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

Postby olive16 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:00 am

I've heard not to wear a black suit, but how offensive is black with very subtle white pinstripes?

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Postby Bronte » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:02 am

wvuchip wrote:
Bronte wrote:It's good to do it regularly and to use a moisturizing cream. Shouldn't take long once you get it down. I also find that edge dressing helps a lot.

I got a Bespoke Post box a couple months ago that had a nice polishing brush, moisturizing cream, brown and black colored polish, wax, and a shammy. It's a pretty nice kit.


Nice. I went to this cobbler the other day, an Italian guy. I asked him to set me up with some good shoes care stuff. He looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I'd looked it up on the internet. I said yeah. He laughed at me and asked why my parents didn't teach me. He said all you need is an old undershirt and some moisturizing polish. So that's what I've been doing, although I'm skeptical of his internet skepticism.

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

Postby Cicero76 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:04 am

wvuchip wrote:
Bronte wrote:It's good to do it regularly and to use a moisturizing cream. Shouldn't take long once you get it down. I also find that edge dressing helps a lot.

I got a Bespoke Post box a couple months ago that had a nice polishing brush, moisturizing cream, brown and black colored polish, wax, and a shammy. It's a pretty nice kit.


Do you have a link to this?

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Postby Bronte » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:04 am

olive16 wrote:I've heard not to wear a black suit, but how offensive is black with very subtle white pinstripes?


If you already own it and can't afford a new suit, you'll be fine. Neither pinstripes nor black are ideal though.

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Postby wvu » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:05 am

olive16 wrote:I've heard not to wear a black suit, but how offensive is black with very subtle white pinstripes?

Are you going to a NY Yankee's funeral?

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Postby ScottRiqui » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:07 am

Bronte wrote:
wvuchip wrote:
Bronte wrote:It's good to do it regularly and to use a moisturizing cream. Shouldn't take long once you get it down. I also find that edge dressing helps a lot.

I got a Bespoke Post box a couple months ago that had a nice polishing brush, moisturizing cream, brown and black colored polish, wax, and a shammy. It's a pretty nice kit.


Nice. I went to this cobbler the other day, an Italian guy. I asked him to set me up with some good shoes care stuff. He looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I'd looked it up on the internet. I said yeah. He laughed at me and asked why my parents didn't teach me. He said all you need is an old undershirt and some moisturizing polish. So that's what I've been doing, although I'm skeptical of his internet skepticism.


Nah, he's right - in boot camp and OCS, all we had was Kiwi polish, water and old t-shirts, and we could get a mirror shine that would honestly probably be "too much" for a business environment.

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

Postby wvu » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:09 am

Bronte wrote:
wvuchip wrote:
Bronte wrote:It's good to do it regularly and to use a moisturizing cream. Shouldn't take long once you get it down. I also find that edge dressing helps a lot.

I got a Bespoke Post box a couple months ago that had a nice polishing brush, moisturizing cream, brown and black colored polish, wax, and a shammy. It's a pretty nice kit.


Nice. I went to this cobbler the other day, an Italian guy. I asked him to set me up with some good shoes care stuff. He looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I'd looked it up on the internet. I said yeah. He laughed at me and asked why my parents didn't teach me. He said all you need is an old undershirt and some moisturizing polish. So that's what I've been doing, although I'm skeptical of his internet skepticism.

Maybe it's just the stuff I was using, but my shoes were kind of dull after applying the moisturizing cream. Only when I applied the wax and polished/brushed it out did they shine like you'd expect.

This is the box I got; not sure the process to go about getting it (if you can order it directly or what).

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Postby romothesavior » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:22 am

I do it myself about half the time, but I really like getting a shine from a pro. It's a relaxing, old-timey experience and they do a lot better job me.

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Postby Danger Zone » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:27 am

romothesavior wrote:I do it myself about half the time, but I really like getting a shine from a pro. It's a relaxing, old-timey experience and they do a lot better job me.

Where would I even go for this? I really want that.

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Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:27 am

Danger Zone wrote:
romothesavior wrote:I do it myself about half the time, but I really like getting a shine from a pro. It's a relaxing, old-timey experience and they do a lot better job me.

Where would I even go for this? I really want that.

Just get to the airport 30 minutes earlier than normal next time.

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Postby romothesavior » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:51 am

Danger Zone wrote:
romothesavior wrote:I do it myself about half the time, but I really like getting a shine from a pro. It's a relaxing, old-timey experience and they do a lot better job me.

Where would I even go for this? I really want that.

