30
Sep

I'm a student (on a budget around $300) looking to play dress up for a job fair. Is Jos. A. Bank any good?

- Asked by Anonymous

I can’t recommend Jos. A. Bank to you. For that kind of cash, you should just order a suit from Lands’ End (jacket, trousers) in your size and then take the suit to a tailor to make it fit perfectly.

Plus, you can use coupon code SAVEBIG with PIN 1234 to get 30% off the highest priced item in your cart. That’ll put the price of the entire suit at $198.15 and leave you with $100 extra to do some alterations.

30
Sep

WIWT: 9-29-11. Did you get those LE flannels cuffed from the factory or did you have them cuffed yourself? I just ordered the same ones (on back order until 10/14) and got them cuffed. I just want to know what to expect. Thanks!

- Asked by bestdressedcra

They’re not the flannel trousers, they’re the regular year-rounder wool ones. I got them unfinished and took them to my tailor, who tapered them to a 7.5” leg opening, took in the seat and did the hem and cuff.

I don’t typically get my trousers pre-hemmed or cuffed if I can help it. While it’s a nice service LE offers, I know I have to take them in anyway to a tailor, so I might as well get them all done in one shot.

Definitely a fan though of their trousers (and suiting). Probably the best budget-buy trousers out there you can get, provided you’re willing to fork over some extra money for alterations.

08
Sep
I had to reblog this from thisfits, as it’s the last day of the sale. Getting 30% off of Allen Edmonds is probably the largest discount I’ve seen happen at full retail:

Sagamore Captoe Boots - $206.50 shipped (from $295) at Lands’ End
Edit: my bad, forgot to include the promo code details. SHOESALE, PIN 1105. Expires Thursday, September 8th. 
Honestly, I’m not too sure what to make of these. I love the idea of a lug sole, captoe boot for fall. But the product shots aren’t very flattering, and you can clearly see creases in the leather, as if these have already been worn.
But here’s the deal: they’re made of full grain leather. In the USA. By Allen Edmonds.
See?
And that alone makes these worthy of consideration as a boot for fall and mild winters, especially at this price.

I’m also not completely sure if a lug sole is for everyone, however, if you’re in a more casual work (or lifestyle) environment where you can wear denim constantly, then I think this would be a nice fit.
If you want some alternatives and have about a hundred bucks more to spend, then I’d take a look at Charles Tyrwhitt (which constantly has a rotating amount of sales). They have a pair of tan brogue boots and brown military captoes. My pair of last season’s captoes is pretty decent and I’d recommend them definitely if you can score them below their current $300 asking price.

I had to reblog this from thisfits, as it’s the last day of the sale. Getting 30% off of Allen Edmonds is probably the largest discount I’ve seen happen at full retail:

Sagamore Captoe Boots - $206.50 shipped (from $295) at Lands’ End

Edit: my bad, forgot to include the promo code details. SHOESALE, PIN 1105. Expires Thursday, September 8th. 

Honestly, I’m not too sure what to make of these. I love the idea of a lug sole, captoe boot for fall. But the product shots aren’t very flattering, and you can clearly see creases in the leather, as if these have already been worn.

But here’s the deal: they’re made of full grain leather. In the USA. By Allen Edmonds.


See?

And that alone makes these worthy of consideration as a boot for fall and mild winters, especially at this price.

I’m also not completely sure if a lug sole is for everyone, however, if you’re in a more casual work (or lifestyle) environment where you can wear denim constantly, then I think this would be a nice fit.

If you want some alternatives and have about a hundred bucks more to spend, then I’d take a look at Charles Tyrwhitt (which constantly has a rotating amount of sales). They have a pair of tan brogue boots and brown military captoes. My pair of last season’s captoes is pretty decent and I’d recommend them definitely if you can score them below their current $300 asking price.

