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budget dressing - what are your thoughts on my poor man clothes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by club_collar, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. club_collar

    club_collar Member

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    hi guys,

    i wish i could say this was just a little experiment, the how much bang could i get from my buck type deals, but the truth of the matter is, i'm 24 and flat broke, but needed some work gear quick so i could afford the better things.

    being short and skinny (a rather unusual size) i did not do well with 2nd hand hunting or retail shopping.

    here are what ive come up with on a tight budget.

    my girlfriend went to HK recently and managed to get me 2 suits based on a well fitting suit i had, and although the fabrics were crap and they didn't get the measurements quiete right either, i think it still turned out ok considering the suits cost about $100 each. the suits are pictured below. The sleeves are very long, i'm going on a trip to a tailor soon NB: the bottom one is a dark grey suit, just could not be bothered changing the pants.

    the shirt is from moderntailor.

    the first pocket square is actually a thrifted ladies scarf, and the second is fabric that has had the edges folded and sewn.

    P.S. I apologise for the substandard photographs, i am saving up for a better camera. micro four thirds [​IMG]

    let me know what you think
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  2. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    If you already have a well-fitting suit, why do you need two more crappy ones?
     
  3. Beatlegeuse

    Beatlegeuse Senior member

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    It's really tough to tell anything from those pics, but the sleeves look too long and there's something really funky going on with the shoulders...I can't really tell but maybe the shoulder measurement is too short? It looks like the shoulder pad is jutting out, and then your deltoid is sticking out way beyond where the shoulder ends. Again, it's really hard to give criticism based on the pics, but that's what it looks like to me.
     
  4. Maccimus

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    They are not good.
     
  5. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Stop tying a windsor knot, they're horrible enough on a tie that accepts them well, they're just annoying on a thin tie like that one.

    Take the pocket square out and toss it.

    The sleeves are too long, other than that i think it looks good.
     
  6. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Stop tying a windsor knot, they're horrible enough on a tie that accepts them well, they're just annoying on a thin tie like that one.

    Take the pocket square out and toss it.

    The sleeves are too long, other than that i think it looks good.


    incorrect, the windsor looks very much appropriate on a cutaway spread collar.

    not everyone likes the teeny tiny 4IH
     
  7. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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  8. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Get OUT!

    interesting that bateman has a windsor in your avatar
     
  9. blahman

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    Well bateman has a wider tie. Something doesnt seem right when the knot seem to be wider than thr tie itself. Also, that tie knot in the ops pictures needs to be tightened properly.
     
  10. Quadcammer

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    Well bateman has a wider tie. Something doesnt seem right when the knot seem to be wider than thr tie itself. Also, that tie knot in the ops pictures needs to be tightened properly.

    I agree the op's tie is not expertly tied or shaped, but in general the windsor is a perfectly acceptable knot.
     
  11. ktrp

    ktrp Senior member

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    There is no need to apologize for being 24, poor, and trying to get an appropriate work wardrobe together for a proper job. This is in fact the normal situation for someone your age trying to improve their lot in life.

    A close up of your tie/knot would help: beyond the fact some people here hate windsors (I don't mind them) something is not working right. I think you aren't tying it tight enough, and perhaps the tie is too thin for the knot, but we can't tell in the picture.
     
  12. DerekS

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    arms are about 2" too long. and too wide. shoulders look really strange as well. Hard to tell from the small dark pics though.
     
  13. Quadcammer

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    yes, ties aside, those suits are miserable. All the wrinkling on the arms and back.

    Like the shirt though
     
  14. club_collar

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    thanks for the input guys, i agree with you about the suit fit, there is something wrong with the arms and shoulders. i am willing to go the second hand route but a quick search of the FS section didnt bring up any results for a 36S or even a 34S suit.
     
  15. Style_is_eternal

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    the tie says tea with the queen, but the shoulders say football practice...
     
  16. boston_bred

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    thanks for the input guys, i agree with you about the suit fit, there is something wrong with the arms and shoulders. i am willing to go the second hand route but a quick search of the FS section didnt bring up any results for a 36S or even a 34S suit.

    It would definitely be worth it to just be patient, It's possible to get something much nicer than the suit in your photo for a similar price, watch the B&S forums and definitely stay on top of thrift and consignment stores.
     
  17. tom_s252

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    It might be worth finding a local tailor to take a look at the suits; at best you might be able to salvage them for relatively littie, and even at worst you might find out what on earth is going on with those shoulders!
     
  18. Reevolving

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    Major rippling in the arms.
     
  19. club_collar

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    It might be worth finding a local tailor to take a look at the suits; at best you might be able to salvage them for relatively littie, and even at worst you might find out what on earth is going on with those shoulders!

    i suspect it has something to do with me moving up from waif thin to skinny [​IMG], playing sports have made my biceps and shoulders get bigger and my waist is still very tiny, im a very odd size to fit. but i agree, i think the shoulders are too small.

    i will try to get to a tailor this friday for them to have a look.

    and going to keep on top of thrift and this forum to see if i can get some quality clothes, i suspect i'll have to get something that fits my shoulders and then get the waist tapered in

    thanks again, im taking everything into advisement, and for the record i'm wearing my tie in FIH knot today, i usually get away with the windsor (which my father told me was the only proper way to tie a tie) on skinny ties if i tie it tight, but this tie, which is just a cheap ben sherman tie is too thick and creates a really thick knot
     
  20. tom_s252

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    thanks again, im taking everything into advisement, and for the record i'm wearing my tie in FIH knot today, i usually get away with the windsor (which my father told me was the only proper way to tie a tie) on skinny ties if i tie it tight, but this tie, which is just a cheap ben sherman tie is too thick and creates a really thick knot

    Sure, it's a tie-by-tie, collar-by-collar, day-by-day judgment. I'm a fan of the Windsor when you've got a sufficiently spread collar and the right tie, but then I also had a Dad who thought it was the only way!
     

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