Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Good choice. Looking forward to seeing the result.
     


  2. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    @jfrater I've got two Kent Wang suits and here is what I would recommend:

    - Go with the soft shoulder. The standard shoulder is okay, but not anything special. When I asked about the roped shoulder a year ago, Kent did not have any pictures of it, so I have no idea how it looks.

    - Go with limited pick stitching. The extensive pick stitching is way over the top.

    - Absolutely go full canvas.

    - The wide lapel is really, really wide. It's 4.25 inches, whereas the standard lapel is 3.5 inch. I have both and am leaning towards the standard lapel on the next one because I feel 4.25 inches is a little too much.

    - Both of my suits are the 2 button model, but I will likely go 3 roll 2 on the next one after seeing a picture where it looked much nicer IMO.

    - On your first suit, give yourself a little room in your final modifications. If it's a little long in the pants or sleeves or big in the chest, you can take it to a tailor to modify. If you end up a little short or tight in those categories, you've got a suit that you may not be able to wear.

    @Pliny has suits from Kent Wang as well and may also be able to pass along some helpful hints.
     


  3. kulata

    kulata Senior member

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    4.25 inch lapel is pretty normal sized for a US42R in my experience and it's far from wide.
     


  4. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Yep, nothing out of the ordinary.
     


  5. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    People from UK, do you get taxed ordering from Exquisite Trimmings?
     


  6. thejoker

    thejoker Well-Known Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, Outside of the EU we get charged import duty and a release fee for anything between £12 and £120. Additional customs charges for anything over £120.

    In my experience though, some things get through and some get charged
     


  7. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    ET is based in London, so you'll be paying VAT, just like on any other purchase.
     


  8. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    Right I just saw they were UK I meant on top of the listed price. Just bought some stuff I'm so bad.
     


  9. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Macjedi - Hober untipped are great for summer.

    Black shoe hate is beyond moronic. There are no words.
     


  10. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'd say unequivocal hate for most anything is moronic. But yeah, black shoes should get more love than they do. I have a pair of black captoe bluchers that I should make an effort to wear more often, especially the rare times that my outfit has no brown and is entirely blue based.
     


  11. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    What about black penny loafer hate?
     


  12. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Agreed. Its also often ideal with a gray suit fit.
     


  13. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I love me some black oxfords and monks.
     


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    EliodA Senior member

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    I hate morons!

    The only time I wear black shoes is at funerals. I never have black tie events. I don't hate black shoes, but in any other situation where black shoes are appropriate, I find brown the better option. TweedyProf would say 'optimal'.
     


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    Thanks! Would you say the finer textures are better for summer than say grossa, or is it just preference. I think the chunkier weaves might took outta place with summer weight fabrics, but I could be wrong.

    Btw, I only have 1 pair of black shoes… captoe bals, but I'm glad I have them! I'd like to get a blucher and a boot at some point. Thanks again!
     


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