Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by KungFuJoe, Oct 1, 2012.
Was thinking of picking up a couple jack victor suits...would end up being 700 total.
Decent suits, half canvassed, Canadian made.
Check a Sak Off 5th if there's one near you. They usually have a ton of Jack Victor sportcoats and some suits. Also, check Sierra Trading Post. They usually carry Jack Victor suits and sportcoats. I own a J. Victor that I purchased pre-SF. Even for a diffusion line, it is a pretty crummy suit. I've never been impressed with any of the actual Jack Victor stuff I've handled. I'd rather just buy one Hickey Freeman suit for the price of two Jack Victors.
So, you're going to pay $600 for a TMW suit? You're more brave than I am. I literally lol-ed at this. If you pull the trigger on that, post pics of the fit.
Well, technically, it would be two for 700 so 350 for each. Either way, I'm new to all this suit business. Just getting tired of pulling out the same old suit I got married in 10 years ago (and looking 20 years old) and want something a little more current that doesn't break the bank. What I really want is a charcoal, all purpose suit, and a black suit for the more formal stuff like weddings, funerals, etc. Maybe even something with a jacket that I can pair up with some jeans for the occasional night out. I wear a suit maybe two or three times a year.
But, I also have a few "issues" that are preventing me from pulling the trigger. I'm currently fluctuating in weight...went from 215 to 190 in about a month or so trying to cut fat and am now trying to add about 5 more lbs of muscle (easier said than done when not gaining too much fat at the same time). I also have anterior head carriage (bad posture, basically) and am currently seeing a PT about fixing it. So, hopefully, I'm standing up a lot straighter months from now. But I know that even how you stand can really mess with how you get fitted. With all these bodily changes going on, I'm hesitant to spend a lot of money on something that might not fit the same by next year.
I'm almost considering just going to Kohl's or something, grabbing a 120-150 dollar suit, taking it to a nearby tailor and seeing what they can do with it for 50-80 bucks (if that's even possible). I figure this would serve two purposes. One, it would let me "test out" a new tailor with little risk and if I happen to outgrow or "out adjust" the suit, I don't lose too much money.
I kinda think it's a bad idea to buy a 150 dollar suit as a test case. I think you're better off saving your money to buy a new suit on sale at Brooks Brothers around new year's time, when they have a big sale. By then you'll hopefully have a better balance on your weight and posture. You can go in a little bit before the sale and have a sales rep help you out finding a good fit, and they can probably hold it for you until their sale.
I just think you'll enjoy the suit a lot more than 2 cheaper suits if you don't have so many occasions to wear them.
edit: I think if you have one grey suit, it works for a funeral if you're wearing a black tie. As for pairing the jacket with jeans... yeah, maybe you would need something extra, you couldn't really do that with a grey suit very well.
I think it's a good offer/good marketing. People will definitely talk about and be curious about their clothing. Anyone else tried it?
Buying a test suit is a good idea. Whether you should buy one for $200 or $600 is a different story. If you can buy it, post pictures here for feedback and then return it for a different size (if need be), then the more expensive suit may be a better bet. If you're going to have to pick the suit by yourself (or with only feedback from store sales people) and stick with it, then I'd go with the less expensive suit.
Also, skip the black suit. One charcoal and one navy will be fine for pretty much any occasion that comes up.
Men's Wearhouse Buy-One Get-One for $100 can be better than BOGO Free since the former will include clearance items, sometimes net of an extra clearance discount (the reasoning behind the BOGO + $100. promotion).
Jack Victor is a quailty and more than adequate starter suit. They make a Modern Fit w/o pleats or cuffs, if one prefers. If you can land two of these for @ $5 -600, jump all over it! Caveat: get them brand spanking new from Montreal (TMW, STP) , not from ebay (where you won't find them, because no one wants to get rid of them and the brand is known only to the consigliere.
No, not a good deal. At ½ the price, YES!
My very first suit was a BB Navy Blue. Yes, it's classic, because no one notices that you're wearing a uniform. Recently bought a gray check suit - OMG, I'm the man in the gray flannel suit, but it's sweet!.
+1. There's no reason you will ever need a black suit.
Solid charcoal (works fine for funerals with a black tie) and solid navy should always be the first two suits in your wardrobe. Since you only wear a suit a few times a year, I'd spend the $700 (or a bit more if you can afford it) on one nice suit that is either charcoal or navy. You'll look and feel much better. If you're concerned about fixing your posture and getting to the right weight, you can hold off on pulling the trigger for a bit. Then buy yourself something nice as a reward.
Men's Wearhouse thread? Fuck me...
Half-canvased? Since when? I contacted MW a while back and asked whether their suits were fully or half canvassed and was told they were not canvassed.
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