MTM Time. Bday is coming up and Fiancee is buying me 3 suits and 2 sports coats. Since i get to star

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by quaker13, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    Those pictures are exactly what I was saying to avoid. I will assume that you're not a troll, but won't be drawn into a discussion.

    The first picture is a green and blue tartan smoking jacket to be worn as part of a tux. Don't order one.

    That mid grey suit might be ok in terms of colour but it appear s to have a Prince of Wales check which is not a good idea for a "main" suit. Plain cloth only. It may feel like a waste getting a fancy made to measure suit in a boring fabric, but believe me (and hundreds of others who have made that mistake) it is not worth it.

    The final suit is VERY stripey. It is bold and going to be unbelievably hard to make work. That should be suit number seven or eight, not three.

    Spoon feeding: imagine the most boring suit you can. The kind you see in a bank. The kind you would never see on the red carpet. Have that thing made. It will look good in 5 years and you won't get laughed at for your expensive and failed outfit. Once you can make a dark grey suit look good, then you stand a chance of making a patterned suit look good.

    It's a whole walk before you can run thing.

    If you are genuine, then hang around and read many more threads before buying, you are clearly not ready.

    If you're a troll then screw you.
     


  2. kristianml

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    Money you will be :foo:
     


  3. NORE

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    Noob, forget everything everyone else said in this thread. Buy the stuff I pictured for you. You will go from 0 to hero in no time flat! MTM these days a a dime a dozen so for the price of a RTW (ready to wear) suit you can get a decent MTM suit. Now then, DO ITTTT!!!
     
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  4. quaker13

    quaker13 Senior member

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    Not a troll at all click on my username and look at the threads I have started. I had no idea this whole professional wardrobe thing was so nuanced. I am 33 and certainly understand the value of navy blue, charcoal grey and med. grey suit as the staple of your wardrobe. What I don't understand is why buying any or all of the 3 of these suits from a reputable MTM shop would be so dangerous and unpredictable.
     


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  6. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Do you like softer shoulders or more constructed shoulders? Extended shoulders? Do you like your jacket shorter or longer? How many buttons? Do you like having a ticket pocket? How many vents do you want? Flat or pleated pants? Do you like a higher rise on your pants or a lower rise? Do you like to have a full chest with some drape or a cleaner chest? Peak or notch lapels? What width? Bellied or straight? How open do you want the quarters? How tapered do you want the pants? What weight cloth do you want? Where do you want the buttoning point?

    These are just some of the things you'll have to decide. You may find after wearing something for a bit that your preferences change. And many of these things will be either something you have to develop over time with a particular tailor (how tapered the pants, how much drape in the chest, shoulder extension, etc.), or possibly is unattainable for you with this tailor, especially if it's MTM so that they're starting from a fixed pattern rather than drawing one just for you.
     


  7. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Also, I don't know what you mean by "reputable MTM shop", but go look through the Indochino thread for plenty of examples of online MTM jobs gone wrong.
     


  8. sns23

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    I would not get so many MTM pieces done at once. Get one of each item. If they turn out well, place a second order when you pick up the first.
     


  9. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Senior member

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    To the OP,

    What is your fiancee's budget for 3 suits and 2 sport coats?

    Where do you live?

    What do you want them for? If for work, what industry are you in? What level are you in term of seniority? What do you wear to work now?

    What is your body type? Height an weight?

    Are you doing this MTM thing online or in a brick and mortar store?
     
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  10. quaker13

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    I see what you mean. Well for starters I can't really see the difference in soft vs. constructed so I guess I would have to inspect the 2 shoulder styles physically. don't know what my preference is in terms of a jacket being shorter or longer i guess i would have to see som examples. i like 2 buttons. i hate ticket pockets. 2 vents. flat pants. lower rise pant. jacket quarters (something i just learned about in the last 2 minutes) i would have to think about. have no idea about the draping question. medium to light weight fabric because DC winters don't get too harsh. no idea about buttoning point
     


  11. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    ^You have many decisions to make still. Typically when you go into a shop, they just measure you, ask you what fabric you want, maybe a couple of details like ticket pocket or no, and then send you on your way. If they're feeling diligent they may have you try on some base models so you see how they feel and get an idea of what you like - this allows you to pick a basic template from which to start. But say you wanted minimally padded shoulders but a peak lapel - they may not have a base model like that, and may not be able to customize to that degree. It depends on the shop.

    Anyway, I hope at this point you're beginning to see what I mean - when you go the store, unless you really know what you want, you'll get, with some small variation, what the shop wants to give you. That may turn out really well, it may not, and you may not realize it's not what you want until later, and then you may realize that shop is incapable of giving you what you want. Better to figure this out one suit in than five suits in.
     


  12. quaker13

    quaker13 Senior member

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    5k-6k. DC, but reluctantly willing to travel to NYC for the MTM. Work, but one of them in particular will be for the wedding next year. CPA. Mid-level seniority. Brick and Mortar store

    http://gossipcenter.com/jeremy-renner/photo/jeremy-renner-41

    http://gossipcenter.com/jeremy-renner/photo/jeremy-renner-46
     


  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    If haven't chosen your shop yet, let me suggest suit supply. The price is quite reasonable, fabric and construction quality are good, and they have a few base models that you can choose from and customize and adjust measurements from there. At the very least, go by there and try on some of their models just to start to get an idea of what's out there.
     


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    But not while you're wearing it!
     


  15. gsugsu

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    OP, I think what people are trying to say is that taking a picture or pictures into an MTM shop will not necessarily translate into immediate success and a flawless suit. Maybe it will work out fine. Maybe you have taken everything people have suggested into account already. Scaling back to one suit will allow you evaluate the end result without having to deal with any problems x 3.
     


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