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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    TweedyProf, I think you'll get more attention and better feedback here. But I'd post in both threads.
     


  2. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    There seem to be very few supporters of this outside the SW&D crowd. I used to think it was ok with a really rough textured herringbone jacket but now I'm not so sure.
     


  3. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    I just checked there's only 40 and 44 and unfortunately for me that puts the length at 29"-29.5" which I think would be too short for me. It is a gorgeous looking jacket though. I'll keep my eyes peeled and check in here for suggestions. I'm slow today at work due to the weather.

    I appreciate the suggestion but as was pointed out it may be 3/4 inches too short for me.
    I wish I would've know you were bidding on it...especially after that football remark [​IMG][​IMG] Thats ok, I have one similar and was able to pick up the other one.
     


  4. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I lol'ed too, but in light of the subsequent pushback by many, what about this as a compromise, from the man himself:


    I'm not a fan of any of them, but none are actively bad. It's just that I personally just don't like multi-fabric ties (ruling out #1), small-scale grenadines (#2), woven dot ties (I like printed dots a lot though) so no #3, and small scale check suits ruling out #4 (larger scale ones can be cool, but would be too informal for your needs). All those are more personal likes/dislikes rather than objective advice though.
     


  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    R, you seem to have returned a lot of stuff already. If you're on the fence about some of the remaining items -- particularly those outside the exchange terms -- I'd suggest considering how generous Neiman already has been to you. The suit, especially. There's a point at which taking advantage of a generous exchange policy becomes abuse. You bought it, after all.

    Used to be you could return anything at Brooks anytime, but people took excessive advantage of that fact. Now those days are gone, and that hurts everyone who shops there.
     
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  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    No matter what mimo says, on this side of the Atlantic at least you can wear jeans and a sportcoat. Not just any sportcoat, of course.
     


  7. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    Plus, there's no reason to return the suit.
     


  8. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    Why does spoos suit have to fit me....why...
     


  9. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Put it like that, yeah, keep the suit. Don't care much about NM (apparently retailers catering to the upper class are doing rather well at the moment*), but if all the returns could lead to a change in their generous policy...

    That being said, still return the ties. Because they'll probably still turn a profit via Last Call and that money will go to small business owners like David Hober and Jason at Henry Carter.
     
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  10. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ok, here it is. I agree that in many cases, there is a better option than the jeans. For example, light brown cords or moleskins here would have improved the look. But let this be an attempt at an argument for a fit that is above threshold, on a crappy day where gray slush ponds abound on the streets. I think for jeans, I'd only wear something in a rich brown, and really in the fall/winter. Less enthused about jeans/jackets combo in spring/summer.

    Tie is a midnight knit to dress it down a bit. Jacket could be textured agree with TM79 about herringbone). I'd be happier in this context if it had patch pockets. A more textured sweater too would help, perhaps even with a more visible weave. Perhaps jeans are too faded. Heavy boots for the weather.

    Am teaching. The jacket and tie, even a knit, are symbols for formality on my campus as I seem to be one of the few younger profs to dress appropriately when teaching.

    Anyway, not best, but that's not the argument: above threshhold is what I'm after. But crap weather necessitates sacrifices. Yes photo is crap too.

    [​IMG]
     


  11. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why not go BD and no tie? That's the only part that throws me.
     


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    That's fine. I would prefer jeans with a higher rise, though.
     


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    Just got off the phone with a manager at NM and I basically told her that I want to return this suit for such and such reasons and she said she will make an exception and will allow 100% refund. I am very glad and thankful to you all for making me realizing that I paid for something that really isn't worth the price tag. With this suit gone and the first 2 ties gone, I will have returned EVERYTHING that I've purchased from NM and I WILL NEVER AGAIN step back in that store again! I would like to dedicate this awesomeness to Clag and others who commented on the suit. Looks like I'll get back about $4k after everything is said and done. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    This side too, and if done right it can look just fine.

    It is a very hard thing to do well, however: if a little more mature, you run the risk of looking like Jeremy Clarkson doing a weekend shop at Waitrose wearing a tweed jacket and really terrible jeans; if younger, a rah wearing dark jeans, boat shoes, and gold-button navy blazer. I don't know whether either reference will successfully cross the pond, but I think fellow British readers will instantly know the looks I mean.
     
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  15. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    [​IMG]Doc, you're right. I was in a hurry. A BD would have been better here.

    But why not a knit on top of that then? It's the teaching that makes me feel the need for the tie.
     


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