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Solutions for a fashionable suit

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In a few months, possibly in February as I'm going to Chicago (much better shopping there than KC), I'm looking to pick up a suit. Not for interviews or business, just a sleek suit for dressed-up evenings. Most likely black, but possibly very dark blue (I've seen some cool shades by Helmut Lang). Something very tapered. Here's the dilemma, although I'm a 42R (very fit, with a narrow waist), my legs are larger than those that might accompany the average 42. Think of a sprinter's build--that's pretty much me. As a result, I doubt a 42R by a label such as Costume National or Helmut Lang would work. Forgive my ignorance as streetwear has been my sole domain (I'm only 22, after all), but do most retailers let you "mix and match" pants and jackets? Or would I just try and find a matching blazer and pants? I've heard people say that Emporio Armani's suits have oversized slacks, so maybe this is a viable option for me. I like the drape of certain pants by Theory, do they make acceptable suits? I've heard posts questioning the brand's overall quality. Thoughts?
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Most designer suits will have the pants included with the suit, i.e. you cannot purchase them individually. However, I have seen some designers occationally sell matching pants and jackets seperately. I have seen this with Michael Kors (main line), and Marc Jacobs, in the past. However, the pieces tend to be more casual, with textured fabrics, so that they would not look out-of-place if worn separate from eachother (which is what the designer may intend for). That said, it could be harder to find a sleek black suit sold in this format. I too have heard that Emporio Armani's pants run wide. You might want to check some of their suits. I would go to Chicago mid-to-late January to pick up some great deals at after-Christmas sales. Neiman Marcus will have their last-call at this time, and Saks usually has some nice pieces at lower prices. Also, Filene's will have a better selection, with good markdowns. I am not sure if February will be too late to hit the sales.
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I have a similar build and have had fairly good luck with Brioni, which would certainly fit your bill for a sleek evening suit (especially in black) but perhaps not your budget...
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