20
Aug
It’s on sale: Lands’ End suiting, 20% off with free shipping — Lands’ End is having a sitewide 20% off sale with coupon code HAPPY and pin 2598 and free shipping if you spend over $50. This brings the cost of their Year’rounder suit down to $199.20 and their flannel suits down to $303.20.
For those of you who need a starter suit and find yourself on the ramen budget, this is a pretty decent deal. The separates makes it easier to get exactly what you need and Lands’ End has a generous return and exchange policy. I’d personally go with their “tailored fit” line, but keep in mind you’ll probably still need some alterations. I needed to have my trousers tapered and the seat taken in, and the jacket needed the sides taken in along with the cuffs adjusted.

It’s on sale: Lands’ End suiting, 20% off with free shipping — Lands’ End is having a sitewide 20% off sale with coupon code HAPPY and pin 2598 and free shipping if you spend over $50. This brings the cost of their Year’rounder suit down to $199.20 and their flannel suits down to $303.20.

For those of you who need a starter suit and find yourself on the ramen budget, this is a pretty decent deal. The separates makes it easier to get exactly what you need and Lands’ End has a generous return and exchange policy. I’d personally go with their “tailored fit” line, but keep in mind you’ll probably still need some alterations. I needed to have my trousers tapered and the seat taken in, and the jacket needed the sides taken in along with the cuffs adjusted.

17
Aug

Stupidly Cheap Pants

stylepoints:

The pants I wore in this pic are on sale for $19.59 through tomorrow, using promo code WHATADEAL and pin 1115.

I repeat: slim, 100% merino wool dress pants for 20 bucks.  

My experience with LE Tailored Fit trousers is that they need to be tapered, but I do agree that $20/pair is stupid cheap. If the colors on sale appeal to you, then I’d definitely get a pair. Or two.

(via stylepoints)

27
Jul

Lands’ End fall-winter suits, sport coats & blazers

The new arrivals for mainline Lands’ End have appeared online for pre-order and for those of you looking for cheaper alternatives, then these will be worth looking into for your suits, sport coats and blazers.

First, I want to point out the product shots are terribly styled with the proliferation of the bottom button fastening (what’s the deal with that, who did this and why?), which can be distracting to see.

Secondly, it doesn’t appear any of the sport coats or blazers are in the “tailored fit” category, just the “traditional fit” cut. Kind of bothersome, but if memory serves, then Lands’ End isn’t known for doing “tailored fit” outside of their suiting, so it’s not that surprising.

Finally, they all have non-functional buttons on the cuffs. Hooray! No more surgeon cuffs so you can actually get the sleeves altered properly.

Wool flannel suiting (jacket & trousers) — I think these are the best items in the bunch. Classic flannel suits in grey, charcoal, navy and chalk stripe that come in separates, so you can get your exact coat and trousers in the sizes you need. The whole ensemble will run you about $380, but keep in mind that Lands’ End often does sales of 25-30% off your entire order (along with free shipping).

Washed wool blazers in guncheck and herringbone — Another two classic patterns for the colder months. I like the flapped patch pockets, but wish they had leather buttons. You can probably find vintage tweed jackets similar to both though for less on eBay or in thrift stores (heck you might be able to snag some Harris Tweed if you start looking now since not many people are looking for it in the summer months). The $200 price tag seems mildly reasonable, although there’s a good chance better-fitting options will be available from competitors (Rugby, J.Crew, L.L.Bean) and perhaps even Lands’ End Canvas.

Corduroy blazer in green and brown — More flapped patch pockets and also at the $200 pricepoint, which seems kind of high to me for corduroy. These styling shots really don’t flatter, that’s for sure.

Tweed sport coat — The most expensive jacket offering, but also the most impressive. Hacking pockets, ticket pocket, leather buttons and England-woven lambswool. I’m going to assume that’s a 3/2 roll fastening as well. At $300, certainly not cheap, but probably the best looking of what’s offered in the blazer and sport coats. Again, you can probably find something similar on eBay for less, but I do like the fabric’s pattern.

