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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. dapperdoctor

    dapperdoctor Senior member

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    I have about 15 JAB non-iron shirts. They come in 3 different fits. Once you find the right fit, the shirts are great - very easy to take care of and they look good. I'm would put them on par with brands like Tyrwhitt and Thomas Pink. Nothing out of this world, but good for the daily grind.
     
  2. acecow

    acecow Senior member

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    What exactly is the reason for you to go expensive bespoke? Especially if it's not local?
     
  3. Spurious

    Spurious Senior member

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    Honestly, I want to get into more expensive clothing but want to avoid as many mistakes as possible.
    I am not sure if that answers your question, but ultimately I want to own quality clothing.
     
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  4. Isolation

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    Yeah I don't think you need a specific reason to go bespoke. It's often just better.
     
  5. acecow

    acecow Senior member

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    It's a mistake to jump into bespoke, especially not local bespoke, before you're experienced enough in menswear. If you know exactly what your style is down to the shape of your shirt collars and the ideal width of ties and jacket lapels, if you know your measurements and have been successful with online MTM shirts, if, most importantly, your style hasn't changed in the past year or two, then you're ready to spend the big bucks on bespoke. This is my personal opinion, YMMV.

    In other words, I'd advise against going bespoke if you're not absolutely sure of every element of your outfit, because bespoke is, essentially, attention to the tiniest details. You can get great fit and workmanship without spending an extra 1K on bespoke if that's your only goal.
     
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  6. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    That's fair. Good points.

    Certainly if you go for bespoke it's best to go for very general and classically approved stylings. I think if you just go for a navy, charcoal or gray 2 button suit with notch lapels it can never be a bad investment.
     
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  7. cdgreg

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    @dapperdoctor and @12345Michael54321 - Thank you for the feedback on JAB shirts compared to other similar leveled brands. I appreciate it! I've been slowly sniping JAB Traveler Tailored Fits off ebay anytime I see a staple in great condition for less than $20 shipped, it makes me feel better about my purchases! May still have to pull the trigger on 2-3 new white shirts, they're riskier and rarer on ebay.
     
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  8. Spurious

    Spurious Senior member

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    I think you nailed my problem.
    What would you advise me to do? Btw I am talking about suits and SCs, shirts I have more or less nailed down through online MTM.
     
  9. acecow

    acecow Senior member

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    I don't know your situation. Maybe you're ready for bespoke, maybe not, only you can know. And when you know it, you know it. You'll know exactly what you want and why. If you're not sure yet, then skip it.

    If your build is normal and you're willing to spend over a thousand on a suit or SC, then you have many options. You can find a store that carries expensive brands and try things on. Buy something that fits and feels good, then spend another $100 on tailoring it and nobody will ever know it wasn't bespoke. Personally, I found great success with online shopping. There were a few mistakes here and there, but now I know exactly which brands work for me and I stick to them. It's a lot cheaper than retail. If you look around the buy&sell here at SF (and I haven't in years, honestly), I'm sure there are great deals like RLPL/RLBL, Tom Ford, Zegna, etc. going for around $1K or less. All in all, when the time is right for bespoke you will definitely know it.
     
  10. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    I also like TM lewin shirts and some of the nicer PRL Shirts.
     
  11. Spurious

    Spurious Senior member

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    Asking for a friend how he should let his pants altered:

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    Dont think it warrants a question in the tailor's thread.
     
  12. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Maybe let out the seat and shorten the length?
     
  13. Denham

    Denham New Member

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    Anyone know where I can find a double-breasted suit in XXS (34" with 28" trousers) for a decent price as I am rather tight on budget and I am not really able afford a MTM suit although I can save up.
    If anyone knows where I can find a XXS Double breasted suit in the following measurements please get in contact.
    Thanks

    Basic measurements
    Chest 34"
    Waist 28"
    Sleeve 24"
    Jacket Length 29"-30"
    Inseam 32"
    Outside leg "40
     
  14. bklyndoc12

    bklyndoc12 Active Member

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    Hello all,

    I am newb here, 25 year old medical student looking to build a wardrobe. I recently purchased an MTM dress shirt and an OTR blazer. I was wondering if you could give me some feedback on the fit. I am 5'5 and stocky so most of my clothes make me look boxy if I don't get them tailored correctly.

    The jacket has some obvious divots/ripples in the shoulder area, and I know that is usually the most difficult area to deal with.


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    The shirt feels good around the body area but I'm thinking the sleeves could be worked with.

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    Thanks in advance.
     
  15. TM79

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    I am attending my cousin's engagement party this Saturday evening (indoor event). So far I am going to wear my Howard Yount light grey trousers, with a light blue shirt, purple pin dot tie, and a navy blue blazer.

    For shoes I am debating between black AE Park Avenues, brown AE penny loafers, or brown AE wingtips. I know for weddings rule is to wear black shoes mostly but is this true for engagement parties as well?
     
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  17. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    I'd go with brown shoes for that outfit - black may be alright, but black shoes strike me as more for a suit than a jacket and dress pants.
     
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  18. abl

    abl Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys!

    So I just got back from my second fitting with SS (made to measure program), and was hoping for your advice. Thoughts about the fit / cut of this suit? This is for my wedding this memorial day -- outdoors, but my fiancee has a fairly formal dress.

    I'm thinking about doing a lilly-of-the-valley lapel flower (single flower, tucked into the buttonhole) and considering maybe a white linen pocket square as well. I'm going to wear the shoes included in the pic and a similar black belt. The last picture is of the tie I'm leaning towards. I will get a better-fitting white shirt for the wedding.[​IMG]
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  19. msulinski

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    The sleeves look a little long, and possibly your shirt sleeves are too short. The pants are way too long, but I assume you already knew that. The jacket also pulls a little in the front, suggesting it might be a little tight.
     
  20. abl

    abl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I think it's more likely that the sleeves are too short, but I'll try to wear a better shirt when I go back. That's funny about the pants -- somehow in person they seemed to fit much better (one of my friends actually thought they might be too short), but in these pictures they do look obviously too long.

    What do you think about the cut? Does it look sharp/flattering? I had basically wanted the Napoli in a different fabric, which isn't what I got, so I'm trying to decide still how much I like it.
     

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