I have been lingering around here for the past couple of weeks. I happened to stumble across this site, in a google search, and i have been addicted since. I am a 30 year old mortgage banker, looking to start rebuilding my wardrobe from the ground up. I have a good sense of street clothes style, but dress clothes, not as much...
I happened to take a look into my closet recently and noticed that all of my suits are 3 button. They are cheap suits i have picked up over the years at places like syms & outlet stores. I really didnt know better at the time, and got sold by the salesman that they were good quality suits and they look good on me. That being said, i would like to put them all to the side and start over...
I am 5"10, 180 lbs with a solid athletic build, and i noticed that shirts off the rack dont really fit me very well. My favorite brand OTR for shirts and suits happens to be Hugo Boss, which i noticed gets knocked alot on this site, due to the fact the jackets are fused.
I am on somewhat of a budget in rebuilding my wardrobe, but would like my money well spent. Prior to finding this forum i happend to find 2 Hugo suits at a department store which were very high style and fit pretty well OTR. They are the Jam Sharp suits hugo makes.
They have a good amount of waste suppression and and have a very modern cut to them. I also picked up a couple of Hickey Freeman suits on Gilt.com, the hickey line... Same type of style, but according to this forum, they are much better made than the Hugo suits (which are black label) due to the fact they are half canvassed. Correct?
Anyway, i have taken these suits to a fantastic tailor i have here on Long Island, and he understands the look im going for. The suits cost me about $220 a piece for all the adjustments. This wasnt the greatest idea was it? I am kind of kicking myself for doing this, because im thinking i made the wrong decision. I purchased the Hugo suits for 895 each and the Hickey suits for 500 each. All in all i have 4 suits which i pick up next week, which should look fantastic, but was curious to know everyones thoughts on this, so i dont repeat mistakes in the future.
My budget was around 1000 per suit, give or take a few bucks here and there. Now i read alot about Mr Neds and going to see him about making me a suit, but i also read he makes very American style suits, and me being on Long Island, having to drive to the city a few times for a suit, almost seemed like more aggravation than it was worth? The pants OTR fit me just about perfect and just needed to be hemmed.
After reading about shirts on this site, i took measurements off of my favorite, perfect fitting Hugo shirt, and ordered some shirts from modern tailor and Nialma... Next i need shoes, ties, belts, ect... I am looking forward to hearing your input on things done right (if any) and things done wrong... I really like the modern style suit such as Tom Ford, Armani, Gucci, Hugo, ect... Thank you very much