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Okay, so I'm poor, but I'm looking for a good navy suit.  I found these two at a reasonable price and with discounts/coupon codes can get them for under $400.

 

Can someone here tell me what may be the better buy?

 

1) http://www.bluefly.com/Jack-Victor-navy-Loro-Piana-super-120s-wool-two-button-suit-with-flat-front-pants/p/319518803/detail.fly

 

2) http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=85424&vid=1&pid=762150

 

Thanks and hope you can give good advice on this.

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#1. Fabric has a nicer look to me. Could also be the photography. Anyway, if you have the body for this cut, might be nice for the price. Am not familiar with the construction of these but I assume others will chime in. Hope you find a keeper. 

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Originally Posted by Jake Volmer View Post

Okay, so I'm poor, but I'm looking for a good navy suit.  I found these two at a reasonable price and with discounts/coupon codes can get them for under $400.

 

Can someone here tell me what may be the better buy?

 

1) http://www.bluefly.com/Jack-Victor-navy-Loro-Piana-super-120s-wool-two-button-suit-with-flat-front-pants/p/319518803/detail.fly

 

2) http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=85424&vid=1&pid=762150

 

Thanks and hope you can give good advice on this.


1. I believe some jack victor jackets are half-canvassed... even though I find that some of the monogram suits have higher armholes..if I were to compare the two, jack victor is half-canvassed but has really built up shoulders, low armholes and not that slim, Banana Repub is fused, but their higher line (monogram) has better shaped shoulders, higher armholes and better fabrics, but a high button stance. So it will depend on your body type and which one will fit the best... a lot of people on here seem to go for canvassing over everything.. I am for what fits the best..

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Thanks for bringing up those great points.  They are really helpful.

 

The BR suit I was looking at is actually a "tailored" fit which isn't as slim or have as high as arm holes as the "monogram" line.  The Jack Victor suit I was looking at is described as having a "tailored" fit, but how it compares in terms of fit to the BR suit, I have no idea.

 

I typically need to wear slim-fitting suits - I have a very athletic build, 30'' pant size, 38'' chest, 140lbs but need a 36'' suit.   I've tried on the J.Crew Ludlow suits and despite them being too slim on most men, they fit me perfectly.  On the Brooks Brothers black label line, I even wear a size zero.  I have tried the BR tailored fit suit and it fits really well.  I was really concerned about the latter's construction as it is a fused suit and not canvassed.   I'm really curious if the Jack Victor suits will fit me well. I hear that Loro Piana wool is high quality.  Between the two suits, I wonder which will have a longer life.
 

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Originally Posted by Jake Volmer View Post

Thanks for bringing up those great points.  They are really helpful.

 

The BR suit I was looking at is actually a "tailored" fit which isn't as slim or have as high as arm holes as the "monogram" line.  The Jack Victor suit I was looking at is described as having a "tailored" fit, but how it compares in terms of fit to the BR suit, I have no idea.

 

I typically need to wear slim-fitting suits - I have a very athletic build, 30'' pant size, 38'' chest, 140lbs but need a 36'' suit.   I've tried on the J.Crew Ludlow suits and despite them being too slim on most men, they fit me perfectly.  On the Brooks Brothers black label line, I even wear a size zero.  I have tried the BR tailored fit suit and it fits really well.  I was really concerned about the latter's construction as it is a fused suit and not canvassed.   I'm really curious if the Jack Victor suits will fit me well. I hear that Loro Piana wool is high quality.  Between the two suits, I wonder which will have a longer life.
 

I have only tried  jack victor on once maybe 6-7 years ago when I was in Lord and Tailors.. it was not super slim.. it was a little tailored than the stuff you would get from mens warehouse but not super slim like RLBL.. Monogram was a lot slimmer but the other stuff was cut the same as Jack Victor.. Loro Piana is produces great stuff as well as fantastic fabric's and as far as which will have a longer life, thats very debatable.. some will argue that with the advancement of fusing a suit can last for years with multiple dry cleanings.. I find that canvassed suits last longer.. not from a stand point of bubbling (a fusing problem that might not be as bad anymore with repeated dry cleanings due to the advancement of fusing techniques) but the suit keeping it shape..

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I just looked at a few Jack Victor suits on ebay and found really good wools for less than $300. Seems like a good deal.

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#1. Fabric has a nicer look to me. Could also be the photography. Anyway, if you have the body for this cut, might be nice for the price. Am not familiar with the construction of these but I assume others will chime in. Hope you find a keeper. 


Thanks for the well wishes.  I have a very slim body type and so finding the right cut for a suit has proved to be difficult.  If a suit isn't more tailored or slim fitting, it feels and looks boxy on me and I can see the shoulders jet out a little in my periphery.

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I just looked at a few Jack Victor suits on ebay and found really good wools for less than $300. Seems like a good deal.


Yeah, the re-sale value on those suits doesn't seem to be great but that could just be the case for most low-end suits.  I'm not sure how much to trust a second-hand, low-end suit.  Unfortunately, a 36'' in the chest is hard to come by.

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