romothesavior wrote:Everything Bronte said today is great stuff.
Why, thank you. I'm pretty bored right now waiting for my SA to start, so I figured I'll pay it forward a little bit.
FeelTheHeat wrote:Checking in with LOLCI just a few months away.
All I have in my repertoire is my Park Aves. I assume the first thing I'll need to be picking up is a shirt and tie. I'll be getting the suit later in the summer when I have a little more cash. Any recommendations on either? I know it's a broad statement, I just don't have the motivation to go searching through all the pages.
Shirt: You'll want more than one shirt for OCI. Although you could of course get by with one by washing it every night, having at least one backup would be preferable. In general, having three white, open collar (i.e., nonbutton-down) shirts is probably ideal--for OCI and in general going forward.
Right now, Brooks Brothers has its standard shirts on sale for three for $200. If you go this route, you'll have a number of choices to make when buying the shirt: the size, the collar, the fit, and the finish. Size is just a matter of having the salesman measure your neck and arms and then trying on a shirt to make sure.
The collar can either be button down or open. You want open for use with a tie at OCI. Open collars can have various "spreads." Most Brooks Brothers shirts have a medium spread, but here's some reading on that issue in case you're presented with the choice: http://www.tomjames.com/virtual/collars.asp. The finish is the decision between regular and noniron (a.k.a. wrinkle free). Noniron is more convenient and regular wears a little better. Also, Brooks Brothers seems to be kind of going all in on the noniron so there seems to be more variety there.
The fit is the decision between traditional, regular, slim, and extra slim. Cross traditional and extra slim off the list: they will fit almost no one. Whether you get regular or slim fit, you're going to want to take the shirts to an offsite tailor afterwords. Just try them both on, buy the one that fits you better, then take them to the tailor.
To get the shirt tailored, see above. What you want done is to have the "sides brought in" on a shirt. This usually costs $20-25 a shirt.
Ties: Since I'm recommending you spend $275 on three shirts, I will save you some money on ties: http://www.thetiebar.com. The Tie Bar ties are $15 and of a reasonable quality. While their more complex patterns are pretty lame and outdated, their simple patterns are the traditional timeless designs you want to wear to OCI. I'll recommend three for you: http://www.thetiebar.com/order_page.asp ... nValueIds=, http://www.thetiebar.com/order_page.asp ... nValueIds=, and http://www.thetiebar.com/order_page.asp ... nValueIds=. The only caveat to these ties is that if you're particularly short they may be a bit too long.