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  • Wife and I are going to a NYE party themed "Silver and Gold." I'm drawing a blank on what to wear. Anyone have any ideas?

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    • Tough theme for a man. Women will have no problem with the theme, however.

      If it's a formal event, I'd stick with a tux. Maybe you could find a vest with silver or gold in it.
      WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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      • Silver and gold pocket squares, folded together to make an alternating pattern? Or hit up a rental place and ask to see the high school section; vests and bowties in metallics are usually on offer.

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        • Originally posted by Ito View Post
          I recently purchased the BR Italian Motion-Stretch Blazer. ... I need the arms shortened about 2 inches for the length to be great, which is halfway in to the buttons. ... Should I return it for the 40S, bring it to a tailor and see what they can do, or just deal with the long sleeves?
          Might depend upon how far apart the button holes stand. If you've got a good tailor, and the holes are well-spaced he or she may be able to rebuild the cuff such that the lower holes are concealed.

          If the buttons are kissing, then there's no way to cleanly shorten partway up the button holes.

          Two inches of excess sleeve would drive me nuts, as it would constantly be hanging over my palms. I'd rather have a slightly short body in the jacket. Maybe try pinning up the body, see how it looks? Just don't be surprised if the 40S has a problem with the button stance, displaying to your belt buckle and shirt.

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          • Thinking about picking up another medium gray S&M suit to add to my rotation but having trouble distinguishing between these four (I understand the difference between matte and sharkskin in theory, but these look pretty similar):

            https://www.spierandmackay.com/mediu...texture-1.html
            https://www.spierandmackay.com/mediu...ure-23032.html
            https://www.spierandmackay.com/matte-medium-gray.html
            https://www.spierandmackay.com/mediu...sharkskin.html

            Any thoughts? Thanks!

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            • Originally posted by Ito View Post
              I recently purchased the BR Italian Motion-Stretch Blazer. I really like it, it looks great and I dig the flexibility of the fabric. My problem comes in with the sleeves - I didn't notice right away, but the suit has functioning sleeve buttons. I have fairly short arms, so I nearly always have to have my sleeves shortened. Normally I would just return the blazer and move on, but I really want to make this one work. I need the arms shortened about 2 inches for the length to be great, which is halfway in to the buttons. I ordered a 40R, so theoretically I could order a 40S which would have an inch shorter arms (according to BR's site) so tailoring would likely be a bit easier, but also would have an inch shorter body length (and the body length is pretty much dead on for me with the 40R). Should I return it for the 40S, bring it to a tailor and see what they can do, or just deal with the long sleeves?
              Since there are no pattern matching problems a competent tailor can probably shorten the sleeves at the shoulders. It's not cheap. Mine charges $65, which is reasonable imo.

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              • What's a good source for solid, affordable knit ties? I used to like The Tie Bar's options, but they're all too narrow now. I'm a bulkier guy and can't really rock a tie less than 2.5 in. wide.

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                • Originally posted by mlstein View Post
                  Since there are no pattern matching problems a competent tailor can probably shorten the sleeves at the shoulders. It's not cheap. Mine charges $65, which is reasonable imo.

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                  Thanks for the input, guys. I went to the tailor I usually go to and she said she could not do it from the shoulders. That said, I am going to reach out to some of the other tailors in my area.

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                  • Originally posted by colby View Post
                    What's a good source for solid, affordable knit ties? I used to like The Tie Bar's options, but they're all too narrow now. I'm a bulkier guy and can't really rock a tie less than 2.5 in. wide.
                    If you are near one a Brooks Brothers outlet normally runs some pretty good sales on ties. They can be found for between 25 and 35 dollars each. Typically they are made in the USA, but it is worth checking.

                    Another more pricey but still good option would be Nordstrom rack or nordsrom proper. They will have a wide selection but prices will vary widely and you need to research the brands to ensure a quality product.

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                    • Originally posted by colby View Post
                      What's a good source for solid, affordable knit ties? I used to like The Tie Bar's options, but they're all too narrow now. I'm a bulkier guy and can't really rock a tie less than 2.5 in. wide.
                      I had bought some from The Knottery several years back. They might have something.

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                      • Originally posted by colby View Post
                        What's a good source for solid, affordable knit ties? I used to like The Tie Bar's options, but they're all too narrow now. I'm a bulkier guy and can't really rock a tie less than 2.5 in. wide.
                        You could try Chipp Neckwear. Pretty sure they have silk knits and I think they're 2.75in or 3in. Definitely wider than 2.5 though. I haven't tried their knits, but I have a grenadine from them and it's awesome.

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                        • You will probably find wider knit ties more easily used online on on eBay.
                          Buy cheap... wear well... SplurgeFrugal.com

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                          • I love Chipp, but not a fan of their knit ties, which are thin and flimsy. The best knit ties I have are from Kamakura or Fort Belvedere, but neither are cheap.


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                            • Regarding Spier & Mackay, anyone have any experience with both the super 110s essential suit and super 120s core suit? If so, can you explain the difference? Thanks!

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                              • Originally posted by BrandonD View Post
                                Regarding Spier & Mackay, anyone have any experience with both the super 110s essential suit and super 120s core suit? If so, can you explain the difference? Thanks!
                                I've never noticed those terms before, but after some research I see what you're referring to. The basic difference I beleive is just the material, that the 120s cloth is a finer cloth (hense 120s vs 110s). I'm certain they are all made in the same factory with the same patterns, although the 120s, being a newer model, may have underdgone slight tweaks to improve the fit (?).

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