Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I disagree with this.
     


  2. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    Why? I was not talking about $4,000 suits. There are nice suits under $1,000. I dont think the price necessarily make a suit nice
     
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  3. archibaldleach

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    Seasonal stuff can be a luxury, but I would urge you to start thinking about seasonality before you get to 10 three-season suits. Keep in mind that seasonals also involve things like heavier worsteds for F/W, tropical weight wool / Fresco for summer and not just linen and flannel that look more clearly seasonal.

    Once you get to 7 three season suits, think about seasonality. At that point, you'll have a suit for every day of the week. That's a good time to think about supplementing your wardrobe with things that work better in either extreme warm or cold. I'd even suggest a bit sooner but you seem eager to build out your 3 season suit wardrobe.
     


  4. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Because there are people who really won't need a suit except for funerals. And you don't need to wear a nice suit for that. In fact, these days, you don't really need a suit at all for those. And as much as we can bemoan the collapse of standards....

    ...there are people for whom even 400 dollars is a tremendous amount of money.

    And maintaining those standards shouldn't be a priority for them.

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    I will say this. Every man should own one dress shirt and one pair of slacks.

    And every active SF member should own at least one good suit.

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    Edit: There are people for whom even 100 dollars is a lot of money. Man I'm out of touch. I need to start volunteering again.
     
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  5. The Noodles

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    Ah~ I was thinking about my coworkers when I said that.
     


  6. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Change Noodles' formula to any person in a professional occupation who lives within 20 miles of a city with a population in excess of 250,000 and it probably works.
     


  7. The Noodles

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    +1 on archi's comment.
    Surprisingly...I only know DC metropilitan area and do not know how people live outside my own little world.
     


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    Christopher Essex Senior member

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    None that I'm aware of - there are a few tailors that do bespoke work but I haven't read any reviews or seen pictures of their completed works that have compelled me to learn more about them.

    Of course, others here may have a different opinion.
     


  9. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Of course you did.


    Im not sure what I think, because my brain is so messed up when it comes to what is a normal price for anything, but I can say that no one "needs" to spend more than 400 or so on a suit. Even if you live in DC/NYC/Chicago/LA.... you can look more than presentable without going all SF.
     


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    When does MTM make sense?

    I spent a bunch of time last week shopping OTR (SuitSupply, BB, Nordstrom and a local mens store) and posting some pics here. I feel like I'm starting to understand what fits me up top. Thanks for the help!

    The problem I found was the pants did not fit. I found I need a 2" - 4" drop so that the pants would fit around my legs.

    I was mainly focused on jacket sizing and didn't really look around for OTR that are sold as separates. Any recommendations on OTR suits sold as separates? Or should I consider increasing my budget to look into MTM? Originally I was hoping to be in the $600 - $1000 range. Seems like $1000 - $1300 could get me into MTM?
     


  11. MGD83

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    A man can get 2 suits for 300$ at Moore's Canada, and 99.9% of the population would say they look great.
     


  12. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    MTM makes sense when you have a fairly normal body type but are looking for a better fit than RTW can provide, even with alterations. And yeah, 1000-1300 could get you comfortably into mtm. You might check out @Kent Wang for the online route (still under 1000, and I've seen some pretty spectacular results). Suit Supply also has a decent mtm program if you don't want to go the online route.
     
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    This is not at all true. If that $150-200 suit can be made to fit well with $100 of tailoring, it's better than a $500 suit which just fits okay. Increase the price of the suit and it becomes even more ridiculous. I believe Señor Crust has demonstrated repeatedly that he can make JAB suits look as good as those from more favored retailers. Almost no one here would be able to pick them out if he didn't say what they were.



    You shut your whore mouth!
     


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    MTM can be had within that range if you're in NYC. Check out affiliate vendor Andrew Lock.
     


  15. Mr. Six

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    If I were in NYC, I'd go to Ercole for MTM. Should be in the upper end of the $1,000-$1,300 range, depending on fabric.

    Fabric, I think, is another reason to go MTM. You get to pick exactly what you want and, ideally, you're working with someone who can provide useful input about what a fabric looks like made up.
     


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