Ok, so I am a 48 year old guy who, apart from what he has been reading here the past few weeks, knows next to nothing about suits.
I have been heavy all of my life, and morbidly obese for the past 15-20 years. A year ago I had a revelation. I went to see my doctor, got on board with a nutritionist, hired a personal trainer, and literally turned my lifestyle habits around. The short of it is I have lost just short of 100 pounds in the past year, gained nearly 15 pounds of lean muscle mass, and feel better than I've felt in decades. I also look pretty good if I do say so myself. I am currently only 12 pounds away from reaching goal. And believe it or not, this is my doctor's goal for me...I passed my own personal goal 2 months ago, not even dreaming I could come as far as I have. I will NEVER go back to the way I was again. The entire way I relate to food and activity and overall health has done a 180.
That being said, I will also be finishing a 5 year full time graduate program very shortly, and will be changing my career path as well. Now I NEED a couple of suits. But not only do I need them, I want them. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I really enjoy trying on clothes and I look pretty good in them too.
I understand the difference between crappy suits and good ones now. And I see the difference when I put them on. I have been trying several kinds at places like Macy's, all the way up through a nice kiss your ass experience at Neiman Marcus.
Ok, so the end of this long introduction is the obvious...after trying so many suits on, I have discovered I have very expensive tastes. Way more than I can afford to spend, but on the other hand, want to reward myself for my hard work in losing the weight and completing a very rigorous 5 year graduate program. To start out with I want to buy 2-3 suits...the standards of a dark blue, a charcoal grey, and a black (before you poo poo that idea, I have a professional reason for needing a black suit in my collection). Now for the painful part...the Zegna suits fit me almost perfectly right off the hanger in size 44r. Seriously, apart from a collar roll adjustment and sleeve and pants length, it fits me like a glove. I look and feel like a million bucks in them. But.....the price is a choker.
Knowing exactly what I need, can you suggest where I might find them at a lower price. I've tried Guilt and some others here and there, but it seems almost impossible to find those standard solid colors that every man needs. $2700 retail is just out of the question for me. but I can bring myself to spend about 1k per suit (tops). Am I dreaming thinking I can get the Zegna's for that somewhere? (not the Z Zegna...I understand that it is hardly the same thing)
Any and all advice would be welcome.