Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Bloomies NYC sells them. Someone said that Bloomies will be selling Eidos online next season. The polos go quick. I picked up a medium Lupo polo in light blue in early June. I'm pretty sure that was the only medium left. For some reason, I didn't get a good fit with the Camicia polo (baggy armholes).



    :) I think Bloomies would rather sell to an individual customer at 60% off than to a jobber like Century 21 or Marshall's at 80% off. Eidos is a cult brand right now, and I expect a lot of the good stuff to sell before 60-70% off in coming seasons as their name recognition increases.
     


  2. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    A pic for those who were wondering about a lighter coloured leather jacket. Just imagine how awesome the patina will be in a couple of years from now.

    These Valstar jackets are seriously awesome casual pieces, so comfy and it works just as well with dressed down as with dressed up looks.

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  3. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Senior member

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    I humbly disagree with the idea of a plain shirt. It just looks like an old man at the horse track. Check out Axels for some inspiration. If you can't go all the way with a check shirt, go with one of the colors previously mentioned, but with the sharpest pinstripe windowpane. You get a totally different, more updated look if you are able to pull off some sort of texture or pattern on the shirt.

    The sport coat section of Axel's is an excellent resource. http://axelsltd.com/collections/mens-tailored
     


  4. V1KTA222

    V1KTA222 Senior member

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    Hi Noodlers,

    Looking for some more fit advice.

    First, in my quest to find a staple navy suit, here is where I'm at:

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    Thinking the 42R is a good starting point. Would need to take it in slightly in the waist (both trouser and jacket).

    Also, I was able to get the following Eidos pieces from Bloomingdales. Neither fit a staple that I'm looking for, but the price was right. Should I keep them? If so, what are your suggestions for shirt and tie pairings?

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  5. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Looks good to me. R not L for you on the navy suit. The waist is fine. I would not nip it, but YMMV.

    Eidos look like keepers to me, but I would nip those a little in the waist just to give it a little more shape.

    Are those rust/orange tweed trousers in the first houndstooth pic? I'd prefer something less yellow, a more richer brown. Pairings here should be easy: on the houndstooth, solids or larger scale patterns, browns, blues, greens for ties. Navy and Charcoal take just about everything. Blue or white shirt, depending on the occasion. I might try a strong stripe too with the houndstooth, for a little pattern mixing. Did you get one size down in the jacket versus the suit?

    Odd that Eidos is so much on the brain this season but not last. I suspect this is probably the last year of stark deals as the brand is more visible in SF and elsewhere.
     
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  6. sugarbutch

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    I would go with the R for the navy suit. And I would keep the hell out of both Eidos pieces.
     


  7. V1KTA222

    V1KTA222 Senior member

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    Thanks tweedyprof and sugarbutch.

    The eidos jacket is 40R and the suit is 40L.

    Also, yes those pants are the rust tweed walts from epaulet. Been trying to find something to pair with them and was trying the shepherds check out.
     


  8. TM79

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    An dark olive tweed jacket would look nice.

    I own the burnt orange/rust tweed pants from HY. Very similar color and it works well.
     


  9. mktitsworth

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    I agree about the 42R, but I disagree about the two Eidos pieces. The jacket falls okay but has no shape - the chest is too full and simply makes the guy look like he lost just enough weight. The blobbiness around the middle can probably (and only to a certain extent) be dealt with by a good alterations tailor, but nothing is going to help the chest look as if it was made for anything other than a mannequin.
     


  10. sugarbutch

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    Your eye is too influenced by all that time you've spent with Chris, 'sworth.
     


  11. mktitsworth

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    And I get that not everyone wants to take that level of care in picking things. My guess is that for OP both are probably good - and depending upon some other factors maybe even great - calls. If I were to keep something like that, I think the rust trousers add a nice hue to what is probably a pretty standard cream/dark brown shepherd's check. I think that a white shirt is a bit stark with regards to both the contrast and the formality, though almost gets the feel right. So, something ecru in a shirt, and maybe a very dark green or burgundy grenandine grossa with the other as base color for a silk square (i.e. green tie, burgundy square) with a very traditional pattern - i.e. something very Drakes - that's not necessarily as dark (though burgundy should remain burgundy) could be constructed to work out. This would be very autumnal and country, but a shepherd's check is very country to begin with and we are coming up on autumn soon.

    I just don't like the cut of the jacket though.
     


  12. sugarbutch

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    I was just teasing, but your Despos experience means you can't unsee stuff that we, the great unwashed, don't see at all.
     


  13. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Senior member

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    I don't believe you of all people miss such details. In fact, I'm pretty positive you could - if you wanted to - be pretty merciless about such things.

    I think though that your metric is more evenly balanced allowing you to accept it, rock it, and not fret all the little stuff no one but the iGentry are going to be overly worried about. In fact, I'm pretty positive that when wearing it you'd enjoy the implicit snarl that you would would induce in :foo:.
     
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  14. Coxsackie

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    How about SuitShop? Cheaper than P Johnson but still MTM.

    As for the shoulder question, I'm not sure what you mean by "natural" shoulder. I was under the impression that the vast majority of suits have "natural" shoulders, with the other main options being roped, and unstructured. Perhaps you mean spalla camicia, which to me is still a type of natural shoulder.

    You might also consider asking this question on the Australian Members thread.
     


  15. Coxsackie

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    I had twenty pages of this thread to catch up on, and greatly enjoyed reading through all the various options for boots.

    Then I looked down and realised I was wearing these:

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    Loake 1880 Bedales in oiled scotch grained calf leather, Pennine G last, storm welted Victory soles. Paired here with Kapital jeans. I don't wear these gorgeous boots often enough, and they need a polish, but by George they are comfortable.
     


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