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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby jrmartin » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:42 am

Anonymous User wrote:Check out suitsupply.com

Much better option than Joseph A. Bank

Also, some nice Drake's ties on sale now at mrporter.com



this was me, don't know why it was posted anonymously.

Not coming from a suit and tie world myself, I've found the putthison and styleforum to be quite helpful at figuring out basics. Styleforum even has a new primer on basics that is seriously worth the read.

Navy suit, white shirt, brown shoes (allen edmonds park avenue are a good start)/belt, burgundy/navy solid or lightly polkadotted tie and you should be good to go looking heaps better than your classmates wearing striped suits and square toed shoes.

Oh yeah, no square toed shoes!

Edit:

Stick to a 100% wool suit. And please don't get it from Jo A Bank unless by some fluke it actually fits.

A Fitzgerald 1818 from Brooks Brothers is decent on sale, but seriously, for the money I love my new suitsupply Napoli. Half canvassed and much higher quality/better cut than the Hugo Boss I have.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby drbarry987 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:56 am

Good advice but Brooks Brothers doesn't make a charcoal suit in their 1818 line, do they?

Closest I found is their grey (not charcoal) one, but is it dark enough for OCI?

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProd ... size=#null

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby jrmartin » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:12 pm

drbarry987 wrote:Good advice but Brooks Brothers doesn't make a charcoal suit in their 1818 line, do they?

Closest I found is their grey (not charcoal) one, but is it dark enough for OCI?

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProd ... size=#null


That grey is plenty dark. Whatever you do, don't get black.

And seriously, I know I'm harping on suitsupply, but it's only because I'm so excited to have found half-canvassed, well-fitting, decent quality suit for less than $500.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby Blumpbeef » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:27 pm

im sure this has been answered a million times, but I bought a BB outlet Fitzgerald. Where should I tailor it and how much should I expect to pay?

also, whats the difference in quality like between the 1818 and the outlet suits?

ETA: and does anyone know when BB has their next big sale?

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby jrmartin » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:32 pm

Blumpbeef wrote:im sure this has been answered a million times, but I bought a BB outlet Fitzgerald. Where should I tailor it and how much should I expect to pay?

also, whats the difference in quality like between the 1818 and the outlet suits?

ETA: and does anyone know when BB has their next big sale?



Call your local Nordstrom or other nice department store and ask for a tailor recommendation. This is a good way to find a cobbler also.

For BB sales, see here

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby jarak01 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:23 am

I just want to thank Pufer (and all other contributors) for this thread-- it's been very helpful.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby mrloblaw » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:26 pm

FYI brooks brothers has 30% off shoes today, including a few rebranded Allen Edmonds models (Strand, Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue). They differ from Ae sold ones in having rubber protective covers for the sole and cushioned insoles.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby VulcanVulcanVulcan » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:35 pm

I didn't see really anything substantive about this earlier--is anyone going to use the J. Crew Ludlow suit for OCI? It's overpriced as it is currently is, but I was going to wait until they had a 30% off sale.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby drbarry987 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:29 am

wow, the AE Park Aves are NOT on Sale during the Nordstrom's Semi Annual.. Devastated.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby mrloblaw » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:56 am

drbarry987 wrote:wow, the AE Park Aves are NOT on Sale during the Nordstrom's Semi Annual.. Devastated.


Wrong sale, I believe.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby LeDique » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:01 am

mrloblaw wrote:
drbarry987 wrote:wow, the AE Park Aves are NOT on Sale during the Nordstrom's Semi Annual.. Devastated.


Wrong sale, I believe.

Edit: I am dumb.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby 20130312 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:28 pm

drbarry987 wrote:wow, the AE Park Aves are NOT on Sale during the Nordstrom's Semi Annual.. Devastated.


Nordstrom semi annual is in July, brah.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby WODKilla123 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:10 pm

do the AE PA's usually go on sale then brah?

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:55 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
drbarry987 wrote:wow, the AE Park Aves are NOT on Sale during the Nordstrom's Semi Annual.. Devastated.


Nordstrom semi annual is in July, brah.


Not true, brah. Semi annual started today. Anniversary sale is in July.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby 20130312 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:22 pm

Tangerine Gleam wrote:
InGoodFaith wrote:
drbarry987 wrote:wow, the AE Park Aves are NOT on Sale during the Nordstrom's Semi Annual.. Devastated.


Nordstrom semi annual is in July, brah.


Not true, brah. Semi annual started today. Anniversary sale is in July.


