Help picking out a suit.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by cmrocks, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Lysol

    Lysol Senior member

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    Certainly, which is why I wait until they reach the $500 mark. Costume National suits fit me very well, are often available at that happy $500 mark. I just wanted to know how well-constructed they are in the grand scheme of things.

    i have one costume national suit. it's fused for sure but the construction has lasted through at least a year's worth of wear and tear and for the $650 i got it for off yoox i can't complain. to be honest, there's no article of clothing i expect to last me more than a few years. if the fit is perfect and it lasts me a handful of years, i'm happy with the construction. i would rather look up-to-the-minute than have something to bury me in.
     


  2. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    Ah, I figured as much. I wear a suit a maximum of twice a month, if that, so I'm willing to bet that they'll last me a few years. Thanks for the reply.
     


  3. Fuuma

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    Sincerely a well made fused suit can last for years so this shouldn't be too much of a problem. If you're a slim guy, looking like a doofus for 40yrs because your undestructible Brioni doesn't fit you well isn't a good option anyway.

    I'd ad Raf Simons and Martin Margiela (line 14) to your list, but they're harder to find discounted. I used to dislike MM suits as the cut didn't fit me very well but seems he tweaked them a little and now they're excellent, for me at least. Dolce Gabanna and Etro also cut a nice suit, even if most of their pieces are gaudy this shouldn't put you off the good stuff. However be warned that D&G follow their regional aesthetic and usually design jackets with an elongated torso, you might have to look for a "short".
     


  4. minya

    minya Senior member

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    Also, I wholehearted agree with your assessment of designer suits. If one has a good tailor and knows exactly what he wants in a suit and how he wants it to fit, he could either have something similar custom-made for less than retail prices or find a gem on eBay.
    What's a good way to come about this knowledge?
     


  5. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    without sounding like a bit of a stalker, i will echo my approval of get smart's taste. it is usually his posts that i look for on that side of the forum. i'm quite looking forward to the suit start-up label he mentioned in another thread. best of luck to him.


    somehow missed this thread. thanks man, things should be up and running end of Oct/beg of Nov...the suits are things I like to wear, and hopefully someone else will too. They'll be priced at $500-$550 but I'll offer a discount to SFers that are interested.

    Parker, thanks for the good words. I like to approach "dressing up" with a streetwear attitude since I'm not wearing suits/fineries to go to work in a conservative environment.
     


  6. minya

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    I can't wait to see what you have in store, GS... from the looks of it it seems like this is *exactly* what I want in a suit
     


  7. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    Sincerely a well made fused suit can last for years so this shouldn't be too much of a problem. If you're a slim guy, looking like a doofus for 40yrs because your undestructible Brioni doesn't fit you well isn't a good option anyway.


    totally. "Fused" is the dirty word on the MC forum, and obviously is not as good as floating canvas, but it gets villified too quickly and easily. I'd rather have a nice fitting/styled suit that is fused over a high quality full canvassed corporate uniform.
     


  8. mendel

    mendel Senior member

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    I wish there was a forum somewhere in between "Men's Clothing" and "Streetwear and Denim" in terms of attitude. I feel like the Men's Clothing section can be very off putting to those wishing to graduate from fanboy denim and hoodies but not dress like their fathers.

    Just spend some time reading nothing but AAAC. Men's Clothing will satisfy your wish when you get back!
     


  9. Lysol

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    Just spend some time reading nothing but AAAC. Men's Clothing will satisfy your wish when you get back!

    haha. true true. you never know what you have until it's gone. i should speak of the more positive experiences i have in Men's Clothing than the negative.

    that said, i recently lost an auction for this suit. it still hurts. what worse is, i looked at the bid history of the winner and this no doubt has a Gang of Four button (or even worse, Bloc Party) on the lapel right now.

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  10. Bandwagonesque

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    Though I'm new here, I too am eagerly awaiting Thick As Thieves (Jam song?). I really dig Get Smart's suits that he posts in the MC section. He really sets the bar high. My 2 suits right now are crap (and not just by forum standards), and I really need to update them with something that's slimmer fitting, with narrow lapels, shorter jackets, ticket pockets, flat front fitted slacks, blah blah, Paul Weller seal of approval, yada yada ... but I'm too afraid to spend the coin to get one bespoke!
     


  11. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    Though I'm new here, I too am eagerly awaiting Thick As Thieves (Jam song?). ...something that's slimmer fitting, with narrow lapels, shorter jackets, ticket pockets, flat front fitted slacks, blah blah, Paul Weller seal of approval, yada yada ...


    haha yep, that's where the name comes from. Figure it's innocuous enough not to be obvious unless you were into that sort of scene.

    your description of what you want is exactly what I'm making...narrow lapel, slim fitting, shorter jacket, ticket pocket, flat front lower rise trouser....I'm sure Mr Weller would approve.

    and it's full floating canvas so you have that too.
     


  12. Bandwagonesque

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    haha yep, that's where the name comes from. Figure it's innocuous enough not to be obvious unless you were into that sort of scene.

    your description of what you want is exactly what I'm making...narrow lapel, slim fitting, shorter jacket, ticket pocket, flat front lower rise trouser....I'm sure Mr Weller would approve.

    and it's full floating canvas so you have that too.


    Great song from my favourite Jam album.

    Peaked or notch lapel? Not a huge fan of the peak. I've always wondered if it's possible for a tailor to cut off a peak, if the notch left behind isn't too big. Might not be a bright idea...
     


  13. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    since there a bit of interest, here are a couple teaser pics that are going into the website gallery...

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  14. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    Great song from my favourite Jam album.

    Peaked or notch lapel? Not a huge fan of the peak. I've always wondered if it's possible for a tailor to cut off a peak, if the notch left behind isn't too big. Might not be a bright idea...


    they're peak, but if you want notched I can easily accomodate that since each piece is made individually so a slim notch lapel is no prob

    * and right now they're single button but am working on a high stance 3 button version as well
     


  15. Bandwagonesque

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    they're peak, but if you want notched I can easily accomodate that since each piece is made individually so a slim notch lapel is no prob

    * and right now they're single button but am working on a high stance 3 button version as well


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    I really like the look of those... though I would probably add a second button on my own (personal tastes). One button is just a little too fashion forward for me (even if one uses just one button).
     


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