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  1. cptjeff

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    Hi guys,

    I'm looking for a modern, slim-fitting suit for prom. I wanna be stylish but I can't spend too much money on a suit (<400). Any recommendations? Fabrics? Stores I should check out?


    Depending on how much time you have, indochino could be an option. Made to measure right about at that $400 price point. Getting the fit right can be tricky, though they pay for any alterations and will even remake stuff if necessary. But that takes time.
     


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    I have spring wedding to attend coming up, and the only suit I own is black (ugh I know). Buying an entire new one right now really isn't an option, but I might have a cheap alternative.

    I have a nice light gray blazer at home that I usually just wear with some dark denim. Instead, do you think I could pull it off with some deep navy chino's? My girlfriend grimaced at the idea. Is she right? I really don't want to wear a black suit to this wedding, but I also don't have experience mixing and matching for such a formal event. Any advice?
     


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    What's the style of shoe called in which there's stitching on the toe area, but it's under a solid, uncut, un-punctured piece of leather so you can only see the imprint of the stitching?

    Sounds like you're describing a blind seam.
     


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    Anyone know where I can find a shirt with a similar or same fabric to the one in this picture here: [​IMG] Only the cuff is visible, but I imagine it's not hard to visualise the rest of the shirt.
    Acorn Shirting (England) makes a very similar pattern (Regent 200 Pink, in the Classic book): see, http://www.filmnoirbuff.com/images/329.jpg Note: the striping is more widely spaced, thus giving the illusion that one is wearing a solid white shirt until one removes their jacket, thus revealing the colourful striping in a playful yet stylish manner, which is to be admired! As to fabrics, shirts come in a host of materials and weights, from lightweight cotton and Irish linen (perfect for summer, as are playful patterns), to heavier cotton (i.e., oxford cloth, broadcloth), to woven twills, etc. and warm winter blends (i.e., cotton-wool, etc.). Here's a link to the Acorn site for you, where you can read more about their offerings in terms of design and materials: http://www.acornfabrics.com/
    best dress shoe polishing/cleaning kit that wont cost me a ton?
    Define a "ton"? [​IMG] (teasing, having a bit of fun, but asking what's the "best" when it comes to polishing is a bit of a loaded question around here, with just about everyone having their own regimen, products, etc. which they swear by). Myself, I use Lexol leather conditioner in b/w polishings to keep the leather nourished, preventing it from drying out and cracking, though some here have discussed the virtues of olive oil which they say accomplishes the same thing; I haven't tried that myself, but don't believe that it gets any more affordable than that! In terms of polishing, there are numerous products on the market, and many here switch b/w shoe polish and shoe creams. I do this as well for exotics and soft leathers, and also light colours--i.e., whisky or cognac, since Lexol can slightly darken light coloured leather, etc. There are many threads here about products, and also various regimens. In my humble op., the main thing in choosing a product, regardless of your own personal regimen is to avoid those products that contain silicon. It's a water-proofing agent which is contained in many cheap polishes; whilst great for outdoor hiking gear, etc., it can clog up your shoe pores and result in an unsightly plastic-ky finish, thus to be avoided at all costs, in my op.
    Double Breasted Navy Blazer, no gold buttons - where?
    The double-breasted, blue spring suit is an icon! Alas, there are many navy blazers out there--so many different materials, all at different price-points, etc. Also, as noted above here, if you see something you like which fits your style and budget perfectly but for having the nautical gold buttons, you can always replace the buttons. It's one of the easiest things to do, and you can even do it yourself if you're so inclined.
     


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    noob question: is it possible to lengthen sleeves on a jacket? I'd need about an inch to make it wearable.
     


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    noob question: is it possible to lengthen sleeves on a jacket? I'd need about an inch to make it wearable.

    Depends on how much extra material there is. But if you need that much, odds are that the body of the coat is too short on you.
     


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    What are good corporate business work shoes ? Allen Edmonds ? Any other brands/models to recommend?
    Yes--there are many makers of semi-formal/corporate dress shoes. If you're looking for "made in the US" then you've two makers to choose from--of which Allen is one, and Alden is the other. If that's not an issue, then do be sure to check out the Northampton, England crowd--specialist shoe makers since, well, some of them are as old as is North America! In particular, you'll want to look at Church/Cheaney and Loakes (their 1880 range is a bang for the buck, in my op); a sleeker (elongated last) is available from Crockett Jones, among so many others. For those not looking to spend that much, Loakes--along with Grenson and Barker--have a bunch of different lines, catering to different budgets. Of course, these are just a few makers off the top of my head, but if you're looking at Alden and Allen, which are good makers don't get me wrong, just thought that, at that price point, you'd enjoy perusing the designs of these makers, too. Cheers.
     


