First, I'd like to thank everyone who's offered advice. Â All your responses have been really helpful and educational. From everyone's advice, I think I have it narrowed down to a charcoal colored suit (the one suit I had in college was navy, so I figure it's time for a change... :-P), 3-button, single-breasted. Â While the thought of getting a custom-made suit does sound tempting, I'm probably not going to go that route for my first suit (it's confusing enough as is!
. Â As for brands, a bunch of you in this thread have mentioned Corneliani and Canali (both of which I know have been recommended multiple times in this forum in the past), so I'll probably be focusing my searches on these two brands. So, here comes more questions: 1) With either of these brands, do they have different cuts, or does each brand have their own standard cut? Â 2) Also, with each of these brands, are there separate lines of suits, or, for example, are all Canali 3-button single breasted suits the same? Â 3) Carlo has mentioned getting a canvassed-suit (again, something I remember reading in previous posts on this forum... canvassed=good). Â Are all Canali and Corneliani suits canvassed? Â And is the way to tell canvassed-suits from fused is to look for threading where the inside-lining attaches to the suit? 4) What department stores should I check out given my search criteria? Â Again, I appreciate everyone's suggestions on places online with great deals, but for my first suit, it'd probably be a good idea if I went into a store to try these things on, and also get measured. Â The dept stores in my area are Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom's, and Macy's. Â One again, thanks for all your help. Â Greatly appreciated.
Can't say about Corneliani, but Canali has a couple of lines, Canali, and Canali "Proposta". Â As far as I can tell, the Proposta line is cut a little slimmer, and there is a bigger drop from chest size of the jacket to waist size of the pants. Â In any given season, Canali 3 button single breasted jackets will likely be the same cut (again, with the exception of the Proposta line). Â However, this cut varies slightly from year to year. Â Another variation will be the vent of the suit. Â Current Canali models have mostly double vents, while older Canali models seemed to be mostly ventless (and two button.) Â I still own and wear Canali suits purchased 13 years ago, and the fit is similar to those purchased just a couple of years ago, so if you find that one Canali size 54R fits you, then probably most every Canali 54R will fit you. Â Be aware that Canalis are sized in European sizes (54Euro=44US) Â All Canali suits (regular and Proposta) are canvassed. Â The one Corneliani suit I owned was canvassed. Â That was many years ago, however, so I don't know about Corneliani's current construction methods. Â Â If your Nordstrom is one of the big flagship stores, it might carry Canali or Corneliani. Â Macy's and Bloomingdales almost certainly will not. Â Neiman Marcus might. Â Don't pay full price, however, if you can avoid it. Â Check out smaller men's boutiques in your area. Â Better chance of finding Canali. Â What area of the country are you from? Some internet possibilities: Â http://www.bluefly.com/sl....rs.html http://stores.ebay.com/Sartorial-Sol...enameZl2QQtZkm