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Received a suit from Black Lapel. Please critique :)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Shcshc11, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Shcshc11

    Shcshc11 Member

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    Hi guys,

    Been lurking for about 2 months.
    I received my Black Lapel suit (navy, slim fit) just yesterday.

    Most of the fit seems pretty good (maybe a few modifications here and there), but I would love it if people more knowledgeable than I am can take a look at my picture and critique it (or give suggestions). I'm not entirely used to Slim Fit so having 2nd opinions would be greatly helpful :)

    Cheers &
    Thanks in advance! :)
    Shc










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  2. HughJ

    HughJ Senior member

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    Welcome. The pictures are a little dim to offer much, but the collar fits very poorly in the last one. You may wish to take them again in better lighting and post them in the tailors' thread, which has numerous knowledgable subscribers.
     
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  3. TheKongoEmpire

    TheKongoEmpire Active Member

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    I concur
     
  4. Stebbin

    Stebbin Senior member

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    There seems to be a very big gap in the collar between your shirt and the jacket. That may be due to posture, but someone more experienced may be able to discern the reasons.
     
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  5. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Also, the sleeves are too long (probably not news) and the jacket looks too short, at least in the back.
     
  6. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Photographs unsuitable for this purpose but collar looks dreadful at the least.
     
  7. Shcshc11

    Shcshc11 Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I've edited and updated my pictures (much better lighting) and two pictures of the collar to get a better "sense" of it.
    It was a concern for me too.

    Sorry for not putting any dress shoes (there are some issues with mine and need to purchase a new one in about 2-3 weeks).
    Dress shirt in the new pics are probably a tad' too long (which I'l get into fixing as well).

    Pictures were taken 5-6 feet away as recommend by other styleforum users.


    Cheers!
    Shc
     
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  8. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    the collar is horrific.

    the back isn't very clean either, but you could be standing funny.

    honestly, that collar is bad enough that the rest is sort of moot.
     
  9. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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  10. Shcshc11

    Shcshc11 Member

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    hm?
     
  11. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    You are NEVER going to be able to tailor that suit to achieve the Styleforum "ideal" fit.


    For all practical purposes (as, in the real world where people actually live), your suit is good enough.

    In the internet world your suit is going to be harshly criticized and ripped to pieces.


    Wear your suit, read more about classic style and fit, and slowly develop your own style.
     
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  12. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    dude, sorry, but no way. Even in the real world someone will question why there is that much space around the collar.
     
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  13. biged781

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    Agreed. That collar is really bad, it's obvious (and not just to an SF-like crowd.) Send it back.
     
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  14. Shcshc11

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    Thanks for the advise.
    Is the collar problem something that would be (easily) fixable with a tailor?
     
  15. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    Sometimes, yes. But in your case, judging from these pictures, no.
     
  16. forbritisheyes

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    Actually, I don't think the sleeves are too long - his shirt sleeves are a bit long.

    The jacket collar stands away from your shirt collar, way too much as mentioned. The front looks decent. The only thing I'm surprised about is that, though the jacket looks too short, I don't see much of your hind quarters! Mine reaches my thumbs and it covers my butt only by 1 or two inches. I wear my trousers at the proper height and most of my height is in my legs.
     
  17. mensimageconsultant

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    Both sets of sleeves are too long.

    In looking again, lordosis possibly is present, creating a vaguely pregnant look from the side. Tailoring is needed, regardless of the cause.
     
  18. Shcshc11

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    Thanks everybody for the feedback!
    Very much appreciated. Talked to the tailor today and he had pretty much more or less the same opinion.

    And yeah, the side-picture definitely had a lordosis (forward head).

    Cheers!
     
  19. Shcshc11

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    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to update on my experience.
    I sent the same pictures to the concierge and Black Lapel decided to automatically gave me a full remake (no extra charge). =)

    Jay gave me a nice call and essentially guide me exactly what to remeasure. It`s one of those little touches that made me think that they truly do care about making their customers happy. (imo)

    I'm pretty happy with the remake. I`ve worn it a few times at work and got compliments too (always nice to get mood-boost on a 8am workday).


    Cheers!
    Have a nice weekend everyone. =)


    p-s: Quebec`s weather have been rainy for the past WEEKS (honestly feels like winter) (which explains the lighting in the pic)

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  20. forbritisheyes

    forbritisheyes Senior member

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    Trousers are a bit short still. Looks better. You should take your pictures such that the light shines on you, instead of from behind you and onto the camera. The pictures are still very very poor. Open up the other blinds in the future.

    I hope their customer service isn't really good only in the beginning and deteriorates as they increase their client base, thus caring less and less about specific clients. I've contacted them myself just to ask questions about styling, particularly roped shoulders and the hand-padded canvas & full canvassing. I plan on using them in a year or so and pray it stays top notch.
     
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