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My name is Mumpo
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as i think i might have mentioned awhile ago, i want to get out of the jeans and t-shirt look i have sported for the past few years and move into the alluring world of rakish suits. note my deliberate use of the word 'rakish'; i don't want to strut around in Armani or Paul Smith, ostentatiously advertising my disposable income (chance would be a fine thing). rather, i want to exude a dissolute air of well-worn profligacy combined with a slight whiff of loucheness. think Nick Cave, lingering over an Irish coffee and a slim Panatella in a Soho bordello.

the thing is, i know nothing about the different ways in which suits can be cut. obviously, wearing something that looks more at home in the boardroom is not going to achieve the sense of exciting flamboyancy i desire. i want something brash, something that will look good over untucked white shirts with big open collars, something that's going to complement my skinny frame. and i want to know where i can buy them when i go shopping in Manchester next Friday.

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If you'd been at the Yorkie House pub quiz last night, you'd have seen the Quiz Master wearing a rakish pin stripe suit. With converse trainers. It looked alright, actually.

But you know, B Movie actresses and Canadians were calling.

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If you ever come to London you should go to Hornets in Kensington, wher you can get a second-hand mint condition bespoke suit for 120-170. Around a quarter of the price originally paid by the first owner.
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Kind of defeats the purpose of a bespoke suit to get it second hand. Still a good idea though.
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Well, that depends. I costs less than an M & S suit and it looks a million times better. You get one for someone roughly your size, spend 40 getting it altered and you own a 1,000 suit at the end of it.

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That someone else has worn. Yuk.

I will never, ever buy second hand clothes. Or shoes.

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do you throw away your clothes after wearing them once? my idol!
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No. Neither do I let anyone else wear my clothes.
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3 piece pinstripe with Converse trainers strangely does indeed work well.
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You can usually get a rakish thin guy jacket from H&M, mumpo: 40 a pop, linen or cotton, proper lining, the works. I've got a couple myself. Ideal for the svelte gent dipping his toe in.

Otherwise, try a few expensive ones on to get your measurements and get on eBay, where you can often get a decent designer/tailored suit or jacket for about 80 or 40. Riskier, but more satisfying if you pull it off (I imagine - I've always bottled once the prices got above a ridiculously low amount)

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I just bought a 1982 Manchester United home jersey off eBay.

Carry on.

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I'm off to Thailand in may sometime, where of course there is a charming abundance of fake and real suits and designers. gimme your measurements and about $25 and i could prolly bring some back for you.

note to self, stop using prolly as a word. i'll get adminated.

[edited - distracted from the joy of OTF by the whip of work]

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"You can usually get a rakish thin guy jacket from H&M"

ah, H&M - my apparel retailer of choice. i'm so glad you mentioned them. looks like it could be a one-stop shop on Friday.

the nearest H&M to us is in Preston, but their entire shopping space is given over to women and children's clothes. two whole floors, and they didn't devote a single square inch to male garments. aparrently there's a branch opening in Lancaster soon. they'd better not make the same mistake.

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Don't forget - always buy a second pair of trousers as the arse always goes out of them long before the jacket even looks vaguely worn.
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