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  1. dgonsh

    dgonsh Senior member

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    Hey, a suiting question.

    I need to purchase a suit for a wedding in June. Im looking for something slim, but not silly looking thin. Gilt is offering a Wool Flannel charcoal suit at a 300 dollar price tag.

    http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/casua/product/127006799-ben-sherman-suiting-wool-solid-flannel-suit

    unfortunately it is hard to find the exact measurements.

    Does anyone have any experience with this cut, and overall, is it a bad purchase? I'd love a beautiful Oxxford or Chester Barrie, alas it's not really in the budget.

    Thanks guys
     
  2. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    Tons of Ben Sherman suits at Nordstrom Rack, they fit slim but quality is really bad
     
  3. dgonsh

    dgonsh Senior member

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    thanks, i dont want poor quality. i really dont. but i dont have a lot of spare cash to spend on a beautiful suit.

    i stumbled on a wonderful oxxford suit on ebay in exactly my measurements (pretty damn close) for a great price. but im worried it will be too old a fit, aka quite boxy. the lapels looks quite thick. and theres pleats. im not opposed to pleats, but i do worry of how they will suit my build. worth taking a shot and taking to the tailor to slim as best as possible?
     
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  4. adampaul

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    Got a suit question for my sister-in-law's (wife's sister's) wedding this August. My wife's the matron of honor, and I was asked to be an usher. I'm thinking this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get my first charcoal suit. I've searched the forums, but couldn't find anything recent concerning lapel type. I know this has come up before, but usually from the perspective of the bridegroom. I like the idea of peak lapels, especially since I'm not simply a guest. But I want to be able to wear the suit for work or other functions and I'm not sure if notch lapels would be a better or more appropriate/long term choice. The rest of the ensemble will be a white shirt (spread collar, french cuffs) with some sort of wedding tie and black balmorals (I'm currently lusting after these Kent Wang shoes:

    http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html

    And being this new to the style game, I've never thought of shoes in this manner before. Haha.) I don't know why, but I like the plain toe style of these vs. cap toes. Maybe it's the versatility of it potentially being used as black-tie/tuxedo shoe (at least that's how it's advertised on the site)? Anyway, I'm also open to suggestions on the shoes, as these would be way more than I've ever spent on shoes. Hell, any shoe worthwhile is going to be a huge departure for me, as far as spending habits go, but I'm open to it as long as it's justifiably good quality that will last me many many years. Thanks in advance for any advice (on any aspect of my planned attire)! Cheers!
     
  5. Jeff Costello

    Jeff Costello Well-Known Member

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  7. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    You should differ to the bride's request ( if any ) in this matter. Otherwise, enjoy your peak lapel grey suit.

    Regarding the shoes, black tie traditionally dictates patent leather black shoes. So versatility does not extend that far in this case, not that most will care now a days... :plain:
     
  8. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    I would say in the long run even though peaked is considered more formal, notched would be more versatile.
    I don't remember where I read it (maybe the Put This On blog), but did read it recently, that the plain toe balmoral was fine for black tie. Edit: It was Put This On.
     
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  9. CDHagg

    CDHagg Senior member

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    I'd like to write a review/blog/article/something about Nick Lopez, a bespoke tailor in Houston. There isn't a lot of information about him, so I thought I'd write something about my experiences with him. I have pictures of the shop, I've talked to Nick about the suit-making process at his shop, and I have first hand experience, so I thought I'd post something on Styleforum.

    I could just start a thread, but would that be the best thing to do?

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  10. tom10167

    tom10167 Active Member

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    Can I get Brooks Brothers shirts tailored and expect a good outcome? I bought the slims, which are too wide in the waist and perfect in the chest. The extra slims take 3" off chest and 1" off waist(lol?) which is no good. Can a basic tailor chop 2-3 inches out of the waist, should I take it somewhere like Nordstrom and have their tailor do it?
     
  11. bauerbach

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    Im in the market for a suit, but there is too much out there to sort through.

    I am a young professional working in finance, to this point, the only times Ive worn a suit was for interviews and weddings, its always been business casual. Im stepping up in the world and I will need to appear in business professional more often and in front of some people whom I would like to impress. Its time to move the $250 off the rack suit to the 2nd string and have a "NICE" charcoal suit for such occassions.

    with that said, Im young, and I tend to enjoy the current styles, Im in good shape and I like the look of a fitted suit. If you have ever seen white collar on TV, Im kinda into that look, but perhaps with less skinny tie.

    I really do not know what my budget is, because I dont even know what I might be looking at. 1000? 1500? not 5000? I want a suit that will look the part, not one that is slightly better, but indistinguishable from an "ordinary" piece. Does that make any sense?

    I had a chance to get some exposure to a local tailor, not sure if he is MTM or bespoke, but he advertises "custom" suits, I think they were like 6-800 bucks. After seeing one that someone had made, I was not impressed in the least. It looked... sloppy. Im leery of custom clothing because I feel like you get a product as good as the tailor...

    anyway, anyone able to ramble off a few designers who make fitted mens suits that would wear very well? Ive looked at the RLBL suits, they look pretty good, but I know RL can be... a little pricey as a brand relative to others. not sure if that holds for the suits.
     
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  13. CDHagg

    CDHagg Senior member

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    Avoid the local tailor you mentioned. Here's what I'd recommend, since I'm not familiar enough with all the labels to just recommend a few: Go to a few high-end department store like Saks, Neiman, etc. (not Macy's or JC Penny), and try on suits. Find a few suits that you like, and research the suit maker here on SF. You could even take a picture of the suit in the dressing room and post the photo on the WAYWT Thread to get advice concerning the fit. Only buy a suit once you're sure that a) you like it, b) SF Members don't think it's terrible, and c) it is a high quality, canvased, well-made suit. It would also help to develop personal taste with regards to suits, and to learn enough to distinguish between good/bad fit, good/bad fabric, good/bad construction, etc.
     
  14. zero neck

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    You might want to look at the Ludlow suit from Jcrew if you want a somewhat inexpensive OTR that is slim cut.

    Depending where you're located, there is also a suitsupply in New York which has good quality suits for a reasonable price (pretty much unbeatable in the price dept). They have numerous cuts, you could probably find one that suits your tastes.

    If you can get a BB suit on sale they also make a pretty nice OTR suit in a couple of styles.
     
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    I received these coats from my uncle and I wanted to have them altered. They're all a little big and boxy on me. I don't think altering them should be too much trouble, but my biggest concern are the lapels.

    They're really wide and I wanted to have them narrowed. I don't mind A so much as I mind the others. Some of them have lapel buttonholes but they aren't cut through.
     

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