Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    I mean, I get it. It's an internet forum in real time so thoughts will fly around left and right. I'm not saying anyone did a bad job - sorry if it came off that way.

    But I cannot imagine that this type of loose structure is really helping the people who want help. They're bouncing around like ping pong balls. I know I wouldn't absorb info too well this way.

    It should/could be more like ...

    Day 1: On this day we will talk about dress shoes, and nothing else. What features are good. What features to be avoided. How many types of shoes a man should own and for which occasions he would wear each.

    Day 2: On this day we cover ties - the 5 we think all men in a professional office should own. Then the ties we like for weddings, for fun, for more casual outfits, and so on ...

    Just my two cents, and my version of throwing shit against the wall!

    Clag's comment about Koreans and being textbook got me thinking this way... it would be like a well structured class.
     
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  2. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I guess I was sort of hands off about it. I do feel a bit of responsibility for this thread. But I thought that was weird I did, so I didn't do much. I have no problem doing more if folks don't mind. I'd definitely prefer this to have a little more direction.

    Jacket length I'm sure doesn't need much discussing. It needs to cover your ass. Plain and simple. It is the most direct route to finding out what you appropriate jacket length is. At least in terms of it being too short (a more common problem I imagine). As far as longer jackets, I doubt I'd want anything going more than an inch below where my ass ended, but at that point, I'd also say that total height and arm length should be accounted for.

    Saying that a person who is 5'10 needs a jacket XXcm long is a bit silly to me--our torsos are all different lengths, as are our asses.

    So if someone has a shoe problem, that might be a better starting point to right the direction of the thread (not that it was ever wrong, mind you)
     
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    This. The last part is maybe the most important--if you can't describe what you want, it's going to be tough unless it's 1) an excellent tailor, 2) you like their house style, and 3) you can trust them to make all the choices for you.

    Would definitely stick with OTR until you really know what you want.
     
  4. TweedyProf

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    This is because the two rules are giving you conflicting advice and it's a case in point of why a full pic is a good idea (can you post both), and why I dislike invocation of one rule as if that determines the right answer.

    The first rule is trying to balance relative to height while the second is trying to balance relative to arm length. Neither deal with cases where your torso and leg are not balanced in length. That's why the rules are only first approximations. If you care you have to look at all the factors: height, torso length, arm length, body shape, etc.

    I agree with Clags that covering your ass is a starting point, and for most men of regular proportions, that will probably work and you'll hit the sweet post >50% of the time. Still, I'd think it valuable to post your two pics, if you don't mind.

    The part I bolded is probably the most important point however, because I think you'll get in a range where there's going to be a spread regarding the cognoscenti about whether it is too long and too short. We are talking about an inch (which can matter, of course).
     
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    BTW, there was a thread I started on articulating a principle for length where Doc, Alex (a Tailor) and Despos (via PM) weighed in. This was the final product:

    Final Version: cover your ass leaving as long of a leg line as possible without looking like your on stilts, but giving enough weight to the torso without elongating it.

    I think the Tailor's were happy with it in terms of articulating what they do mainly by eye as expert tailors. The eye part is important, of course.
     
  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The Brooks Brothers looks a bit more modern (higher gorges). But they have different shoulder measurements. I know it seems like .75 an inch isn't much split between two shoulders, but it can make a difference. At least it does on me. JR, how much have you purchased without buying a navy blazer? Because I'm willing to bet that the money adds up to an amount that could have purchased you a handsome blazer new and you wouldn't have had to worry with all this ebaying...just saying....(as someone who once briefly tried to build an odd jacket wardrobe via eBay)*


    More on jacket length: I think that if the choice is between not covering you ass and but being proportionate everywhere else and covering you ass and being a bit out of proportion elsewhere, the lesser of the two evils is always covering your ass. The debate really only starts beyond that point.


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    There's no way there is a joke to be made here. Nope, can't think of a single one!
     
  9. luv2breformed

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    I will take pics hopefully when I get home with each jacket on.

    I'm in the market for the exact same sort of thing right now, and I am having a hard time finding something. I will say that one of my criteria is patch pockets, so I would not get either of those ones. If you aren't as worried about that then either of those would probably be fine. I prefer the first.
     
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    I'm not against new by any means I just don't know where to look.
     
  11. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't understand people who don't like patch pockets on an odd jacket. In part, I like solids a lot, so without a pattern to distinguish it from a suit jacket, patch pockets are all but a necessity.

    Any reason why y'all haven't gotten this:
    http://apac.suitsupply.com/en/jackets/havana-navy-plain/C540E.html?start=21&cgid=Jackets

    Howard Yount has some options, including this nice suit with a jacket that could easily function as a blazer ($699)
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  12. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    Epaulet MTO will give you a patch pocket option. Right now it's limited to Southwick but they're rolling out Samuelsohn MTO this year, too.
     
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    luv2breformed Senior member

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    Sleeve length w/ working buttonholes. =/
    I am a 38R and a 25.5" sleeve length. I haven't called to inquire if they have longer sleeves/ unfinished on some of their RTW, but I suspect I would need to do MTM. =/
     
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    Quote:Is that a herrigbone weave, and a windowpane? It is hard to keep up with this thread, but I hope for that one, it was a PASS.
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Seems like the 94L would fit you well. And the sleeves could probably be shortened on the cuff.
     
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