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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby nygrrrl » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:31 pm

H. E. Pennypacker wrote:http://www.brooksbrothers.com/clearance/landing_clearance.tem?cmp=EMC-021411d&rid=411782601

HEP I <3 you for posting this. I almost forgot about this sale (it's in-store, too).
I owe you a Guinness. 8)

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Postby James Bond » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:31 pm

H. E. Pennypacker wrote:(that being said, most of my dress shirts are from there and I'm very happy with them).


Charles Tyrwhitt makes absolutely amazing shirts

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Postby H. E. Pennypacker » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:33 pm

James Bond wrote:
H. E. Pennypacker wrote:(that being said, most of my dress shirts are from there and I'm very happy with them).


Charles Tyrwhitt makes absolutely amazing shirts


I'm a big fan of the spread collar and they make a lot of their shirts with that option. The shipping from london is a pain though, can take upwards of 2 weeks (the stores here in NYC don't carry my size, unfortunately).

They hold up well, have great patterns, and the slim fit style fits me perfectly.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby James Bond » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:34 pm

H. E. Pennypacker wrote:
James Bond wrote:
H. E. Pennypacker wrote:(that being said, most of my dress shirts are from there and I'm very happy with them).


Charles Tyrwhitt makes absolutely amazing shirts


I'm a big fan of the spread collar and they make a lot of their shirts with that option. The shipping from london is a pain though, can take upwards of 2 weeks (the stores here in NYC don't carry my size, unfortunately).

They hold up well, have great patterns, and the slim fit style fits me perfectly.


Ya I ordered a few...idk maybe 3 weeks ago when I posted about it ITT? They still aren't here :lol: And +1 to both the spread collar and slim fit

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby nygrrrl » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:38 pm

H. E. Pennypacker wrote:
James Bond wrote:
H. E. Pennypacker wrote:(that being said, most of my dress shirts are from there and I'm very happy with them).


Charles Tyrwhitt makes absolutely amazing shirts


I'm a big fan of the spread collar and they make a lot of their shirts with that option. The shipping from london is a pain though, can take upwards of 2 weeks (the stores here in NYC don't carry my size, unfortunately).

They hold up well, have great patterns, and the slim fit style fits me perfectly.

Grumble. I have yet to find a really well-fitting shirt.
I would pay $$$ for that.

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Postby H. E. Pennypacker » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:39 pm

nygrrrl wrote:
H. E. Pennypacker wrote:http://www.brooksbrothers.com/clearance/landing_clearance.tem?cmp=EMC-021411d&rid=411782601

HEP I <3 you for posting this. I almost forgot about this sale (it's in-store, too).
I owe you a Guinness. 8)


I will gladly take you up on that. I saw Rock yesterday, he's up for some beers this weekend if you're around.

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Postby nygrrrl » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:47 pm

H. E. Pennypacker wrote:I will gladly take you up on that. I saw Rock yesterday, he's up for some beers this weekend if you're around.

I am SO around: going up to CT to visit the fam for dinner tomorrow night, heading back into town on Sunday.
All about the brief, man. What say you to Sunday night?

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby beach_terror » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:49 pm

Renzo wrote:
H. E. Pennypacker wrote:
beach_terror wrote:
king3780 wrote:Jos. A. Bank is also having a 70% off sale this weekend.

I got my interview suit from them for like 300$ when it was originally in the ball park of 1200$. I received a bunch of compliments on it as well. While people will speak ill of their lower end stuff, I'm extremely happy with my suit.

http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Pr ... 050_102480 in Charcoal grey, I think.


Don't be mislead by the discrepancy between the huge number with the bright red X through it and what you actually pay for it. That suit never actually sells for that price. It's always at some huge discount. Just like Charles Tyrwhitt. Their stuff is NEVER "full" price (that being said, most of my dress shirts are from there and I'm very happy with them).

Yeah, Jos. A Banks has actually been sued for deceptive trade practices over their perpetual "sales"

Yeah let me clarify, I wouldn't pay 1100 for the suit I got. However, for the price I paid, I feel like I got a good deal for sure.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby fatduck » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:11 pm

nygrrrl wrote:
H. E. Pennypacker wrote:
James Bond wrote:
H. E. Pennypacker wrote:(that being said, most of my dress shirts are from there and I'm very happy with them).


Charles Tyrwhitt makes absolutely amazing shirts


I'm a big fan of the spread collar and they make a lot of their shirts with that option. The shipping from london is a pain though, can take upwards of 2 weeks (the stores here in NYC don't carry my size, unfortunately).

