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How many suits do you really NEED vs. OWN?

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I will be collecting and wearing suits for years to come. Current fashions come and go, but there is nothing like a well cut Italian suit.
 

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I just bought this. Prada cashmere overcoat with peak lapels. I may have my tailor insert a button at the top, like a 3-roll-2, and another at the bottom for full closure. I won't touch fused Prada suits, but I have another Prada (Alpaca) overcoat that rocks.
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I'm searching for a few TF 3-piece suits and a few linen/linen-wool mixture suits, to round out my collection.
 

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I just bought this. Prada cashmere overcoat with peak lapels. I may have my tailor insert a button at the top, like a 3-roll-2, and at a button at the bottom for full closure. I won't touch fused Prada suits, but I have another Prada (Alpaca) overcoat that rocks. View attachment 1562040
Now this looks nice - I would say a third button is a good idea. But a well-cut, dark, cashmere overcoat is a work of art.
 

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I just bought this as well. Zegna Milano Navy pinstripe. View attachment 1562044View attachment 1562045
that looks good

I'm searching for a few TF 3-piece suits and a few linen/linen-wool mixture suits, to round out my collection.
In my mind linen is always "casual" and the strong shoulder vibe with TF doesn't quite always jive (it can, like say a white linen suit with s prominent shoulder maybe?), have you look at other maker?
 

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that looks good


In my mind linen is always "casual" and the strong shoulder vibe with TF doesn't quite always jive (it can, like say a white linen suit with s prominent shoulder maybe?), have you look at other maker?
Sorry.....but I didn't necessarily mean that the linen/wool suits had to be TF. I meant that I wanted both linen mix suits as well as several more TF suits. I've only seen one linen-wool TF suit, in the Spencer cut, but it was the wrong size. Also, as you might remember, I have my tailor remove most of the padding on my suits and narrow the shoulders if need be, because I already have reasonably well defined shoulders. No need for the linebacker look. In fact, that's the one aspect of TF suits that I don't like. The extra wide and heavily padded shoulders are not my style.
 

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Now this looks nice - I would say a third button is a good idea. But a well-cut, dark, cashmere overcoat is a work of art.
Thanks. I have 3 other overcoats. One blue 10 pocket Zegna, one heavy Isaia grey pinstripe overcoat, and one Alpaca Prada, black with brown overcheck. I get the most compliments from women on the Prada. I still would like to buy a light grey overcoat, with peak lapels.

Here are some alternatives from yoox...one of my go to websites:


The first overcoat is "Hevo". Never heard of it: 60% wool, 20% polyamide, 10% mohair, 10% alpaca. The price is too low...hahaha...it makes me wary.

The second overcoat is Domenico Tagliente. I have never heard of this brand either. 75% wool, 20% polyamide, and 5% cashmere. The price is far too low as well. I always buy brands that are well respected, so that I know what I'm getting. I'm not sure what "polyamide" is. I normally eschew synthetics, but maybe its not so bad for outerwear. I'm also channeling the peak lapel TF look. I have too many notch lapel items in my wardrobe. Time for some variety. I dig the TF look: PIMP!!!

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Now this looks nice - I would say a third button is a good idea. But a well-cut, dark, cashmere overcoat is a work of art.
I bought this because I like Prada overcoats and its 100% cashmere, and because its rare to find single breasted overcoats with peak lapels. Once again, I'm channeling my inner TF. PIMP!!!!
 

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Ok guys....I'm not sure if you'll like this one. Another recent acquisition. Its an Isaia 3 piece in Natural Blueberry. I have all the staples several times over, so I'm searching for some variety and some color to round out my wardrobe. This is as flashy as I get.
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Why don’t you get something other than TF then, shoulder I always feel is the signature thing
 

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Thanks. I have 3 other overcoats. One blue 10 pocket Zegna, one heavy Isaia grey pinstripe overcoat, and one Alpaca Prada, black with brown overcheck. I get the most compliments from women on the Prada. I still would like to buy a light grey overcoat, with peak lapels.

Here are some alternatives from yoox...one of my go to websites:


The first overcoat is "Hevo". Never heard of it: 60% wool, 20% polyamide, 10% mohair, 10% alpaca. The price is too low...hahaha...it makes me wary.

