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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    Exactly my point.
     
  2. jcpeterson

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    ^This is hard to learn, especially with nobody in real life to to tell you whats what. It's hard to learn how a 3D objects should fit from a 2D screen and a few words.
     
  3. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    Why not just ask questions of a tailor? They are the "mechanics" who work under the hood of these suits. They can tell you how things work, what can be fixed, and what the limitations of your body mean to the garments you wear. You don't need to find a Saville Row tailor to tell you these things. Even just a decent one will be able to give you some info.
     
  4. heldentenor

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    True wisdom here indeed. What's your size, jcpeterson? I bet a few friends over in the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists thread would be happy to send some tailored clothing your way and, if you posted pics of it here on StyleForum, we could give direct guidance on fit. Not as good as having someone on hand, but perhaps it's a decent second-best.

    As for trousers, two pair of grey wool trousers is the place to start. We give that advice to everyone (the last guy to hear it wears Kiton and Rubinacci regularly, so you're in good company), and for good reason--grey wool goes with everything and looks smart in almost every setting you'll likely find yourself in. You'll certainly outclass everyone who's still trying to wear ill-fitting cotton chinos with their blazers.

    Places to shop: Brooks Brothers when they have sales (check the BB thread here), Epaulet (www.epauletnyc.com) if you can afford it (those guys/gals are really helpful and a model for great customer service), Rota from NMWA (nomanwalksalone.com) if they're a graduation present from an aunt/uncle who appreciates fine tailoring.
     
  5. jcpeterson

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    I have yet to find a good tailor. Currently searching in the rural Midwest US.
     
  6. heldentenor

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    Don't want to speak for jcpeterson, but I would never have had the confidence to do that while still in high school; I would have felt too out of place. Probably true until after college, for that matter. If he's got the self-possession to walk in and chat with a tailor, great, but I don't think I would have at his stage of life.
     
  7. Caustic Man

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    He's dining with governors. He's got this. [​IMG]
     
  8. Caustic Man

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    The next best thing to speaking to someone in person might be the tailors thread here on SF. Do a search, I'm not sure if it is updated much anymore, but there are pages and pages of great information on for directly front he horse's mouth.
     
  9. heldentenor

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    True, but so was I. Politicians never overawed me much because they want to be liked, for the most part. Technicians, on the other hand, know their stuff and can make you feel ignorant in a hurry even if they don't mean to do so.

    Then again, he sought us out, and I doubt I would have done so.
     
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  10. jcpeterson

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    I'm still trying to figure out my "size." It seems to vary from brand to brand. My Calvin Kline's odd trousers fit differently than my suit trousers, so I'm leery of ordering pants on the internet, seems to be little "standardized size".
     
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    Size is always hard, and I would only order pants from a store with a good return policy. All the stores mentioned were fantastic, but I would add yoox.com to the mix as well. They have a good return policy and a fairly extensive list of brands. Stuff is also on sale quite often and here is the thread to keep an eye out for good deals and sales from them.
     
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    This is a really critical insight and will serve you well for a long time. What fits you best is going to be determined by the actual measurements of the garment (some 32s are sized to fit someone with a 32 inch waist, some offer a bit of vanity sizing and can fit someone with say a 33 inch waist, some are actually 32 inches around the waistband which might fit someone with a 30-31 inch waist. If you can, get actual measurements for things you buy online. They definitely help.
     
  14. The Noodles

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    EPIC FAIL - The Pants Fit :brick:
    I will be the first to say it.
    Noodles is an idiot stupid dumb@ss.
    I guess I never tried on the pants and just assumed that pants that were labeled 52 were too big for me and needed major work done before I can wear them. I punched myself in the face after trying them on. See for yourselves
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  15. Sotiris

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    Looks so good. I both laugh and cry over the fact you could have been wearing this suit once a week for the past 10+ weeks.
     
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    Jacket looks amazing though
     
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    @The Noodles rejoice, you have a 36 inch waist.

    Sharp suit
     
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  19. Cleav

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    Doodals Noice :D
     
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