Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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  1. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm a fan of both stores for casual stuff.
     


  2. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    J.Crew, I can understand.
    B.Pub?! Just a priced mediocre boxy stuff.
     


  3. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I was going to say the exact same thing and suggest you get something from NMWA. After seeing how much effort and improvement went into my professional wardrobe, my wife eventually asked why I did not put the same effort into my casual weekend wear, which is what she saw the most. At the time, I was suits and jackets during the week and old jeans and t-shirts and old sweaters on the weekend. I thought she had a good point. Perhaps your wife is giving you a subtle hint regarding the same?
     


  4. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    NMWA is great for a lot of stuff, but especially more casual pieces. I think I've bought 6 sweaters from them over the past year or so. Great for days when I don't feel like dressing in CM.
     


  5. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    NMWA is absolutely awesome. But since casualwear is something which really doesn't interest me, I'd rather just buy from J Crew and BR, especially on sale, then spend the extra money on NMWA stuff, regardless of how much nicer it is.

    It's like me thinking all of y'all should buy dSLR's before buying any more expensive pieces of clothing. Just different priorities.
     


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    europrep Senior member

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    Post a couple items you are thinking about from both stores and you may get some ideas from the crowd of similar items from other brands you could try. For example, I always bought my casual wool and cotton v-neck sweaters from J.Crew because they fit well. I would need to buy a new one every year because quality didn't hold up. I now buy the same type sweater from Thomas Pink (the only thing I buy from Pink), but they look much nicer and hold up for much longer. Initial cost is more, but less in the long run.
     


  7. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    I let my wife pick and choose my casual wear. I really don't have a clue when it comes to it so I usually just throw on a pair of jeans and a button down shirt.
     


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    Is it worth trying to get some of my suit jackets that are too short lengthened? Is this even possible?

    I need something to wear while I rebuild so I'm wondering if I should consider it. Or do I just let it be and wear as is and wait patiently as I rebuild?
     


  9. The Noodles

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    I did it on one of my suit jacket.
    Take it to your tailor and see what they say.
     


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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I would wear things as is for the time being while you rebuild. If you are interested in keeping these suits in the long run, I suppose you can consider it but I don't love the idea of spending money on alterations for jackets you are getting rid of anyway when you could spend that money accelerating your wardrobe acquisitions instead. Lengthening jackets, especially the front, can be difficult from what I understand as well. To me it's not worth bothering for a minor adjustment and if you need much more than a minor adjustment it probably can't be done well.
     


  11. The Noodles

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    I love NMWA but their casual wears are too expensive for me. It's probably because I don't want to spend too much money on casual wear.
    For me, casual wears should be comfortable enough that I can sleep in it and cheap enough that I can toss it without any guilt.
     


  12. in stitches

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    Idk man, your jacket and tie game is on point, you might as well look nice in casual wear too. Ymmv obvi.
     


  13. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    You're (all you casual bums) failing life.
     
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  14. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hey all:

    So, was at a suit supply recently and am thinking about trying their MTM again, since in many ways, the fit is good. This is their base model. I think the fit is fine, with the main tweak being sleeves. I'd leave the waist but the stance is appropriate and the length fine. If I make it shorter I'd just do it up 1cm or so, but that's within allowances. Lapel width is about 9.5cm measuring along the line from where the lapel is folded straight across. Shoulders are a bit extended and the quarters are opened enough. We'd slim the sleeves a bit and clean up the upper back where it's a bit too drapey. Not sure about any more suppression in waist, so about 1cm on each side. Maybe I can have them take it all from the back.

    Shoulder is lightly structured (which does has the advantage as it doesn't fully hide the bumpiness of my shoulder). Not great shot as it doesn't get the top-bottom proportions right and otherwise hard to see...but it just covers the seat.

    Thoughts?

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  15. ridethecliche

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    Maybe you should go to H&M.

    Honestly, Uniqlo is just about perfect for casual. The prices are amazing for how good the quality is. If the fit works for you it's pretty much a one stop shop for casual stuffs.
     
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