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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby Dr. Review » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:44 pm

bigchris1313 wrote:
Bedsole wrote:1. That's very obviously not a guy.
2. It's not so much that my arms are long, as it is that I am pretty skinny. A 40L fits in the arms, but I'm too skinny to wear it


While every fiber of my being wants to instruct you to start eating like a man and start smashing big weight in the gym--as explained here--I'm going to hold my tongue and instead direct you here. If you are patient, you'll learn everything you'll ever need.


Don't particularly want to live like a gym rat... or get bigger for that matter. Thanks, though.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby bigchris1313 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:56 am

kalvano wrote:BigChris, I heartily approve of your avatar. Their IPA is exceptional.

That is all.


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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby arhmcpo » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:50 pm

groundkontrol wrote:Looking to buy a charcoal colored suit. I want a slim, modern fit. I want to spend between 200-300 dollars. Any recommendations?


Just got 2 Calvin Klein Suits (Charcoal Black, and Charcoal gray) which both fell in this price range at Men's Warehouse FWIW

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby HiLine » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:20 pm

betasteve wrote:

Black is reserved for evening and mourning.



This is helpful to know. Thanks!

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby 07ggfa5 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:21 pm

Back from the dead...

Do you suit experts think that this striped navy suit will be too much for interviews? --> http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Pr ... 050_254821 I already have a solid navy and charcoal grey suit so I have backups.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby 174 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:35 pm

07ggfa5 wrote:Back from the dead...

Do you suit experts think that this striped navy suit will be too much for interviews? --> http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Pr ... 050_254821 I already have a solid navy and charcoal grey suit so I have backups.


I would not pay 400 dollars for a Jos A. Bank suit.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby 07ggfa5 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:53 pm

174 wrote:
07ggfa5 wrote:Back from the dead...

Do you suit experts think that this striped navy suit will be too much for interviews? --> http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Pr ... 050_254821 I already have a solid navy and charcoal grey suit so I have backups.


I would not pay 400 dollars for a Jos A. Bank suit.


Getting it for around $230 after some haggling.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby Cactus » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:04 pm

3/2 roll sack suit

J. Press,
Brooks, or
O'Connell's

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby jrs12 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:36 am

Cactus wrote:3/2 roll sack suit

J. Press,
Brooks, or
O'Connell's


Actually, this is really good advice. It's a misconception that sack suits are not for slim guys. As long as you get one that fits, and it's properly tailored, they look fantastic.

For those who don't know, a sack suit has natural shoulders (very little to no padding), flat front pants, and no darts (means the jacket doesn't taper like an hourglass). They are generally 3-button, but the lapel rolls over the top button, so the stance is something like a lot of contemporary 2-button jackets (much higher than 2-button jackets were in the 80s, for example).

If you're skinny, unpadded shoulders and flat front pants are the way to go (seems counter-intuitive, but trust me). Also, the fact that these suits don't have a lot of waist suppression makes them look more professional than a lot of fashion brands.

J. Press is probably the way to go. Brooks doesn't carry many sack suits in the stores anymore, though they'll still do them made to order or made to measure. J. Press is a good value, for a well-made product that will last a long time and won't go out of style.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby jrs12 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:40 am

07ggfa5 wrote:Back from the dead...

Do you suit experts think that this striped navy suit will be too much for interviews? --> http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Pr ... 050_254821 I already have a solid navy and charcoal grey suit so I have backups.


I think this is too much. If you go to department stores these days, you'll see that almost every suit has some kind of pattern (hides stains), but many of them appear to be solid if you're standing 8 feet away. These kinds of stripes are fine. Widely spaced, bold pinstripes are to be avoided. If you're getting stripes, look for them to be fainter and narrower.

If you have 2, you're in good shape for interviews, unless you want to upgrade the quality. Also, don't assume you'll need 10 suits when you start work. Unless you're in a midwestern city, there's a high likelihood that you won't be wearing suits that often.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby starstruck393 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:10 am

jrs12 wrote:
07ggfa5 wrote:Back from the dead...

Do you suit experts think that this striped navy suit will be too much for interviews? --> http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Pr ... 050_254821 I already have a solid navy and charcoal grey suit so I have backups.


I think this is too much. If you go to department stores these days, you'll see that almost every suit has some kind of pattern (hides stains), but many of them appear to be solid if you're standing 8 feet away. These kinds of stripes are fine. Widely spaced, bold pinstripes are to be avoided. If you're getting stripes, look for them to be fainter and narrower.

If you have 2, you're in good shape for interviews, unless you want to upgrade the quality. Also, don't assume you'll need 10 suits when you start work. Unless you're in a midwestern city, there's a high likelihood that you won't be wearing suits that often.


