Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Navy suit, white shirt, grey or burgundy neat tie and black cap toe oxfords. No pocket square.
     


  2. archibaldleach

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    You have the right idea here. Given a choice between midnight blue solid and a navy pinstripe, I'd go for the former (though a navy solid may be better if you have one; no big deal if not). White shirt definitely. Blue or burgundy neat or solid tie will be fine. White linen pocket square if you must, but I tend to leave the pocket square at home on interviews personally (and it's the easiest way to not seem to be outdressing the interviewers).
     


  3. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    Ties are here! They're a bit darker in person than in picture. Both midnight navy.
    I wonder what would go nicely with these ties?

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  4. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    Why, a grey flannel suit of course!
     
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  5. DonRaphael

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    Thanks, guys. I suppose sans PS would be best and would fit my purpose of not out dressing the interviewers also. I own a navy suit, but it has a small herringbone pattern. I'll stick to the midnight navy suit, burgundy tie (am not sure whether I own a neat, but I definitely do own a grenadine fina), white shirt and black cap toes. Thanks again.
     


  6. The Noodles

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    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I accidentally thumbed up!
    PoW would be more complementary.
     


  7. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    Just pulling the proverbial leg. Nice ties, Noodles.

    @DonRaphael, good luck with the interview. (Personally I'd go for charcoal suit and navy tie, but that's just a matter of preference)
     


  8. DonRaphael

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    Thanks, EliodA. I've got my hopes set up high for this one, so all luck is needed.

    As for the choice of suit, I don't own a solid charcoal suit. I let a beautiful Sartoria Partenopea charcoal suit in flannel slip out of my hands the other day. I'm deeply regretful, as it was available for a great price. I was very tempted to ask Murl whether he would consider selling his Formosa to someone else than Noodles when there was talk about it as redemption, but abstained as I didn't want to interfere.
     
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  9. FlyingMonkey

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    Their house style is strongly Huntsman-infuenced - although not as extreme. You saw one of mine and you already said you don't like the cut! We had an argument about it, remember? [​IMG] There are several of the forum's best dressed who have had things made by C&D, notably TTO, who was the main reason I went there initially. I like their house style, but I won't be using them for everything. For suits, I prefer that kind of cut, but for odd jackets not always*, and I also want to try at least one other tailor for odd trousers (just because).

    I'll be having the basted fitting for my next commission with C&D in November so I'll try to get more pictures this time... I'll also be getting fitted for a flannel suit at the same time. I don't know which cloth you were talking about with C&D, but I've never been quoted anything like that much for a 2-piece, even taking into account the fact that I tend to bring my own cloth so I avoid those kind of markups anyway (another reason for going bespoke for me, apart from the fact that I enjoy both the process and the final result)**.

    And if we were comparing Formosa bespoke with C&D bespoke at the same prices, I wouldn't be making these arguments, I'd be booking an appointment with Formosa... but I really cannot see much of an argument for any RTW at that price as they only come in Regular lengths at NMWA, they won't and trying to make Regular jackets into Short is a bad, bad idea. But if you know that it fits you and flatters you, congratulations, you've found your perfect suit and I am very happy for you.

    *In terms of unstructured RTW odd jackets, I've already found my perfect supplier - Ring Jacket from Osaka in Japan - who make a 36S that actually fits me and come with unfinished sleeves so there are no issues with trying to shorten sleeves that already have working buttonholes or any of the other stupidities that some expensive RTW makers indulge in. Plus I seem to have found a regular source of massively discounted jackets from RJ in my size right here on this forum...

    **Personally, if I could afford to pay substantially more, I'd go to Steed...

    PS: I agree that one of the guys who works at C&D seems to like things rather tighter for himself than I like (or think is flattering to anyone), but one thing I've learned already from meeting quite a few tailors is that you really can't necessarily make any judgments about the quality and fit of what they will produce for you based on what they like to wear themselves...
     
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  10. in stitches

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    This sounds like a great fit for any occasion, actually.

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    Ties look great, Noodles.
     


  11. ridethecliche

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    Would you guys say that the striped gren that noodles bought is interview appropriate?

    I have a similar one and was hoping to wear it with a navy suit for an interview next week (!!!). Forgoing the white linen PS as well.
     


  12. EliodA

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    No, too loud IMO
     


  13. The Noodles

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    [​IMG]
     


  14. EliodA

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    Too loud for a job interview, I mean. It's a great tie, Noodles.
     


  15. The Noodles

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    how is that too loud. the red stripes make it too loud?
    I would have thought some praisley tie would be too loud. but not that. That's too subtle.
     


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