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post #16 of 27
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Yeah, I agree with the lack of measurements.  I emailed the guy -- I mean, the chances that I'd point my friend in this direction is VERY small.  I'm still trying to get him to just bite the bullet and get a suit at Off Fifth here in town.  I managed to put an Arnold Brant on hold for him; Loro Piana fabric and with the 30% coupon it would be about $200.  I don't know why he's not just jumping at that deal.  I've even offered to split the cost with him.  Of course, by burning the coupon on his suit, I'd have to pass on the Bruno Magli split toes I saw there, but oh well.
I bet he is thinking..."200 dollars for just one suit?..." In my community, the School friends of the Groom usually make a party for the Groom and Bride. People get a little out of hand in the dancing, drinking and general acting. A friend of mine once commented that he thinks that the root of these parties was so that the Bride should realize that she got the only normal guy in the school . Sounds like you are on your way (if you arent yet) to acing that position in your soon to be spouses mind. Man, ya gotta focus on the bright side. JJF PS: More importantly, lets see some pics of the TIES you are using
post #17 of 27
Johnny, you need to get some friends with more money. Seriously though, $200 is alot of money to someone who's still in school or just out, etc. We've all heard bridesmades complain (behind the bride's back) about how much they've spent on the ridiculous dress and shoes they'll only wear once, not to mention the shower and wedding gifts. Are you sure you can't rent a nice black suit? You might want to call a few formal-wear stores to make sure. Also, don't forget YOUR gift, etc. to your groomsman. You want to make the event as fun for them as possible too. One thing I did that worked out well -- all my groomsmen wore identical beautiful Chavet ties that I had bought. In any event, try to be diplomatic with your groomsmen. You've got a batchelor party coming up too.
post #18 of 27
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We've got nice gifts, IMO. Brooks Brothers ties for all the groomsmen, plus a leather wallet and key chain from Coach. I have two sets of friends -- the ones from law school/college who have "grown up" and my old friends from high school most of whom have yet to do so. Kabert, I initially thought "dressing the groomsmen" meant (1) getting a nice suit for my brother at a sale in Boston, (2) picking out the ties, and (3) calling up the other groomsmen and saying "black suits." But with a month left before the wedding and such signs of unreliability on the part of the groomsmen, can you blame me for being more proactive?
post #19 of 27
Tell them to phone the Armani general stores or Barneys outlets (go to www.premiumoutlets.com for numbers) Both garanteed to have flat front pant suits under $400. On check out Yoox these days - the summer sales are on, and suits not made specifically for American consumption by and large have flat front pants.
post #20 of 27
That Queer Eye show has gone to hell in a handbasket very quickly. In the beginning it was pretty good. Now it's just lame. In any case, the flat front thing extends beyond Queer Eye. There was a comment on Nip/Tuck (another trendy show) the other day. Something to the effect of: "You need to live on the edge. Buy yourself a pair of flat front pants." I don't think a pair of pleated khakis has graced the inside of GQ or Esquire for years. Don't worry, though. In two years  they'll start reappearing on runways--probably in an extreme way, too, like with four pleats or something. Then the next year Ralph Lauren will make them stylish again for the masses. M
post #21 of 27
I like flat front pants for the most part, and think that they are more appropriate for the slim, 60's style suits that are in fashion these days. If the trend goes towards roomier suits (hopefully not to the extremes of the 80s), I think that pleated pants will become more popular. BTW, a number of designers, including Tom Ford (for both the YSL and Gucci lines) and Miuccia Prada, have tried to bring back the pleated, and also higher waisted pants, in recent years, but it never really caught on. The world isn't ready yet, I guess. I just hope we never have to see pleated jeans again (a shiver here.)
post #22 of 27
i've never been married, but if and when i do, i'll tell my groomsmen to wear suits and leave it at that.
post #23 of 27
Messr. Matador, I think I might agree with you. I told my groomsmen just to wear a "dark suit with white shirt" and that I'd supply the tie. They all wore either dark grey or dark blue with black shoes. My wife did something similar -- I'm not sure exactly what she said to bridesmaids, but they all wore stylish "little black dresses." There's at least an argument to be made that it's a bit presumptuous, expensive, etc. to ask someone to go out and buy a particular suit that they don't already have. Bridesmaids dresses are a little different in that (i) some brides pay for them, and (ii) there's no work for the bridesmaid -- they just have to get fitted. Dress is already picked out. Maybe this is why some grooms find it's easier to just say... black tie for everyone.
post #24 of 27
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That Queer Eye show has gone to hell in a handbasket very quickly. In the beginning it was pretty good. Now it's just lame. In any case, the flat front thing extends beyond Queer Eye. There was a comment on Nip/Tuck (another trendy show) the other day. Something to the effect of: "You need to live on the edge. Buy yourself a pair of flat front pants." I don't think a pair of pleated khakis has graced the inside of GQ or Esquire for years. Don't worry, though. In two years  they'll start reappearing on runways--probably in an extreme way, too, like with four pleats or something. Then the next year Ralph Lauren will make them stylish again for the masses. M
I dont' mind flat front pants -- my nonsuit pants are all flat front -- and sometimes a pair of flat front look great with a suit. But the point is that the guy is lollygagging around when he really just needs A suit at this point. The problem is I doubt he can find a flat front pants suit within his price range (I probably could -- but then again I know where to look thanks to this board).
post #25 of 27
Tell him to go to Banana Republic or Kenneth Cole. Seriously, he is not going to know the difference, and he'll get his flat front pants. And tell him that you are going to make it so he won't be able to wear any pants comfortably if he doesn't get his crap in gear.
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
Banana Republic suits -- he will know the difference because their black suit is currently $550 after tax down here.
post #27 of 27
At my brother's wedding, the groomsmen (including myself) wore matching morning suits and foam green cravats. My brother wore the same plus a top hat. All were rentals. We were... beautiful (sniff).
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