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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    Got a pink one on the way.

    thebrownman seems to be getting a bit more dressed up these days and posts on his tumblr.

    thebrownman - new job or have you just decided to go against the grain and wear more ties etc? Not that you did not dress well before, just seems a little more formal recently.

    I cannot wait until this heat goes and I can face dressing up with ties again. I want to, but as a Scotsman it is too damn hot for me.


    This is my experience too.
     
  2. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    My feet are on the border of wide and medium. I wear a US10.5 in the Lindricks and a UK9.5 in the Rain last.
     
  3. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    X-post from the Luxire thread.

    Made an effort to wear my trousers higher today (they are cut identically to the PJs from yesterday) and I think it made a real difference to the silhouette, along with wearing a looser shirt (it's just an OTR Gant Rugger shirt, nothing special). So thanks for the advice. Not perfect, but better.

    A quick of review of my luxire Light Tan Cotton Linen Pants (http://luxire.com/collections/pants/products/light-tan-cotton-linen-pant). I don't know anything about tailoring so I'll be using layman's terms...

    I sent Luxire a recent pair of tailored pants to copy. The turnaround was roughly 3 weeks from the time they received the pants to the time I got both pairs back. Both pairs arrived back in good condition.

    The fit is spot on - I didn't take a comparison shot but they were copied exactly.

    The Luxire pants include a bunch of features that I hadn't had on pants before, including an extra fabric closure across the top of the pants (you can see it in the pics Luxire themselves posted of my pants above), a curved waistband and working cuffs . I wasn't advised that these would be included in the pants, and perhaps it would've been better to be asked whether I wanted them (the pair of pants I said in had none of these features).

    Still, I personally like them all - you can't really complain about "extras" that make the tailoring all that more special and intricate. I could see some people not liking the curved waistband, though. So perhaps a page that lists and describes these "standard" features that a pair of pants will come with would be good so that people know what they're getting into. I really can't see too many people complaining though, they're all good things IMO.

    This is along with all the standard features one would expect in terms of pockets, split waistband etc.

    The constructions seems very very sturdy. On par and exceeding pants I have owned from Epaulet, and my tailored pair that I send in. I agree that the internal lining used for pockets could be a bit smoother, especially for wool suit pants, but for the fabric I chose the rough and ready fabric they have used it actually pretty perfect.

    I really can't fault a thing in terms of features or construction - these things seem to have it all. They even included a very appropriate interior lining fabric which works nicely with the casual feel of the pants.

    See the pictures Luxire posted above for shots of the interior.

    The fabric itself is reasonably heavy - was hoping it'd be a bit lighter but I will certainly get a lot of wear out of it. I see it as being perfect for sunny spring days and the like.

    Possibly the one small negative I can think of is the buttons - they seem a little plastic-y. I could be wrong, though. Hardly an issue on suit pants where only two buttons are seen, though. Perhaps an optional upgrade to horn buttons could be included on the new website?

    There was a small misunderstanding about the pleats, but Luxire offered to correct it gratis.

    I wore them straight out of the box after a bit of a hang, they could really do with a press to get a nice crease going. It remains to be seen how well they hold a crease - I think they'll probably need regular pressing but what else would you expect with a linen/cotton blend.

    Bear in mind that they are unpressed/ironed, straight out of the box and then worn for a day in the pictures below.

    In conclusion, I can't recommend them highly enough. To save a lot of the hassle of tweaking measurements, I recommend sucking it up and just sending them a pair of well fitting or tailored pants if you have any - you won't be disappointed with the result.

    And without further ado, some pictures. Sorry about the "background" - was trying to make the most of the sun in my backyard.

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  4. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Lachy, that shirt and the rise on those pants are far more flattering on you.
     
  5. sliq

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    i'd agree. first time wearing a royal purple knit tie today. it attracted 7 compliments today. when you tell the ladies that the original james bond also wore [a black] one, they know you're next level.
     
  6. fxh

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    lachy - That looks much better - I think you could go an even looser shirt and higher waist on trousers. Would flatter you even more.

    If you were paying me to advise you on clothes and their fit I'd say lose the checks if wearing a tie or wear the small checks without tie, and go with pale blue or white on blue background university stripe shirt and get rid of the cuffs on the trousers and then get shoes not boots and perhaps suede not shiny leather or get a duller shine on leather. And lose the pocket hankie on that outfit.

    But you aren't paying me so I won't offer the high end advance detail advice.

    It still looks good though.

    edit:: Looks like you have a longer torso than legs in proportion - is that so? If so what I said makes even more sense than I usually do.

    edit2:: and get rid of those plastic hose fittings - I found that swapping to brass isn't much more expensive and stops stupid leaks and ends popping off under pressure.
     
