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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. eqcitizen

    eqcitizen Well-Known Member

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    Depends how much you wish to spend and what type of underwear you want (boxers, briefs, boxer/briefs). Zimerli makes some of the best underwear and their size small fits 26-30 size waists. You can find them a at a few different places online:

    store.asuitablewardrobe.net/purenessclosedflyelasticwaistbandpant.aspx
    http://www.customshirt1.com/ZM252_01Boxers.htm

    If you want something really cheap, buy any small and throw it in the washer with hot water and then right into the dryer on high heat and they will shrink a few sizes (if the garment is 100% cotton anyway).
     
  2. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Not so true. Most everything made of cotton is pre-shrunk these days, or engineered to only shrink by something like 3%.
     
  3. Winston S.

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    That hasn't been my experience either.
     
  4. Horace Kent

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    where do i find the definitive suit encyclopedia? (history, production, fabrics,.......)


    thank you.
     
  5. ksne

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    80 USD for underwear is definitely out of my price range. My upper limit would be around 25. Is that unreasonable? Also, I've tried to shrink some CK boxer briefs before and they don't really shrink much at all.
     
  6. eqcitizen

    eqcitizen Well-Known Member

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    I looked into it further and it looks as though Gap makes an XS fitting sizes 26-28.

    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=12332&vid=1&pid=351372002
     
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  7. eqcitizen

    eqcitizen Well-Known Member

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    Here is a list of 100 books on mens fashion that you may want to peruse : http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/mens-fashion-book-library-guide/

    I can personally attest to Sherwood's "Bespoke" as a definitive history of Savile Row and the suits made therein but it isnt all encompasing. Any Alan Flusser book is also worth having (especially Dressing the Man).
    I cannot speak from experience but i hear good things about Andy's book (of ask andy about clothes fame). http://askandyaboutclothes.com/shop/the-encyclopedia-of-mens-clothing#comment-406

    But i think you can find all the information that you want online. For instance, Alex Kabbaz has some fantastic articles on shirting cloth (http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs018/1101478760242/archive/1102772493004.html) and Jeffery D has some fantastic insight into suit construction and fabric (http://tuttofattoamano.blogspot.com/)
     
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  8. Mr Engineer

    Mr Engineer Senior member

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    How much do Tom Ford thick wide ties retail for?
     
  9. Mr Engineer

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    No...I have the same belt and I wear it when Im going out.Not for business
     
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  10. AndrewST

    AndrewST Well-Known Member

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    The Girl is wanting me to wear a bowtie to a ball event in about two weeks. While I think that's silly enough, she wants me to a madras bowtie. We live in a state that has declared an emergency due to the blizzard (NY, CT, et al).

    Should I give in? Admittedly the one she has picked out is nice and I might be tempted to wear it in the summer.
     
  11. CalTex

    CalTex Senior member

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    No. First it's a bow tie and then it's the entire ensemble. Set your ground as a man who dresses himself not one who gets dressed.
     
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    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    Wearing a bow tie to a ball is entirely appropriate.

    While I wouldn't say that a madras bow tie is necessarily a ridiculous choice for the northeast in February (despite madras, in many clothing choices, being a decidedly warm weather option), I can appreciate that you don't happen to care for it. Fine.

    Explain to your girl that if she is going to claim the right to choose which clothes you will wear, fairness dictates that you now have the right to decide what she will wear. Maybe she'll accept this argument, or maybe she'll reject it, but either way I suspect you'll win.
     
  13. AndrewST

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    To be fair, I told her to curl her hair for the event, and she consented.

    The madras in question is pastel.
     
  14. 12345Michael54321

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    Thank her for caring enough to pick out a nice tie for you. Then gently explain to her that while it's a very attractive tie, and you'll gladly wear it during the summer, you hold with those who regard pastel madras as being more appropriate for warm weather wear, than for mid-winter wear. (Just as many women would be uncomfortable carrying a white handbag in mid-winter, you'd be uncomfortable wearing a pastel madras bow tie in mid-winter.) Ask her to help you choose a tie which you'll find more seasonally appropriate.

    Unless she's got some weird control issues (have her seek out a trained therapist), this is a rather trivial disagreement. Adults in healthy, stable relationships don't permit "We have differing taste in bow ties," to take on anything like genuine significance. I mean, what's next? A fight over red delicious vs. golden delicious apples? A trial separation due to disagreement over which end of the boiled egg to crack?

    It's not like she favors the correct "over the top" orientation of the toilet paper roll, while you stubbornly refuse to abandon your ridiculous "behind the roll" preference. God, people who don't understand why they're wrong about that frankly deserve to live lonely, miserable lives. For sure they won't get invited to any mid-winter ball I'm throwing. I just hate them so much. Well, who wouldn't, I ask you?
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  15. AndrewST

    AndrewST Well-Known Member

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    Thank You For This.
     
  16. Chase H

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    I like bowties a lot more than some other posters on here, but no. Just don't do it. Wear it in the summer, because madras is kickass.
     
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    I want to buy a whole cut balmoral shoes for the summer. What color do you think is more versatile to wear in daytime and maybe night time, with dress pants? I'm wondering about the choice between black and burgundy.
     
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    Is there any rule for the color of braces? Should they match the suit, the shoes, the tie, or none of the above?
     
  19. bboysdontcryy

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    Technically they don't have to match (because a group of men -- including myself -- believe there they're meant to be hidden). Otherwise, matching either the dominant colour of your shirt, trousers, or your tie, should suffice, given that they're objects that are immediately adjacent to the braces.

    I have braces in as many colours I have in ties, so get the basics -- red, purple, blue, green etc, or grey and navy if you'd rather own less, and have them match your trousers.
     
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  20. eqcitizen

    eqcitizen Well-Known Member

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    Black is the conservative choice and is never wrong, but i think a very dark burgundy or oxblood looks better especially with darker suits or pants (navy, charcoal, etc), at any time of the day. I especially like these from G&G

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