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

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:38 pm

What's the conventional wisdom on spread collars. I have a few plain white shirts with spread collars. Probably a no go for interviews??? I'm a smaller guy, typically 36S jacket and 15" collar with a really slim fit. Thanks!

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Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:30 pm

I have square shoulders and a little bit of a barrel chest. After trying on hundreds of suits at various department and suit stores (where I was told by the salesmen that they didnt have a suit that fit me), I decided to purchase two custom suits by an American brand called H. Freeman (based out of Philadelphia, not associated with Hickey Freeman). They are fully-canvassed, 120s suits. One is navy, one os Charcoal.

Does anybody know anything more about this brand?

Also, I have been planning on using traditional Brooks Brothers striped ties (see: http://blog.brooksbrothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/regimental-ties.jpg), but am beginning to think this is too conservative. Any suggestions?

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

Postby Dr. Review » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:48 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Also, I have been planning on using traditional Brooks Brothers striped ties (see: http://blog.brooksbrothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/regimental-ties.jpg), but am beginning to think this is too conservative. Any suggestions?


hahaha, good one

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Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:05 pm

Bedsole wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Also, I have been planning on using traditional Brooks Brothers striped ties (see: http://blog.brooksbrothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/regimental-ties.jpg), but am beginning to think this is too conservative. Any suggestions?


hahaha, good one


Ha. I meant too conservative bc I see some people are going with dots, etc.

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Postby romothesavior » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:09 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Bedsole wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Also, I have been planning on using traditional Brooks Brothers striped ties (see: http://blog.brooksbrothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/regimental-ties.jpg), but am beginning to think this is too conservative. Any suggestions?


hahaha, good one


Ha. I meant too conservative bc I see some people are going with dots, etc.

Dots, stripes , and solids can all work just fine. Dots, stripes, and solids can also be abominations, or at least not OCI worthy.

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

Postby Perseus_I » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:57 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I have square shoulders and a little bit of a barrel chest. After trying on hundreds of suits at various department and suit stores (where I was told by the salesmen that they didnt have a suit that fit me), I decided to purchase two custom suits by an American brand called H. Freeman (based out of Philadelphia, not associated with Hickey Freeman). They are fully-canvassed, 120s suits. One is navy, one os Charcoal.

Does anybody know anything more about this brand?

Also, I have been planning on using traditional Brooks Brothers striped ties (see: http://blog.brooksbrothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/regimental-ties.jpg), but am beginning to think this is too conservative. Any suggestions?


I actually bought this exact tie. Conservative or not, I picked it out before I found out it was the classic Brooks Brother tie because I liked it. Does this mean I am a good fit for Big Lawl?

Also, got a solid navy and a solid charcoal suit from those exact manufacturers.

What about pant fitting? Is the "European style"--or tighter fit-- considered too un-conservative for Big Lawl?

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Postby Bronte » Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:16 am

Perseus_I wrote:What about pant fitting? Is the "European style"--or tighter fit-- considered too un-conservative for Big Lawl?


It's impossible to say without seeing the fit. Ideally, an OCI suit is a well-fitted classic American suit, in every way. Notched, medium-width lapels. Generous but tailored fit. Cuffed pant. You should not be wearing a chest and ass-hugging suit. As usual, this comes with the caveat that your attire matters less than every other thing.

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Postby Perseus_I » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:17 pm

Bronte wrote:
Perseus_I wrote:What about pant fitting? Is the "European style"--or tighter fit-- considered too un-conservative for Big Lawl?


It's impossible to say without seeing the fit. Ideally, an OCI suit is a well-fitted classic American suit, in every way. Notched, medium-width lapels. Generous but tailored fit. Cuffed pant. You should not be wearing a chest and ass-hugging suit. As usual, this comes with the caveat that your attire matters less than every other thing.


The "continental style" here. http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashionti ... dvice.html

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Since I have a pretty trim build and long legs, the classic American fit looks super sloppy on me. Is there like an in-between tailored style I could find? How would one explain this to a tailor?

What I ordered was the "regents" fit from Brooks Brothers. It comes looser than in the picture. What is the best way to tailor this? Not much?
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Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:47 pm

-Charcoal or Navy Brooks Brothers 1818 Fitzgerald Suit (during summer or winter semi annual sale)
-2 White Brooks Brothers Slim Fit Shirts- point collar if you are fat/built with a squat face, "ainsley collar" if you are lean with a narrow face (during summer or winter semi annual sale)
-Black Park Avenue Allen Edmonds (NAO during Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale)
-Navy & Burgundy pindot ties from TieBar.com
-Navy/charcoal socks and basic black leather belt matching grain/hue from Macys, TJMax, wherever
-Black real leather padfolio from OfficeMax or any other office store

-->take shirt and suit to a reputable tailor. Have them bring in the sides of the shirt if you are lean. Polish shoes before interview. Learn how to tie a perfect half windsor. Profit.

/thread


brb in the 98th percentile of style at OCI thanks to TLS
brb would have looked like a slob without Pufer and all the TLS style gods.

srs. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread. Really really helpful.

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Postby fatduck » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:49 pm

most inexplicably anonymous post ever?

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Postby WODKilla123 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:00 pm

My bad that was me. Hit the wrong button. Mods feel free to non anonymize. And thanks again to everyone who contributed to credited fashion advice ITT. Before I wouldn't have ever even thought to lolz at people where a button collar in a suit and tie.

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

Postby Emma. » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:44 pm

Perseus_I wrote:
Bronte wrote:
Perseus_I wrote:What about pant fitting? Is the "European style"--or tighter fit-- considered too un-conservative for Big Lawl?