They hold up well, have great patterns, and the slim fit style fits me perfectly.

Grumble. I have yet to find a really well-fitting shirt.
I would pay $$$ for that.


you could try MTM? GS recommended moderntailor.com earlier in the thread. they'll do a "trial shirt" for $20 (white/black only). just ordered mine; i'll be sure to report the results.

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Postby francisConn » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:20 pm

Tag.

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Postby nygrrrl » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:35 pm

fatduck wrote:you could try MTM? GS recommended moderntailor.com earlier in the thread. they'll do a "trial shirt" for $20 (white/black only). just ordered mine; i'll be sure to report the results.

I would really appreciate that. Tailoring is tough for women. Keep me posted?

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Postby romothesavior » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:56 pm

I'm quite glad this thread is back in action. I missed it when it was dead.

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Postby bsm909 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:50 pm

nygrrrl wrote:
fatduck wrote:you could try MTM? GS recommended moderntailor.com earlier in the thread. they'll do a "trial shirt" for $20 (white/black only). just ordered mine; i'll be sure to report the results.

I would really appreciate that. Tailoring is tough for women. Keep me posted?


I completely agree. I'm half tempted to go to the Italian suit maker here and just break down and order a set of custom shirts just so they actually fit right! I'm not sure why clothing companies have such a hard time making properly fitting shirts- or shirts that can tailor into the right size!

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby twert » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:45 pm

what is the cheapest one can expect to get a canvased suit? I recently dropped 800 on a boss suit because i was in a bind and needed one right away and everything was sold out in my size (after christmas sale at nordstrom) I do not want to pay so much for a non canvased suit again. any ideas?

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Postby SupraVln180 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:53 pm

Random question: I'm flying to NC next friday morning and I have to be somewhere at 12 noon and my flight gets in at 10. So I don't have time to wait for checked bags.

I have a travel bag for my suits, but is there anyway I can use this as my carry on and just stuff all my other shit in my gf's carry on? I know they are a pain in the ass with carry-on luggage, but I need to bring my suits and carry them on, what should I do?

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby Pufer » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:36 pm

SupraVln180 wrote:Random question: I'm flying to NC next friday morning and I have to be somewhere at 12 noon and my flight gets in at 10. So I don't have time to wait for checked bags.

I have a travel bag for my suits, but is there anyway I can use this as my carry on and just stuff all my other shit in my gf's carry on? I know they are a pain in the ass with carry-on luggage, but I need to bring my suits and carry them on, what should I do?


Even basic garment bags are almost always above the linear inches tests for carryons that the airlines use, so you risk having to gate-check the bag if anyone notices (at which point it's dropped in oil, trampled by wildebeests, and shipped to Omaha). This is what you do:

1. Get a rolling carryon in the biggest size you can for whatever airline you're flying (if you don't already have one, go to Walmart or something - with the bedbug problems these days in hotels, you don't want to have to throw out or figure out how to blast-freeze an expensive bag).
2. Get some of those giant ziplock bags (if you can't find the giant ziplocks, get a big Space Bag).
3. If you can't wear your dress shoes on the plane, put them in the foot of the bag (with your ties rolled up inside of them).
4. Turn your suit jacket inside out, make sure the lapels are flat on the inside.
5. Put one of those dry-cleaning bags (the protective plastic ones your clothes come back to you in) on the inside of the jacket.
6. Put another dry cleaning on top of the jacket and fold it in half (fold into the front opening, so the back is the only panel actually being folded; the point of the dry cleaner bags is to make it so that the jacket doesn't come into direct contact with itself).
7. Put the jacket inside a giant ziplock wrapped in another dry cleaning bag and drop it in the suitcase.
8. Push out just enough air so that the ziplock is puffy enough to fill the cavity of your suitcase (or half of the cavity if you have two jackets) before you seal it.
9. Roll up your suit pants and put them alongside the puffy bags.
10. Fold up your shirts, socks, etc., and put them in the front pocket of the bag (or wherever they fit).
11. Close the suitcase and go to the airport.

Wrinkles come from when something presses down on your shit and it can't go anywhere, making it crease; by using the pillow-bag theory, turning the jacket inside out, and stuffing it with dry cleaner bags, there's no pressure on any point of the jacket, and the jacket liner/bags are slippery enough to move around freely instead of risking a crease. By getting an actual carryon, you don't have to worry about whether they'll notice your garment bag is too big.

