Help me choose my new suit ...

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  1. Tibo

    Tibo Senior member

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    Time goes by and I feel like ordering a new suit at my regular, yet decent MTM tailor (there's no problem about bespoke, only its price).

    I work in a conservative business environment where I wear suits every day and where a relaxed outfit is a blazer, a shirt without tie and grey flannel trousers (Fridays only).

    So far, I own the following suits and I'm just wondering what you would find an appropriate fabric for my new suit:

    - Medium gray end-on-end
    - Dark gray herringbone
    - Navy with a light blue pinstripe
    - Charcoal gray with a red chalk stripe
    - Somewhat more heavy charcoal gray flannel (winter only)

    I'm hesitating and considering several options. I thought I'd go for a charcoal grey with medium chalk stripe, but now I'm thinking about a dark gray suit in a slightly different fabric (no precise idea yet).

    What would you consider ? I'm open to suggestions, but I'm ruling out plaids and checks, and I mostly wear blue (often striped) shirts.

    Any ideas, suggestions, etc. more than welcome ! Look forward to hearing from you ...
     


  2. johnnynorman

    johnnynorman Well-Known Member

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    a dark grey with chalk stripe is a great option. But I also would suggest that you rethink ruling out plaids and/or windowpanes. A dark grey with a very faint windowpane (shade of blue, light grey, or rust) is unique and subtle. You could also do a prince of wales with a more robust overpane (such as burgundy or red). Both patterns go great with small scale check, solid, and stripe shirts, and can take a variety of ties.
     


  3. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Does anybody there wear dark brown or olive?
     


  4. Bradude

    Bradude New Member

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    A brown or olive suit?! Can you say tacky? Stick with classic colours. It seems you're missing an all-black suit.
     


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    Call me dull and old-fashioned but, for a conservative buiness environment, it just seems odd, given your list of suits, that you've avoided acquiring a standard solid navy suit to this point. Would certainly be my choice.
     


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    A brown or olive suit?! Can you say tacky? Stick with classic colours. It seems you're missing an all-black suit.
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    Call me dull and old-fashioned but, for a conservative buiness environment, it just seems odd, given your list of suits, that you've avoided acquiring a standard solid navy suit to this point. Would certainly be my choice.

    I second this. Your wardrobe is already heavy on the grays. I'd go for something navy--solid, birdseye,...
     


  8. Tibo

    Tibo Senior member

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    I second this. Your wardrobe is already heavy on the grays. I'd go for something navy--solid, birdseye,...

    Yeah, I guess you're right, but I find it difficult to find a nice navy fabric+ I'm not fully satisfied with any shoe combination: black looks dull and I'm not fond of the bown/navy combination either (as opposed to a lot of the board's members, I've been able to assess)

    + Navy is (I think) incredibly less popular in continental Europe than it is in the US or the UK

    But the idea is interesting ... Any ideas on a nice navy fabric ?
     


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    I'm a fan of birdseye ever since I saw some CT suits made with it. I'd go with that.
     


  10. A Londoner

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    So much a matter of personal preference. But you have 2 stripes already. I'd be inclined to look for something which had some texture and colour variation other than a stripe, like a birdseye, a sharkskin, a subtle windowpane or a dark Prince of Wales check.
     


  11. Tibo

    Tibo Senior member

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    So much a matter of personal preference. But you have 2 stripes already. I'd be inclined to look for something which had some texture and colour variation other than a stripe, like a birdseye, a sharkskin, a subtle windowpane or a dark Prince of Wales check.

    Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking of. Any idea where I could find good images of birdseye or sharkskin fabrics, before I ask to my tailor ?
    Thanks for your help
     


  12. A Londoner

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    There are pictures of both a grey birdseye and a grey sharkskin in this set of samples at Holland & Sherry. They are not all that easy to see, but the best I could find in a short time.

    You really need to see these cloths (I mean the type, not H&S's though I expect they're lovely) and feel them: the effect is subtle and a picture does not do them justice, they have ... depth. Your tailor will have samples, I'm sure. I have suits in a navy birdseye and a mid-grey sharkskin, and both get lots of wear.
     


  13. Tibo

    Tibo Senior member

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    There are pictures of both a grey birdseye and a grey sharkskin in this set of samples at Holland & Sherry. They are not all that easy to see, but the best I could find in a short time.

    You really need to see these cloths (I mean the type, not H&S's though I expect they're lovely) and feel them: the effect is subtle and a picture does not do them justice, they have ... depth. Your tailor will have samples, I'm sure. I have suits in a navy birdseye and a mid-grey sharkskin, and both get lots of wear.


    I think birdseye is what I called "end-on-end" in my first post, so I have a medium-grey sharkskin suit and it's definitely my favourite one as well (very versatile). Birdseye seems nice, I definitely have to see with my tailor what he proposes.
     


  14. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    Does anybody there wear dark brown or olive?

    Actually, it's funny that you mentioned that as I really, really love a dark brown with white chalkstripe suit that Larry Kudlow wears on his show. He is a great dresser with great style but I am not sure that I can pull it off. My fabric purveyor has this same fabric in and I am severely tempted. Also, the last Menswear mag (and the first Mens Vogue) had a guy wearing a YSL or Gucci suit which seemed to be light brown melange with some rust windowpane's or something. The fabric looked amazing and I would definitely wear a suit in that fabric.

    Olive is a non starter for me.

    P.S. non of the aforementioned suits are ones that I would wear in a conservative business environment. Well, maybe the brown/white chalkstripe. Damnit Larry, you're gonna make me do it!
     


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