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My suit conundrum

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

Long time lurker, first time poster.

 

I have only in the last few months started to update my wardrobe to things that actually fit and are of (relatively) timeless style. However, I am still fairly new to this whole thing, this is going to be an expensive life-long affair I think. I'm well looking forward to my first bespoke suit a few years down the way.

 

For now, I need a first good suit.

 

Being a first suit, I'll go 100% wool dark navy, two button, SB, medium width notched lapels, preferably suspender buttons (but can add those myself if need be) etc - no problems here.

 

Where the problem starts is:

1: There is no local tailor where I live (Taranaki, New Zealand)

2: There are no menswear stores that don't only sell junk in my area, but even if I found something decent - I have nowhere to get it altered.

3: I am on a budget maximum of about $450 usd

4: I seem to have unusual measurements... 

6ft4,

175lbs

Neck: 15"

Shoulder: 19.5"

Chest: 41"

Waist:32"

Inseam: 34"

 

I have been lurking ebay for a few months, but can't seem to find anything that will fit. One of the big problems is that, because there is no local tailor, I can't buy anything that will need any real altering.

 

I have looked into M2M: Indochino, Black Lapel, Modern Tailor, amongst a lot of others. Having bought some M2M shirts recently.

 

Out of all of those, Black lapel looks promising on account of the half-canvassed build, but from what I hear on these boards, Online M2M is a minefield. I've heard good things and bad things (mostly bad things) about almost every online M2M company that exists.

 

A lot of the suits that I have seen come from those M2M places look more like potato sacks than tailored clothing... although I have also seen some fairly impressive outcomes - but they are very few and far between.

 

I need the suit by the end of the year as I am emigrating to Europe and need to have something for job interviews and social events etc. I work in an industry where image is very important - so I want to put my best foot forward (unfortunately, that foot won't be wearing Allen Edmonds until a few pay cheques later, but that's another story).

 

Is there any reasonable solution to what seems to be an impossibility? Should I try an online M2M?

 

H.

post #2 of 8
Without a local alterations tailor, I don't know what to tell you. Even with a relatively good online MTM outcome, chances are, you will need some alterations, especially for your first try. If you aren't familiar with how to take measurements (something the alterations tailor could help you with), you are unlikely to get good results.

Do you plan on taking a vacation anytime soon? You could go somewhere that has better options, like maybe Hong Kong.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the fast reply!

 

A vacation is not going to be possible, I'm sinking all of my modest savings into relocating myself to a different continent in less than 6 months time.

 

Perhaps if I go to a company like Black Lapel, who are renowned for their customer service, and explain my situation? They seem to be fairly good with fixing problems etc.

 

I was pretty surprised really, to find out we had no tailors in the area. There are a couple of sewing shops that do a lot of womens clothing alterations, taking up skirts and things, but I don't think I'd trust any of them to have a go at a suit.

 

I walked into the "up market" suit shop in my town and when I started talking about canvassing etc the clerks eyes glazed over and he quickly admitted he didn't know what I was talking about. Well, turns out that was the owner of the store, the same guy that supplies ill-fitting suits to 99% of all suit wearers in my town.

 

I guess the question is then, with my measurements being the way they are, am I more likely to have success with online M2M, or should I just try and find a blazer with the correct shoulder width for now and then see if I can find something more suitable when I get to Europe? I guess Budapest must have at least one good tailor right?

post #4 of 8
Wait till you relocate to Europe and do interviews with Shirt and ties till you get a suit that fits.
post #5 of 8
I would be surprised if a women's alteration shop was not capable of altering at least some aspects of your suit, like hemming the pants and adjusting the sleeves, if not more. Also, your upmarket clothing store must have some kind of tailoring service, right? Maybe you can find out whom they use.

That said, I agree with the poster who said to wait until you are actually in Europe. You will have a lot more options and end up with a much better result. I think that anything you buy now will end up being ill-fitting and ultimately a waste of money.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies!

 

I will wait until I get to Europe to buy anything.

 

Can anyone recommend a good tailor in Budapest?

post #7 of 8
just a quick check in here... random question but why do you need a suit? you haven't mentioned anything to do with work or upcoming events etc. It sounds like you're relatively young, live in a casual environment, and have modest means and therefore budget for a suit plus more important upcoming needs like moving. Are you just buying a suit because you 'need to own one'?
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

just a quick check in here... random question but why do you need a suit? you haven't mentioned anything to do with work or upcoming events etc. It sounds like you're relatively young, live in a casual environment, and have modest means and therefore budget for a suit plus more important upcoming needs like moving. Are you just buying a suit because you 'need to own one'?

Hi,

 

I am relatively young, live in a casual environment, and have modest means and a modest budget to match, yes. However, the time in my life has come where I seek a change and take a step up. Without going into too much detail, I'm entering a position where I need to "fake it till I make it" when I move to a new continent and make new connections. I remember reading an article interviewing Cary Grant in which he said this: 

 

"Somewhere I read that Harvard's Professor Archibald MacLeish was asked by a student about to graduate into our highly competitive world what advice he could give him. Professor MacLeish's answer was, "Wear your Sunday suit every day." The inference, of course, being that the suit would give the young man such confidence in seeking positions that he would eventually own many Sunday suits, for any and all days.

Splendid advice even by itself, but it's probable that the professor meant not only his Sunday or best suit, but also his Sunday or best smile, disposition, and behavior—knowing that each begets the other. So wear, not only your clothes, but yourself, well, with confidence. Confidence, too, is in the middle of the road, being neither aggressiveness nor timidity. Pride of new knowledge—including knowledge of clothes—continually adds to self-confidence."

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