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    noob question: is it possible to lengthen sleeves on a jacket? I'd need about an inch to make it wearable.

    It depends if there's material to let out. To check, try to feel how much of the suit material is tucked under the lining where the sleeves end. There has to be more than 1 inch to let it out by 1 inch. Keep in mind that a good tailor can do wonders... I once had a jacket that needed sleeves lengthened and there was just about enough material for the outside of the sleeve, but not enough to actually fold and sew the wool back into the lining. My tailor attached a similar colored fabric to the wool that allowed for just enough material to lengthen the sleeves.
     


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    I have spring wedding to attend coming up, and the only suit I own is black (ugh I know). Buying an entire new one right now really isn't an option, but I might have a cheap alternative.

    I have a nice light gray blazer at home that I usually just wear with some dark denim. Instead, do you think I could pull it off with some deep navy chino's? My girlfriend grimaced at the idea. Is she right? I really don't want to wear a black suit to this wedding, but I also don't have experience mixing and matching for such a formal event. Any advice?


    Is the wedding at night? If so, black suit is okay, IMO. Light sportcoat/dark pants is not quite as easy to mess up as a black suit, but it is still pretty easy. Post pics of the black suit versus the combo you propose and see what kind of feedback you get.

    noob question: is it possible to lengthen sleeves on a jacket? I'd need about an inch to make it wearable.

    Depends on how much fabric is available on the underside of the cuff (the part that is against your skin), and whether or not it has working cuffs (the buttons actually work). The lining may need to be restitched in order to fully access how much extra material you have. You'll need an inch and a half of extra material to get an inch of extra length.
     


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    Thanks for the responses guys!

    Depends on how much extra material there is. But if you need that much, odds are that the body of the coat is too short on you.

    the body fits me perfectly. I bought a second-hand MTM suit basically for the time being until I can find some other suits.

    It depends if there's material to let out. To check, try to feel how much of the suit material is tucked under the lining where the sleeves end. There has to be more than 1 inch to let it out by 1 inch. Keep in mind that a good tailor can do wonders... I once had a jacket that needed sleeves lengthened and there was just about enough material for the outside of the sleeve, but not enough to actually fold and sew the wool back into the lining. My tailor attached a similar colored fabric to the wool that allowed for just enough material to lengthen the sleeves.

    I will definitely look into good tailors in the Toronto area. I'm going to try and do everything to make this jacket wearable. It fits me great in every aspect other than the sleeve length, which is a rarity with my (small) size.

    Depends on how much fabric is available on the underside of the cuff (the part that is against your skin), and whether or not it has working cuffs (the buttons actually work). The lining may need to be restitched in order to fully access how much extra material you have. You'll need an inch and a half of extra material to get an inch of extra length.

    It has functional buttons. I hope there is enough fabric hidden in the sleeve to let it be lengthened. Is there any way of me telling by actually looking at the sleeve or will it be completely hidden?
     


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    Is there any way of me telling by actually looking at the sleeve or will it be completely hidden?

    Feel up under the end of the sleeve and see if you can feel where the end was stitched together. You usually can't see it because it will be covered by the lining, but you can probably feel it.
     


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    I've heard the solid burgundy tie (grenadine, or otherwise) mentioned around here as a staple of a man's tie collection. What color and pattern dress shirts does this style of tie go especially well with besides white?
     


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    Define a "ton"? [​IMG] (teasing, having a bit of fun, but asking what's the "best" when it comes to polishing is a bit of a loaded question around here, with just about everyone having their own regimen, products, etc. which they swear by). Myself, I use Lexol leather conditioner in b/w polishings to keep the leather nourished, preventing it from drying out and cracking, though some here have discussed the virtues of olive oil which they say accomplishes the same thing; I haven't tried that myself, but don't believe that it gets any more affordable than that! In terms of polishing, there are numerous products on the market, and many here switch b/w shoe polish and shoe creams. I do this as well for exotics and soft leathers, and also light colours--i.e., whisky or cognac, since Lexol can slightly darken light coloured leather, etc.

    There are many threads here about products, and also various regimens. In my humble op., the main thing in choosing a product, regardless of your own personal regimen is to avoid those products that contain silicon. It's a water-proofing agent which is contained in many cheap polishes; whilst great for outdoor hiking gear, etc., it can clog up your shoe pores and result in an unsightly plastic-ky finish, thus to be avoided at all costs, in my op.
    yourself if you're so inclined.



    Thank You.
     


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    Stop looking. Seriously those are despicable
    Thanks for your unrequested, personal opinion. *EDIT: Just stumble unto them. Don't ask. They are 2010 bstore shoes.
     


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