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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5/4/04 at 1:28am