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post #91 of 111
The other option would be to get a darker navy peak lapeled suit that would work well in evening situations that don't call for a tux.
post #92 of 111
From A Suitable Wardrobe...

"In 1960, the columnist George Frazier singled out the late A. J. Drexel Biddle, then sixty-three and the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, as the best-dressed man in the United States. It’s worth examining what was in his closet because it was much less than we might expect.

Biddle's wardrobe contained seven suits:

-three blue solids, two of them double breasted and one single breasted
-two blue pinstripes, one single breasted and one double breasted
-one charcoal gray single breasted
-one double-breasted light-grey semi-solid in a lighter weight cloth

This collection was supplemented by formal day wear, which was worn more frequently in 1960 than it is today. Biddle had a charcoal-grey cutaway with waistcoat and trousers as well as a charcoal-grey single-breasted sack coat with trousers."
post #93 of 111
Unbel, the search is on! Thanks again!
post #94 of 111
this thread needs photos.
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this thread needs photos.
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post #96 of 111
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I have been dumping my RTW and converting to bespoke over the past year or so , so the ten suit wardrobe has been on my mind. But rather than just a top ten, I plan on buying an average of 4 bespoke items per year for the next ten years or so (and I'm ahead of schedule). That's 40 items. Seems like a lot but it adds up quickly. Obviously, it won't all be suits but hopefully a well thought out, full service wardrobe that works in any situation that comes up. So, I won't hijack this thread but I will put down what I've done so far and ask for input on the next purchases. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Already have:

SB 3 roll 2 Navy blue pin dot that resolves to solid (and a softer blue) a few feet away - mid weight
SB 3 roll 2 Mid-gray sharkskin - mid weight
Sb 3 roll 2 Fresco (ish) - forget the actual cloth - blue blazer suit - mid wieght
DB Navy blue hopsack - mid weight

In the works:

SB 3 roll 2 light gray hopsack - mid weight
SB mid blue (with some gray in there) typical weave - mid weight
SB mid-night blue tux with vest
Carmel color db overcoat

Non suit stuff:

SB 3 roll 2 (3 patch pockets) brown (melange) flannel
mid-weight gray hopsack trousers
heavy weight pearl gray flannel trousers
heavy weight mid gray flannel trousers
light weight wool light gray trousers
light weight wool tannish trousers

I think the non-suit stuff comes into play to have a complete wardrobe but, that said, I will shortly have 6 suits in rotation, all med-weight. But, what do I buy next. Saw some of the London Lounge linens yesterday that looked really good and it would be fun to branch out from the mid-weights. Let me know your comments on what I have and what I should get.

Cheers,

Rob]

I'm working off a similar playbook, with somewhat more of a bias towards odd jackets as this is more appropriate for my work place.
Already have:
French blue Lesser tropical suit
Slewfoot brown Fresco suit
Mid-weight mid gray, charcoal and navy PoW 3-piece suits
Two flannel suits, blue/gray spot effect and brown PoW
Dinner wear

Two tweed sport coats (stone Donegal, LL blue/brown windowpane)
Fawn houndstooth sport coat
Tan DB Fresco odd coat

On the way this year:
Blue herringbone sport coat
Charcoal SBPL suit with extra stroller trousers
LL RAF blue PoW suit, possibly DB
Olive check summer sports coat
Fox flannel RAF blue windowpane blazersuit.
post #97 of 111
Sounds great!
post #98 of 111
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I'm working off a similar playbook, with somewhat more of a bias towards odd jackets as this is more appropriate for my work place.
Already have:
French blue Lesser tropical suit
Slewfoot brown Fresco suit
Mid-weight mid gray, charcoal and navy PoW 3-piece suits
Two flannel suits, blue/gray spot effect and brown PoW
Dinner wear

Two tweed sport coats (stone Donegal, LL blue/brown windowpane)
Fawn houndstooth sport coat
Tan DB Fresco odd coat

On the way this year:
Blue herringbone sport coat
Charcoal SBPL suit with extra stroller trousers
LL RAF blue PoW suit, possibly DB
Olive check summer sports coat
Fox flannel RAF blue windowpane blazersuit.


Very impressive.  You must cut quite the figure in the academy!  Do the suits get regular outings, or is the default option an odd jacket?

post #99 of 111
I work in law, and I do some project management and consulting as part of that, so the suits come out of the closet on a regular basis. Mostly odd jackets though, which is why I am a big fan of splittable suits.
post #100 of 111
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Think seasons, not degree of formality. At only ten, you really don't have much room for strictly casual suits. So:

5 flannel (navy, air force blue, charcoal, medium grey, light grey)
5 fresco (same colors, but feel free to ditch the charcoal and/or navy for lighter colors)

 

Are we talking about JJ Minnis fresco? Though I love the bunch and have a DB blazer in royal blue, I wouldn't imagine doing 5 suits in that bunch, especially out of 10 bespoke suits only. Or are you talking about a more generic fresco?

post #101 of 111
Why? You'd feel differently if it were 3 minnis fresco and 2 out of some other fresco book?
post #102 of 111
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Why? You'd feel differently if it were 3 minnis fresco and 2 out of some other fresco book?

 

I'm just thinking that I haven't seen all fresco bunches and that textures might differ. For fabrics that feel and look like JJ Minnis Fresco, I wouldn't consider owning 5 suits, especially not out of 10 suits as said previously...

post #103 of 111

Not to hijack this thread, but if you were going into a lifestyle that only required 2-4 suits, would you recommend going for mostly worsted and mid weights just to have the versatility?

post #104 of 111
Midweight worsted solid navy, charcoal and medium gray.

Then add light grey or dinner clothes per your requirements.
post #105 of 111
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Not to hijack this thread, but if you were going into a lifestyle that only required 2-4 suits, would you recommend going for mostly worsted and mid weights just to have the versatility?


Three midweight, one summerweight.

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