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Girlfriend and a Dior suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ubbens, May 16, 2011.

  1. Ubbens

    Ubbens Active Member

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    So recently my girlfriend said she wanted to buy me a suit by Dior, because she thinks it'll look great on me since I am a tall skinny guy. Naturally I declined, for with the both of us still being students, a suit by Dior is quite an expensive gift to give. She still insisted however, telling me that she's been saving up for it these past few months because she knows how much I like suits.
    Now any normal guy would probably be ecstatic about this, but having been an avid reader/lurker (not poster) of Styleforum for some time now, I can't help but hear a little voice in my head telling me that I can probably get much better quality for the same money. I know I am probably a horrible person for thinking so, since it is a gift that she wants to give me, and I love her for that, but I can't help it.
    So first of all I was wondering if anybody here could comment on the quality and general style of Dior suits, for I have tried the search function but after some browsing I couldn't really find anything of use to me (might be my disability to search though). If contrary to my assumptions you tell me that a suit by Dior is still good value for its money, then I will of course be more than happy to accept the gift and wear it with pride.
    If, however, this were not the case, then I'm not really sure as to what I should do. Since she is rather enthusiastic about clothes and fashion as well, I'm afraid if I tell her a suit by Dior doesn't really meet the characteristics of what I look for in a suit, it will be like insulting her knowledge on the matter. Should I in this case accept the gift anyways too, or try to subtly recommend another brand? (I know this last question probably leaves the realm of MC, but oh well)

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    - Ubbens
     
  2. nelly

    nelly Senior member

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    This isn't really a suit/clothes question as much as it is a lesson on relationships.

    The key to a successful relationship: Communication.
     
  3. Ubbens

    Ubbens Active Member

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    True, but since my primary purpose of this thread was to find out about the quality of Dior suits, I thought that I'd post it here instead, my apologies if I didn't make that obvious in my first post.

    -Ubbens
     
  4. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    You would be better to try something better but as has already been said, this is more to do with your relationship than clothes.

    If you think she can be deflected from this make then try it, if not you may be lumbered with the thing. How much does she want to spend?
     
  5. nelly

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    Let me follow up on what I said. You should talk to her about it because if you don't, I see the following happening:
    1) She buys you the suit
    2) You question the quality every time you look at it in the closet
    3) You stop wearing it once you buy the suit you actually want

    Also, if you have a conversation with her about it, maybe you'll discover something. Perhaps she has a really good reason for choosing Dior that you haven't considered.
     
  6. nelly

    nelly Senior member

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    According to this thread:
    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...tive+slim+suit

    Dior Homme suits are fully canvassed and decent quality so I would think that it's an issue of styling and price. I can't help but think that you could get a Paul Smith Byard suit for half (on resale), take the rest of the money to buy her a dress, and go out to a nice dinner.
     
  7. ter1413

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    This is what you do.....tell her to put the $$ towards a vacation for the both of you and take a long weekend and go someplace romantic. Tell her that you would rather spend time with her that have her buy a suit for you!
     
  8. intent

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    This is what you do.....tell her to put the $$ towards a vacation for the both of you and take a long weekend and go someplace romantic. Tell her that you would rather spend time with her that have her buy a suit for you!
    +1 Or suggest that you buy her an Ed Hardy handbag in return. Actually, scratch that. Girls have weird tastes in overpriced brands.
     
  9. GoldenTribe

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    So recently my girlfriend said she wanted to buy me a suit by Dior, because she thinks it'll look great on me since I am a tall skinny guy. Naturally I declined, for with the both of us still being students, a suit by Dior is quite an expensive gift to give. She still insisted however, telling me that she's been saving up for it these past few months because she knows how much I like suits. Now any normal guy would probably be ecstatic about this, but having been an avid reader/lurker (not poster) of Styleforum for some time now, I can't help but hear a little voice in my head telling me that I can probably get much better quality for the same money. I know I am probably a horrible person for thinking so, since it is a gift that she wants to give me, and I love her for that, but I can't help it. So first of all I was wondering if anybody here could comment on the quality and general style of Dior suits, for I have tried the search function but after some browsing I couldn't really find anything of use to me (might be my disability to search though). If contrary to my assumptions you tell me that a suit by Dior is still good value for its money, then I will of course be more than happy to accept the gift and wear it with pride. If, however, this were not the case, then I'm not really sure as to what I should do. Since she is rather enthusiastic about clothes and fashion as well, I'm afraid if I tell her a suit by Dior doesn't really meet the characteristics of what I look for in a suit, it will be like insulting her knowledge on the matter. Should I in this case accept the gift anyways too, or try to subtly recommend another brand? (I know this last question probably leaves the realm of MC, but oh well) Any advice would be greatly appreciated! - Ubbens
    Here's what I gather from what you wrote: - you like suits - your girlfriend likes fashion - your girlfriend wants to buy you a suit - your gilfriend has been saving up to buy you said suit and presumably has enough money at this point if she's telling you about it Here's what I can add: - Dior suits are very good quality - Dior suits are made precisely with the tall, skinny guy in mind - as a result of the previous points, this doesn't make much sense: "I'm afraid if I tell her a suit by Dior doesn't really meet the characteristics of what I look for in a suit, it will be like insulting her knowledge on the matter." (One shouldn't look down one's nose at Dior suits unless one's closet is full of Kiton and Brioni, and you said you're a student...) So if she wants to buy you the suit, has the money for it, and it's going to look good on you, what's the problem? It sounds like it would be a gift you would genuinely appreciate, and it's obviously coming from a place of sincere generosity. If she's talking about waltzing into Saks and picking it up at full retail, you could suggest that you wait until a sale, or until you can find the same thing online for less. (But many women really like the "shopping experience" and if it's her gift to you, the least you could do would be to [pretend to] have a good time.) Unless the money is a critical thing (and I say this as someone who managed to spend thousands of dollars on clothes while paying my own way through undergrad -- it's all just priorities and willpower unless you're borderline destitute), just let her buy it. Neither of you will likely regret it, particularly as she seems to have set the whole thing in motion.
     
