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Hi guys

My first post here. Although I have never really owned one, I admire beautifully tailored suits, and I feel like I can see the difference between OTR vs. tailored or even high-end OTR vs. low quality OTR.

My situation is this - I am a working musician in Toronto and recently I have been getting a lot of work with what we call 'jobbing' bands, doing mostly wedding and corporate work. I have been wearing what I have, which is a few pairs of dress pants and an old and past-it jacket.

My problem is this - I have been doing a lot of these gigs and the work is very hard on your clothes. I am walking around backstage where there are lots of sharp metal things and scuffed-up road cases. I am picking up my amp and other gear and the pants are getting worn on the thighs. I am often under bright lights and sweating a lot.

I am just entering the world of fine men's fashion and I've already picked up the names of some stores here in Toronto that I can check out (Tom's, Mondo Uomo, Off the Cuff, The Bay West End Shop, The Source on Bayview).

I just thought I'd post here to see if anyone has a solution for me. I am looking for a black suit only. Obviously I would want to go with trusted sellers. My price range is flexible but I was hoping to spend only about $300. I know this is low for you guys and I can't expect much; any advice on this is appreciated. I feel like one suit will probably last me 6-12 months before it's too dinged up to wear, thus my price limitation.

As an aside, I poked my head into Holt Renfrew today, just to see what an Armani suit looks like. One day.... one day.

Thanks
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Hey there - I'd consider looking into suits from H&M or Zara - especially if you're only looking for a suit that'll last 6-12 months. I don't think it's worth spending money on higher quality suits that will only get damage through your work.
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so that we might help, what size are you and what are your style preferences?
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Originally Posted by triniboy27 View Post
Hey there - I'd consider looking into suits from H&M or Zara - especially if you're only looking for a suit that'll last 6-12 months.

I don't think it's worth spending money on higher quality suits that will only get damage through your work.

triniboy, I hear you. I guess my problem is that having started this procedure and seen some really nice designer suits, my eyes have gotten a little big! I would spend the money to get a mid-level suit, even though I know it's going to get wrecked, because it conveys the right image to the bandleaders who are hiring me and to the clients we work for. Plus, these gigs are fairly lucrative and I can easily justify the expediture as a business expense.

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Originally Posted by drducky View Post
so that we might help, what size are you and what are your style preferences?

drducky, thanks for the question, I suppose that would help. Unfortunately for me, I have no idea about my detailed suit measurements (inseam, shoulders, "pit to pit" and whatever else). I am going to get my measurements taken within a day or two just so I know.

Style wise, since this is for entertainment work, I would say that I don't need the most conservative cut available. I know from reading the forums that most of you guys think run-of-the-mill suit wearing Canadians like me tend to wear their suits too baggy. Something modern looking but not really tight because I need to move around a bit (modern looking...not even sure if that means anything).

I can tell you that I'm 5' 10 " 160 lbs., probably considered broad shouldered, 32" waist size and when I'm buying jeans, I can buy 32" length and wear them unaltered. Of the suits I tried on today, I seem to fit either a 38 reg or 40 jacket size (38 is right in the chest but usually too short in the arms)

One other detail that I neglected to mention - the suit must be black!. I'll edit the OP.

I hope that helps a bit, I will post my detailed measurements up here as soon as I get them.

Thanks
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