Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    Speaking of warm overcoats, I inherited an extraordinary Viennese overcoat from the early 70s from my father. Reid & Taylor herringbone tweed, has to be at least 20-25oz; with a removable fur lining (I'm guessing it's squirrel, but am not completely sure). It's marked as a EU size 52, which is my size, but it's both way too big for me and also very boxy.

    It could never be worn in Australia, even in midwinter - but regardless, I'd be keen to have it altered. The problem is the lining. I'd need to take this to a furrier for an opinion. If they said "can be done", I'd get the outer garment cut down to size first, and then let the furrier go to work. Or should I do it the other way 'round?

    This one really has me scratching my head for answers, and so it has hung in the closet (as it hung in my dad's closet - I don't think I ever saw him wear it).

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  2. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    You should just wear that everywhere inside out.
     
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    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    I would think wearing something that approximates the thickness of the fur lining and having the coat altered first would yield the best results. The tailor may even be able to pin the fur to approximate its future, smaller size, and then fit the coat over that.
     
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    MDeKelver Senior member

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    I wear a Magnum (same as above but goes down past knees) in anything below -10C. This means as low as -35C with wind chill on my walk to the bus.
     
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    MDeKelver Senior member

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    No such thing as bad weather. Just bad clothing choices.

    Edit: Oh sorry, I thought you meant the mid -20s.
     
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    Lol. It was in the 20s today in Chicago. Walked around with an Inis sweater from NMWA and no coat. Granted I didn't have to be outside for much more than 5 minutes, but still.
     
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    Looks like Muskrat. I agree, tailor the vest into the outside. Around here, it is not uncommon to see full length seal or beaver coats for men at a gala or ballet. Raccoon is a bit feminine. But beaver? Every man loves a full length beaver.
     
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    So one last fit picture. I think this one looks pretty good (shorten my right sleeve a bit). Purchased off B&S this weekend and picked-up in person today. Inside night pic, so colors are all off, but hopefully you can see the fit.

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  9. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    That looks very, very good.
     
  10. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    I cant recall the last time I buttoned my coat or wore gloves. The cold is overrated. Cowboy up.

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    Euro, looks nice, if a smidgen large.
     
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    You can say that because you live in baltimore and drive to work. If i had to walk to the T stop without gloves or with an unbuttoned coat, I'd have frostbite...
     
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    The real feel here is presently 8 degrees. It gets damn cold here. The driving to work is a fair point, but I walk plenty, and as long as i have pants, a shirt, a sweater, and a coat with a high neck, Im fine. I also need to amend my last post, I do wear gloves if I am walking for an extended time period.
     
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    My brother lives in Edmonton. I imagine it's the coldest two weeks of the year there right now. He told me that at minus 40, every square cm of skin must be covered, as frostbite develops within 1-2 minutes.

    I was there many years ago when it got to minus 26 (celsius), and that was REALLY. FUCKING. COLD. I can't begin to imagine minus 40. Then of course there's the wind chill factor.
     
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    Ha ha! Yes, I think you might be right. Muskrat (or Musquash as it's known in the fur trade). Not fluffy enough for squirrel or sable, too fluffy for ermine or kolinsky.
     

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