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Opinions about a suit for nicer events and parties - help.

Flambeur

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So I have been looking for a suit that's a little more fashion forward and yet classic, something to wear to nice events and restaurants that won't look like you just came from work.

I found something interesting at the Nordstrom Rack that might fit the bill, but not 100% sure about it. It's a cheaper suit (some italian name, about $300 discounted, it's fused, etc
) but fits me like it was made to measure, nothing like my typically more conservative office suits. Think a bit more conservative that house cut TaT, very fitted.

-Black/Midnight Blue (I think more on the black side with a bluish sheen)
-No pinstripes or pattern
-95% wool 5% lycra - i am concerned that this will make it look and feel a little cheap - i don't have any suits that aren't 100% wool.
-Notch lapel
-dual vents
-two button
-flat front pants, perfect width.
-very suppressed waist, shoulders padded a bit much but it works ok since i have wide shoulders anyway.

I have a few questions for you guys:

-How appropriate is a suit like that (2B black slightly shiny) to wear to black tie optional, non-business events where the majority just wears nice suit + tie? It does have some of the tuxedo properties and looks pretty sophisticated, but i don't know?

-what would you wear it (a black suit) with (besides white shirt/dark tie) when you're going out

-if it fits really well, looks sharp, would it help me avoid funeral/men in black impression?
 

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you seem to be well aware of TaT suits, why not just spend $150 more and get one?
 

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Since its a dark suit, you would have to rely on accessories to spice it up and avoid the funeral/business meeting look.

Try a tie with different texture (wine color silk knit tie), tie bars, more flashy square with puff fold, whimsical or patterned socks (like nagranis, paul smith or corgi) and a pair of less formal shoes.
 

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Originally Posted by Tarmac
you seem to be well aware of TaT suits, why not just spend $150 more and get one?

Oh I will, just need something for this season..

and it probably won't be Midnight Blue/Black


It's almost like I don't wanna spend too much money for a party suit right now, and this is an answer that looks great and doesn't cost much.

the fabric bothers me a little - is it too cheap/crappy? (wool/lycra) ?
 

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Originally Posted by vitaminc
Since its a dark suit, you would have to rely on accessories to spice it up and avoid the funeral/business meeting look.

Try a tie with different texture (wine color silk knit tie), tie bars, more flashy square with puff fold, whimsical or patterned socks (like nagranis, paul smith or corgi) and a pair of less formal shoes.


oh for sure.. i love funky socks, pockets squares, all that.

how skinny can a tie get with a slim suit for a slightly more formal event?
 

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Originally Posted by vitaminc
Since its a dark suit, you would have to rely on accessories to spice it up and avoid the funeral/business meeting look.

Try a tie with different texture (wine color silk knit tie), tie bars, more flashy square with puff fold, whimsical or patterned socks (like nagranis, paul smith or corgi) and a pair of less formal shoes.


+1

I have a black suit that I really like and I spice it just as described above. I also have some great textured shirts that help as well. Socks and tie are great ideas as well.
 

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Went back into the store today, tried it on and didn't like it that much. Oh well, maybe next time.
 

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