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Expensive Suits - Can anyone tell

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Will anyone be able to tell how cheap or expensive the suit that you're wearing is? By cheap, I'm still thinking of something at least 100% wool.

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99% of the people would not care what suit you have on.
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@dieworkwear can you please message @voxsartoria and tell him to monitor this thread closely.
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98% of North Americans, no.

2% yes.

 

I actually work with a guy who if he isn't sure, will just walk up and open one's jacket and read the label.

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98% of North Americans, no.
2% yes.

I actually work with a guy who if he isn't sure, will just walk up and open one's jacket and read the label.

Are the 2% on this forum?biggrin.gif
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When i bought my first Brioni i was stopped by guys on the street commenting on my suit. 

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I actually work with a guy who if he isn't sure, will just walk up and open one's jacket and read the label.

I don't know how anyone can quit this forum.
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You can quit StyleForum, but StyleForum never quits you.
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98% of North Americans, no.
2% yes.

I actually work with a guy who if he isn't sure, will just walk up and open one's jacket and read the label.

How about sewing some king of "FUCK YOU!" label over the original label.
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98% of North Americans, no.
2% yes.

I actually work with a guy who if he isn't sure, will just walk up and open one's jacket and read the label.

Did he ever get punched in the face?
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You can quit StyleForum, but StyleForum never quits you.

I told Cantabrigan the other day, if I ever retire from StyleForum, I'm going to post a picture of strung-up Dovers hanging off a telephone wire.
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98% of North Americans, no.
2% yes.

Those percentages sound about right.

Mind you, a slightly higher percentage will be able to tell how well your suit fits. Fit tends to trumps details like the "S-count" of the wool, whether the stitching is by machine or by hand, whether the suit's full canvas or not, etc.

But yeah, typically almost nobody in the real world will be able to tell from casual interaction with you whether you're wearing a $250 suit, or a $2500 suit.

Doesn't mean there's no difference. But within fairly broad limits, chances are you - the fellow wearing the suit - will be the only one who can tell whether it's cheap or expensive. So if you're thinking of spending the money, do it because you'll appreciate it, and not because the people who see you will be able to tell. It's like an oenophile having friends over for dinner, and serving a $200 bottle of wine. Assuming they're not fellow wine lovers, chances are they won't be able to tell a $20 bottle from a $200 bottle. But the fellow serving it can tell the difference, and that's why he chose that bottle.

And, once more, when it comes to suits fit is key. Better a $250 suit that fits you perfectly, than a $2500 suit which fits you poorly.
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I actually work with a guy who if he isn't sure, will just walk up and open one's jacket and read the label.

You know what amazes me? That if some colleague of mine walked up to me and opened my jacket so he could read the label, and in response to his rudeness I discreetly struck him in the face with the palm heel of my hand and broke his nose, there are actually some people who'd call me the bad guy!

Some people just don't understand the concept of a teachable moment.
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Will anyone be able to tell how cheap or expensive the suit that you're wearing is? By cheap, I'm still thinking of something at least 100% wool.

Women, yes. Men, no.
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Women, yes. Men, no.
I'm not so sure I agree.

Women - very broad generalization here, to which there are many, many exceptions - tend to be better than men at spotting "fashion." But assuming the two suits in question are both of similar, classic styling (so not "fashion" suits), it's unlikely the typical woman will be able to reliably tell from casual observation that one is much more expensive than the other.

I might agree that if the woman were to carefully examine the suit, she might well be able to tell whether it's expensive or inexpensive. And sure, in the real world it's generally easier for a woman to get away with touching a man's suit than for another man to get away with being so... touchy.

But assuming a woman sees me for 15 seconds on the check-out line at the supermarket, or for 30 seconds while we're waiting for the elevator to arrive, I doubt whether she'll be significantly better at judging the price of my suit than a man would be.

I am led to believe, however, that studies show pretty conclusively that woman are far quicker than men to notice whether a man's shoes are clean and polished.
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Doesn't mean there's no difference. But within fairly broad limits, chances are you - the fellow wearing the suit - will be the only one who can tell whether it's cheap or expensive. So if you're thinking of spending the money, do it because you'll appreciate it, and not because the people who see you will be able to tell. It's like an oenophile having friends over for dinner, and serving a $200 bottle of wine. Assuming they're not fellow wine lovers, chances are they won't be able to tell a $20 bottle from a $200 bottle. But the fellow serving it can tell the difference, and that's why he chose that bottle.

Idk... I think a lot of people can tell this difference. If it's a $100 bottle vs $250 bottle or $20 vs $50 bottle I'd say you would be correct. I'm not a big wine drinker but I can usually tell between cheap wine and expensive wine. Telling the difference between cheap and moderate or expensive vs super expensive is tougher for me.
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