Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by crimsonstained7, Apr 6, 2013.
+1 to these.
I apologize for getting this thread somewhat off track, though I hope you realize that those of us who were being critical were doing so in an attempt to be helpful. Of course the point of prom is to have fun (though I am pretty sure wearing something pretty close to classic did not stop me from having fun).
WIth respect to the brands you mentioned, do not get something from Jones New York. In my experience, Joseph Abboud is far better. Neither brand is great, but for a free entry level suit for someone who needs a suit for the occasional job interview and maybe a college formal or two (formal in almost any college setting does not mean black tie), it will do fine and you'll look better than most of your classmates. Solid navy or solid medium to dark grey. If you have only one suit, it should be solid for the simple reason that people are less likely to remember that you wear that suit all the time and a solid suit is also better for social functions. I understand why you may want pinstripes, but save them for your second suit (at the earliest). Your first suit is something you want to be super versatile.
I'm not getting pinstripes for the suit. I would save that for way later. I just wanted them because it will help make me look less... Portly to put it in suit terms
I remember reading a thread on another style forum from a guy who works at Men's Warehouse. His opinion is that the Jack Victor line was the best Men's Warehouse carried - they apparently have half-canvassed construction. They also have a lot of Big and Tall sizes (I'm tall, so I looked into them).
Apparently everything else offered at Men's Warehouse is pretty dismal.
For color, get solid navy or charcoal and you probably want one of the flat front trouser models.
Unfortunately, the Jack Victor's comparative quality is evident since they cost 800, and it's only free up to 500. The only one that isn't 800 is a clearance gray checkered modern fit for 400.
Don't over think it. Just pick the solid navy or chacoal suit that fits you best and take it to a decent tailor. It's not like the arms are going to fall off the suit if it's anything less than a Jack Victor. I will assume most of their suits regardless of the name on the label are all made in the same factory in China. Buy it, wear it with confidence, and you will be fine.
So, does this look good enough for a first suit? It's an Abboud Charcoal Modern Fit jacket. I believe (although I'd have to check in person) that it is half-canvas, but it really doesn't matter for a first suit, for free, as far as I'm concerned. It's flat-front, and 94% wool, 6% polyester.
no chance in fuck that is half canvas.
oh, and polyester=hell no
Quadcammer, you've really been helpful. Really, your advice has been eye-opening. Any suggestions of a better suit there then? The Jhane Barnes Medium Gray Suit is 100% wool, but it's $600. Is that worth the extra $100? Right now you're just throwing around unhelpful, and ever so eloquent, tidbits of wisdom
OP, as you already know, it will be hard to get useful input on the subject of Men's Warehouse. That said, at this level and quality, it really does not matter what brand you choose (provided that you try to get a mostly wool suit). It will all come down to fit, so please research up on the subject of a proper suit fit, what will be your goal when you get to the store...
4 star thread.
Solid advice right here.
At your price range I'd go with one of these three
They have promotions pretty regularly. $500 for a suit is nothing special. They have discounts all of the time.
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