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  7. Romp

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    Agree this looks much better. I reckon you could experiment with another inch higher rise to see what it's like too. All about testing what works best on you
     
  8. lachyzee

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    :satisfied: Hose advice... never thought I'd get that on a fashion forum! I can't remember the last time I used that thing.

    Well I'm glad it's an improvement. I think the biggest improvement I need to make is to lose 2kgs though...

    I wouldn't normally wear a tie with that shirt but I had to put one on for something at work today and it was the only one I had on hand at the office. Agree with you though - it's a sports shirt and I have always worn it as such until today.

    They are shoes... do they look like boots? I hate suede for some unknown reason.... think I have been fairly consistent on that point! I'm pretty attached to trouser cuffs... can't see myself going back at this point. I think if the pants were pressed a bit more they'd hang a little better at the bottom.

    Oh and I have no idea if I have a longer torso... I just have much stronger legs than I do upper body from playing basketball all my life. Wish it was the other way round...
     
  9. LonerMatt

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    The reviews Luxurie is getting make me really keen to get some professional measurements (high cost) and then have them replicated at Luxurie. Could be cool.
     
  10. lachyzee

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    ^^Yes that's what I'd do if I had my time again, get a shirt at PJs and send it to them. Saves a lot of hassle.
     
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  11. Dusty Brogues

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    Maybe the first step to reconciliation is changing your avatar. I know Michael Sy for one is terrified of it!

    Any suggestions?
     
  12. LonerMatt

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    Might look into that later in the year. It looks like I'm heading to Chicago and NYC in September/October to suss out some job opportunities, so I'm going to be saving my dollars until then, I think.

    Apart from 2 purchases.
     
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    walked in the rain and fucked up my heels today. :S

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    FXH, interested if you could elaborate or provide your usually well articulated thesis on no checks with a tie comment?
     
  16. zachary12

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    That looks normal man, let em dry out for a few days and they'll be right as rain.

    Don't worry so much about your soles.
     
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  17. JimmyHoffa

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  19. fxh

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    checky - re no checks with ties.
    I was talking mainly about lachy and only going on the photos I had in front of me. I think its not for him - in that configuration. My sense is he has a loooong torso - compared to legs. So do I.

    Its not really a rule , but if there was to be a few useful rules for basic, (assuming theres, {1}Basic, {2}Graduate, {2.5}Post Grad and then {5}Basic Revisited, as a hierarchy), then no broad band checks with a tie would be a useful rule for basic.

    The broader the colour band the more casual looking the shirt or the less formal the shirt. This varies a bit with say the English type striped shirt where a broad line can still be ok to wear with a tie , but then you'll often see it described as business casual (means a different thing in UK to USA) and it is worn both with and without a tie say in broad candy stripes. Still broader stripe usually means less formal. I think you can see it looks less formal as well.

    When you go into checks, or plaids as our US brethren would say, its definitely casual/leisure/sport/country/beach/long weekend - the thicker the lines in a check. The further away from formal the less a tie works. Unless perhaps you have a hierarchy of ties - say down to a very informal wool or cotton knit square-end tie. But most people don't compute a level of formality in ties - except us clothes nerds - or sometimes people do but not on a conscious level they can articulate. So to most a tie is a tie. I see too many people in "sports shirts" and ties. Big bold checks and ties. If it works at all it works as casual smart, with jacket to break up the huge grid pattern offered to the viewer. It works best on tall very skinny guys who can do with the bulk the broad check imparts.

    I have seen the odd, very odd large check work, with a jacket and tie - perhaps a weak faded pink check on white or blue background, but mostly its too hard to pull off.

    OTOH fine almost indistinguishable checks lines on a shirt are superb. The shirt that looks solid white or blue or pink until you get close and then you see the thin pink or red or blue or grey line checks. Even a check up close-ish in size to gingham sometimes works with jacket and tie. But its harder to do and a lot of people just throw it on to "be different"

    edit:: then theres the whole other bit of what context its in and what message you are trying to send out and to whom. I think I've seen Christian do the check shirt with tie well enough when doing the "hip young mens clothing shop dude" schtick.
     
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  20. fxh

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    lachy - as far as losing 2 or 3 kilos - my experience - with others and a tiny bit myself - is that as you get older - over 24 or so - you will fluctuate up and down with putting on width around waist and tummy.

    As far as clothes go then weight isn't an issue - waist and stomach are the main issues - this will always fluctuate somewhat and its wise to take this into account. So that when you have put on width then you can get your clothes a slight bit tight if you are at your zenith and when you are skinny get the clothes a bit loose.

    Its common to let waists on trousers in and out an inch at different times - jackets its a bit harder but the same principal is there. Don't buy for what you "hope" to get to. Buy for what you are now and what you know you may fluctuate to.
     
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