Help finding the right suit

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by earthboundbob, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. earthboundbob

    earthboundbob Member

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    Feb 17, 2014
    Hi all,

    I've owned a suit from Thick as Thieves for a few years now and have been satisfied with it, but a year or so after I bought it I began pumping iron, and the suit went from close-fitting to too tight. Time for a new suit, and the timing is good: I'm now interested in something more conservative and classically styled anyway. Specifically, I'm looking for something that comes as close as possible to the Anderson & Sheppard drape cut. Bespoke, though, is beyond my price range and likely will remain so for years to come. Instead, I'm thinking about finding an OTR suit that fits right in the shoulders and collar, and having everything else adjusted by a good tailor. Here are my two burning questions:

    1) What OTR (or MTM, for that matter) house cuts most closely approximate the A&S drape cut? I realize even the closest may not actually come that close, but I'll take what I can get.

    2) I plan to wear the suit with suspenders, so I need mid- to high-backed trousers. In almost every photo I look at online, the model is wearing trousers that fit more like jeans, tight and low-slung. Do any OTR/MTM vendors offer a slightly roomier trouser prepared to accept suspenders?

    I've got a wedding coming up in late fall and would like to have a good suit by that time. Thanks in advance for any advice.

  2. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    Mar 14, 2008
    Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
    Notably slim fit suits often have - or are at least photographed as having - tight and low slung pants. Because that's a decidedly "modern" look.

    More traditionally cut suits typically do not have pants which fit like jeans. For example, I own several Brooks Brothers Madison fit suits. Their pants all fit me the way I expect the pants of a traditionally cut business suit to fit.

    I have no idea what the Anderson & Sheppard drape cut is like, but might this be part of the explanation? Well, even if not, the fact remains that fuller, more traditionally fit suits are still readily available, and they typically do not feature tight and low slung pants.

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