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post #23686 of 37497
This may be better suited for the Tailors Fit thread, but I find that this thread (for better or worse) tends to get more traffic. Hopefully, Noodles doesn't mind if SF wisdom is shared with other members too.

I'm looking to expand my suit wardrobe as most of my stuff is too small or just doesn't fit right (like many people on this forum, I fell into the trap of buying because a price was "too good to pass up").

Wondering for some consensus as to which looks better. Each has it's limitations, but they're not that bad. I'm difficult to fit OTR and good MTM/bespoke isn't readily accessible where I am. The tailoring on these isn't perfect (I'm still looking for a good tailor).


So here we go (excuse the short sleeves on the shirt):

Formosa
Needs some fixing in the back. Unfortunately it's been touched by two "tailors" but still leaves some to be desired. The drape is ok, but it could use some finessing elsewhere. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Eidos
Have some shoulder divoting on the right. I can't remember it having the divot when I bought it. Maybe the tailor was too aggressive in taking that side in and distorted the shoulder/arm hole? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




There you have it. Which do you prefer? Formosa? Eidos? Neither?
post #23687 of 37497

I prefer the Formosa, but the tailor didn't do a good job of shaping the waist....it looks pinched and not a natural shape.  How many times have you worn them?  You'd be surprised how much they "break in" after they are worn for a bit.  The canvas needs time to take shape.

post #23688 of 37497
Your hands look enormous! The back of the Eidos is very displeasing. It's cut to look like the lats of a body builder, unless you actually are a body builder - if so, there's not much to do.
post #23689 of 37497
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Originally Posted by Murlsquirl View Post

You'd be surprised how much they "break in" after they are worn for a bit.  The canvas needs time to take shape.

Times infinity. They look so good after a good amount of wear. I regret having my PoW nipped in the waist. I think Im going to have it reverted.
post #23690 of 37497

That's good to know re Formosa, the shoulder of the grey flannel is bugging me but the tailor assured me it would 'settle in time'

post #23691 of 37497

Slightly off topic - where does one buy good quality women's suits and business attire in the US? GF wants to stock up before we go home

post #23692 of 37497

Either those suits are too big, or you have crazy sloped shoulders.

post #23693 of 37497
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Originally Posted by sebastian mcfox View Post
 

Slightly off topic - where does one buy good quality women's suits and business attire in the US? GF wants to stock up before we go home

Honestly this is really hard to do. "Quality" is rare because women's clothing is so different from menswear in terms of purchasing cycles and the importance/influence of trends.  For the low-mid range budget, my medical school class is preparing for residency interviews this fall and most of the women will end up buying their suits, shirts/fancy silk shells and tops from Express, Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Dillards, etc (so average mall-store brands, Dillards carries some really nice stuff).  You're not going to find canvassing or even 100% wool in most of these, but standards/goals/expectations differ (brushing very broadly here) between the sexes. Several of my friends who are tall and slim (think 5'7-5'8 and around 100-110) have a hard time finding things that fit their frame, and they've had their best luck at Express and Victoria's Secret of all places.

 

For the higher-end of the budget, I'm at a loss.

post #23694 of 37497
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Originally Posted by losrockets View Post
 

Honestly this is really hard to do. "Quality" is rare because women's clothing is so different from menswear in terms of purchasing cycles and the importance/influence of trends.  For the low-mid range budget, my medical school class is preparing for residency interviews this fall and most of the women will end up buying their suits, shirts/fancy silk shells and tops from Express, Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Dillards, etc (so average mall-store brands, Dillards carries some really nice stuff).  You're not going to find canvassing or even 100% wool in most of these, but standards/goals/expectations differ (brushing very broadly here) between the sexes. Several of my friends who are tall and slim (think 5'7-5'8 and around 100-110) have a hard time finding things that fit their frame, and they've had their best luck at Express and Victoria's Secret of all places.

 

For the higher-end of the budget, I'm at a loss.


Thanks, this is useful. Honestly the best we've found so far is Brooks Brothers, which is probably fine because she has a range of acceptable business-appropriate options beyond suits so won't need to wear one every day. Just making sure I'm not missing anything obvious. 

post #23695 of 37497
Thread Starter 
BnT does pretty nice women's stuff
post #23696 of 37497

I think j crew might have some good stuff if their women's stuff is comparable to their ludlow suits. 

post #23697 of 37497
I saw 100+ comments since I last read this thread, and I knew that there would be a lot of noodling. I was not disappointed.
post #23698 of 37497

Just wondering Noodles, why the hate on Made in China. Just because something is made there does not mean it is low quality.... Sounds silly to completely rule out brands for that reason, especially when they may serve you more than adequately for a fraction of the cost.

post #23699 of 37497
Trying to pair light grey flannel trousers with a deep/rich chocolate brown SC. Would you consider them a good match (not necessarily optimal) or a no go? Should I opt for something darker? (Ideally I'd wear a shirt with barrel cuffs, but I haven't done my laundry).

post #23700 of 37497

I think it's workable, but a bit drab.  Darker grey trews might help in reducing the contrast, and in general a dark brown jacket can have that effect.  But it's doable, and more summery with the trousers you have: a slighter richer blue shirt, and a warmer, brighter contrasting PS e.g. burnt orange or burgundy, and either tie, shirt or PS having some kind of pattern.  I like navy for the tie, though.  Green would also work.

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