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I understood that I need to get an MTM suit since I don't have standard body proportions. I have found tailors who could do this, but I need to know the essential things I need to bear in mind when getting a new suit made. I want to have a suit that could be worn with jeans as well. Something basic that would go well with everything and would look sleek (versatile). Also, I am pretty tall, would a 3 button suit look better than a 2 button one on me?

The first thing I need is to find a material. What to look for in a material? I understand that wool is a good choice since it doesn't wrinkle a lot.

I'm 6 feet 2 inches tall and have very broad shoulders/back and narrow waist. Maybe that affects the design choices?

I added some pics of suits I like. I am aiming for something futuristic/sleek, but not sartorialists look. I want to have black as my first suit (can be with pinstripes), then get a navy one and a gray one.

 

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Don't expect the world from a MTM suit. There is only so much that can be done. In important thing in MTM I find is to ask for very high armholes, if you don't you will have issues. Also, my advice to you is to not get something extremely fashion forward because it will be out of style in no time. Don't get a blazer that is cropped at the waist, with the arms as long as the hem. I would look for around a 10oz wool, which is good for year round wear. I would also start with a solid navy, or charcoal color. They are most appropriate for wearing to a wedding, an interview, or even pairing with some more casual items. Also, dont get anything with lapels skinnier than 3". Also, pick a MTM tailor who is reputable in your area. Search around on the forum for info some some that people use.
 

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Search around on the forum for info some some that people use.
I don't live where you guys live, so that is no use. I will try to find someone reputable in my area.

Thanks for the tips! Charcoal seems like a good color.

Out of the suits I posted, could you tell me which ones are ok to design after?

Also, what lapel style to choose: the peaked lapel or the notched lapel?
 

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Originally Posted by Surreal
I don't live where you guys live, so that is no use. I will try to find someone reputable in my area.

Thanks for the tips! Charcoal seems like a good color.

Out of the suits I posted, could you tell me which ones are ok to design after?

Also, what lapel style to choose: the peaked lapel or the notched lapel?


The one of SpooPoker sitting down, number 6. That is a Tom Ford suit. I would say that based on cut, however don't do pinstripes for only having one suit. Also, giant peaked lapels might not be the best idea if you only have one suit, stick with a notch. The others you posted are too tight, fashion forward and tacky to be suitable in all situations. If you wore something like that to a lot of interviews, or for business you will either be repremanded, not taken seriously, or not hired.

7 Is not bad, but i would go darker than that for your first suit.
 

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-Go with 2 buttons; 3 will defeat the fashion forward image you are after, 2 is always in, and 2 is always flattering.

-Go with wool for your first suit, there's a reason it's the classic suit fabric. Choose weight based on how hot your climate generally is - for instance, most on SF would recommended a midweight or heavyweight wool, but I wear very light fabrics because I live in an area where it's basically summer 3 seasons a year.

-Find a tailor (try going through SF to find one if possible), and hand pics for reference to let him/her know what you're after (any but 5 would be fine - 3 & 4 would probably be the best and easiest references; 6 is fine, but the fact that he's sitting obscures the fit and won't help your tailor).

-Don't worry too much about whether or not it's too fashion forward if you think it'll suit you (unless you can't afford replacing it when it does go out, or unless this is for business)

-Don't go trying to get a suit to wear with jeans; jeans won't work with pretty much any suit fabric, unless you go with something REALLY casual - get a jacket later down the line and wear that with jeans instead.

-Skinny lapels are fine atm, keeping in mind what I stated in point 4. Peaked and notched lapels are both fine, just go with what you want.

Hope this all helps.
 

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Great tips guys. Will definitely bear it in mind.

Another feature I forgot to ask about - the vents. Double vent or single vent?
 

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Originally Posted by Surreal
Great tips guys. Will definitely bear it in mind.

Another feature I forgot to ask about - the vents. Double vent or single vent?


Double. Always.
 

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+1 on double vents - more comfortable, can put hands in pockets, frequently look better.
 

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For pants - pleats or no pleats?
 

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Originally Posted by Surreal
For pants - pleats or no pleats?

That is a personal preference. If you get pleats, get forward pleats.

Cuffs are also a preference, however if you get pleats then cuffs are a must. Flat front trousers with or without cuffs both fly. if you get cuffs get 2" cuffs.
 

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Hey - me and 6 model d00ds... Im flattered. Thanks man!



Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
The one of SpooPoker sitting down, number 6. That is a Tom Ford suit. I would say that based on cut

Yes and no - this is a Tom Ford design for Gucci. But if I told you it was TF TF, you would believe me. Thats how true to his style this suit is.
 

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Originally Posted by BillyMaysHere!
+1 on double vents - more comfortable, can put hands in pockets, frequently look better.


Agree.
 

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Get double forward pleats and double vents. Double, double.
 

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