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post #31 of 46
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Go to Brooks Brothers at the Mall at Chestnut Hill, which is off of Route 9 in Newton (a burb of Boston).  There will be (or should be -- it was there last week) in a 42R a Golden Fleece suit for $498 (see if he'd be willing to extend you the Make a Wish discount, or a Friends and Family discount, which you just missed -- they are pretty nice there).  It is a 2 button with a nice button stance -- not super "high" but on the modern side of classic IMO.  It is single vent, but you should worry about other things than a vent for your first suit.  It is a very dark navy herringbone, with fine pinstripes in rust and light blue.  The pinstripes are hard to pick up, but the herringbone part is what makes it special. If you want to call to see if it's still there, go ahead.  Ask them to check not only the island racks, but also the back left wall -- they had basically put eight or nine of these specific suits on a wall rack, as opposed to the island rack.  All sorts of sizes in there, ranging from 40 to 48. The Brooks Brothers route here is a good way to go because you won't have to pay for the tailoring if you do it in shop.  That knocks about 70 bucks off the cost of the suit right there.
Is this suit a winter-weight flannel or more of a four-season suit?  I think most, if not all, of the Golden Fleeces on sale for $498 at the DC BB are heavier suits that BB is trying to clear out.
post #32 of 46
Four season -- the only four season suit I saw that made it to this price point. Really gorgeous suit (I prefer double vents, but like the fabric and fit of this enough to make it a no brainer).
post #33 of 46
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As someone who owns the very Brooks Brothers suit to which I was referring, I can say without hesitation that it would fit the bill here. There is no point in not purchasing it this weekend and, if you don't love it, looking for something else for the next month and returning it if you find that something else. That's the beauty of buying B & M.
That's actually a really good point I forgot about. If you find the suit and it fits you all right, this method would be a good idea, and one that wouldn't leave you having to settle for something crappy in the last minute.
post #34 of 46
Man, you guys are irritable lately. Welcome to the forum TehKrond. Now, I'm signing off for a day or so. This place is like nails on a chalkboard lately.
post #35 of 46
As for shirts, I would recommend a solid color, in a twill or herringbone, in a lighter shade of blue, purple, or pink. Odder colors (green, yellow variants, browns, grey) would seem inappropriate for a wedding, especially one held in the summer. Maroon, Navy and black shirts have been a lot more common lately (with suits) that I've noticed, but I would stay clear of them. Don't wear a button-down collar. Places to buy shirts pretty much follows the same rule as going with suits, but it is a lot easier to find shirts than suits on eBay (nwt), so I wouldn't be afraid to check it out. Definitely learn your correct sleeve length beforehand, however, because it really makes a difference on your completed look. I'm with policy here - I don't like to always show cuff, but it's completely up to you whether you want to or not. Also think about what kind of collar you want on your shirt. Point? Spread? Long? Short? Do you want tie space to show? I usually go for shorter-length spread collars with minimal tie space, so I am quite fond of Hilditch and Key. I think in this occasion it would appropriate to get a french-cuff shirt, especially if you're going with a conservative-styled suit. I've always thought that FC shirts do not belong with single-vent jackets, however, so take that into consideration if you get the BB suit JN3 was hawking (other members feel free to agree or disagree here, I may be alone on this one). You can get some great deals on cufflinks on eBay, as well. Also, wear a pocket square. It will be one of the details that will really make your attire stand out from the crowd (and I assume everyone wants their attire to stand out in a good way).
post #36 of 46
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The guy is clueless (a fused $3000 suit at the Mall?), as well as a bigot -- whether intentional or not.  Go back to AskAndy, Policy.
Uh, yeah. Everyone on AA is a clueless bigot...
post #37 of 46
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(johnnynorman3 @ April 14 2005,13:08) The guy is clueless (a fused $3000 suit at the Mall?), as well as a bigot -- whether intentional or not. Go back to AskAndy, Policy.
Uh, yeah. Everyone on AA is a clueless bigot...
Well, many malls I have been to have suits in the $3000+ range. there is a boutique in the fashion valley mall here that carries D'Avenza and Brioni, among others. The workers really know what they're talking about, too.
post #38 of 46
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(johnnynorman3 @ April 14 2005,13:08) The guy is clueless (a fused $3000 suit at the Mall?), as well as a bigot -- whether intentional or not.  Go back to AskAndy, Policy.
Uh, yeah. Everyone on AA is a clueless bigot...
Maybe I'm misreading your comment, but Johnny is referring to this thread and not implying anything about other AA members. http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/F...?TOPIC_ID=5301
post #39 of 46
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I think in this occasion it would appropriate to get a french-cuff shirt, especially if you're going with a conservative-styled suit. I've always thought that FC shirts do not belong with single-vent jackets, however, so take that into consideration if you get the BB suit JN3 was hawking (other members feel free to agree or disagree here, I may be alone on this one). You can get some great deals on cufflinks on eBay, as well, so I am quite fond of Hilditch and Key. Also, wear a pocket square. It will be one of the details that will really make your attire stand out from the crowd (and I assume everyone wants their attire to stand out in a good way).
I really like french cuffs becuase I feel classy when wearing them, so I own a set of decent cufflinks and a few fc shirts already. Is it a seirous faux-pas to wear fc shirts with single vent jackets? I wouldn't have the vaugest idea, but I guess I see where you're coming from. As for the pocket square, I'm the best man/groom's son, so I don't want to steal the show stylistically. Would the pocket square be a little to over the top?
post #40 of 46
random suggestion: why not wear a matching pocket square with your dad?
post #41 of 46
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random suggestion: why not wear a matching pocket square with your dad?
Hey that's not a bad idea. Though I don't know if he's ever worn a pocket square in his life......
post #42 of 46
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Is it a seirous faux-pas to wear fc shirts with single vent jackets?  I wouldn't have the vaugest idea, but I guess I see where you're coming from.
Not so much.  I think this is more of a personal preference than a "rules" thing.  But Manton will surely pipe up it breaks a major rule.  Even so, if the folks here don't know/care, then TRUST ME, 99.9 percent of folks at the wedding will not know the difference.  I think think Brian's just alluding to the fact the French cuffs are very dressy, and to some, a little flashy (for the record, I don't agree). On the other hand, the single (center) vent is very conservative.  BUT, I wouldn't consider this a major contradiction.  Very subtle nuance only.
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As for the pocket square, I'm the best man/groom's son, so I don't want to steal the show stylistically.  Would the pocket square be a little to over the top?
That's very mature and considerate of you.  But you don't have to wear it in a flamboyant way.  You can do the pocket square thing in a very subtle way, either by the choice of color or by the style.  You can show a very little bit of the silk/linen by folding it square and tucking it low, than with stuffing it big and fluffy.  In other words, don't worry about it.
post #43 of 46
Has anyone tried any of those online Thai and Hong Kong Tailorshops?
post #44 of 46
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Has anyone tried any of those online Thai and Hong Kong Tailorshops?
Policy has. Go check out the pictures at Ask Andy on the thread I linked above.
post #45 of 46
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Bump for any stragglers-on before I go shopping tomorrow.
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