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GQ: How to Buy A Suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by acidboy, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    i totally agree with db jackets having no vents. it just looks too busy if it has vent(s). then again, the above poster was right- i don't think i've ever seen a db in gq.
     


  2. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    DBs look fine without vents.

    Half of the advice was rubbish, I have to say. Also, the example suits were pretty uninspired.

    I don't understand. There is just about everything you need to know before buying your first suit and everything you need to avoid. All the basic things are covered.
    You shouldn't buy a DB as your first suit, and ventless SB are indeed a bit outdated.

    !luc
     


  3. Jovan

    Jovan Banned for Good

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    I don't think you read all of my second post. I explained that rather I felt it was incomplete. It gives you SOME knowledge, but not a whole lot, especially when it comes to body types which is extremely important if you ask me. Yes, for work or job interviews it's unwise as your first suit. However, things such as double breasteds, ticket pockets, three-roll-twos shouldn't be totally discouraged for the first time buyer if work is not its purpose, especially if the person in question is tall and/or thin, as all of these help that physique. I'm surprised you didn't say anything about single breasted peak lapel or one button suits, both of which are suggested and are very business inappropriate for a first suit.
     


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    for someone not familiar with purchasing an otr suit, and doesnt seem to know the difference between one from banana republic and from brooks brothers, this is a good starting point. i have to disagree with your opinion.
    I wish I had read that advice on how to buy a suit before I started buying suits. That would have saved me from doing a lot of mistakes, such as trusting the salesperson when telling me that there is no problem in taking the waist of the pants in by let's say 5 inches...
     


  5. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    Now we want to know what the other mistakes were [​IMG]
     


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    I firmly add my voice to the no-vent camp. I have more than 30 suits and a dozen sportcoats and only one has a vent; and I'll gladly match my look on any given day with any of you who favor vents. (I'm not saying vents are "wrong" just that I've found my look to be a ventless one, and everyone must find his own look.).

    I find double vents to be too busy, and flap around too much, which I find very annoying.
     


  7. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    I don't think you read all of my second post. I explained that rather I felt it was incomplete. It gives you SOME knowledge, but not a whole lot, especially when it comes to body types which is extremely important if you ask me.
    I disagree. If the suit fits the shoulders, if the jacket is not too long and if you chose a 3 roll 2 (and they wrote all these points) it will fit all normal body types, including tall and thins. It's only a suit afterall, and it's supposed to be quite a bland and conservative attire, not a fashion statement.

    Yes, for work or job interviews it's unwise as your first suit. However, things such as double breasteds, ticket pockets, three-roll-twos shouldn't be totally discouraged for the first time buyer if work is not its purpose, especially if the person in question is tall and/or thin, as all of these help that physique. I'm surprised you didn't say anything about single breasted peak lapel or one button suits, both of which are suggested and are very business inappropriate for a first suit.
    And you didn't read me either. I never wrote about a first time suit for work. Your first suit could be a single button peaked lapels, and I still think it's a wiser choice than a DB.

    !luc
     


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    Demeter Senior member

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    Fifty bucks says whoever wrote that reads this forum.
     


  9. gdl203

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    for someone not familiar with purchasing an otr suit, and doesnt seem to know the difference between one from banana republic and from brooks brothers, this is a good starting point. i have to disagree with your opinion.

    +1

    Overall a pretty good Suit Buying 101 guide. Rather surprising for GQ, but in a good way

    I also happen to strongly dislike ventless SB suits
     


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    A center vent is all-purpose; it is both modern and traditional. You can't go wrong.

    Oh yes you can.
     


  11. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

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    There are two problems with ventless suits:

    1. They do look so 80s.
    2. They are terribly uncomfortable since they don't flow with the body and thus wrinkle easily.

    I'm not much more impressed with center vents. Double vents for me thanks. [​IMG]
     


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    Half of the advice was rubbish, I have to say. Also, the example suits were pretty uninspired.
    In my experience, GQ is usually half to two-thirds wrong in all of its guides. The fraction increases with formality.
     


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    I have to have at least one vent in the back, although double vents are preferred. Ventless jackets just don't look right.

    GQ had an issue a month or two ago where they featured double breasted suits worn by that actor John Cho:

    http://www.gq.com/style/suit-guide/2...eet-power-suit

    [​IMG]

    myke
     


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    I have to have at least one vent in the back, although double vents are preferred. Ventless jackets just don't look right.

    GQ had an issue a month or two ago where they featured double breasted suits worn by that actor John Cho:

    http://www.gq.com/style/suit-guide/2...eet-power-suit

    [​IMG]

    myke


    Well, except for the part where they pinned the suit up until fabric is blatantly pulling at the buttons, and the way-high gorge and weird lapel curve, it's decent.
     


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