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Wardrobe Help Needed

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Da GOAT, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Da GOAT

    Da GOAT Well-Known Member

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    Hi All

    Been lurking for a few weeks, learned alot. Really need some wardrobe help. Ive been a typical bad shopper over the last few years and have a wardrobe thats disjointed and could do with your help.

    I am an awkward size at 6ft 6in, 240lbs. I workout so I am slim with good shoulders. Shoe size is 14uk, suits are 44 Long. Also my work dress is business casual but I like to wear the full suits at times for no reason besides feeling good in them. I also live in Ireland.

    I will list of what I do have and will pick up pics shortly of them once I figure out how to post from iphone.

    What I have;

    Suits x 7. Lots of Grey

    Light Grey x 2, one with light blue check boxes and the other with charcoal check boxes. Ted Baker and Daniel Hecther (sp)
    Dark Charcoal pinstripe, Savoy Tailors Guild
    Blue pinstripe - worst suit in the pack and was the cheapest. Best Menswear
    Brown with blue pinstripe
    Charcoal solid
    Black solid Ted Baker


    Savoy Tailors/Daniel H are the best I have, Ted Baker could do with another half inch on the leg but they are fine. I have been looking at suit supply this last couple days and like the styles they have, Im thinking I really need a navy suit or two.

    Shirts
    I have about 20-25 shirts. Only off the rack, mostly TM Lewin. No bigger brand names. 17.5 neck and 36in sleeves, slim fit shirts tend to no fit right at all. If I go down to 17in neck then the waist is better but buttoning the collar is uncomfortable. Just purchased 2 white and 2 blue recently and feel these are way to puffy. I may get them altered so they arent a complete waist.


    Overcoats
    Do not have and winter approaches. Seen a grey double breasted Calvin Klien coat for 379e I like in House of Fraser (havent been able to find pics online) which can double as both casual and business casual. I dont really need a formal overcoat.


    Chinos
    Have a RL brown pair. At 38x38 I dont have many options though RL online has stone and wine available.


    Shoes x 3
    Rockport Black Shoe
    Jimmy Bee tan shoe
    Just purchased a Barkey Javron brown shoe recently of 250e, size was too big so sending it back. Biggest purchase since joining this forum as I really needed a good quality brown shoe.


    Given the size of my feet, I usually purchase from walktall.co.uk which has some decent higher end shoes. Most USA sites charge double the price of the shoe in import taxes.

    Ties
    My best ones are all from TM Lewin and I think there good quality in them Will post a pick of these later. I am aware when I post that I will be missing several essentials.



    Jumpers, all V Neck x 5

    Baby Blue Ralph Lauren - bad purchase, too short for my frame. Should bin, never wear
    Grey and Black Tommy Hilfiger
    Blue and Wine Jack Jones


    No scarf, gloves tough to find to fit hands.

    Thanks for reading guys, I likely could spend about 500e max a month getting my wardrobe together. I am hoping your help kerbs my impulses to buy silly stuff and focus on quality clothing I truely would love wearing.

    Anything I missed I would appreciate, I expect to be around these forums alot and perhaps use this thread for wardrobe updates and pics.
     
  2. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Okay....

    Without pictures, this isn't going to go anywhere. Most of the choices sound fine. Judging by the brands, footwear is a problem. Also, the black suit and the brown suit with blue pinstripes probably aren't worth keeping. Any overcoat probably should have little or no polyester. Foot width would help.
     
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  3. Da GOAT

    Da GOAT Well-Known Member

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    Couple extra points;

    I can actually get AE shoes in from the states from ebay. These dont always incur big import fees. Barker shoes I believe are a fairly good English make.

    Bought a great grey CK peacoat today for 250e, went in to spend 379e but it was discounted in a new sale so delighted with result. Fit is very good.

    Im thinking of seeing a tailor tomorrow to make me a couple light blue shirts.

    Thanks, as I promised the pics of all my suits. Be nice :)

    Having gone through the process of taking the pics today I feel all my suit jackets are too big in the body so not happy with that at all. I just kept with the one shirt and a couple ties which dont go great but are just to show how the suits fit me.
















    Overview of all my suits











    2 pics of my best quality ties, not everything I have but the better quality ones. All from TM Lewin. I dont think I have any of the basics per style forum :)










    Thats all for now, simply the process of taking these pictures has shown me a whole load of purchasing errors where I could have spent money much better.

    All comments welcome, and what items you believe would be immediate needs.
     
  4. Da GOAT

    Da GOAT Well-Known Member

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    Couple extra points;

    I can actually get AE shoes in from the states from ebay. These dont always incur big import fees. Barker shoes I believe are a fairly good English make.

    Bought a great grey CK peacoat today for 250e, went in to spend 379e but it was discounted in a new sale so delighted with result. Fit is very good.

    Im thinking of seeing a tailor tomorrow to make me a couple light blue shirts.

    Thanks, as I promised the pics of all my suits. Be nice :)

    Having gone through the process of taking the pics today I feel all my suit jackets are too big in the body so not happy with that at all. I just kept with the one shirt and a couple ties which dont go great but are just to show how the suits fit me.
























    Overview of all my suits















    2 pics of my best quality ties, not everything I have but the better quality ones. All from TM Lewin. I dont think I have any of the basics per style forum :)














    Thats all for now, simply the process of taking these pictures has shown me a whole load of purchasing errors where I could have spent money much better.

    All comments welcome, and what items you believe would be immediate needs.
     
  5. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    There would be more replies if the pictures were inline or at least compiled into fewer files or (better) a few external links.

    Neverthless, the attire has been seen, and the fun part (the critique) begins.

    The ties look good quality, but some of the patterns are strange and a few ties are in such light colors that their use is very limited. (Usually the tie should be clearly darker than the shirt.) But any ties as short as the one with the jacket off need to be replaced.

    The Ted Baker gray suit don't seem baggy in the waist, but it likely is too short. The brown seems the bulkiest, sleeve width included. As a rule, the more visible pockets at the waist make that area appear larger. At the shoulders and chest, the suits seem to fit well. All the suits' sleeves are too long - shirt cuff should show. All the pants also are too long.

    The shirt seems to fit strangely in the upper sleeves. Perhaps due to square shoulders. All the shirts might be too tight at the collar.

    Lastly, the left shoulder looks higher than the right. That should be a concern even if it didn't affect clothing.
     
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  6. Da GOAT

    Da GOAT Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the comments and I do agree. I may have picked up regular fit suits rather than slim/tailored fit suits so that should be easy to fix. I tried a hugo boss suit on earlier today while shopping and it fit a whole lot better in the lower body. Sleeves were way too long on the 44L and the jacket to short on the 44r.

    Shirts: I think Im going to try get shirts made for me from now on and build slowly and starting simple.

    Trousers being too long to something I noticed too in the pics.

    Regards the shoulders left vs right, Im not sure how to address your point if you could expand.

    Also I try go through the site to find out how to post pics properly.
     
  7. Da GOAT

    Da GOAT Well-Known Member

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  10. Fred49

    Fred49 Senior member

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    style forum 101 is a good starting point.
     
  11. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    The imbalance probably is muscular and therefore addressed at the gym.
     
  12. southbound35

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    You are aware the sleeves can be shortened, right? At your height, I doubt there is a regular length suit of any brand that would fit you. i would think that extra long might work in some cases. I only looked at the first grey suit you posted, but it was significantly too short.
     

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