Originally Posted by dreamtripper
With items of clothing like coats & suits, it seems the better fitted/cheaper gets more attention than more expensive/not as well fitted. Also, it's interesting to note that quite often it's not the nicest/most expensive things that get noticed.
Often, it's the more distinctive items. Of 3 recent compliments, one was by a friend's wife on a dark navy bespoke DB, which I assumed was a social nicety or harmless flirtation. But he emailed me the day after saying "my wife says you must introduce me to your tailor". The other two I remember are both from strangers: "nice jacket" for loudish windowpane odd jacket, and "nice suit man" for a dark grey chalkstripe DB with slim trousers and hacking pockets.
Unfortunately, with strangers in England these days, it is impossible to know whether "nice suit" means "nice suit" or "you look like a cnut".