Originally Posted by BuffaloBoyBlue
what makes a three piece a better choice for the well fed?
what does bespoke mean?
about how much would a decent suit cost me?
what is the stylistic difference between 2 and 3 buttons? I mean, why pick one over the other?
I have noticed some brands of clothes seem to fit some body types better than others. I have a big buddy, real gym rat, who wears dolche and gabana (I think that is how you spell it) and looks good but then tries other stuff and looks like a squeezed sausage. That in mind is there a brand for the hefty fellow, or what?
If you had to give a list of Items that a newb to this should get, what would that checklist consist of? Seriously, I am gonna toss all my clothes by the new year, what should I start getting to replace it?
and to the gentlemen who gave me the beginnings of a list, would grey look good on a man with my skin tone (A friend once said it was somewhere between saddlebrown and sienna. I denied those were colors.)
I personally don't think a 3-piece (vested) suit is ideal for the larger man, especially if you're not particularly tall. The reason is simple - it makes you look even bigger. For this same reason a 3-button jacket is less ideal. Alternatively a 2-button jacket will button at a slightly lower position and lend to more of an overall visually vertical effect. Larger men should also abstain from wider spread collared shirts and thickly knotted neckties. Instead a point or straight collar shirt is more visually appealing with a smaller tied knot. Pattern-wise it's the same thing. Avoid large plaids and windowpanes and stick to subtle stripes.
To reiterate previous posters, fit is THE most important factor - but these other style cues will also have a great effect on your overall appearance.
Best wishes to you and your continued weight loss.
Oh - and gray is a classic color for tailored clothing. May I suggest sticking to medium/dark to dark charcoal gray and staying away from lighter shades.