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Help! Need stylish/reasonably functional sweaters.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by greatfire, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. greatfire

    greatfire Well-Known Member

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    What are some good sweaters for someone like myself. Specific sweaters, not just places to get them.. I've looked through a few stores, and am at a loss for what to pick.

    Thanks!

    Stats:

    America. college. New York. Very cold.

    20. 6'1". 160lbs. skinny. african american.

    chest: measures 40", wear a 42", look best in a 44" jacket.
    waist: measures 32", wear a 33-34"
     
  2. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Well-Known Member

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    Given your build, you'll want to make sure that the sweaters are pretty slim-fitting. Beyond that, the options are pretty wide. How would you characterize your usual dress/style?

    ED: Why do you think you look best in a 44" (i.e. size 42R) jacket if your chest measures 40"?
     
  3. greatfire

    greatfire Well-Known Member

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    Because I do. And its a 44XL.. my arms are unreasonably long for my height.

    I go to the store to get suits, and I always begin with a 39R that an attendant is trying to fit me into, and everything looks/feels wrong until I hit a 44. The 44 size really only works for jackets (suits), though, because with winter coats or any form of shirt, a 42 works most effectively.

    Can you please give me some good, simple, fashionable, trendy sweater suggestions?
     
  4. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Well-Known Member

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    http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108032
    in grey.

    Check out H&M. Solids are always a solid bet. I think that orange sweaters look really good on black guys. Argyles are cool too. Cardigans can be awesome if you can pull it off. Honestly, provided the fit is good, it's hard to go wrong with sweaters as long as you avoid extremely loud colors.
     
  5. greatfire

    greatfire Well-Known Member

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    Opinions? Suggestions?

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  6. Arethusa

    Arethusa Well-Known Member

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    I dislike Banana sweaters. Those models are extremely fit, and yet you can barely tell through the clothes. Almost everything the cut, weave, or make is precision crafted to turn you into a rectange.
     
  7. minya

    minya Well-Known Member

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    Are you the same guy that insists on wearing t-shirts with sleeves that go down past your elbows?
     
  8. Arethusa

    Arethusa Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, all the way down to my wrists, in fact.
     
  9. j

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    I dislike Banana sweaters. Those models are extremely fit, and yet you can barely tell through the clothes. Almost everything the cut, weave, or make is precision crafted to turn you into a rectange.
    Just size down one or two, the sweaters are usually not too bad. Though for the same price range and style, I prefer RL Polo.
     
  10. greatfire

    greatfire Well-Known Member

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    greatfire Well-Known Member

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    I am not good at this.. that's why I'm asking for help, lol.

    But all I hear is what I'm doing wrong, not what I should do, where I should look, or what I should look for to realize my compromise.

    Asking for help is frustrating.. god damn it!
     
  12. j

    j Well-Known Member

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    Most of these are fine, just not fitted well. It would help if we had any idea what you like.
     
  13. modual

    modual Well-Known Member

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    Yea, I'm the guy who doesn't like t-shirts with sleeves shorter than this:

    Mostly because this sleeve is too short, IMO:

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    No way is that sleeve too short imo
     
  14. Stazy

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    Ok, I'm not sure how much you want to spend but this APC sweater is really nice and the white and black stripe look is very popular in Europe, or at least in Finland, right now go to: http://www.azaleaonline.com/apcmknty169.html to purchase [​IMG] I think that this is like the third time I've posted this sweater, it might be time for me to find something else. It's really not my fault though because 75% of the people i see are wearing this style. Its been embeded into my mind BTW, I'm curious as to why you think those sleeves are too short. I find the alternative look to be far too sloppy.
     
  15. Sabrosa

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    There is also this APC sweater/cardigan that was sent out in an e-mail this afternoon: http://www.apc.fr/us/en/fiche_articl...2H&nextcolor=1 It reminds me a bit of the Trovata Defarkas hoodie, except with subtler details and no hood. I personally prefer this sweater...looks pretty darn warm as well. Oh, and I'm going to guess that what APC really meant by "web specials" was "web exclusives", because I sure wouldn't consider $334 a very special price.
     
  16. modual

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    There is also this APC sweater/cardigan that was sent out in an e-mail this afternoon:

    http://www.apc.fr/us/en/fiche_articl...2H&nextcolor=1

    It reminds me a bit of the Trovata Defarkas hoodie, except with subtler details and no hood. I personally prefer this sweater...looks pretty darn warm as well.

    Oh, and I'm going to guess that what APC really meant by "web specials" was "web exclusives", because I sure wouldn't consider $334 a very special price.


    That looks really nice but overpriced
     
  17. WatchGuy

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    Take a look at Brooks Brothers sweaters. They are awesome (better than jcrew and BR). You can find some 25% off coupons in the Men's Clothing section of this forum right now, so it is not a bad deal. They have tons of options.
     
  18. rainmaker

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    My first advice is to not wear those mid-length t-shirts, they look bizarre.

    A tall guy like you has a lot of options, and I'd agree with the other guy-- bright colors like orange look good on black skin, provided you're confident enough to pull it off. You're slim, so you might especially want to use some layering.
     
  19. ineffable

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    I would try gap or br for tshirts. Can always be had for cheap, the quality is good enough (the ones i've boughten have lasted me a year and a bit and are still in good shape). Just go to different stores and try things on. Get an idea of things you like/want. Make sure to try on things that you're not sure you'll like, just to see how it looks on; you might like something. This is the main thing. Try on as much as you can.

    If you're looking for jeans, I'd recommend Earnest Sewn. Out of all my jeans these are by far my favourite. And very comfortable. And can be had for ridiculously cheap.

    For sweaters/coats.. It really depends on how much you want to spend.
    Living in new york there's a wide variety of places you can go. Try some of the discount stores/outlets. Find your measurements and look for things on ebay. Get anything/everything you can tailored.

    If you give me a price range I could find some specific sweaters/coats that I'd recommend.
     
  20. greatfire

    greatfire Well-Known Member

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    Sweaters: less than $100.00 (hopefully much less)
    winter coats: less than 250.00? If its more expensive and good, then I might go for it anyway.
    T-shirts: less than $30.00
    Jeans: less than $100.00. But after careful consideration, I have decided that most of these designer jeans look like crap/would look like crap on me. I'm big into the whole straight leg loose fit design that so far has only been captured by pacsun's (?) bullhead line. I need more, but not sure where they'd be. I don't like 7 for all mankind, paper denim, rock and republic, etc.. I'm not white.. they are a bit too much (would probably get jumped, too, at home, if I were to put somethings like those on).
     

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