Why not? If they look acceptable late then do they not look acceptable early?
Big Vision has a sale until October 14th with Loro Piana, Dunhill, Scabard and a few others at half price, which comes down to 42.500 yen for a domestic made, Loro Piana cloth 2-piece. Considering that too - in fact, both suits will (almost) fit within my budget, but Italian Super 120 summer wool is hardly daily beater workwear for me in terms of durability.
I've checked out 4 Big Vision stores so far (mostly because they have stores almost everywhere in Tokyo), but the problem is that the domestic fabric needs to fill a tall order of specs:
1. No polyester
2. Not grey, black or navy
3. Not striped (I look freakish in stripes)
4. A bit of texture
5. A check pattern to give some visual width (optional)
These criteria sadly eliminate the vast majority of fabrics. What suprised me at Fukuoka was that they carried brown, tan and even pale green solids,in gabardine 100% wool, which fills all my criteria except the optional last.
As for the design of the suit itself, I'm starting to discover how flattering the right DB suit is by adding that extra width that I badly need.
In fact, I wore my only DB sportscoat when doing todays rounds at the tailors, and quite a few of them complemented on it and suggested that I go with a DB design as well.
A DB suit might sound a little too imposing for a classroom situation, but in brown or tan in a soft model without shoulder padding, and supressed waist to eliminate boxiness I don't think it will be too stiff. I would pair it mostly with cotton turtlenecks and later with one of those merino wool turtlenecks Uniqlo are comming out with this fall.
Something along these lines (without the tie and the shirt).
Worn like this (but with no pinstripes ofc):
I teach French and world history, if that helps to understand the look I'm going for. :)