As for me, here are some key learning points I've gotten from my time and observations here:
• first and foremost, Fit and cut of a suit are truly king-- not labels, not hand stitching from this region or that, and certainly not the store a suit comes from.
• given the above realization, it's worth mentioning the big names like kiton, Isaia, Zenga, Oxxford, etc. aren't that wonderful when made for the American market/ American stores. Kitons made for USA often don't even have the Napoli shoulder they advertise...they have a slightly soft shoulder that looks like every other suit shoulder from any department store. They just end up creating a boxy non-fitting garment of handstitchery or an ill fitting bolt of fancy cloth. If you want a polished fit look, better to get a suit from suitsupply, an Italian brand from yoox, or an extremely Italian minded store / brand. If a suit doesn't make you look slimmer and taller, in well cut fitted clothes like the guy in the Tods ads, what the hell is the point!?!
• you may think you are beyond buying suits one or two sizes too large; chances are good you are wrong. Also, your pants are probably too wide, too long, and need some narrowing -- otherwise u will look like a boxy (or heavier set than u actually are) rectangular little man with short stubby legs. Trust me, I'm between 5'9 and 5'10, this point cannot be overstated
• ties that are all silk or have a smooth finish are dead, stop buying them. Stop buying ties at outlet stores, they don't look good on you. Truly great ties have wool and or linen in them, soft texture not smooth and NOT satiny. Great ties come from places like Vanda, NMWA, Viola, Sam Hober, and skilled Italian tailor shops-- not department stores.
• buying online is hard. It's far better to try on in person, and at least try on one or two sizes down from what you THINK you are. You'll feel better and more confident in the $$ you spent, and likely you'll see just how different brands are and how they fit. Sadly, there are a lot of brands that just won't look good on your body. That said, if online is your only viable option there must be an excellent return policy in place-- not just for exchange, but REFUND. It should look and feel excellent right off the rack with very little alterations at all, or it is wrong for you.
- dress shirts (I'm not talking about button down collar shirts) are hard, but seem to take alterations pretty easily. Usually no issue ordering online for most folks. However, an item u can easily waste many $$ on because u see a deal, see some piece of shit shirt at a thrift store or outlet, on sale, etc. IF YOUR DRESS SHIRT COLLAR DOESNT LOOK LIKE THIS/ ONE OF THESE u are wasting your fucking money!!! this is what a dress shirt is supposed to look like, not the ones you are probably wearing. Pretty easy to iron, NO big gap at top where sides meet, collar is wider, taller and more elegant-- NOT a little skimpy point-collared, short neck-banded jobbie like u might currently be wearing. U can do better than that, because u read the styleforum. why waste your money on a shirt that isn't a perfect dress shirt!?!?!