Overall, I’d be more in favor of the sport coats and blazers if they came in trimmer cuts, but the suits look like something I’ll be purchasing. With L.L.Bean Signature’s fall-winter line coming out next week, it’ll be interesting to compare the two’s suits and jackets.

18
Jul

Hello Dear Sir,

I really appreciate all the time you take to help us guys with a desire to embrace the sartorial culture.

Unfortunately, I rarely wear a suit. Let's say 4 times a year, and one of those times i need to wear a tux. I am sick of the rentals, and sick of buying cheap suits so i am trying to be prepared for the future.

So i really need a suit for those rare occasions, but to be versatile enough to be elegant for a wedding and also to wear it to a business meeting in the future. I've narrow it down to the Land's End Year Rounder Suitcoat. Plain Front Trousers? Navy for my first suit is fine right? BB Slim Shirt + Silk Grenadine Ties.

Also, for better or for worse, when i didn't have a clue about the way i wanted to dress myself i blew my money on a pair of black Ferragamo loafers. Is it a crime to wear these with the above suit, to let's say a wedding? Or what-are-you-thinking-about-buy some-god-damned-captoe-shoes.

Thank you for your time sir, and i really enjoy the WIWT series.

Have a nice week.

- Asked by enriquedlcm

Thanks, taking the time is something I enjoy doing and others have definitely taken their time to answer my questions in regards to stuff sartorial. So, I’m happy to help if I can.

I’m going to break this down into a few parts. First, in regards to having to wear a tuxedo at least once a year, I’m going to recommend you buy one. For about the price of 1-2 rentals, you could’ve bought a full tuxedo, gotten it altered to fit properly, look better and gotten a shirt that also fits nicely.

I wrote about the tuxedo I bought last year and have a guide to buying a tuxedo (dinner suit) on eBay. Read over it and consider investing in a solid piece of formal wear. Occasionally, I’ll post links to tuxedos/dinner suits I find on eBay here as well. The one thing I didn’t touch on and would probably go back and do differently is use an online made-to-measure shirt service to make me a perfect-fitting tuxedo shirt. If you have a MTM service you trust and a good shirt to model your measurements off of, then I’d go that route. It’d probably be about the same price and fit better.

I’m going to tackle the shoe question next. It’s probably not going to look great with a suit. Passable? Maybe. Generally, I’d say loafers are too casual to be worn with a suit and you need some sort of laced-up shoe.

That said, I’m in the camp of suggestion you find a pair of plain, black captoes. They’ll be wearable with your tuxedo and suit at the same time. Not sure what your budget is right now, but Nordstrom has the Allen Edmonds Park Avenues on sale right now for $200. That’s about 38% off retail price. You could also try your luck on eBay to snipe a pair. Speaking of Ferragamo, I actually found my black captoes from them for $50.

And that brings us back to the suit. I’m a fan and wear several Lands’ End suits. The fact you can choose your jackets and trousers (yes, go plain front) separately is a good thing. Navy will work just fine for a color, although I think the dark charcoal is also perfectly fine.

I will say that you’ll definitely want to have your suit altered, unless you luck out with it fitting perfectly. The trousers will probably need to be tapered and taken in at the seat, too.

If you’re set on buying from Lands’ End though, then I would hold off for a bit. Subscribe to their email list and wait for the inevitable 25-30% off all items sales they seem to have every month. If you don’t think you can wait too terribly long, then sign up and wait for a discount code that’ll probably knock at least $50 off your order with free shipping.

In regards to the shirt, I’d go with Brooks Brothers ESF shirts, too. If you only really need one shirt, the only get one. However, if you feel you could use an oxford and another shirt, then go for the 3 for $200 deal. I love their OCBDs.

For a silk grenadine tie, I think Derek’s necktie series at Put This On did a great job with suggestions, but to add my two cents, the Kent Wang grenadine is phenomenal. I just received it today as a birthday gift from my brother and it knots amazingly and looks just great.

Hope this was helpful!

