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Business Casual Newbie Needs Help!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NTisinger, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    "Wasn't awful." Paul Fredrick (online), for example, probably would have been a better choice than Banana Republic. Also, as this is "business casual," where are the patterned shirts? What's the shoe size? No unusual foot shape? That's the easiest way to track down a shoe brand/line worth recommending.
  2. NTisinger

    NTisinger Member

    Jan 20, 2013
    All 3 of the BB shirts are patterned, as well as two of the BRs, and the Kors. I really wanted to try on all of the shirts I purchased because of the fact that I am 6'4" 260 lbs with a 36" waist and a 48" chest. I am a 12D in shoes.
  3. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Jos. A. Bank sells better dress shirts than BR and is nearby, if trying on shirts is a rule. Which seems unwarrated. Most online retailers list measurements, and virtually anything will need at least minor tailoring. Beyind that, if you're like most non-senior members of this site, you probably aren't a great judge of fit. Therefore, post pictures if you want to learn whether shirts and other items fit you well.

    For something better than the Cole Haan's at a similar price point...
    The non-shiny finish and blucher styling are good for business casual. The sole is part leather, which is much more appropriate for an officee than typical 100% rubber.

    Footwear is very important to try on before buying, if possible. It could be a different, pricier brand purchased in LA or some other city that has better options than seem to be available locally.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  4. lucidream

    lucidream Active Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I rock BR dress shirts, and I don't see what the issue is. I think the difference between a helpful post and a non-helpful post is the whether or not a claim of unfavourability is backed up with reasoning. Poor fabric? Poor cut? What is the concern?
  5. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Chicagoland area
    poor construction, fabric, and price point retail. Although I have to say that a couple of my old BR (ca. 1996) shirts still in casual rotation are much better x2 made (stitching, buttons, fabric) compared to current offerings.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013
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