Before you , I should mention that it was a shirt, not a suit. Here's the story on that:
As a newbie, I had absorbed all that I could in this thread, but there's so much information and so many posts you just can't hold it all in your head. I hadn't taken detailed notes at that point, but earlier this month, I found the Kiton shirt, and I got excited because I could vaguely recollect that this was one of the better labels to look for (as in Kiton, Brioni, Isaia, etc.). So I remember trying it on in the fitting room, and finding it too small in the neck (I'm a 16) and short in the sleeves. I desperately tried to rationalize the purchase, thinking I could take the collar button off and move it a quarter inch to make the neck larger, or maybe I could stretch the whole collar larger by putting a balloon in the neck and pumping it with air, or maybe I could just replace the whole collar, or maybe I just wear it unbutton and with the sleeves rolled up, or maybe my tailor could somehow lengthen the sleeves as long as there was enough fabric... and then I heard Sean Connery's voice: Indiana... just let it go.
So I sadly placed it back on the rack.
This makes me sad... I found a Kiton shirt that didn't quite fit me. I sold it and made $60...
GMMcL, I think there was some discussion a while back about tweed jacket and waistcoats sets being sold as 2 pieces without pants. Any indication that there was pants (tag, price, etc)? I know places like J. Press would do that, and that style of herringbone tweed would be a prime candidate. Either way it totally works without the pants, and that is one of the coolest finds ever.
The tweed is 2/3 of a suit. I know because I saw that exact suit at a Florida Marshalls in December. It was priced at $550, and included FF pants. I tried it on, but it was too small in the chest. And, to me, it's a bit bold to wear twice.
At a local GW there was a light beige Pal Zileri DB full suit (85/15 wool/cashmere). It looked a bit dated with really wide lapels and probably 44 - 46. Unfortunately it also had a small dime sized stain on one Cuff that looked to be a chocolate smear or something. It is too big for me but I really want to improve my suit collection. The stain looks like it'll come out but do you think I'd be able to get it cleaned and trade it here on SF? Or very least flip on ebay? The price was $19.99.
Bit dated + a bit big + a small stain + a double sawbuck = a good pass 99 times out of 100.
It's hard at first to pass on stuff, but the longer you go being picky, the easier it gets. I'm to the point where I can pass on an iffy Brioni or RLPL item with a "shucks, would have been nice if that had worked out" rather than losing some sleep over whether I should have picked it up.
Damn! I understand this is only 2/3 of the full piece, but damn. I found a Lands End Charter Collection herringbone tweed jacket the other day that is in great condition and fits me (no that's not really a brag). But I wish I had found something like this!