The second overcoat is Domenico Tagliente. I have never heard of this brand either. 75% wool, 20% polyamide, and 5% cashmere. The price is far too low as well. I always buy brands that are well respected, so that I know what I'm getting. I'm not sure what "polyamide" is. I normally eschew synthetics, but maybe its not so bad for outerwear. I'm also channeling the peak lapel TF look. I have too many notch lapel items in my wardrobe. Time for some variety. I dig the TF look: PIMP!!!

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That alpaca Prada sounds great, I'm not surprised it draws compliments.

Really, I think more people appreciate stylish classics than some on this forum would have you believe. By that I mean things like striped suits, bold+dark outerwear, cravats, evening clothes, etc. Anything other than the staid sacky suit from Brookie Bros.

If I were you (presuming you can afford it), I would avoid anything with synthetic mixtures. Pure wool or wool-cashmere mixes are more expensive, but they are always worth it. The addition of synthetics does not add appreciably to a coats water resistance, from my experience, and certainly not to its warmth.


Ok guys....I'm not sure if you'll like this one. Another recent acquisition. Its an Isaia 3 piece in Natural Blueberry. I have all the staples several times over, so I'm searching for some variety and some color to round out my wardrobe. This is as flashy as I get.View attachment 1562278View attachment 1562281View attachment 1562282
I actually like this one! It's subtler than those garish, bright blue things you used to see during the early days of #manswear (perhaps some style bloggers still have theirs). This is infinitely more tasteful.
 

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Why don’t you get something other than TF then, shoulder I always feel is the signature thing
I like TF, I just don't like the big shoulders. Its obviously a matter of personal taste, but the large shoulders on the standard TF suit look somewhat garish to me. Besides, the TF I had altered turned out great.....I already have well defined shoulders, so the soft shouldered TF work for me. To each his won. Now all I need to do is find the specific models I'm looking for....including one or two that are 3-piece.
 

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That alpaca Prada sounds great, I'm not surprised it draws compliments.

Really, I think more people appreciate stylish classics than some on this forum would have you believe. By that I mean things like striped suits, bold+dark outerwear, cravats, evening clothes, etc. Anything other than the staid sacky suit from Brookie Bros.

If I were you (presuming you can afford it), I would avoid anything with synthetic mixtures. Pure wool or wool-cashmere mixes are more expensive, but they are always worth it. The addition of synthetics does not add appreciably to a coats water resistance, from my experience, and certainly not to its warmth.

I actually like this one! It's subtler than those garish, bright blue things you used to see during the early days of #manswear (perhaps some style bloggers still have theirs). This is infinitely more tasteful.
I agree about synthetics. Not for me. I'm glad you liked the Isaia. Its slightly bold (for me) but a little bit of flash now and then is nice.

Here are two more options. The first is the one I wanted. Its D&G, which is another brand whose suits I would never touch. I also find Stefano Gabanna's racism against Chinese to be distasteful, but I like this overcoat. Unfortunately, someone bought this before I could. Anyway, I would prefer a lighter grey.

The second option is Suit Supply. I've never tried them, but many SF members have given SS good reviews. Both are pure wool. However, I don't like the patch pockets on the SS overcoat. Not my thing.
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I agree about synthetics. Not for me. I'm glad you liked the Isaia. Its slightly bold (for me) but a little bit of flash now and then is nice.

Here are two more options. The first is the one I wanted. Its D&G, which is another brand whose suits I would never touch. I also find Stefano Gabanna's racism against Chinese to be distasteful, but I like this overcoat. Unfortunately, someone bought this before I could. Anyway, I would prefer a lighter grey.

The second option is Suit Supply. I've never tried them, but many SF members have given SS good reviews. Both are pure wool. However, I don't like the patch pockets on the SS overcoat. Not my thing.
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I'm also not a fan of the patch pockets. I'd rather more formal touches on an overcoat with peak lapels.

I've actually tried Suit Supply before and found them to be :bored:. Perhaps they're a better cheap option, but to my mind it's still cheaply-made.

If you're not averse to lightly-used, ebay can be a good source for wool overcoats. I mention them because many overcoats online seem to be far too short for my liking - ending well above the knee. You can find plenty of new or nearly-new designer coats for a fraction of the price though, as long as you don't mind them not being the latest season or what have you.
 

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