Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Get some solids first. After solids comes texture. After texture come patterns.
     
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    its a horrible stock picture, its clearly an ill fitting size for the model, and he is not wearing the suit properly. there is no way to judge from that picture what that suit actually looks like in reality. i hate crappy stock pics like that.
     


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    id skip right to textured solids. untextured solids are so boring. i mean, twill is ok, but thats about it.
     


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    Mid-gray sharkskin.
     


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    Agree. I fell in love with the Navy nailhead 10oz flannel at NMWA. Perfect cloth and cut to me.
     


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    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Noodles, dear heart. If it isn't clear already don't buy that suit. Charcoal or a dark grey is where to go when the time is right
     


  7. mimo

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    If you want a pattern on grey, get a pin or chalk stripe on a mid grey or charcoal.

    Otherwise, there's nothing at all wrong with a solid suit, provided you add the visual interest to break it up elsewhere: you now have nice ties to do just that. Nailheads, herringbones, nice nappy flannels for the winter, all good ways of adding some texture while remaining formal. But keep it simple. That designer suit you just posted has such a shouty pattern it actually looks cheap. And if you have to go around at work saying "yeah but it's Isaia", then it's a big fail. A shockingly, unnecessarily, wastefully expensive one too.

    Go. And. Try. Some. Stuff. On.

    And it would be fun if you posted some trying-stuff-on pics. That's your homework for Saturday. Take your beloved too, if you can. She should by now be willing to tell you whether you look stupid. And can also take pictures. And girls are programmed to be happy going shopping without buying anything. And DON'T buy anything. Come back with pics, and we will programme you too. :)
     
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    She also happened to study fashion and it surprised me to hear her say some of the same things that u guys have said, ie on neats and how it looks mature while looking like a grandpa's tie.

    Ugh...if I go with another solid, even if it is grey, I think I will puke. I have too many solids. The designers like Zegna and Isaia have really bad fitting pictures but it's actually different when you try it on. I shall do some try-on-and-take-pix if I have some time this weekend.

    So did I effup this purchase? It's already a water ubder the bridge but this Isaia was one that I purchased couple months ago...at full price
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    It's OK, but not very businessy. And I'm afraid that trendy pattern makes it look cheap. It doesn't fit you well in the chest either. I mean, it's not like it's a bad suit. But you would look better in one a third of the price with a more professional look that fits you better.

    Go and try some stuff on.
     


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    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I think the proportions are a little out, you'd be better off with a slightly more extended or structured shoulder. The soft, smaller shoulder on that one makes you look a bit hippy
     


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    Blowing money like tissue paper...
     


  12. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We need to look at the bright side--that's an excellent combination.
     


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    Can I add pads to the shoulder to look somewhat decent?
     


  14. TweedyProf

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    Did you try the next size up? I don't think these NM or SFA sales people were doing you any favors here.

    You don't have a clean shoulder line so I suppose a more structured shoulder might help, but that isn't what is jumping out at me. You are not getting a clean curve as the shoulder goes to the arm, though that might be in part because of your bulging bicep--stop working out! Those aren't divots at the shoulder, I think, but they aren't clean (see pingson in HOF for a recent clean look I just saw).

    The lines of your lapel collar seem to bulge a bit (not a straight, sharp V, more closer to a "U") so perhaps that is why Mimo suggested the chest doesn't fit you and it is why I asked about sizing up. That said, always hard to judge from a shot. We live in jackets after all, move in them.

    Post in the tailor's thread for more on what you might be able to do. Despos is hanging out there these days, and you're not going to find a more knowledgeable source on tailoring right now in SF.

    Oh, and that gray suit on the last page looks like &)*()^&*! Is that what they are peddling to those of means? Yikes. Go NMWA for sure.

    Edit: again my fact I console myself with all the time in my own case--Just about everyone else outside of SF will think you look great.
     
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    Much appreciate the feedback TweetyProf. I wonder if it is the jacket construction or more of my body (changed since purchasing). I need to get back into shape but I get the feeling that this suit just wasnt for me.
     


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