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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Not entirely. To 'bespeak' means to order goods, in this context from a tailor. But in the 19th century working class and poor people often made their own clothes. Women spent much of their time sewing and knitting for their families (and this is true to some extent even for the emerging middle class, where sewing, like cooking, was one of the things a women was expected to be able to do in order to be 'marriageable').

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  2. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    nvm
     
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  3. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Haha, this is entirely how med school works. No one goes to class where it isn't required and people just watch lectures at home in their pajamas at 2x speed.
     
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  4. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If someone wants to pick up a Hober staple for a few bucks off:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Sam-Hober-Navy-and-White-Pindot-Tie-/221698005837

    I'm covered in this (I have a nice navy Borrelli with light blue dots that function as my pindot) or I'd probably pick it up.

    Some other Noodle friendly deals from around the internet/SF

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    45 bucks from Howard Yount.
    http://www.howardyount.com/collections/ties/products/silk-knit-dot-tie-pointed-navy-and-white


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    For y'all navy suit wearers, Henry Carter has this for 55AUD, which is probably like 45 bucks given the strength of the dollar.

    Same price from same guy (I may pick this up myself):
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    http://www.henrycarter.com.au/product/brown-melange-linensilk-blend/
    http://www.henrycarter.com.au/product/grey-pin-dot-macclesfield-print/

    Shibumi, 70 euro (not a great sale, but still, 20 euro off). They have some excellent knits that are a very good deal. Just too narrow for me (2.5cm)
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    http://www.shibumi-berlin.com/Ties/Grenadine-Garza-Piccola-Tie-Green-Yellow-Purple-Striped::209.html


    Bit narrow (2.8in), but made in USA and half off (putting them south of 60)


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    http://www.billyreid.com/sale/mens/ties.html

    From Ben Silver (the wool looks like it might be a bit narrow, but the wool-silk prints look to be a good width). Half off, south of 70.
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    http://www.bensilver.com/Wool-Plaid-Tie-in-Camel,28630.html#.VOqimcb2Q4Z
    http://www.bensilver.com/Silk-and-Wool-Neat-Paisley-Tie-in-Oak,28438.html#.VOqi18b2Q4Y


    I know Brooks Brothers isn't a super awesome SF brand, but at 40 bucks, their mainline ties are a good enough deal to warrant mention
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    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Hound...r_MA01520_Color=NAVY&contentpos=134&cgid=0375
    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Oxfor...ar_MA01762_Color=DKRD&contentpos=21&cgid=0375

    Some Drakes sliding in under 70
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    http://www.barneyswarehouse.com/dra...05036645411.html?index=13&cgid=mens-neck-ties
     
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  5. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    I like Henry Carter ties, but shipping to the US is also like $15 and took 4 weeks last time I ordered something.
     
  6. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    It's $14 AUD for shipping (about $11US) and that's a flat rate worldwide for 1 or 10 ties. I pretty much always lose money on intl shipping.

    Certainly 4 weeks is a long time though sorry, Aus post quotes 6-10 business days for the air freight service I use. I'm going to introduce a tracked quicker 4-6 day service soon, but it'll be about double the price.
     
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  7. Xposure

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    I'm looking to buy my second tie. My first was a burgundy grenadine, now I need something which is I can wear to a funeral. Preferably, I should also be able to wear it to other formal occasions as well. Will be wearing it with a navy suit, maybe also navy SC and grey trousers.
     
  8. Monkeyface

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    Black grenadine.
     
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  9. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Blue donegal grenadine?

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    Or silk?

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    They are all great, so any reason to prefer one over the other?
     
  10. TM79

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    edit: Never mind. I had asked a question but then remembered to search this thread for the answer, and found it. Was regarding Spier & McKay trousers.
     
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  11. Bowball

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    Looking back at the wardrobe planning mentioned earlier (10 pairs of trousers and some suit planning), what would people recommended as a basic odd jacket wardrobe to go with those trousers? I'm a teacher so workwear is more business casual than CPD.
     
  12. heldentenor

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    @TweedyProf , purely at the level of preference, for me donegal is quintessentially wool no matter what type of application we're discussing (from blankets to ties). I would stick with wool. The silk herringbone looks nice enough too, however.

    A donegal grenadine seems all over the place in terms of geographic origin, level of formality, and sartorial milieu.
     
  13. heldentenor

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    I think an odd jacket wardrobe begins with two wool navy jackets in different weights (one for fall/winter, one for spring). A brown herringbone or windowpane, a blue patterned jacket, and if you're a bit adventurous, something in green would make a good start. Add a linen summerweight jacket if you're in a climate where that's practical.
     
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  14. SeaJen

    SeaJen Senior member

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    Anyone have any recommendations for wool/linen pants for the spring/summer...I'm assured those seasons will actually return.
     
  15. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    @heldentenor

    Completely agree about the wool, that's the default.

    I actually like the grenadine, something completely different, probably my second choice: crunchy texture with the donegal vibe. But the Drake's silk donegal is the least expensive of the bunch. Might just wait then.
     
  16. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I lose more hope every day.
     
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  17. MGoCrimson

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    Mid-high 40s yesterday... back in the teens this morning when I left the house :(
     
  18. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    As do I, brother.

    And it's not limited to the weather.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
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  19. archibaldleach

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    Not sure how many odd jackets you are looking for, but if I had to choose 5:

    (1) F/W weight navy blazer
    (2) S/S weight navy blazer
    (3) Brown tweed jacket (F/W) - I like herringbone or Donegal but exact configuration is up to you
    (4) Dark green odd jacket (F/W) - Corduroy works for something more casual, heavier tweed can be nice too
    (5) Brown linen or some sort of S/S weight guncheck

    This way you have 3 odd jackets that work in F/W and 2 that work in S/S.
     
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  20. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    This all seems pretty reasonable. Depending on how hot one’s summers get, I might prefer a light(-ish) blue linen or linen blend jacket myself rather than the brown. In my mind there’s something a touch incongruous about wearing a brown jacket in 90 degree-plus heat, even if it’s linen, but that’s just my personal preference based in part on where I grew up.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
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