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    Posted: Dec/20/2010 at 2:26am

I just purchased a couple new suits - body has changed for the better and had to get some...

I got traditional navy and after some deliberation and input from the wifey got a black pinstripe.  The pinstripes are light (no thick gangster style) and its not jet black, more of a dark charcoal black.  I'm now second guessing the black pinstripe in lieu of a solid gray/charcoal.  What say you?


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personally - I dont look good in the gray/charcoal. It makes me look like either the security guard at the front desk - or an old school insurance agent at a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Ask your wife/girlfriend/some chick what you look good in.
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When in doubt, always go solid.  Stripes can be very tough to match and pull off.  With solids, you can mix and match shirts, ties, etc.  With stripes in the suit, it's a little tougher.  I think everyone needs a solid dark charcoal and solid navy blue suit in their wardrobe. 
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I recently bought just a plain grey suit (lighter grey, not charcoal). I have pretty broad shoulders and like to wear brighter color shirts. The combo works well, and as B mentioned, it's easier to pick out ties. It's a sharp look without being drab, but not quite Liberace flamboyant. 
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I hate buying suits.. I am built like a cartoon character...Upper body of an NFL football player and legs the size of a midget(maybe smaller)...

I buy suit separates because the alterations that need to go on to make a normal suit fit my body is expensive as hell and most of the time still looks like crap..
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Dark navy is classic.
 
My Dark Charcoal I find very versatile, as well as a lighter gray.  Next up is going to be a tan/khaki for the spring summer months.
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I don't wear suits.

But I have a nice grey sportcoat. 

I need to go shopping again though, since I've slimmed up some from more running than weight training.

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Originally posted by Chief Chief wrote:

I hate buying suits.. I am built like a cartoon character...Upper body of an NFL football player and legs the size of a midget(maybe smaller)...

I buy suit separates because the alterations that need to go on to make a normal suit fit my body is expensive as hell and most of the time still looks like crap..
 
Yeah, that does sort of suck.  I've bought some 42's that have 36 pants, and by the time the tailor is done, the pockets are almost touching in the back.  If you get athletic or "trim fit" suits, the drop is more like 8", so you can get, say a 42/34 (instead of 36).
Separates are great, although you don't always get the best selection.
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Originally posted by Moraen Moraen wrote:

I don't wear suits.

But I have a nice grey sportcoat. 

I need to go shopping again though, since I've slimmed up some from more running than weight training.

 
Do you wear ties & jacket, or just pretty casual?
 
Not to open this Pandora's Box again, but now that I am "unaffiliated", I am re-assessing my choice of clothing.  I don't have a lot of nice business casual clothes, since I have been wearing suits for 20 years.  If I decide to start going that route, I am going to need to upgrade. 
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I have one suit, and I've only worn it on job interviews (from just out of college to now).  Luckily for me, as far as appearance expectations go, Compliance ranks a hair above IT people.
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Originally posted by Wet_Blanket Wet_Blanket wrote:

I have one suit, and I've only worn it on job interviews (from just out of college to now).  Luckily for me, as far as appearance expectations go, Compliance ranks a hair above IT people.
I somehow picture you in a cardigan and a clip tie.  Maybe a pocket protector.
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Nope, always long sleeve button down collared shirt and slacks - I guess business casual.  I can't go short sleeve due to my tattoos.
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I only wear navy and gray suits. I don't wear black suits to work. I like lighter gray versus charcoal gray suits. I also think you should only wear white or blue shirts (patterns are good, but the underlying shirts should be white or blue).
I can't tell you how many times someone has seen a guy in a brown shirt/brown tie and said 'looks like he learned to dress at K&G menswear (which is a very low end men's dress clothes store)'.
 
Gray nailhead, window pane and herringbones are good to start with (AFTER you have at least two navy suits, one solid and one with a small pinstripe).
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Originally posted by B24 B24 wrote:

Originally posted by Moraen Moraen wrote:

I don't wear suits.

But I have a nice grey sportcoat. 

I need to go shopping again though, since I've slimmed up some from more running than weight training.

 
Do you wear ties & jacket, or just pretty casual?
 
Not to open this Pandora's Box again, but now that I am "unaffiliated", I am re-assessing my choice of clothing.  I don't have a lot of nice business casual clothes, since I have been wearing suits for 20 years.  If I decide to start going that route, I am going to need to upgrade. 


I'll wear a nice shirt.  My wife got me back into ties, so occasionally I'll put on a tie with a white shirt.  Winter months, I wear a lot of cashmere sweaters. 

I almost exclusively wear jeans.  Usually tailored.
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Tailored Jeans?  You are a Mac user!
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Originally posted by Moraen Moraen wrote:

Originally posted by B24 B24 wrote:

Originally posted by Moraen Moraen wrote:

I don't wear suits.

