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Summer suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NavyStyles, May 13, 2004.

  1. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    Happy summer to everyone (I finished finals on Monday).

       I'll be starting work at the U.S. Attorney's Office through the Department of Justice on May 17.  As such, I'm hoping to get at least one more suit -- because now I have a way to justify it.

       Currently, I have a three-button khaki suit and a two-button dark navy wool-blend pinstripe suit.

       The job will be in Louisiana with some travel involved, but mostly regional.  It gets rather hot down here, so something weather appropriate is extremely important.  I'm thinking two-button.  Any suggestions on type of lapel or color or even specific designer would be much appreciated.
     
  2. discostu004

    discostu004 Well-Known Member

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    size? i just got in a perfect summer weight/color suit in 44R (super 140s)
     
  3. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    regularjoe Well-Known Member

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    If you don't mind the wrinkles, linen suits would work.

    Or find a tropical weight wool suit w/ half lining a la Oxxford.

    Designers depend on your tastes: if you've got the bux, you might try MTM or some such and get exactly what you need.
     
  5. discostu004

    discostu004 Well-Known Member

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    navy styles: it's a 44R, but i do have a 40R available, but it's barbera navy pinstripe and a kiton navy sportcoat.  a couple of pieces i thought had sold, but the buyer changed their mind
     
  6. Mike C.

    Mike C. Well-Known Member

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    For a civil service job if you wear anything better than Men's Wearhouse, you'll be dressing better than all of your coworkers. Buy some cheap summer suits from J. Crew or something like that.
     
  7. MikeF

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    Lance: how much is the Barbera 40R navy pinstripe?
     
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    I don't know about Louisiana, but up here, light suits at a law office are a no-no. I would think this would be the case at the US attorney's office
     
  9. discostu004

    discostu004 Well-Known Member

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    mikef, it was $3,650, for 899, it's on ebay now at that price, first listing.
     
  10. MikeF

    MikeF Well-Known Member

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    Very pretty, but I think my wife would kill me. Actually, I know she would.
     
  11. JErwin

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    With some exceptions of course, it has been my experience that light suits are standard summer garb at southern law firms (including mine) or Fed. offices. Especially in NOLA. Matlock and Atticus Finch weren't rebels, they were just wearing the uniform.
     
  12. Sevcom

    Sevcom Well-Known Member

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    Judging by the Atlanta firm where I work now, it's mostly the partners who wear light suits; one of the senior partners actually strolls in with a seersucker suit pretty regularly come July or August. The associates almost always wear darker suits; the lightest I've seen has been a medium grey.

    Then again, the firm is fairly conservative by anyone's standards.
     
  13. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    if the movies have taught us anything, it's that lawyers in the deep south wear white suits.

    new orleans should be the best place in the world to look for something half-lined, say in a cotton/linen blend.

    there's a navy blue linen suit at yoox right now in a size 40r if you choose to go that route.
     
  14. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Well-Known Member

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    I see a few light-colored suits around my BigLaw firm in Los Angeles, mostly during summer and rarely if ever on the back of someone who is heading to court. Probably worn by an even split between the old school guys and the younger associates. I own one lightweight wool suit in dark tan that I wear on really hot days when I have meetings, but I never wear that one to court. Everything else I own is pretty much limited to darker shades.

    Interesting to hear about the regional differences.
     
  15. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    OK, so apparently, I've been mis-fitted. A 38R seems to work better for me than a 40R. And, in the original post, I said I was starting work on May 17 (this past Monday). It got moved back two weeks because Washington was slow with the paperwork.

    Anyway, I went by Rubenstein's on Canal Street and looked around to get some ideas about suits. The salesman bypassed the section including Brioni and Oxxford (thank God, that would've been a huge culture-shock). I tried on a Jack Victor, a Zegna, and a Canali. The Canali looked so incredible, I really believe the purpose of that suit is to belong to me... too bad the price doesn't agree ($1376). The Jack Victor was more towards my price range, but it was looser fitting.

    If you know of any manufacturers that are tapered in the waist like Canali but run closer in price to Jack Victor, please let me know. Thanks for all the help.
     
  16. jimboni

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    it sounds like the suits you have are perfectly adequate for your summer job. a dog park friend works at the us atty's office in NOLA and i think he said he wore mainly khakis, dress shirt and a tie most of the time.


    if you MUST have a new suit, all the big stores will have a sale in the beginning of june, so your options will be wider. and the next time you visit rubenstein bros, walk around the corner to george bass (just keep away from the isaia box).
     
  17. The Dandy

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    Head over to Perlis on Magazine Street. They have a good selection of summer suits and the prices are far more reasonable than Rubenstein's.
     
  18. Keith T

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    Color-wise, could I recommend a light gray? Far from charcoal, and lighter than medium, but maybe not quite in the "pearl gray" family? Goes with everything, looks great with black or brown dress shoes, and you should be able to find it in a light worsted that would be perfect for a summer in The Boot. You can dress it down with a decent polo or open collared shirt.
     
  19. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    Jimboni,

    I've never noticed George Bass. I'll have to keep an eye out for it next time I'm down there.

    TD,

    My professor's family actually owns Perlis. She always told us about it, but I never had a chance to go browse through it.

    Keith,

    You really think a light gray suit would look alright with brown shoes/belt? I remember seeing Mel Gibson in one, and I liked the look. However, I figured black would be a better choice.

    Thanks for the help fellas.
     

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