so I don't know if having it folded that way the entire day will be an issue.

    work from 8-3, then leave straight for the airport. flight is at 5:30.
     
  14. Claghorn

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    It's the jacket from a suit (didn't know blazers only referred to standalone jackets...the things you learn)

    I have some gray slacks from BR with very, very thin blue cross hatching. I definitely wasn't going to try and match it with black pants (not that much of an idiot). I have plenty of ties and shirts...I guess I'll just try a bunch on until something looks good.

    No idea where I'd wear it. Not anywhere formal (and nowhere during the day since its a black jacket). The jacket has just been hanging there since I hate the pants (double pleated and outside of that, I dunno....they just fit and feel funny). I have another black suit which like but rarely use. I think I dislike the idea of having a jacket that I can't wear...

    And yeah, I'm pretty sure the pants are beyond tailoring.

    Final note: this forum is fantastic.
     
  15. grahamalama

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    Here it is, slightly sharper. There's a sharper pic of the actual pattern earlier to get an idea. But yes, I can't seem to find a way to put 'brown' and 'classic' in the same sentence, but I think this would work some time in the fall to go out to the bars. Again, I'm a noob to all of this, so tell me if I should just throw it away and invest my time in something else. It was free after all.

    http://imgur.com/cu8cM
     
  16. JohnnyMarr

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    New & Lingwood - how bad is the stuff that they produce for HoF?
     
  17. amathew

    amathew Well-Known Member

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    For a suit jacket that is buttoned, how much space should there be from the body to the jacket in terms of space, both stand alone and when pulling the jacket away from the body. When I use my thumb and extend the jacket at the button away from the body, there seems to be 3 to 4 inches of space from the button to the body. Is that considered too much. I saw a article on 'a suitable wardrobe' which said there needs to be up to 3 inches, and other videos on you tube suggesting there should only be 1-2 inches.

    I'll take a pic sometime tomorrow and post it on here to inquire further about the fit. I have a feeling that my suit fit, although above average, is still not good enough.
     
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