It's impossible to say without seeing the fit. Ideally, an OCI suit is a well-fitted classic American suit, in every way. Notched, medium-width lapels. Generous but tailored fit. Cuffed pant. You should not be wearing a chest and ass-hugging suit. As usual, this comes with the caveat that your attire matters less than every other thing.


The "continental style" here. http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashionti ... dvice.html

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Since I have a pretty trim build and long legs, the classic American fit looks super sloppy on me. Is there like an in-between tailored style I could find? How would one explain this to a tailor?

What I ordered was the "regents" fit from Brooks Brothers. It comes looser than in the picture. What is the best way to tailor this? Not much?

The collected wisdom in this thread basically gets people who know nothing about fashion to a place that is safe for OCI, but that doesn't mean it is the only way to go, or departing from the rules espoused here will at any way hurt you if you know what you are doing. The point is to look professional and well put together. There is no way a slightly more tailored cut in your suit will hurt you in the slightest, and in many cases it might help.

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

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:25 pm

How narrow is too narrow for a tie? I'm not talking hipster skinny, but I prefer narrower ties. I'm short (5'7") and have a real skinny build so I feel like traditional 3.5" ties look almost like clown ties on me. Is 2.5" tie to narrow for an interview?

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Postby Emma. » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:How narrow is too narrow for a tie? I'm not talking hipster skinny, but I prefer narrower ties. I'm short (5'7") and have a real skinny build so I feel like traditional 3.5" ties look almost like clown ties on me. Is 2.5" tie to narrow for an interview?


Your tie width should (roughly) match the width of the lapels on your jacket. I think most of my ties are 2.75-3". To me, 2.5 is about where ties start turning into "skinny ties," but if it works with your jacket and your build you'll be fine.

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

Postby Viktor Vaughn » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:34 pm

Just got my new Brooks Bros. suit in the mail. This is probably a noob question, but:

What are the white strings on the shoulders and sleeves of the suit? Am I supposed to just cut these and pull them out? Thanks guys.

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Postby luckyme » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:59 pm

Viktor Vaughn wrote:Just got my new Brooks Bros. suit in the mail. This is probably a noob question, but:

What are the white strings on the shoulders and sleeves of the suit? Am I supposed to just cut these and pull them out? Thanks guys.


yes

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

Postby mrloblaw » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:19 pm

Anonymous User wrote:How narrow is too narrow for a tie? I'm not talking hipster skinny, but I prefer narrower ties. I'm short (5'7") and have a real skinny build so I feel like traditional 3.5" ties look almost like clown ties on me. Is 2.5" tie to narrow for an interview?


I'd say that, unless you are literally a dwarf, 2.5" is too thin for conservative contexts [while the match the lapels response is frequently mentioned, you shouldn't be wearing a jacket with lapels that narrow in conservative contexts, either; this isn't 1962]. Thetiebar has plenty of 3" thick ties, which are the limit of what I'd try for OCI.

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

Postby dreakol » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:25 pm

was complimented on my suit during an interview

thanks a bunch to this thread

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

Postby romothesavior » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:02 pm

Bronte wrote:
Perseus_I wrote:What about pant fitting? Is the "European style"--or tighter fit-- considered too un-conservative for Big Lawl?


It's impossible to say without seeing the fit. Ideally, an OCI suit is a well-fitted classic American suit, in every way. Notched, medium-width lapels. Generous but tailored fit. Cuffed pant. You should not be wearing a chest and ass-hugging suit. As usual, this comes with the caveat that your attire matters less than every other thing.

I disagree about cuffed pants but agree with the rest generally.

Oh and I'd go for a mid break.

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

Postby WODKilla123 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:24 pm

tcr cuffs = for fats

Lean, tailored fit suit with plain front pants ftw!

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

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:28 pm

Hi:

Random observation.

If you are on here asking: "Is XYZ suit okay for a big law interview," or "is X collar okay," or "what about euro fit," you don't understand what you are doing and you need to stop right now before you blow your money to look like an ass clown.

The purpose of suiting, and menswear generally, is to mask the wearer's flaws and play up his strengths. A suit should hide your large thighs, broaden your narrow shoulders, draw attention away from your enormous head, etc. The color of your tie isn't as important as the contrast between it and your shirt mirroring the contract between your skin tone and your hair color. The pattern on your tie isn't as important as the coordination between it and the patterns in the rest of your outfit. The width of the tie isn't as important as it mirroring the width of your lapels.

I don't have the time or the inclination to write a giant treatise on suiting. But I advise anyone here who doesn't understand the basics of fit, tailoring, silhouette, pattern mixing, and color coordination to get to the your local library and begin reading up on menswear.

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

Postby ran12 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:51 pm

Viktor Vaughn wrote:Just got my new Brooks Bros. suit in the mail. This is probably a noob question, but:

What are the white strings on the shoulders and sleeves of the suit? Am I supposed to just cut these and pull them out? Thanks guys.


Go to a tailor

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

Postby romothesavior » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:59 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I don't have the time or the inclination to write a giant treatise on suiting. But I advise anyone here who doesn't understand the basics of fit, tailoring, silhouette, pattern mixing, and color coordination to get to the your local library and begin reading up on menswear.
lolno

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

Postby shock259 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:02 pm

What's the consensus on tie clips? I've never worn one, but they look pretty kickass, IMO.

Guessing it's not a good idea for an interview, though. Confirm/deny?

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

Postby fatduck » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:05 pm

WODKilla123 wrote:tcr cuffs = for fats

Lean, tailored fit suit with plain front pants ftw!

are you confusing cuffs with pleats?

i personally think cuffs are good for tall skinny types - makes you look less stringbean




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