Huh? Explain pls.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby texaslawyer » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:26 am

If you a have a basic, conservative, two or three button blue suit, that will be fine for interviews. However, I'd say depending on the firm and the city, you WILL need many suits. For example, if you go with a mid to large firm in a major urban area, suits are a must. I just believe that attorneys need to dree appropriately and project a prosperous, confident image. It is about image and perception, contray to popular belief.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby kalvano » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:46 am

starstruck393 wrote:Huh? Explain pls.



A lot of the attorneys I know don't wear suits to work every day. Slacks and a dress shirt, mostly, and about 50/50 on the tie.

They only wear suits if they are going to court or meeting with clients.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby starstruck393 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:40 am

kalvano wrote:
starstruck393 wrote:Huh? Explain pls.



A lot of the attorneys I know don't wear suits to work every day. Slacks and a dress shirt, mostly, and about 50/50 on the tie.

They only wear suits if they are going to court or meeting with clients.


What types of firms are these? Except for a very casual firm I know of, just about every attorney I know (even small town attorneys) wears a suit almost every day...

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby Amelie » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:41 am

starstruck393 wrote:
kalvano wrote:
starstruck393 wrote:Huh? Explain pls.



A lot of the attorneys I know don't wear suits to work every day. Slacks and a dress shirt, mostly, and about 50/50 on the tie.

They only wear suits if they are going to court or meeting with clients.


What types of firms are these? Except for a very casual firm I know of, just about every attorney I know (even small town attorneys) wears a suit almost every day...


I found this really interesting

http://looklikealawyer.wordpress.com/

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Postby stalls » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:46 am

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby cranberry » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:13 pm

i bought a $450 BCBG suit at dillards for $300 last week... black jacket and black dress pants.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby texaslawyer » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:19 pm

SUCH A DEAL!!!! :D That's great !!! I just can't shop at The Men's Wearhouse, I got burned by them years ago. IMHO they can't guarantee shit !

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby kalvano » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:22 pm

starstruck393 wrote:
kalvano wrote:
starstruck393 wrote:Huh? Explain pls.



A lot of the attorneys I know don't wear suits to work every day. Slacks and a dress shirt, mostly, and about 50/50 on the tie.

They only wear suits if they are going to court or meeting with clients.


What types of firms are these? Except for a very casual firm I know of, just about every attorney I know (even small town attorneys) wears a suit almost every day...



Local firms. Not Biglaw for the most part. The Biglaw people I know wear suits.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby Renzo » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:24 pm

jrs12 wrote:
If you have 2, you're in good shape for interviews, unless you want to upgrade the quality. Also, don't assume you'll need 10 suits when you start work. Unless you're in a midwestern city, there's a high likelihood that you won't be wearing suits that often.

Huh? Of all of the places I have spent time, I have found that atlantic seaboard (particularly NYC) is far the most formal, and as you move west and south things generally become less formal. A Polo shirt and chinos is evening wear in SoCal, and is pajamas in NYC.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby bigchris1313 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:01 pm

Renzo wrote:Of all of the places I have spent time, I have found that atlantic seaboard (particularly NYC) is far the most formal, and as you move west and south things generally become less formal. A Polo shirt and chinos is evening wear in SoCal, and is pajamas in NYC.


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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby ram jam » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:12 pm

In the south a searsucker suit is not only appropriate but required to make pastner. That and a thirst for makers mark that takes over at 3:00 pm on friday afternoons...

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby texaslawyer » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:38 pm

ramjam,

Seer sucker suits in the South to make partner and a thirst for Maker's Mark ? Maybe in the rural South, but in Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Nashville, etc, or any major city one WOULD NOT be taken seriously if they wore a seer sucker suit. Ben Matlock and Atticus Finch were only real on TV and in the movies. A taste for Maker's Mark .....Well............in some circles that would be appropriate.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby nontradintexas » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:45 pm

texaslawyer wrote:ramjam,

Seer sucker suits in the South to make partner and a thirst for Maker's Mark ? Maybe in the rural South, but in Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Nashville, etc, or any major city one WOULD NOT be taken seriously if they wore a seer sucker suit. Ben Matlock and Atticus Finch were only real on TV and in the movies. A taste for Maker's Mark .....Well............in some circles that would be appropriate.


I think some level of sarcasm was missed.

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Re: Suits (Clothing, not law)

Postby Esc » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:30 pm

nontradintexas wrote:
texaslawyer wrote:ramjam,

Seer sucker suits in the South to make partner and a thirst for Maker's Mark ? Maybe in the rural South, but in Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Nashville, etc, or any major city one WOULD NOT be taken seriously if they wore a seer sucker suit. Ben Matlock and Atticus Finch were only real on TV and in the movies. A taste for Maker's Mark .....Well............in some circles that would be appropriate.


I think some level of sarcasm was missed.


Not to mention that seersuckers were perfectly acceptable professional summer attire until not that long ago - Atticus Finch didn't just wear a seersucker because he was fictional; he wore it because they didn't have widespread central AC back then...




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