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  1. Motorsport226

    Motorsport226 Senior member

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    Do you guys wash or dry clean your sport shirts? I dry clean both my dress and sport shirts but I wear my sport shirts far more often and dry cleaning them all the time is beginning to be a pain in the ass.

    I want to start washing them/ironing them myself, will this decrease their longevity?

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    Motorsport226 Senior member

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    Gonna try to buy a pre-owned suit or blazer from ebay.
    Any brands you can recommend with extra good pre-owned value?


    Oxxford

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    kgmessier Senior member

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    Why do people hate square-toed dress shoes? I have no predilection for them, but I often read posts advising people against them, and I'm curious why that is.

    - Keith
     


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    Here's my quick question - what's the deal with Alden Indy boot pricing? Are they really going for $435 new these days (at the Shoe Mart)? They were still $380 not two months ago, and I can't even find some place that has seconds. Is it just a temporary price fluctuation?

    My only thought is that they're selling at $450 at JCrew, and now the retailers think they can all push up their prices. Not two years ago these things were just over $300 new. I'd really like to get a pair, but I won't pay that much for casual footwear. Plus, the Alden "special" manufactures are almost the same price...
     


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    Racing Green Senior member

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    I bought a pair of Tyrwhitt shoes a few years ago. At that time, I believe their shoes were made by Loake.

    That would have been my guess. Cheers.
     


  6. dah328

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    Why do people hate square-toed dress shoes? I have no predilection for them, but I often read posts advising people against them, and I'm curious why that is. - Keith
    They don't look good. Whether suit or shoe, the intent is to accentuate whatever features are closest to the idealized shape. The ideal foot shape is not that of a platypus.
     


  7. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Do you guys wash or dry clean your sport shirts? I dry clean both my dress and sport shirts but I wear my sport shirts far more often and dry cleaning them all the time is beginning to be a pain in the ass.

    I want to start washing them/ironing them myself, will this decrease their longevity?

    -226

    Are you sure they are dry cleaning them and not laundering them? In any case, you should launder cotton shirts. If you are worried about longevity, iron them after they come out of the washing machine rather than machine-drying them.
     


  8. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    What are typical dress shirt fabrics for warm spring/summer weather? Looking for something light weight. Thanks!
    typically linen (or blends) are good summer shirts. I've got one shirt with tiny perforations along the striped that's cool, literally. I don't know the exact names for the fabrics but I've got a bunch of shirts that are rather thin for summer, wheras my twills or oxford cloths, etc are warmer winter weights.
    I have a nice Paul Stuart wool sport jacket with 4 inch lapels I am thinking of getting reduced, maybe to 3.5"?
    Tailor here in NYC said they could remove the collar and perform surgery, but I wanted to get any thoughts based on the pic below.. I got a great deal on the jacket but am coming to realize the lapels are a bit larger than I am used to.. Maybe I'm crazy.. Thanks!

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    I actually think it looks pretty cool, but you've got to be comfortable with it. If you have a few sportscoats that are more "modern" fit, then this one adds a bit of variety. Yes, they're larger then you're used to, but wear it a few times and try to get used to it. Even 0.5 inches will really make a visual difference, but i'm not sure it's worth the risk of the surgery. I'd say try wearing it a few times with the mental image of it being a "flair" piece, or vintage or something. I just don't know if this type of surgery is hard or easy to do...
    Gonna try to buy a pre-owned suit or blazer from ebay.
    Any brands you can recommend with extra good pre-owned value?

    bit of a minefield there. Plenty of thrifters who just buy anything with a brand name and try to flip. Pay very close attention to brands like Kiton, YSL, Brooks Brothers, etc. Look at lapel width, gorge (notch) height and angle, pattern, and look at what else they're selling (is it all random thrifted junk?). where possible I'd say stick to the B&S here. on ebay at least try to look for "new" in the title.
    What are the blazers with lapels that are outlined with a white or off color border? I have been looking to pick one up but don't know where to start.Thanks.
    look for the word "piping/piped".
    Why do people hate square-toed dress shoes? I have no predilection for them, but I often read posts advising people against them, and I'm curious why that is.- Keith
    partly it's hate for the sake of it, ie it's trendy and worn by idiots (think ed hardy), plus it's one of those fashion fads we can now act like fashionistas by crapping on because it's so passe. But that's only a tiny bit of the equasion. Mostly it's that they have no real form or elegance. They're blunt and ugly. There's no style, finess, curves, etc. It's just a hacked off end or very elongated one clipped at the end.
     


  9. jason.wu.05.09

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    This must be a really basic question, so forgive my ignorance: If a pair of pants is not unhemmed but has already been finished, can a tailor shorten up the pant leg and rehem it?
     


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    This must be a really basic question, so forgive my ignorance: If a pair of pants is not unhemmed but has already been finished, can a tailor shorten up the pant leg and rehem it?
    Yes, it's probably the most common alteration tailors perform.
     


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    Just bought a nice navy colored linen suit from Brooks Bros. for this summer. I was thinking of getting a pair of Allen Edmond's. Do you gents prefer the burgundy or walnut color for a navy suit? Kind of wanted to get away from wearing black shoes all of the time.
     


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    Just bought a nice navy colored linen suit from Brooks Bros. for this summer. I was thinking of getting a pair of Allen Edmond's. Do you gents prefer the burgundy or walnut color for a navy suit? Kind of wanted to get away from wearing black shoes all of the time.
    Walnut is certainly a nice color to pair with navy linen. Burgundy is also acceptable and you might also consider burgundy because it one of the most versatile shoe colors that pairs with nearly every shade of gray and blue as well as olives and some beiges.
     


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    Italian term for not really giving a sh*t for how you look. Stylish in a very carefree way? Thanks
     


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    Italian term for not really giving a sh*t for how you look. Stylish in a very carefree way? Thanks

    Sprezzatura.

    EZ
     


  15. patrickBOOTH

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    I can't find a place with decent silk fabrics in NYC. I am looking for the kind of silk that you would have a tie made out of. Like stripes, and patterns. Any info?
     


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