Hi Folks! I'm a 23 year old working out of Boston and was hoping to get some advice from the knowledgeable people here. First, let me preface with some information about me. I'm very slim. As in 5'11" 145 lbs slim. My family is made up of Greeks on one side and Cubans on the other, and as a result I have very "European" features. I've been told that a slim-fitted suit would be a great compliment to my build and features. I don't make an exorbitant amount of money, nor do I regularly frequent social circles where a very nice suit is not overkill. That being said, I do enjoy looking nice and dressing nice as often as possible. I currently have two suits that I use for business, one wool charcoal and one wool black. They are both traditional, off the rack, and tailored. They are also rather heavy and keep me warm in the Boston winters. What I'm (potentially) looking for is a lighter, more modern, slim suit that I can wear on a nice evening out with the lady or to a business meeting with friends and clients. It can lean more towards the fashion side than the business side, as I have others I can wear for that. From the light reading and research I've done, it seems there are four options: 1. Pick up something from last year at an outlet for a lower price off the rack, have it tailored. (I live near these: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet...ting.asp?id=10) 2. Pick up something newer off the rack at a department store (Macy's, Nordstrom's, etc) or a manufacturer store (Banana, Hugo Boss) for a medium price, have it tailored. (live near: http://www.natickcollection.com/mallmap.asp?mallid=858) 3. Have a suit made to order at one of the many places in Boston for a higher price. (Ari Boston, etc). 4. Have an MTM suit made from Thick as Thieves (I've heard them mentioned quite a bit around here, all positive things) Now as I said, I don't make a large amount of money and I am not in a position where I am wearing a suit every day (or every week, for that matter [though I'd like to be]). I can spend anywhere from 100 to 1200, but what matters most to me is value for the dollar. If I can get a well-made off the rack suit for 500 that is 90% as good as a 1200 dollar MTM, I would prefer the cheaper version. What kind of experiences have some of you others had when faced with a situation like this? What would you stay away from and what things have you learned? Thanks!
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7/18/09 at 3:07am