Well, this is like the millionth question I've asked on this forum, but I've gotten enough good help to get working on my day to day wardrobe, now on the important stuff. I read most of the suit threads here, but I have a few specific questions before I go out and buy one. I'm a college student looking for a nice suit to wear out to formals, fancy dinners, job interviews, etc. I already have an inexpensive charcoal pinstripe hand me down from my dad which I can wear out to parties and clubs without worrying about getting some beer spilled on it, or any other occasion when I just need to be in a suit, but I want to get something nice for my first suit purchase. 1. Any recommendations on what kind of suit to buy? I went to a few local mens' stores and the advice was to get a solid navy or charcoal suit, and that's what I'll do (I think I'd prefer a 3 button). In terms of brand/quality I'm not entirely sure yet, but seeing as this is my first suit I'll have some help from my parents, and I should be able to go as high as $1000, though I don't know if that's reasonable at this time. On one hand it may be impractical to go all out now when I could just go to Joseph A. Bank and get a solid, respectable looking suit for around $300 with lots of money left over. On the other hand, my dad is of the position that one should be willing to splurge for quality when buying a suit, and I go to an Ivy League school and will be looking for a summer job in New York (possibly in something fashion-oriented, but I'll save that for another post), so I might have a higher standard of dress to worry about. In the high end of my budget range ($800-1000) I've been focusing on Canali, as they generally have nice modern Italian cuts, no fused front, and seem to have a lot of bang for the buck. Is that reasonable for a guy my age or am I getting ahead of myself? Another minor debate I had on style was flat front v. pleated trousers. I converted all my everyday/evening pants to flat fronts to look a tad more sleek and stylish, but all the salesmen I talked to told me to stick with double pleats when buying a suit. 2. Any recommendations on where/when to buy? Right now I live in Houston, which has a fairly good selection, but I leave for school in a few weeks and then I would have the chance to go to New York and look at the suits there (pm me if you want to give shopping advice for NYC, but keep in mind that I've never been there before and won't have a car, limiting my options). I guess it comes down to whether it's better to buy now and pay a little more with a little less selection and save some stress and leave myself time to get it fitted or whether I should invest a hefty chunk of time and take a trip to NYC hoping for a better selection and price. I think I'd do best sticking with reputable mens' stores, as all my TJ Maxx/Marshall's and outlet store experiences have cost lots of time and turned up nothing of worth. 3. The last question revolves around alterations and their necessity. I realize the significance of a suit's fit, but at the same time I'd like to be able to account for growth and not worry about outgrowing a suit I just bought. Given my age (19 in a month), I'm not expecting anything too dramatic, but I did get an inch taller and gain 20 lb since last year (this didn't affect my clothing size too much). Right now, most of the suits I've tried off the rack fit all right with a little bit of room, not noticeably baggy or big, but just a tad roomy. I was thinking that since the suit would be more for special occasions than everyday wear I could get away without altering it or with asking the tailor to leave a little extra room. I don't think I'll grow enough in the next few years to put me off from buying one completely, but it's something to keep in mind.
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8/21/02 at 3:19am