Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    My beef has never been with navy pants directly. I just have never seen a combination that wouldn't look better with another color.
     


  2. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    Yeah, sorry for my vague wording in my question. I had seen the "starts at" thing somewhere, which can obviously mean anything and honestly how many people get the rock bottom price/product?

    I've seen the Proper Suit website and they seem to fit in the $900-1600 neighborhood.

    Hmm... yeah. Something to consider. I'm no high roller but lucked my way into some money at the end of last year and tucked a little aside for a one time splurge. I want to get the most bang for my buck, though.

    Thanks for the info, guys.
     


  3. jrd617

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    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    manton explained the ideals of those who dislike it, in the GT thread. ill try and find it tonight.
     


  5. jrd617

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    BTW, stitchy have u read manton's book. I read about half of it last night. Fun book.

    Dude has questionable political opinions, but I dig his style. :slayer:

    I will have to admit, I wouldn't have understood most of the terminology when I first joined styfo. Probably more an intermediate to advanced book

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Suit-Machiavellian-Approach-Style/dp/0060891866
     
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  6. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    At the risk of being expelled from this thread ...

    I own navy linen trousers and will wear those with walnut AE Strands, a check pattern shirt or light blue poplin shirt, and obviously a matching belt.

    I think it's a perfectly acceptable casual look.

    I don't wear a jacket over navy pants, though. And the linen ones are all I own in navy outside of a navy suit.
     
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  7. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    ^ i like that look. i posted a similar pic in the OP of my navy pants thread. did u see it?
     


  8. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    Not yet.

    I was about to re-read a couple threads to see what the "old guard" had to say. I suspect their comments were along that line - fine for dressed down and casual and not so fine if you want to wear a tie and jacket.

    Off the top of my head I can't really think of a jacket I'd wear over navy pants.
     


  9. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    It really depends on your stance regarding light jacket/dark pants combos. If you don't like them, you'll never like a jacket with navy pants. If you do, then there are options.
     


  10. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Re: pricing, Steed starts at 700 British Pounds for an odd jacket and 950 British Pounds for a suit. The MTM suit I have appears to be half canvassed (I did not end up ordering the fully canvassed version) and is nicely made IMO. An additional 250 British Pounds will get you a full canvassed odd jacket or suit (so 950 British Pounds or 1200 British Pounds respectively). If you double the fully canvassed MTM prices, you basically end up with what you'd be paying for bespoke from them. If you ever want to indulge in buying one of the London Lounge cloths and having it made up, Steed will give you a discount of what seems to be around 400 British Pounds which would subsidize most of the price of the cloth.

    With respect to Steed MTM, one nice thing (standard at a lot of bespoke shops but not at many MTM places) is that you are getting access to a wide range of quality fabrics (including things like Lesser) and are not paying an upcharge for them beyond their advertised prices. I figured Hemrajani would probably end up charging around $1,600 for a suit from a Lesser 13oz cloth, so trying Steed for about $100 more did not seem like too bad of an idea. It's also a nice way to get a feel for their house style without committing to a full bespoke commission (also nice to not have to wait 6+ months for a garment due to having to deal with fittings for the impatient among us). $2,000 or so (depending on the exact British Pound / Dollar rate) for a fully canvassed MTM suit from a quality UK firm is not a bad deal. Plus Edwin and Matthew aren't going to let you leave with a suit that does not fit well and stand by their product.
     


  11. archibaldleach

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    Seems like a workable summer look (though I personally like shoes that are a bit darker with navy and would probably use loafers or monks instead of oxfords). Linen odd trousers are also the only odd trousers I own in navy and I also would not wear them with a jacket.
     


  12. TM79

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    Agree on the slightly darker - I'm not a loafers person and the walnut strand was more a function of a limited shoe wardrobe last summer. This year I have a shoe that's a bit darker which I think would work a little better.

    I kind of do like the tan/navy look, though. May be in the minority there.
     


  13. jungleroller

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    Kind of an appropriate post even if its not working. Todays combo. Charcoal Speck SC, Navy HY Trousers,

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  14. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That looks like it could be quite good. When did you get the Younts?
     


  15. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Tm79.
    I actually think you can get decent results with suit supply, for sports coat from 450-800
    Or so, last time I looked. My one coat from them just needs dropping the length one inch which will lower the stance. But it fits well otherwise. Decent fabrics though not the quality available throug Steed I suspect.
     


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