Pretty much any shoe repair shop will have a shine stand, and if you work/live in a business district, you'll probably have no trouble finding one. There's one in the lobby of the office building across the street from my office. Airports almost always have them scattered throughout the terminals as well. If you Google it you should be able to locate one near you, assuming you don't live in a small town.

It usually costs between $5-10 (usually less than $10) and lasts 10 minutes or so. Sometimes I'll sit and chat with the shine guy, other times I'll read the paper. And man, do those puppies shine like new when it's done. It's a good experience.

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Postby ScottRiqui » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:55 am

romothesavior wrote:
Danger Zone wrote:
romothesavior wrote:I do it myself about half the time, but I really like getting a shine from a pro. It's a relaxing, old-timey experience and they do a lot better job me.

Where would I even go for this? I really want that.

Pretty much any shoe repair shop will have a shine stand, and if you work/live in a business district, you'll probably have no trouble finding one. There's one in the lobby of the office building across the street from my office. Airports almost always have them scattered throughout the terminals as well. If you Google it you should be able to locate one near you, assuming you don't live in a small town.


Like a straight-razor shave from a barber, I think going to a shine stand is more about the experience than the results. It's enjoyable, but results-wise, it's like running your car through the automatic car wash; they'll come out better then they went in, but if you're picky or want the best results, you're better off doing it yourself or dropping them off at the cobbler's.

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

Postby romothesavior » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:00 am

romothesavior wrote:This thread is in legal employment because it is employment related, but there is virtually no reason to post anon ITT. Please see the giant orange box at the top of the page.

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

Postby Bronte » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:45 am

BelugaWhale wrote:dont mean to still get on the shoe thing but whats the final verdict on bostonians for OCI? Ok?


Yes, they are OK.

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

Postby chrisbru » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:24 am

Nelson wrote:
SportsFan wrote:I can't be the only one who thinks the "YOU WON'T GET AN OFFER UNLESS YOU'RE WEARING PARK AVE'S!!!" attitude in this thread is a bit ridiculous... right? Hell, I went out and got a very nice BB suit just for OCI, but jeez you guys are a bit obsessed with the shoes.

Agreed. Conservative and black, but it seems silly to obsess over the cap toe brand thing.


Brand, yes. But black and captoe is TCR.

The whole point though is hey, if you're going to go spend money, this is the ideal thing to spend it on. No one is saying Park Aves or no offer.

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

Postby chrisbru » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:32 am

brotherdarkness wrote:
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romothesavior wrote:Ask them to taper the legs. They'll know what to do.

Also, why anon?

1) I'm ashamed by my lack of knowledge of menswear

2) Some friends at school know my screenname and use my posts against me..even innocuous posts like asking tailoring info.


1) No-one is born knowing this stuff. No reason to be ashamed of it.

2) Your friends are assholes.


:D :D :D

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

Postby chrisbru » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:36 am

Danger Zone wrote:
romothesavior wrote:I do it myself about half the time, but I really like getting a shine from a pro. It's a relaxing, old-timey experience and they do a lot better job me.

Where would I even go for this? I really want that.


I'm with Romo on this one. I live in Des Moines, IA right now and there are two shoe shine stands within 5 minutes of my office. I'm sure you could find one. Just hit up Yelp.

Edit: Sorry for the triple post, whoops.

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

Postby wvu » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:12 pm

Every Nordstrom I've been in has one right beside the men's shoe section.

I think there's something cathartic about shining shoes, but I'm neurotic about cleaning anything.

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

Postby BVest » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:32 pm

My barber has a stand (and you can leave your shoes if he's not there, so bring an extra pair). Also older downtown hotels often do. I prefer stands just because I don't have to keep up with a box of shine, rags and brushes, and I don't have to worry about staining the rug or my clothes. If my soles or heels are in need of edge dressing for a particular appointment, I find that a Sharpie on my way out the door works wonders.

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

Postby BFrankBYangC » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:32 pm

Can anyone recommend an affordable black belt? (Ideally available for purchase online).

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Postby BVest » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:40 pm

Trafalgar, Cole Haan, AE. I'd check Zappos. Avoid buckles that are too squared off and chunky.

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

Postby iMisto » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:46 pm

Thank you guys for all the tips and help. I just got 2 BB 1818 Fitzgeralds (1chrl/1nvy), and saved over $550 between the sale and credit card discount. :P

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

Postby Nova » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:38 am

Going to the Nordstrom Rack to pick up an oci suit after work today.

This has probably been rehashed over and over but,

What brands and lines should I be looking out for?

Budget is 500-700 before tailoring.

Most important Do and donts?

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

Postby brotherdarkness » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:43 am

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