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Old 29-08-12, 22:40   #1
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Clothes make the man.

Naked people have little or no influence on society.

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Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not expressed in fancy—rich, not gaudy,
For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3



Okay I asked for some opinions on starting this thread in the BBV and received some useful feedback. Some people felt, with good reason, that it was unnecessary duplication of what was already out there on the interwebz, but personally I think it would be useful to collate good advice and information for those buying and altering clothes as a lot of interesting information on the subject has been posted in the BBV over the years but it does tend to get lost and forgotten and hard to find when you actually need it!

Plus having an Irish perspective on tailoring services and availability would be something I'd find useful.

In addition, I'm doing a bit of homework in this area at present so I think it's worthwhile to post my findings as it might save someone else the spadework and I may learn how to do something easier thanks to other posters contributing to this thread.

Obviously there are a number of great blogs and useful websites which people could bring to everyone's attention which it would be useful to include in this post over time (perhaps a little bit of background on the blog or website so people can judge its relevance or usefulness to them would be good too)

I'll start the ball rolling on some useful blogs/websites here and if people have sites to add or reviews of tailors/clothiers/retailers a link could be added in by a kindly mod in time.


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The Sartorialist

A pretty cool photo style blog by Scott Schumann. Mainly photographing street style in Milan, Florence, New York and Paris. Male & Female.

Permanent Style

A fantastic blog covering bespoke tailoring and so much more by Simon Crompton. Mainly London based but covers Europe and NY as well. Great reviews and educational articles.

Real Men. Real Style

An earnest american style site which is aimed at a more mainstream audience but has useful bits and pieces if a little long winded.

How to build a wardrobe - The art of manliness blog

A good jump off article on an american site that I have now added to my RSS reader as it's articles are of a consistently decent standard and depth whilst obviously covering a wider range of topics then just clothing.

http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice
In the sidebar, there is loads of helpful stuff.
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Old 29-08-12, 22:54   #2
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Good job

I will add
http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice
In the sidebar, there is loads of helpfull stuff.

I like reading this stuff and still dressing like a bum
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Old 29-08-12, 23:04   #3
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Super stuff Olly hopefully it works out will be interesting for sure, question & answer type thing as well?

I'm always on the look out for a decent belt as you know myself isn't the most debonair dresser around, anywhere I should be looking? If you could tailor the response to brick & mortar stores that would be handy as I don't have easy access to a credit card, or if there is something online that you do recommend highly I could probably ask a friend for their card.
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Old 29-08-12, 23:49   #4
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are top hats coming back anytime soon?
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Old 30-08-12, 00:05   #5
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Old 30-08-12, 12:49   #6
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just in terms of where I tend to look.

www.joules.com make some excellent polos.

In terms of B&M shops it is well worth taking a trip to Galvins in Tullamore. It is a really excellent shop. It is worth a day trip. You would be there in under an hour from your house Olly.
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Old 30-08-12, 12:58   #7
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Galvins is a cracking shop to be fair. Stumbled in there one day when visiting the oul lad in his old job.
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Old 30-08-12, 13:53   #8
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Naked people have little or no influence on society.

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Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not expressed in fancy—rich, not gaudy,
For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3
"I will punish ... all such as are clothed with strange apparel." --Zephaniah 1:8

"The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God." -- Deuteronomy 22:5
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My mate in London swears by this place.

http://www.suitsupply.com
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Old 30-08-12, 14:32   #10
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So I generally wear White Double Cuff shirts to work. Nothing fancy and just tbh make means nothing to me on these.

Generally I want something with a tapered fit as I am still fortunate with my metabolism and diet choices to be skinny.

I pick up a few with each new suit but have a few that I need to retire soon so will probably get another 5 to keep my quota up.

Long story short where is a good place for bulk buying them or should I just get them when I get a new suit as the more stuff you buy the more they will give you in discount?
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Old 30-08-12, 14:54   #11
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you've to wear clothes in proportion to your physique. There are definite dos and don'ts, good buddy of wearing a bold striped shirt. A bold stripe shirt calls for solid colored or discreetly patterned suits and ties.
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So I generally wear White Double Cuff shirts to work. Nothing fancy and just tbh make means nothing to me on these.

Generally I want something with a tapered fit as I am still fortunate with my metabolism and diet choices to be skinny.

I pick up a few with each new suit but have a few that I need to retire soon so will probably get another 5 to keep my quota up.

Long story short where is a good place for bulk buying them or should I just get them when I get a new suit as the more stuff you buy the more they will give you in discount?
What's your budget spend per shirt Richie? Would you be prepared to go bespoke?
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Super stuff Olly hopefully it works out will be interesting for sure, question & answer type thing as well?

I'm always on the look out for a decent belt as you know myself isn't the most debonair dresser around, anywhere I should be looking? If you could tailor the response to brick & mortar stores that would be handy as I don't have easy access to a credit card, or if there is something online that you do recommend highly I could probably ask a friend for their card.
I haven't researched belts yet Danny. But I will do soon and report back.

I'm going to do a long post on shoes, one on custom shirts and one on suits as that's what I've done some research on to date. If anyone has a niche area they want to do a post on that would be great.
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What's your budget spend per shirt Richie? Would you be prepared to go bespoke?
Dont really have a budget in mind but don't really want to go crazy for work shirts. I guess less than €100 a pop is what I would have imagined but getting a discount or a few ties thrown in for buying bulk.

If I move away from straight IT I would consider it but I think wearing jeans and a tshirt would be better for my candidates as it would match their dress closer but that is a different story.

In terms having 2 or 3 good shirts for client meetings or social occasions when I need to be in a suit I would consider bespoke I guess for this but have not done so in the past.

Tbh my suits are off the rack and altered so would probably get a tailored suit before hitting up the bespoke shirts.

I suppose I was just wondering how much difference you would put on the shirt spend as white is white to a large extent once it is reasonable well fitted. I tend to not keep them more than 12 months at a guess as they can start to fray\dull\misshape or generally just look worn.

Would a higher quality of shirt last me longer and get me the long term savings over time.
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Old 30-08-12, 16:28   #15
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I'm going to do a long post on shoes
Looking forward to this. I mentioned it in BBV once a while back, but the shoes I buy (and pay decent enough money for) tend to last about 3 months only!
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Old 30-08-12, 16:30   #16
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TM Lewin for shirts.

I bought a dress shirt there at the behest of a relative and it is one of the nicest things I've ever owned.
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Old 30-08-12, 17:32   #17
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Where can I get a decent sized wash bag. Preferably with numerous compartments and sections?
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Market arcade shoe store just off grafton street isn't bad but if you want really good prices London is the place to buy. Shop around and gentle haggling is welcome. If you're buying more then one pair or spending more then 200 pound you should get a discount or something extra.

Once you've bought a few pairs from B&M stores you can buy from your favorite maker online as you'll know the exact shoe size that fits you. For example I'm a 10g or a 10.5e depending on the maker.

If you want to see a good selection online this site will give you a good feel for brands and prices. I haven't purchased here myself but I probably will in the future.

Personally I think spending the extra is worthy or both financially and from a looks perspective.

My brother suggested:

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Around the €200 mark should do the job. Take a look at the Barker from England brand
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Barker are a good entry point to higher end shoes imo. They probably run for a little more than that, but with reasonable care they'll last years and cost nothing compared to replacing cheap shoes.
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