Well, I've almost begun my bespoke experiment -- the suit will be ready when I start my new job in NYC. I am at the final stage of choosing the cloth. I was specifically looking for -- and was drawn to -- dark, subtle glen plaids with subtle color overpanes. My tailor picked his favorite and showed me why it would work better on my complexion and for my age than another fabric (he picked a dark steely blue, whereas I was looking at dark greys -- I liked his pick). I really like the pattern, and I like glen plaid suits generally. But I also like pinstripe suits in theory and only have two such suits -- a charcoal chalk-stripe from RLPL, and a navy with 1 inch spaced pinstripes from Aquascutum. If I went with a pinstripe for the bespoke suit, I'd go with something bolder than the Aquascutum (which I like a lot, despite the fact that it is undoubtedly a "boring" suit), but in a thinner stripe than the RLPL. The thing is, this type of stripe for some reason strikes me as (1) edging toward formal, and (2) has an aura of power that I fear might exacerbate my natural intellectually aggressive nature (in other words, would make me seem even more bold than I already am). So, I like this type of "boldish" pinstripe in theory and in pictures; but I like the glenplaid because it is more "easy going" but still unique and beautiful. Am I making sense here? Does anyone else have the same experience with patterns? And, as a tangential question, will this glen plaid suit (it isn't an obvious glen plaid -- you've gotta be within five or six feet to really pick it up -- and it's a dark suit) still acceptable to wear during the evening? In the weeks ahead, I'll ask for thoughts about particular styling details, but for now I'm asking about cloth choices. BTW, I would like to especially thank Mr. Grayson for taking the time to previously answer my cloth questions.
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3/24/05 at 2:09pm