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post #16 of 22
I don't have much to add to the good advice you've already received. Check out Bluefly for good deals on Canali. Carlo Franco has the best deals on super nice ties I've seen. www.carlofranco.com RTW seems like the way to go for now, unless you ever get to Hong Kong, in which case you can pick up some bespoke at RTW prices. Kai
post #17 of 22
This is what I recommend: Suits As someone said earlier, I would go MTM or bespoke only if you have 'non-standard' body proportions or want to achieve a look not available off the rack. So from what I can infer from your posts, RTW is the way to go. Designers: I would avoid Canali if you prefer fitted garments -- the pants are extremely baggy. I would also stay away from EBay (poor selection). There might be some value there, but you're willing to invest a good chunk of money on yourself so you might as well get the best suit that you can afford. Try Boss (Flynn or Rosselini (sp?) style), Z by Zegna, Abboud, Smith or Sander. Cost: about $800 to $1100 per suit, so for 3 suits let's estimate $2700 (negotiate if you buy them all at one place). Shirts A regular dress shirt adds 7" x 2 to the body, while a slim-fit shirts adds 5" x 2. Here's an example of a baggy fit and here's a proper looking fit shirt (note that it's not a dress shirt). I like my dress shirts to fit like the latter and because I am shorter I have to go bespoke (3.5" x 2). I suggest to try shirts from Boss, Zegna, Thomas Pink, Banana Republic, Etro, Ike Behar, etc. Colors: I would get all patterned shirts (offers more combination with your suits and ties). Definitely get one with some pink in it and one with burgundy. Cost: These shirts go from $80 to $250, let's say you buy 5 shirts for a total of $800, but I'm sure you can find good deals and bring it down more. Ties Obviously they should match your shirt or suit. I love Canali ties, but the same can't be said for their suits and shirts. Boss, Zegna and Armani are others designer ties that I own. I would avoid Bluefly, the ties there are on clearance for a reason -- they're ugly. Cost: About $80 to $120, but I would definitely wait for end-of-season sales. Get 8 power ties for say $600 and maybe less with some smart shopping. Shoes I don't recommend any particular brands. They should be comfortable first, then durable and finally look good. Get a black oxford, a black dressy slip-on and a brown dress shoe. Cost: I would wait for sales and you could get away with 3 great shoes for about $600 Belt Very simple -- one black and one brown belt to match your shoes. I favor Boss belts. Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes and Gucci belts are way too conspicuous for my taste. Cost: 2 x $100 for a total of $200 ------------- That said, you can spend $1000 less than what I suggested with lower-priced brand and still come away looking good. The key is to be confident about the colors you wear and to match your garments tastefully. Happy Shopping. ps: I hope you have good watches to go with all this.
post #18 of 22
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Designers: I would avoid Canali if you prefer fitted garments -- the pants are extremely baggy. I would also stay away from EBay (poor selection). There might be some value there, but you're willing to invest a good chunk of money on yourself so you might as well get the best suit that you can afford. Try Boss (Flynn or Rosselini (sp?) style), Z by Zegna, Abboud, Smith or Sander. Cost: about $800 to $1100 per suit, so for 3 suits let's estimate $2700 (negotiate if you buy them all at one place).
Huh?? Why in the world would you pay full price for an inferior suit when you could buy Kiton or Attolini at the same price?? That's the best suit you can afford.
post #19 of 22
FYI-Sander suits don't even start below $1300 these days unless you get a deconstructed casual cotton number. The dollar isn't worth anything at retail...
post #20 of 22
Harris - valid point, although "best" can be interpreted in many ways. By best I mean quality, style and fit. An ugly Kiton suit selling at half price is still an ugly suit. Pete - thanks for the info.
post #21 of 22
Yes, but a quick look at ebay will reveal that the majority of top end suits for sale there are far from ugly.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help I've received on this board. For what its worth, here's where I am so far: Attolini navy suit ($1,000) Corneliani gray suit ($400) Alden cordovans via brooks brothers ($400) Sargent dress shoes via brooks brotheres ($215) Working on shirts and ties, and probably need to pick up one more suit. One thing that really burned was alterations. Didn't want to chance it with my nice suit, ended up spending about $130 on alterations for the Attolini (new york city)
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