Men's sale only is this weekend. Google Nordstrom semi annual and lemme know... brah.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby LeDique » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:25 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
Tangerine Gleam wrote:
InGoodFaith wrote:
drbarry987 wrote:wow, the AE Park Aves are NOT on Sale during the Nordstrom's Semi Annual.. Devastated.


Nordstrom semi annual is in July, brah.


Not true, brah. Semi annual started today. Anniversary sale is in July.


Men's sale only is this weekend. Google Nordstrom semi annual and lemme know... brah.


ok brah: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/frequently- ... salesevent

ETA: not sure why we're all being dicks to each other over the exact names of different Nordstrom sales.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby Kring345 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:06 am

What's the optimal season/month to look for suits? I dont want to spend the money now, but will it be smarter? Or are there lots of sales in the winter/spring?

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby FeelTheHeat » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:08 am

Kring345 wrote:What's the optimal season/month to look for suits? I dont want to spend the money now, but will it be smarter? Or are there lots of sales in the winter/spring?


Nordstrom and Brooks Brothers are having their big sales soon. Jos A Bank Signature suits are good buy when they fall under $260, just check the site on occasion.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby mrloblaw » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:56 pm

I'm going to pick up a couple of new BB suits at the semi-annual sale this week. I went in to check out what my local BB has in stock, and I was surprised that I strongly prefer the Milano fit to the Fitzgerald (more natural shoulders, double vents, slimmer and shorter jacket). My gut tells me that the Milano is a bit fashion-forward for OCI and firm wear, but it also tells me that virtually no one I interview with is going to have the sartorial sense to notice.

Any thoughts?

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby NoleinNY » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:11 pm

So what kind of deal do you get from the BB sale?

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:19 pm

So how terrible would it be to not show up in fancy designed suits, but in Sears type suits. Will interviewers notice/care?

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby romothesavior » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:21 pm

Anonymous User wrote:So how terrible would it be to not show up in fancy designed suits, but in Sears type suits. Will interviewers notice/care?

It would be fine. Just make sure it fits and isn't obnoxious (like pinstriped, a weird color, or paired with awful shirts/ties).

That said, I think you can do a little better than Sears. Do they even sell suits?

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby SemperLegal » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:23 pm

Random Rant from earlier, thought it might help.

Easiest way to get a very diverse wardrobe is to go to Brooks Brothers and get sized and talk fashion. Then buy a few dress shirts/ties since that are almost universally appreciated, not a bad price, and you wasted the salesmen time (I assume they are on commission, if it is like where I did retail, small items like ties and shirts have a higher %, so it compensates for you not being economically or self-aware enough for a BB suit, yet).

Use your new knowledge (and, if possible, a fashion-conscious friend, hopefully of the bangable variety) to go to a lower-cost clothier (JAB, MW, Haggars) and be selective, but bold. Every large suit store and company has some good finds. Keep in mind that worst case, you are out a hundred dollars, but can normally at least salvage some decent slacks.

Then take aforementioned shirts and new suits to a tailor. Buy some collar stays and an iron.

Try to wear the suits when they are not needed, just to see if you like how they look throughout the day, as well as to see if you get any comments or stares (No matter how attractive you are, stares are always bad, though second glances are good). Get comfortable wearing suits.

Some suits won't pan out, save it for weddings of family members you don't care about.

You will also find that your collection is lacking in a few key components (e.g. you only really have one tie that goes with the shirt you really like, or that you need a brown belt) Use the internet, outlets, or sales to fill those gaps. You can get away with a Sears tie, or a Walmart belt if its an deliberate part of an otherwise better-designed outlet.

Then as you get a better idea of what you like, what fashion terms mean, sizes, and a good tailor you can pursue two tracks:

1. Buy last year's suits at a startling low price from an online dealer with a good return policy (e.g. Overstock.com). Male fashion doesn't change fast enough to be worried with looking out of date (and I suspect, even if it did, lawyers wouldn't now the difference). Some people do this with shirts as well.

2. Invest in a few well-planned and expensive items, such as a BB suit/blazer, nicer shoes, or a classy tie clip/watch.

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby Bronck » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:56 am

I want to get a conservative blue dress shirt to complement my white ones, which is the one I should be getting?

BB "Blue": http://i.imgur.com/KlRx8.png
or
BB "Light Blue": http://i.imgur.com/yF5WJ.png

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Re: OCI/callbacks/etc Men's Clothing Mega-thread

Postby Blumpbeef » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:12 am

Bronck wrote:I want to get a conservative blue dress shirt to complement my white ones, which is the one I should be getting?

BB "Blue": http://i.imgur.com/KlRx8.png
or
BB "Light Blue": http://i.imgur.com/yF5WJ.png


I got the light blue one.




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