But I have a nice grey sportcoat. 

I need to go shopping again though, since I've slimmed up some from more running than weight training.

 
Do you wear ties & jacket, or just pretty casual?
 
Not to open this Pandora's Box again, but now that I am "unaffiliated", I am re-assessing my choice of clothing.  I don't have a lot of nice business casual clothes, since I have been wearing suits for 20 years.  If I decide to start going that route, I am going to need to upgrade. 


I'll wear a nice shirt.  My wife got me back into ties, so occasionally I'll put on a tie with a white shirt.  Winter months, I wear a lot of cashmere sweaters. 

I almost exclusively wear jeans.  Usually tailored.
 
That would be nice.  Is that type of dress typical in your area, or do you not meet with clients that frequently?  It's tough to get away with that up here on a regular basis.  Although I would love to do it.  But unfortunately, my competition is basically the wirehouses (all suits), the banks (all suits), and some larger RIA firms (all suits).  We do have a couple of small solo RIA's in my area, and none of them wear suits - very casual. 
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I do like the Brooks Brothers no iron dress shirts....they aren't truly no iron but you don't have to take them to the cleaners. I wear a suit usually 3-4 days a week but in the winter nothing beats a tan camel hair blazer....warm. If you have that and a nice navy blazer and a couple of well fitting suits, blue and a gray then you are set.
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Originally posted by B24 B24 wrote:

Originally posted by Moraen Moraen wrote:

Originally posted by B24 B24 wrote:

Originally posted by Moraen Moraen wrote:

I don't wear suits.

But I have a nice grey sportcoat. 

I need to go shopping again though, since I've slimmed up some from more running than weight training.

 
Do you wear ties & jacket, or just pretty casual?
 
Not to open this Pandora's Box again, but now that I am "unaffiliated", I am re-assessing my choice of clothing.  I don't have a lot of nice business casual clothes, since I have been wearing suits for 20 years.  If I decide to start going that route, I am going to need to upgrade. 


I'll wear a nice shirt.  My wife got me back into ties, so occasionally I'll put on a tie with a white shirt.  Winter months, I wear a lot of cashmere sweaters. 

I almost exclusively wear jeans.  Usually tailored.
 
That would be nice.  Is that type of dress typical in your area, or do you not meet with clients that frequently?  It's tough to get away with that up here on a regular basis.  Although I would love to do it.  But unfortunately, my competition is basically the wirehouses (all suits), the banks (all suits), and some larger RIA firms (all suits).  We do have a couple of small solo RIA's in my area, and none of them wear suits - very casual. 


No, I'm the only guy who shows up at the RIA stuff in jeans.  But you know, I'm more uncomfortable in suits.  I win business when I wear my jeans.  I don't do so well in suits. 

If you aren't comfortable, you won't win business.
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R12 - Your choice isn't wrong, but the preference would be to go navy, blue pinstripe, gray pinstripe, then possibly your choice of herringbone/nailhead. I personally don't like windowpane, but that's my own thing.

For myself ...  I wear 75% in the blues, some grays,  will combine the occasional tweed sports coat with gabardine charcoal slacks. Typical attire: Johnston & Murphy loafers, light blue checked (or bengal striped) shirt with french cuffs, yellow patterned tie, matching braces (never a belt), blue pinstripe suit and lately, a solid pocket square.
 
I work in a small town, and I don't want there to be any misunderstanding as to what it is I do so I dress like I stepped out of the WSJ.
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Originally posted by rollingtwelve rollingtwelve wrote:

I just purchased a couple new suits - body has changed for the better and had to get some...

I got traditional navy and after some deliberation and input from the wifey got a black pinstripe.  The pinstripes are light (no thick gangster style) and its not jet black, more of a dark charcoal black.  I'm now second guessing the black pinstripe in lieu of a solid gray/charcoal.  What say you?


 
There aren't rules about suits that you need to have certain ones before others.  Just wear what you like and what's comfortable to you.  Depending on the suit pattern, you'll need to change up your shirts and based on that you'll need to change up your ties. 
 
I wear a suit everyday.  Most days it's my casual suits, which are black w/ thin silver pinstripe, grey w/ blue pinstripe, or a charcoal plaid pattern suit.
 
My power suits are thick and heavy, one is midnight blue with gangster-thick pinstripes, the other is black on black.  I wear these suits for confidence.
 
I'm buying a 3 piece suit at the Nordstrom's half yearly sale that is virtually black on black stripes, excited for this one.
 
I think you're fine with the choice you made.  Solid suits are boring to me, but to each their own.
 
 
 
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