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Why I own 3 JAB suits, and where I want to go from here

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jester87, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. chimchiminey

    chimchiminey Active Member

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    Avoid true 3 button suits. Embrace slightly wider lapels. Just say no to too-widely spread shirt collars. Braces (suspenders) are your friend. Always double down on 11.
     
  2. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

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    I did not take your comment to mean "give me the little bits of info and nuances". I took it, quickly I might add, that you broadly asked what does it mean to learn in a job. I really don't want to get into a debate here so I'll just say this. You are an intern. Your goal this summer is to shut up (unless asking questions), listen, do what is asked, and figure out what will create an offer and then be required of you once you are a full-time member of the firm. (so, what elbastardocalvo said). This is the same for any internship in any industry. So my point was if you don't understand that you're there to learn and take direction then I fear whatever basic skills are being taught today at the college level, and job prep at the post-secondary level, are woefully inadequate. Hence, clothes should not be your primary concern, how to approach this internship should.

    On the flipside, your overanalyzing of a handful of words and debating interpretation means you're on the right path for a legal career.



    back to the clothes...brands are all over the place. diffusion lines are different from main lines. one batch of suits could be made in turkey the next in china and you have differences that you don't know til you try on. There really isn't a good "this always fits for the 6'1" guy no matter what" answer. I've personally gravitated towards what fits me best and have bought multiple fabrics from those makers. You just have to take some time and not rush anything, especially for pieces that you'll want to keep for a while. When you buy a suit because you absolutely have to is when you look back months later and say man this was a stupid purchase. We've all done it. To that extent, my original advice was for stuff like ties and shirts you could jump into quicker, because you need them now, and then buy more quality stuff down the road. If you're going to be a desk jockey, you'll blow through the elbows anyway. But shoes, sport coats, and suits you'll wear for 4-6 years a piece. Those are the items that you'll be happier in the long run if you take a little time to educate yourself.

    Pink can be worn with just about anything.
     
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  3. Jester87

    Jester87 Well-Known Member

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    Points taken. So what industry or profession are you in?

    Also, Pink seems like a bad choice for an olive suit; it makes me think of something disgusting.
     
  4. viator

    viator Senior member

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    Agreed. Stay away from pink and olive. In fact, olive might not be the best color for a summer associate. But if you've got it I suppose it's ok to wear.

    As for shirts in general, I would just figure out your sizing at Charles Tyrwhitt and do their 4 for $199 deal x 2: 4 white, 4 light blue, one blue and white stripe, and one check of some sort. Or do the same at Brooks Brothers.
     
  5. Jester87

    Jester87 Well-Known Member

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    Problem I have with that is spending $400 on shirts that might need to be replaced as early as August.
     
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  7. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Paul Stuart. Never been to their Chicago stores but the NYC store is one of my favorite shops. The actual shop has much, much more than the website.
    http://www.paulstuart.com/shop_men.cfm?MainCatId=14&headermenuid=1

    Fred
     
  8. viator

    viator Senior member

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    But you need shirts now, so you are kind of stuck aren't you? I suggested inexpensive options, and you can have the shirts slimmed down by a tailor when you shed some pounds. You could also buy fewer shirts. I am sure you have some suitable shirts already, so just buy 4-5 new ones and plan on more frequent trips to the cleaners.
     
  9. Jester87

    Jester87 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I start my job in about 3 weeks. I suppose $200 isn't too much to spend on 4 throw away shirts. I do have one white shirt that should still fit me.
     
  10. chet31

    chet31 Senior member

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    Go to JC Penneys, take a look at the Staffords. $20 a pop, you will not find a better quality shirt for under $50.
     
  11. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Since you're a bigger guy, you can also go with Joseph A. Banks. The tailored/slim fit shirts are only slim in comparison to JAB's regular cuts and should be fine on you. Their numerous sales should allow you to get three shirts for $90 or something similar. I've always thought the quality of the JAB shirts is pretty good for $30 a shirt, if they fit.

    You can also try Brooks Brothers during the upcoming Friends and Family sale. You should be able to get three shirts for $155 and many times the SA's will let you add on a 4th or 5th shirt at the same discount pricing.
     

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