Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.
The horse isn't big enough. I think they make one closer to actual size.
In all seriousness:
I like it, but I got it for cheap at a thrift store ($15) and I think it would be just as easy to find something that's better fitting.
* the following was supposed to be a thread but it's being held for moderation and I don't have time to wait.
Hey everyone, I'm in a bit of a predicament.
Just to lay down the basics:
I'm about 5' 6.5".
I weigh about 125.
I need a suit (including all tailoring) for less than $800.
I am using this to go to prom; I'm not getting a tuxedo for many reasons.
I have an average "fit" build- I run track and work out a lot but I'm not that big.
I want a fit like: http://www.gq.com/style/wear-it-now...tton-suits-under-four-hundred-dollars?slide=4 (slides 1-3 are also good but I really like four)
Now I'm going to list out some choices: (ranked in order I like them)
Top: 36/S Heather Charcoal
(should I change to black? should I get 36S or 36R? I'm assumming 36S is for people under 5' 8")
Bottom: 28 Waist, 29 inseam, no cuff
Bespoke Suit from Stephen Seo (no measurements required at this time)
One more day to get the groupon- very cheap bespoke suit.
Outsourced to China I believe and people are skeptic about this.
However, he has designed for the cast of Entourage.
#3 Suit Supply
Have not really looked into this but the go-to choice that many people like.
I could use the help. I feel like Jcrew would look really well.
Is there visual difference between a formal (suit) blazer and a casual blazer which can be word with jeans/plimsolls?
Is there a general rule as per how many buttons it should have?
Bit too much of an open question as individuality will make the style so not many definates.
2 button is safer then 3 or double breasted. Trim or wide lapels are trendy but normal width will make it look like a suit jacket. Tweeds help give a real traditional twist but be careful with not picking an old man brown if you're not young enough to pull it off as it will age you.
Also casual jackets are normally a tad shorter then suit jackets to split you in half better. Only by 1/2" unless trendy shop then may be more.
Features like patch pockets on lower and upper outside pockets can give the casual touch too.
Maybe we should begin with your wide use of the term "blazer". A blazer is a type of stand alone jacket of military origin, usually navy with metal buttons. A sports coat is an odd jacket, usually with texture or patterns. A suit should not be confused as either a blazer or sports coat.
Now, which are you referring to in your post?
I'd love to be able to wear this Alexander McQueen tie in the office but can't think of a shirt to wear with it that wont leave me (a redhead) completely washed out looking. There's no way I can get away with wearing this in work is there?
What is more versatile for a suit - mid-grey or dark grey?
Charcoal is more formal, but there are very, very few contexts where that's gonna make a difference. Mid gray is fine for just about anything, interviews included. Maybe some of the more stuck up finance firms in NYC might have a problem if you interviewed in one, but outside of that, it's not an issue. I would also want to wear something darker to a funeral- charcoal, navy or black. But outside of that, either color should do ya.
You're gonna be a 36S, and I would stick with charcoal or navy. More versatile than black in other contexts. You wouldn't want to wear black to a wedding, for example. Many here will tell you it shouldn't be worn for business either. I think that's a whole lot of crap, as long as it's not awful for your complexion (if you're low contrast- fair skinned and blonde, for example, you'll look really bad in one). But still, not what I would recommend for a first suit.
Thanks, man. I already have a navy, black and a mid-grey pinstripe. I think mid-grey it is then!
cleaning up in the basement I found an Austin Reed suit that must be 30 years old and fits so suspiciously well it almost looks like I had it tailored.
Austin reed any good? I kind of like it...
i would say you might be even smaller than a 36s depending on how you want to suit to fit... regardless you're going to need to do some alterations.
you can get really nice suits for < $800 easily if you're willing to go off brand (it doesn't matter what brand, just how it looks)
also, any reason why you're not getting a tux for prom? it'd be weird if you were the only guy not wearing a tux if it's that kind of occasion.
my personal advice: try not to shop online until you know your measurements or how it'll fit. you have wiggle room with your casuals but i think something that requires a significant investment like suits or whatnot require you to try them on.
I'm looking to buy a pair of quality balmoral/oxford shoes in a dark blue calf. Does anyone know of any RTW options out there? I haven't seen much, and lack the patience for MTO.
where to get custom initial cufflinks like this? thanks
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