You know the one. The one that looks good whether you've just gotten fired and dumped in the same day, or you're at a wedding and the most attractive bridesmaid is giving you more than your fair share of attention. The one that's a partner for your escapades; the one immortalized in black and white in your Time magazine retrospective.
Can I get that suit without spending a fortune? I'm looking at Belmondo and Gosling and Newman and I know they didn't buy off the rack, but I'm not at the $1000+ club yet. A friend directed me to Zara's summer sale, and as appealing as the prospect of saving my ducats by getting a $200 blazer/trouser combo from the fast fashion stalwart is, I'm willing to shop around, bargain hunt, buy used and get tailored, make adjustments, whatever. It'll be my first suit in ages - I have a Theory black pinstripe number kicking around, but the trousers are in a storage unit in New York and the jacket has been beaten up by cross-country trips. Neither are tailored, and fit poorly. I'd like to get a suit that'll carry me through my adventures for the next few years - I'm 28; maybe something to go from 28 to 30 or 31. So it's not the "lifetime" suit yet, but I want it to at least look like it for a couple years. Obviously at 28 one can be forgiven for not wearing bespoke, but at no age can one be forgiven for wearing something that looks cheap or shitty (hence my reticence to go to Zara).
The main occasion in mind is a wedding in Venice in late September, but I'd like this baby to be up for scooter rides in Paris or afternoon cocktails on the Riviera (I'm planning on making a few stops along the way). My current shortlist is a grey glen plaid or brown single-breasted suit (ideally 3-piece for options and versatility). The glen plaid appeals because I think I could pair the trousers with a lot more stuff (nice belt, loafers, clean white T-shirt, or vest and trousers with a black shirt, or whatever). That said, there's something about brown that says "Fuck it, you can steal a scooter and meet that girl at the train station in time to make last call in the dining car."
In a perfect world, I'd like a grey glen plaid three-piece, a brown three-piece, an olive/army green - possibly sharkskin - two-piece (I have green eyes and a lanky, muscular build), and a black all-season wool two-piece. Materials TBD - wool or linen, methinks, but I'm a neophyte, so if there's something cool I haven't thought of please feel free to enlighten.
Anyway, it's not a perfect world, so if anybody can make a relatively-specific recommendation (i.e. "Hey, Nordstrom Rack has a fantastic suit for you at 63% off, here's a link!"), I'd be hard pressed to quantify my gratitude.
I'm 6'2", I weigh 184 lbs at 9% bodyfat, and my measurements are as follows per a local tailor (these seem accurate, but I have trust issues):
|Sizing - Torso/Jacket/Shirts||Measurement|
|Front Length||31 ½"|
|Sizing - Legs/Trousers||Measurement|
Thanks in advance, Style Gurus. Apologies if this is in the wrong place, didn't follow protocol, I didn't RTFM, or any of that jazz. Looking forward to hearing your collective thoughts.
EDITED TO ADD: These are the current Zara contenders, depending on what's available in-store tomorrow.
Khaki Suit (hopefully over-the-ankle schoolboy hem not mandatory)