Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    lol at that last pic clags. that fit looks like it could be you. i hate it btw and rudals should never buy it, but its all you baby.
     


  2. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Listen. I have been whining about the finances related to my wedding because I just want to give my fiance the best ring that I can get her. She deserves it. While I don't have to be so extreme in the way I save, I am doing it for her. As far as where I am in my career, let's just say my title has the word "Director" and CPA in it and I am at a fairly large organization. (Yes, I am bragging like a douchebag). While I am not making Wall St. money, I think I do quite well for someone my age 'cus I came from nothing and worked my @ss off to get here.

    Now, I hate buying used stuff. I don't buy used cars. I don't buy used anything. And like I said already, there is no way I am buying a suit anytime soon, unless I get a hefty bonus.
     


  3. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    I LOVE THIS! I might have bought this if I didn't know any better. LOL. But no bow tie. There's an idiot on my team that sports a bow tie and I want to choke him with it everytime I see it.
    My company has a deal with BB and we get like 15% off even on top of their seasonal discounts.
     


  4. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    please for the love of all that is good, do not buy that.
     


  5. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Noodles, putting on 10lbs, unless you weigh about 110lbs in the first place, shouldn't make a massive difference to how your suit fits. A tight waistband and a loss of room when the button's fastened, sure. But if it really fits badly now, it's not because you had an extra datschundburger on holiday. How tall are you, by the way, and what is your actual chest measurement? I'm trying to get an idea of your proportions.

    Stitchy is being a loyal salesman for NMWA, and their service and products are impressive by all accounts. But apart from the obvious fact that a mail order suit from them is no more likely to fit you than one from eBay, the fact that their jackets fit Stitchy - who is a completely different shape to you - almost guarantees that they won't fit you. So really, a good returns policy still involves your dropping two grand, trying something on, and either deciding to keep a suit that doesn't fit because it's nice, or sending it back for a refund, and weeping at your foolishness either way.

    Maybe you should take a day trip to NY and try some on - they have different makers and fits after all. Maybe you could look in on some of the other SF affiliates there and their many and splendid products. But more practically, looking at some other US-based members and their tidy fits, go to Brooks Brothers, and try some different fits. Go to somewhere that sell Samuelsohn (I just googled a place in DC called "W M Fox"?). Go to Suit Supply, and see if one of their standard fits is good for you. None of these things sound very glamorous, but that's kind of the point: what matters more is going into some physical shops with loads of different suits of reasonable quality, and trying on a lot of them. I haven't tried any of these places, but I've seen pics on here of people in their stuff looking great.

    Or, whether it's locally or NY or anywhere, if not a a bespoke tailor then a MTM service that involves your getting measured and at least one semi-made fitting in person in a shop. Mail order is not for you. Because America secretly hates Asians. If it's any consolation, they hate me too. :)


    Edit: P.S. Bow ties are cool. Fuck you.
     
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  6. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Uncle Mimo,

    There's noooooooooo way I am ordering a suit without first trying them on.

    I don't know what my chest size is. The reason why 10 lbs made the fit worse is that the suits were slim and a bit on the tight side in the first place so when I gained 10 lbs it just pushed it over the edge. I am 6 ft...that is kind of short for a Korean, and I used to be 170ish with slim build. Shirts I wear 15.5 and jackets I wear 38R. I feel like I am filling out an online dating website profile. Clag has seen me in person so maybe he might come out and say that I am a [email protected]

    By the way, I hope you like my profile picture. I did it just for you.

    Oh wait, now that I think of it, I think I may have purchased these suits when I was 160 lbs. People told me I look like shit so I bumped it up to 170 lbs.
     
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  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It was pretty much

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    when he hung out.
     


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    TM79 Senior member

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    Congrats on the success, man.

    You don't need to buy used. You can buy new on sale. Case in point - the suits sold by NMWA are excellent and better quality than some $3k+ suits but during their sale they were "only" like $1700.

    I hate buying used stuff, too, but I don't let pride get in the way of buying new on sale. To me that would be a foolish thing to be stubborn about.
     


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    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This (sorry Clags).
     


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    Can we make this into a JRD shoe thread for a moment? I have a pressing Vass MTO decision to make this week!

    Clags, I await your approval
     


  11. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No. I totally agree. Rudals should not wear that. I, on the other hand, should. I live in linen. I love linen. Linen loves me.

    Also, let's do shoes for a bit.

    jrd as well as Rudals.

    Rudals, I know you generally wear black, but both brown and burgundy should work in your environment. Burgundy is a bit more formal than brown.
     
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    At this point we need just to create an official "should I buy this" thread
     


  13. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    I feel like I've been violated. That's just wrong.
     


  14. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Rudals, NMWA has free shipping and free returns. They encourage you to buy things and try them on in the comfort of your home and send them back if they do not fit. Its probably the best way to buy clothing that I know of.
     


  15. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Stitchie,

    Since you probably have worn a Zegna before, how are NMWA suits compared to them. That's really the only reference that I have. And if I wear a 38R, what the heck size do I pick?
    These suits considered "fitted" or "trimmed" or are they kind of relaxed?
     


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