13
May

hey mans,
where's the navy suit you wear on the regular from?

nathan

- Asked by homolosine

Lands’ End. It’s the tailored fit option, however, it needed to be altered.

14
Apr

Where did you cop that knit anyway? Lands End? I just grabbed one from there, but I'm still waiting for it to arrive.

- Asked by dieworkwear

Yup, it’s from Lands’ End. I have about seven different colors of silk knit ties from them. I like the thickness of their ties and given how often they have discounts/free shipping, I think they’re rather affordable. It’s a nice bonus that they’re made in Italy, however, I have no idea what the details are behind that claim.

You can go either double or single four-in-hand with it, but the double gets a bit chunky if you’re wearing a button-down collar.

I have no comparison to other silk knits though. I’m considering getting a J.Press one in the future, but it’s not a necessity/priority right now. It’s doing just fine.

16
Feb
26
Dec

After-Christmas sale roundup

Quite a few sales going on right now for those of you with some leftover post-holiday cash to spend. Some of these sales are actually fairly significant.

Nordstrom semi-annual sale:

Select Allen Edmonds shoes are on sale for 33-percent off, like the Park Ridge oxford pictured above for $210. Also, their Nordstrom-branded dress shirts, like the John W. Nordstrom Trim Fit Egyptian Cotton Dress Shirt, are on sale for 33-percent off. Click here to see all their sale items. Not entirely sure when the sale ends.

++++

Brooks Brothers semi-annual sale:

Extra-slim fit dress shirts 3 for $159. Neckties for $45. Plus save an extra 15 percent on Dec. 26 (today) only.

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Indochino:

Get two free dress shirts with any suit, using code BOXINGDAY.

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Lands’ End and Lands’ End Canvas winter sale:

Various items on sale (Canvas items here). This blackwatch silk necktie is on sale for $30. And this sporting blazer with suede patches, storm collar and surgeon cuffs is $75. Plus, free shipping for purchases over $50, using promo code DEC27 with PIN 4492.

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Howard Yount winter sale:

Bunches of pants, suits, neckties, scarfs, socks and more all on sale. Quantities, however, do seem limited.

29
Nov
Cashmere sweater at Lands’ End: $55 — On sale today with a Cyber Monday discount at $75, plus stack promo code NOV29 with PIN 7410 to bring down the cost another $20 and get free shipping. Not a terrible deal.
I’m not terribly certain of how good the cashmere quality is from LE, but maybe it’s worth a shot? Deal ends tonight at midnight.

Cashmere sweater at Lands’ End: $55 — On sale today with a Cyber Monday discount at $75, plus stack promo code NOV29 with PIN 7410 to bring down the cost another $20 and get free shipping. Not a terrible deal.

I’m not terribly certain of how good the cashmere quality is from LE, but maybe it’s worth a shot? Deal ends tonight at midnight.

28
Nov

Hey! I read a article yesterday that on Monday, Lands' End plans to hold a super sale with a lot of things on sale like shirts and down vests at cheap prices. Thought I'd pass this gem onto you.

- Asked by Anonymous

Good to know. I’m assuming that I’ll get an e-mail about it if it happens. As per usual, I’ll post about it if it comes up.

15
Nov

Deals to be had

Lands’ End: ENDS TODAY. 30 percent off of everything, including overstocks and Lands’ End Canvas. Code: LESHARE30 PIN: 7785.

J. Press: Ends Nov. 25. Up to 25 percent off. Code: PSNOV10. (Via)

Endless: Ends Nov. 17. 25 percent off of all boots. No code. (Via)

J. Crew: Ends Nov. 18. Extra 30 percent off discount sale items. Code: JCREW.

25
Oct

Sale: Lands’ End and Levi’s

Lands’ End mainline has 30% off all regularly-priced items. Ends tonight. Code: OCT25 with PIN: 4736. I’m using it to buy a suit from them on the cheap.

Levi’s “Friends and Family” sale also has 30% off with free shipping. Ends tonight. Code: EMAIL1853

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