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Suit consistency -- is it the best idea?

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I have about four or so reasonably "nice" suits -- a Polo, a HSM Gold Trumpeteer, a Kilgour, and an Austin Reed made in Italy (to be honest, I'm not sure what the retail price of it was, since I found it at Marshall's of all places). Now, I've basically picked up these suits in a fairly haphazard nature and, with the exception of the Kilgour, purchased all of them before joining this board. I did get all on substantial discount (indeed, I got the Kilgour for 50 bucks...), probably spending about $750 TOTAL, for all four suits. Now that I'm at the age where I can throw around a couple of grand without really sweating it "too much" -- though my 401K might hate me for it, as well as my wife -- I'm wondering: should all my suits either "be" the same, or alternatively, "fit" the same? I'm planning on going shopping this week and, if the deal is right, would like to pick up three or maybe even four suits from either various outlets or Filenes Basement. What do you think about buying all the same brand? I have been told that the Polo outlet has Blue labels for about $300 and, despite the fact that they are fused (very well, I might add), would consider dropping 1K on a few of those. I sort of feel that there is no "pattern" to my suits. The Polo is a bit softer, the Kilgour is very English, the HSM has a bit squarer shoulders, and the Austin Reed's jacket is about an inch longer than the rest (I'm planning on hemming it). Does this throw off the rest of my "look"? I have made a concerted effort to stick with a few classic patterns for my ties and my shirts as well. (And, since I am getting my shirts from Jantzen now, all will have the same cut and, with maybe a couple exceptions, the same collar style). Should I make the same concerted effort with my suits?
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Should I make the same concerted effort with my suits?
Ummm... NO. I personally like variety. I have a suit for business that has a rather boring cut, though made with top of the line material; it's perfect for job interviews and the like. I also have a designer cut, Valentino suit that would probably get a person fired if they wore it to the office. Wouldn't it feel monotonous if you wore the same shape suit, let alone the same brand everyday? I have more than a dozen pair of jeans, each of which have a different cut. There shouldn't be too much consistency in your woredrobe.
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That was a pretty good response. I tend to agree -- to a point. I think that what my best case scenario is is to have maybe 4 to 5 suits that are roughly similar in cut, and have 2 or 3 that are different. I don't wear suits for non-work occassions, except only for rare occassions, and so I don't think I need any more than 2 "non-work" suits. For my work suits, though I think you're right that you don't want to be boring, I just tend to think that certain cuts look good on me (and those cuts are limited), and that I should opt for varying fabrics. For my shirts, the only thing I'm going to have vary with my Jantzen orders (other than fabrics) is the collar -- I'm going to go with spread for some and semi-spread for others.
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I have all my suits from Armani because of best fit. All my jeans are Guess because of best fit. Minimal variations here. I have coats, ties, and shirts from many designers.
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While a bit of variety is nice, I dont think that there should be a tremendous difference in the way your suits should fit. My rationale is that everyone has a particular body type. I think your wardrobe should reflect that. Therefore, while variety is fine, if you have the kind of body that fits well into a slim silouette of suit, you probably dont want to go get 3 huge shouldered, baggy suits just for the sake of variety. Ofcourse that doesnt mean you have to own all the same brand of suit, or that they should all fit identically, just in different colors. However, you should make sure they flatter your body. By flattering your body type, I assume you would tend to buy similar suits anyway. Perhaps you could incorporate variety by buying similar fitting suits, but with a variety of button stances and materials. Or by having a nice stock of shirts and ties that can change things up.
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Wouldn't it feel monotonous if you wore the same shape suit, let alone the same brand everyday? I have more than a dozen pair of jeans, each of which have a different cut. There shouldn't be too much consistency in your woredrobe.
I feel the same way. On the other hand, there are probably about a handful of cuts (or fewer) that fit any particular person well, and that should always be the deciding factor. With MTM, stick with the one cut that fits you best. With RTW, especially designer RTW, there is more latitude. For example, a slim guy might look good but in super slim, long cut Dior *and* in a choppy, short Prada number. MikeC, do you actually cycle through all your jeans? I find that I only ever cycle through my favorite 4 or maybe 5 pairs (and get very beat up in the process), and the other pairs never leave the closet.
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MikeC, do you actually cycle through all your jeans?  I find that I only ever cycle through my favorite 4 or maybe 5 pairs (and get very beat up in the process), and the other pairs never leave the closet.
Ha, yea right. I wear the same pair everyday; PD&C, they are beat to hell after almost two years of wear. I do have a new pair that I will rotate occasionally. I have a friend that never used to wear jeans, so I told him to get a pair and that "you only need one pair of jeans." He goes out and buys ONE pair. He was over the other day and saw my stash of a dozen pairs, astonished he says "I though you need only ONE pair?" I'm like sure, YOU only need one pair. He thought that I too only had one pair cause I wear the same ones everyday.
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