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GQ: How to Buy A Suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by acidboy, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. LARon

    LARon Well-Known Member

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    I firmly add my voice to the no-vent camp. I have more than 30 suits and a dozen sportcoats and only one has a vent; and I'll gladly match my look on any given day with any of you who favor vents. (I'm not saying vents are "wrong" just that I've found my look to be a ventless one, and everyone must find his own look.).

    I find double vents to be too busy, and flap around too much, which I find very annoying.
     
  2. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you read all of my second post. I explained that rather I felt it was incomplete. It gives you SOME knowledge, but not a whole lot, especially when it comes to body types which is extremely important if you ask me.
    I disagree. If the suit fits the shoulders, if the jacket is not too long and if you chose a 3 roll 2 (and they wrote all these points) it will fit all normal body types, including tall and thins. It's only a suit afterall, and it's supposed to be quite a bland and conservative attire, not a fashion statement.

    Yes, for work or job interviews it's unwise as your first suit. However, things such as double breasteds, ticket pockets, three-roll-twos shouldn't be totally discouraged for the first time buyer if work is not its purpose, especially if the person in question is tall and/or thin, as all of these help that physique. I'm surprised you didn't say anything about single breasted peak lapel or one button suits, both of which are suggested and are very business inappropriate for a first suit.
    And you didn't read me either. I never wrote about a first time suit for work. Your first suit could be a single button peaked lapels, and I still think it's a wiser choice than a DB.

    !luc
     
  3. Demeter

    Demeter Well-Known Member

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    Fifty bucks says whoever wrote that reads this forum.
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    for someone not familiar with purchasing an otr suit, and doesnt seem to know the difference between one from banana republic and from brooks brothers, this is a good starting point. i have to disagree with your opinion.

    +1

    Overall a pretty good Suit Buying 101 guide. Rather surprising for GQ, but in a good way

    I also happen to strongly dislike ventless SB suits
     
  5. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    A center vent is all-purpose; it is both modern and traditional. You can't go wrong.

    Oh yes you can.
     
  6. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    There are two problems with ventless suits:

    1. They do look so 80s.
    2. They are terribly uncomfortable since they don't flow with the body and thus wrinkle easily.

    I'm not much more impressed with center vents. Double vents for me thanks. [​IMG]
     
  7. amplifiedheat

    amplifiedheat Well-Known Member

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    Half of the advice was rubbish, I have to say. Also, the example suits were pretty uninspired.
    In my experience, GQ is usually half to two-thirds wrong in all of its guides. The fraction increases with formality.
     
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  9. IBJanky

    IBJanky Well-Known Member

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    I have to have at least one vent in the back, although double vents are preferred. Ventless jackets just don't look right.

    GQ had an issue a month or two ago where they featured double breasted suits worn by that actor John Cho:

    http://www.gq.com/style/suit-guide/2...eet-power-suit

    [​IMG]

    myke
     
  10. amplifiedheat

    amplifiedheat Well-Known Member

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    I have to have at least one vent in the back, although double vents are preferred. Ventless jackets just don't look right.

    GQ had an issue a month or two ago where they featured double breasted suits worn by that actor John Cho:

    http://www.gq.com/style/suit-guide/2...eet-power-suit

    [​IMG]

    myke


    Well, except for the part where they pinned the suit up until fabric is blatantly pulling at the buttons, and the way-high gorge and weird lapel curve, it's decent.
     
  11. IBJanky

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    Well, except for the part where they pinned the suit up until fabric is blatantly pulling at the buttons, and the way-high gorge and weird lapel curve, it's decent.

    Maybe it appears that way because of his semi-seated/leaned position?

    myke
     
  12. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    Well, except for the part where they pinned the suit up until fabric is blatantly pulling at the buttons, and the way-high gorge and weird lapel curve, it's decent.
    Weird lapel curve?
     
  13. intent

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    I have to have at least one vent in the back, although double vents are preferred. Ventless jackets just don't look right.

    GQ had an issue a month or two ago where they featured double breasted suits worn by that actor John Cho:

    http://www.gq.com/style/suit-guide/2...eet-power-suit

    [​IMG]

    myke

    I remember seeing this series and photos and thinking they gave him a jacket that was too short. Forget down to his thumb. That jacket was basically at wrist level.
     
  14. nohomo

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    Magic Johnson needs that article.


    [​IMG]
     
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    ^ so does Isiah Thomas, and all the ballers for that metter.
     
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    whiskeylaureate Well-Known Member

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    Some of the advice is decent, but since it's from GQ, some of the advice is of course to be avoided.
    Like the fucking plague. Just look at the vent recommendations. I notice they forgot to mention that center vents show your rear end when you put your hands in your pockets.... kind of an important detail.
     
  18. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Well-Known Member

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    GQ advice seems an excellent way to start.

    Quoted for rarity, one of the few posts of 1000s where KB didn't do his usual inventory..
     
  19. ramuman

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    Magic Johnson needs that article. [​IMG]
    Incidentally, Isiah's suit might actually look decent on Magic.
     
  20. amplifiedheat

    amplifiedheat Well-Known Member

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    Weird lapel curve?

    "Belly" would be the technical term, I suppose. This one has it like the Buddha. Double-breasted look fine with a gentle curve:
    http://www.luxury-insider.com/Column...suit-pic10.jpg
    but the extremely high gorge, combined with the belly, push the peaks nearly out of sight, making for one odd lapel.

    And as for Magic Johnson, I think the GQ guide is aimed at regular sizes. What length do you buy at 6'9''?
     

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