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Longtime lurker; just started posting yesterday.

 

I'm looking for a fairly low-priced, lightweight wool suit.  I'd consider spending more than $500, but probably not much more unless one really wins me over (I'm a government attorney with a lot of student loan debt).  The two suits that I currently have in my rotation are Abboud (I think I found them both on Gilt or something), but I feel like I need something a tad bit lighter for the Texas summer.  

 

I'm stuck on labels, however.  Is there by chance any amount of consensus around these parts on who makes a superior, lower-priced suit?  This week I'm looking at the Nordstrom's anniversary sale, and I've just begun checking out eBay.  I was looking at Boss; until I came across a thread here claiming that Boss is generally viewed as overpriced (and there do seem to be similarly priced suits that are made in the U.S., although I'm not sure this matters).  Could someone give me a few quick ideas, or perhaps point me in the direction of a pertinent thread I might have missed?  

 

(and I apologize if this isn't an appropriate question for this thread)


Edited by UTfootball747 - 7/11/13 at 5:48am
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Originally Posted by swaggerisaliability View Post

Anybody know where I can get this shirt or a similar shirt? Much thanks in advance.
 

 

clothesforuttertwats.com

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Originally Posted by UTfootball747 View Post

Longtime lurker; just started posting yesterday.

I'm looking for a fairly low-priced, lightweight wool suit.  I'd consider spending more than $500, but probably not much more unless one really wins me over (I'm a government attorney with a lot of student loan debt).  The two suits that I currently have in my rotation are Abboud (I think I found them both on Gilt or something), but I feel like I need something a tad bit lighter for the Texas summer.  

I'm stuck on labels, however.  Is there by chance any amount of consensus around these parts on who makes a superior, lower-priced suit?  This week I'm looking at the Nordstrom's anniversary sale, and I've just begun checking out eBay.  I was looking at Boss; until I came across a thread here claiming that Boss is generally viewed as overpriced (and there do seem to be similarly priced suits that are made in the U.S., although I'm not sure this matters).  Could someone give me a few quick ideas, or perhaps point me in the direction of a pertinent thread I might have missed?  

(and I apologize if this isn't an appropriate question for this thread)

BB offers a very lightweight fully canvassed BrooksCool suit which can be bought on sale for less than $500. These are a wool blend (very small percentage synthetic) and are made in China. Not all BrooksCool is as lightweight as these. Look for the "Full Canvas" label on the inside.
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Originally Posted by swaggerisaliability View Post

Anybody know where I can get this shirt or a similar shirt? Much thanks in advance.



You can find it at beltsthataretwofeettoolong.com.
Edited by Steve Smith - 7/11/13 at 6:25am
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BB offers a very lightweight fully canvassed BrooksCool suit which can be bought on sale for less than $500. These are a wool blend (very small percentage synthetic) and are made in China. Not all BrooksCool is as lightweight as these. Look for the "Full Canvas" label on the inside.

 

Thanks for the suggestion.  Any idea if the brick & mortars have a better selection of sizes than the website?  

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Any idea if the brick & mortars have a better selection of sizes than the website?  
More often, it's just the opposite. Although exceptions do exist, of course.

I doubt whether there are all that many Brooks Bros. stores near you; why not simply pick up the phone, call them, and ask if they have what you want in the size you want? Seems a more sensible approach than asking us to speculate about your local store's selection of sizes.
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Thanks for the suggestion.  Any idea if the brick & mortars have a better selection of sizes than the website?  

 

I grabbed 2 of these a few months ago when they were 2 for $799 or $899 or something like that. The stores had a horrible selection, especially in the Regent cut. I went to the Madison Ave flagship, and the only thing they had in Regent was 2 of the same suit, both not in my size. I ended up at a different BB and tried on a Regent cut just for size, and ended up ordering the colors I wanted. They had a difficult time tracking them down.
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More often, it's just the opposite. Although exceptions do exist, of course.

I doubt whether there are all that many Brooks Bros. stores near you; why not simply pick up the phone, call them, and ask if they have what you want in the size you want? Seems a more sensible approach than asking us to speculate about your local store's selection of sizes.

True, there's only one here in Austin.  It was more of a general question regarding store availability vs. the website (some stores, for example, will show product availability on the website if its available anywhere at any store, others sometimes have more in store than what is available for purchase online).

 

Calling is a good idea though, thanks.  

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Zegna has the summer collection and the autumn collection. Does it really freaking matter if I wear the summer collection in the winter or the autumn collection in 100 degrees in the summer????
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The differences between a designer's "seasons" are varied. For some it's completely different silhouettes, details or designs. For others it's differences in colors or materials. It really depends on the designer. However, I doubt you'll be wanting to wear a 5-guage black cashmere sweater or 18oz flannel suit in July, just as you likely won't be reaching for linen pants or bright red driving moccasins in February.

If you like the clothes and they fit your needs and surroundings, then wear whatever the hell you want. Seasonal wear is largely a way for trendy brands to introduce new items, but usually designs only vary slightly and, especially in classic menswear, won't reinvent the wheel. Know which fabrics and colors suit which environments and situations. After that it's largely preference.
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I was just gifted a 44R Mani Tux. However, I wear a 42R. Could a good tailor alter it to fit? I won't mind paying $$$ to get it done since I didn't have to pay for the tux to begin with. Just wanted to see if its worth the effort.
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I was just gifted a 44R Mani Tux. However, I wear a 42R. Could a good tailor alter it to fit? I won't mind paying $$$ to get it done since I didn't have to pay for the tux to begin with. Just wanted to see if its worth the effort.

If the shoulders and chest don't fit, it's going to be very hard to make it look right.
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True True, very hard to do. You should instead mail it to me who is a perfect 44R peepwall[1].gif
 

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