That said, if you want to pay for express shipping and will only ever have to bring one suit anywhere, you could also go with a Sky Roll.

-Pufer

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Postby SupraVln180 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:20 pm

Pufer wrote:
SupraVln180 wrote:Random question: I'm flying to NC next friday morning and I have to be somewhere at 12 noon and my flight gets in at 10. So I don't have time to wait for checked bags.

I have a travel bag for my suits, but is there anyway I can use this as my carry on and just stuff all my other shit in my gf's carry on? I know they are a pain in the ass with carry-on luggage, but I need to bring my suits and carry them on, what should I do?


Even basic garment bags are almost always above the linear inches tests for carryons that the airlines use, so you risk having to gate-check the bag if anyone notices (at which point it's dropped in oil, trampled by wildebeests, and shipped to Omaha). This is what you do:

1. Get a rolling carryon in the biggest size you can for whatever airline you're flying (if you don't already have one, go to Walmart or something - with the bedbug problems these days in hotels, you don't want to have to throw out or figure out how to blast-freeze an expensive bag).
2. Get some of those giant ziplock bags (if you can't find the giant ziplocks, get a big Space Bag).
3. If you can't wear your dress shoes on the plane, put them in the foot of the bag (with your ties rolled up inside of them).
4. Turn your suit jacket inside out, make sure the lapels are flat on the inside.
5. Put one of those dry-cleaning bags (the protective plastic ones your clothes come back to you in) on the inside of the jacket.
6. Put another dry cleaning on top of the jacket and fold it in half (fold into the front opening, so the back is the only panel actually being folded; the point of the dry cleaner bags is to make it so that the jacket doesn't come into direct contact with itself).
7. Put the jacket inside a giant ziplock wrapped in another dry cleaning bag and drop it in the suitcase.
8. Push out just enough air so that the ziplock is puffy enough to fill the cavity of your suitcase (or half of the cavity if you have two jackets) before you seal it.
9. Roll up your suit pants and put them alongside the puffy bags.
10. Fold up your shirts, socks, etc., and put them in the front pocket of the bag (or wherever they fit).
11. Close the suitcase and go to the airport.

Wrinkles come from when something presses down on your shit and it can't go anywhere, making it crease; by using the pillow-bag theory, turning the jacket inside out, and stuffing it with dry cleaner bags, there's no pressure on any point of the jacket, and the jacket liner/bags are slippery enough to move around freely instead of risking a crease. By getting an actual carryon, you don't have to worry about whether they'll notice your garment bag is too big.

That said, if you want to pay for express shipping and will only ever have to bring one suit anywhere, you could also go with a Sky Roll.

-Pufer




Shit. I might actually do this. Thank you.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby GodSpeed » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:21 am

bsm909 wrote:
nygrrrl wrote:
fatduck wrote:you could try MTM? GS recommended moderntailor.com earlier in the thread. they'll do a "trial shirt" for $20 (white/black only). just ordered mine; i'll be sure to report the results.

I would really appreciate that. Tailoring is tough for women. Keep me posted?


I completely agree. I'm half tempted to go to the Italian suit maker here and just break down and order a set of custom shirts just so they actually fit right! I'm not sure why clothing companies have such a hard time making properly fitting shirts- or shirts that can tailor into the right size!

I liked tailor4less.com's shirts much better. They're nothing phenomenal, but certainly a good shirt. For the price and fit, you can't beat it. I prefer my local tailor. His materials and patters are definitely better, but paying $120 for a dress shirt is getting old.

I don't have a suit from moderntailor, but I was very happy with tailor4less.com's suit. I just ordered another one. I got the Super130's last time, went big for the super 150's this time.

Pro-tip: Enter your measurements in metric. It's more accurate.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby fatduck » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:24 am

GodSpeed wrote:
bsm909 wrote:
nygrrrl wrote:
fatduck wrote:you could try MTM? GS recommended moderntailor.com earlier in the thread. they'll do a "trial shirt" for $20 (white/black only). just ordered mine; i'll be sure to report the results.

I would really appreciate that. Tailoring is tough for women. Keep me posted?


I completely agree. I'm half tempted to go to the Italian suit maker here and just break down and order a set of custom shirts just so they actually fit right! I'm not sure why clothing companies have such a hard time making properly fitting shirts- or shirts that can tailor into the right size!

I liked tailor4less.com's shirts much better. They're nothing phenomenal, but for the price and fit, you can't beat it. I prefer my local tailor. His materials and patters are definitely better, but paying $120 for a dress shirt is getting old.

