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This just restocked in my size. I already have the trousers. I thought I was done with clothes purchases for the year, but $200 to make the suit or for an odd jacket is tempting . Yes or no?


Yes....if you can confirm that the trousers and jacket material are from the same batch and actually match.
 

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This just restocked in my size. I already have the trousers. I thought I was done with clothes purchases for the year, but $200 to make the suit or for an odd jacket is tempting . Yes or no?

Go for it. You could check if its the same number/batch etc as the trousers but even if it isn't that not a big issue with linen.
 

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I need a few beater ties for winter. Silk, patterned (already have too much repp and geo, time for some paisley or floral maybe), 3-3.5”.

I’ve bought knit ties from The Tie Bar before and they were pretty meh. Are their standard ties better? Or, any suggestions in a similar price range?
 

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^How about eBay?

I've bought a number of Brooks Brothers and RL Polo (blue label) ties from eBay. Some were older, some were brand new with tags. I've also bought ties from various other brands, including British brands, usually in printed silk or silk madder.
 

Dropbear

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^How about eBay?

I've bought a number of Brooks Brothers and RL Polo (blue label) ties from eBay. Some were older, some were brand new with tags. I've also bought ties from various other brands, including British brands, usually in printed silk or silk madder.
Good idea. Any other brands you’d suggest to look out for?
 

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^How about eBay?

I've bought a number of Brooks Brothers and RL Polo (blue label) ties from eBay. Some were older, some were brand new with tags. I've also bought ties from various other brands, including British brands, usually in printed silk or silk madder.
I have to second this. eBay is your best friend for ties with some great prices if you have the patience to search. I got two silk/wool Borrellis for 15 bucks a pop last year, both NWT.
 

Journeyman

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Good idea. Any other brands you’d suggest to look out for?
If you are looking for printed silk ties in neat patterns, look for brands such as:
- Drake's (nice, but often over-priced);
- Marinella (I have a lot of these and they are very nice);
- Bigi Milano;
- Barney's (depends - they do a lot of woven patterns but I have a couple of nice printed small paisley patterns);
- Paul Stuart;
- J.Press (particularly if you want more "trad" patterns).

There are various other brands but I can't recall them at present.

Have a look for knit ties, too, as knit ties typically look great with more casual outfits. I have a number of really nice, "crunchy" knits that I bought from Ben Silver during a sale years ago (when the AUD was much stronger against the USD), but they're originally made by Sozzi or another European (German?) company that I can't remember - there aren't that many companies that actually make knit ties.
 

Dropbear

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Great info, thanks very much!

On a different note: if You saw a tagged 40R J Press tweed jacket on eBay claiming to be a 17” shoulder, would it be fair to assume that was a poor measurement and it’s probably wider? Or is that just my wishful thinking?
 

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I need a few beater ties for winter. Silk, patterned (already have too much repp and geo, time for some paisley or floral maybe), 3-3.5”.

I’ve bought knit ties from The Tie Bar before and they were pretty meh. Are their standard ties better? Or, any suggestions in a similar price range?
And now for some alternatives to the big names:

Poszetka (made in Poland) www.poszetka.com
Embassy of Elegance (made in Poland) https://embassyofelegance.com
H.N. White (made in England) https://www.hnwhite.co.uk
Ardentes Clipei (made in Italy) https://ardentesclipei.com/cat/cravates
 

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If you're looking for big beefy ties there's no better than Turnbull & Asser, but try and stick to their classics and now that they include the some of the classic ranges in their sales, they're pretty much affordable for a tie that you may well be handing down to the next generation:


The only issue is with the robust construction of T&A ties, in that you need a strong lengthy collar to frame it.
 

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1 A suit trouser with

double forward pleats
but cuffs

...formal or informal?

2 If pleated trousers must always have cuffs, does that mean pleated trousers are always casual?
 

Journeyman

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If pleated trousers must always have cuffs, does that mean pleated trousers are always casual?
That sounds like some sort of rule that may have existed in the first half of the 20th century. To be frank, if you're wearing a suit nowadays, you're dressed formally. Of course, there are degrees of formality - a tan linen suit is considerably less formal than a dark navy suit made from worsted fabric - but if you're wearing a suit that has pleated trousers with cuffs, you're still dressed formally.
 
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