  10. Ubbens

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    Thanks for the link Nelly, was just the thing I was looking for! But I do agree with everything else you said too, I will have to discuss that with her.

    Ter1413: Slightly off-topic, but we already recently planned a holiday to Hainan which is my gift to her[​IMG]
     
  11. MetroStyles

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    And I thought this was going to be a "which one would you leave behind if your house was on fire" thread.
     
  12. Ubbens

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    Goldentribe, thanks for the elaborate reply! As a matter of fact I enjoy the shopping experience too from time to time, so that'll be no problem. Well, I guess that answers my question about the quality of Dior suits though, and whether they will fit me, so cheers for that! I do have some stuff from Kiton, but that indeed doesn't mean that I look down on Dior, I was just wondering about the quality of it since I have never really looked into that till now.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. DandySF

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    The Dior suits I've looked at have been beautifully made. Dior is an example of something that is both fashionable and well-made.
     
  14. nelly

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    Thanks for the link Nelly, was just the thing I was looking for! But I do agree with everything else you said too, I will have to discuss that with her.

    Ter1413: Slightly off-topic, but we already recently planned a holiday to Hainan which is my gift to her[​IMG]


    WAIT JUST ONE SECOND. Why wouldn't you just have a custom suit made in Southeast Asia?
     
  15. Superfluous

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    I wouldn't have guessed that Dior were well-made, but now I know apparently. I've never came across one though.
     
  16. tesuquegolfer

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    My suggestion is that you take her shopping with you and go try on lots of suits and let her pick or the one that she likes the best. If you seriously dislike her choice, you can say you prefer a previously tried suit. Hopefully you will enjoy the experience and come to some middle ground that you both can live with and you can truly be grateful and appreciative of the gift. If not, and it turns into a fight and resentment..., start looking to get out of the relationship while you can as it will only get worse. Sorry for the somewhat negative comment but in many ways I am serious. I wish I had looked harder for someone that I could get along with better. I have been married for more than 20 years and seem to argue with my wife about which way the wind is blowing. [​IMG]
     
  17. Loathing

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    People often bundle Dior with the crappy Italian mega-labels like D&G and Prada. Dior not only has (to my eye) much more interesting and elegant styling, but is also of a quality leagues apart from other fashion houses. The prices are very high, but Dior certainly shouldn't be a label you're embarrassed to wear.
     
  18. patrickBOOTH

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    When I first started dating my girlfriend she bought me a Kenneth Cole scarf. Today she doesn't buy me clothes. Just sayin.
     
  19. Ubbens

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    Nelly: Can't believe I haven't even thought of that possibility myself yet, nice idea! I'd probably have to do some research into which tailors in that area are good and which aren't. I'll probably just pay for these myself then though.

    Tesuquegolfer: No need to worry about the somewhat negative comment, 'cause you are right, I'll just enjoy the experience of buying as much as I can! And though not with my girlfriend (yet), I have had multiple fights with friends concerning the direction of the wind, so I guess there's just something about that particular subject that makes it fight-worthy! (though admittedly that was mostly when sailing)

    Loathing: Thanks, all these replies really did convince me of the quality of Dior suits.

    PatrickBOOTH: I guess I should just enjoy it while it lasts then [​IMG]
     
  20. culverwood

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    To me it is a question of what is more important to you the girlfriend or the suit.

    If it is the girlfriend let her buy you the suit she has been saving for because in her mind it is a perfect gift for you.
     

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