I don't have a suit from moderntailor, but I was very happy with tailor4less.com's suit. I just ordered another one. I got the Super130's last time, went big for the super 150's this time.

Pro-tip: Enter your measurements in metric. It's more accurate.


i've never done MTM before so we'll see how this goes. if i'm satisfied i will check out tailor4less.

i did use metric for my measurements. did you do the body measurements, or did you use the measurements from a piece of clothing?

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Postby GodSpeed » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:32 am

I already had a bunch of MTM stuff, so I just used that. Made it very easy. Otherwise, I'd go get measured by a tailor.

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Postby fatduck » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:42 am

GodSpeed wrote:I already had a bunch of MTM stuff, so I just used that. Made it very easy. Otherwise, I'd go get measured by a tailor.


yea, if i order again i will do that. i just used the measurements off a nice-fitting shirt i own. i'm sure the fit will be fine (it is made to measure after all), i'm just always skeptical about buying things sight unseen and am curious about the quality of the materials and construction. the $20 first shirt is a great idea.

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Postby GodSpeed » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:56 am

fatduck wrote:
GodSpeed wrote:I already had a bunch of MTM stuff, so I just used that. Made it very easy. Otherwise, I'd go get measured by a tailor.


yea, if i order again i will do that. i just used the measurements off a nice-fitting shirt i own. i'm sure the fit will be fine (it is made to measure after all), i'm just always skeptical about buying things sight unseen and am curious about the quality of the materials and construction. the $20 first shirt is a great idea.

Their shirts wrinkle easily. I don't know if it's because it's their cheap shirt or what.

Anyway, getting a MTM shirt from the measurements of an off the rack shirt kind of defeats the purpose here.

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Postby fatduck » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:03 am

GodSpeed wrote:
fatduck wrote:
GodSpeed wrote:I already had a bunch of MTM stuff, so I just used that. Made it very easy. Otherwise, I'd go get measured by a tailor.


yea, if i order again i will do that. i just used the measurements off a nice-fitting shirt i own. i'm sure the fit will be fine (it is made to measure after all), i'm just always skeptical about buying things sight unseen and am curious about the quality of the materials and construction. the $20 first shirt is a great idea.

Their shirts wrinkle easily. I don't know if it's because it's their cheap shirt or what.

Anyway, getting a MTM shirt from the measurements of an off the rack shirt kind of defeats the purpose here.


the shirt i used has been tailored, but yea i get where you're coming from. i mostly just wanted to see a shirt in my hands to satisfy my skepticism before making a larger purchase of high-quality shirts or a suit. i figured the material for the trial shirt would be pretty cheap, so i don't imagine it would replace any of my existing wardrobe even if it fit perfectly.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby GodSpeed » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:05 am

fatduck wrote:
GodSpeed wrote:
fatduck wrote:
GodSpeed wrote:I already had a bunch of MTM stuff, so I just used that. Made it very easy. Otherwise, I'd go get measured by a tailor.


yea, if i order again i will do that. i just used the measurements off a nice-fitting shirt i own. i'm sure the fit will be fine (it is made to measure after all), i'm just always skeptical about buying things sight unseen and am curious about the quality of the materials and construction. the $20 first shirt is a great idea.

Their shirts wrinkle easily. I don't know if it's because it's their cheap shirt or what.

Anyway, getting a MTM shirt from the measurements of an off the rack shirt kind of defeats the purpose here.


the shirt i used has been tailored, but yea i get where you're coming from. i mostly just wanted to see a shirt in my hands to satisfy my skepticism before making a larger purchase of high-quality shirts or a suit. i figured the material for the trial shirt would be pretty cheap, so i don't imagine it would replace any of my existing wardrobe even if it fit perfectly.

I did the same thing. Wore the shirt today actually. I wasn't really impressed with it. It just wrinkles too easily. It's too stiff (shitty, cheap fabric). Allegedly, that's their $69 fabric. It looked bad by lunch and shit by the time I got home. Tailor4Less has much higher quality (though, it still leaves more to be desired). For $55 though, it's hard to top.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:50 am

twert wrote:what is the cheapest one can expect to get a canvased suit? I recently dropped 800 on a boss suit because i was in a bind and needed one right away and everything was sold out in my size (after christmas sale at nordstrom) I do not want to pay so much for a non canvased suit again. any ideas?


I bought a few used ones in mint condition on ebay for <$60.




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