Suit advice - sharp or quiet

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  1. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    Just bought this fabric. Not too keen on business like stripes and whatnot.

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    Will be getting suit made. Double minded if I want it sharp looking (peak lapel SB - maybe even with one button) or quiet and subdued looking. Also would welcome suggestions what to wear with it as some of you have better sense of coordination than me.

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  2. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    That's some unusual cloth! I tend to think:

    Wild cloth, subtle detailing
    Simple cloth, wild detailing
     
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    dah328 Senior member

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    Unless you're a really big guy, the size of that plaid is going to swallow you up.
     
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    I agree with chorse123 about the nuances of the detailing and yes - very unusual fabric - are you sure it's not a blanket? Just asking!
     
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    rssmsvc Senior member

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    I love the fabric, but there is no way a suit made in that is ever going to be subdued or quiet. Check out the new grey and pink overpane RLPL at polo.com , that has a rather vibrant pattern too and looks nice.
     
  6. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    With this fabric, I would stick with sportcoats but if you do want to go the suit route, I disagree with the other posters. I'd get a peak label 2 button jacket with slanted pockets or a 6x2 DB jacket. Both with side vents, and on the pants I'd go 2 inch cuff, single reverse pleat and no belt loops with side adjusters. BTW, who are you using to make the suit?
     
  7. Film Noir Buff

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    Does that have a large cashmere content in it?

    Id make it 3 button single breasted with three patch pockets (sans flaps) Pants, I would do either plain front or a reverse pleat with either belt loops or D-rings, oh and Id use maybe a dark reddish horn button. Then the suit can eithe be edwardian or extremely hip depending on what you wear it with.

    Who is making this for you btw, and, as a necessary follow up, what is his house style like?
     
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    Would you need more than the usual amount of fabric when it has such a large pattern? I'm thinking you would need to make the pattern fall in an appealing way on the suit.
     
  9. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    It's hard to picture a suit made of that cloth that will look good. I'm big on checked/plaid suitings but this one doesnt seem like it will work. The checks are so widely spaced that I think it would look awkward on a normal person's height/width proportions. And the colors are too blanket-y...matter of fact I have a comfortor that is in almost the exact pattern/color.
     
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    With this fabric, I would stick with sportcoats

    Ditto. [​IMG]
     
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  12. oscarthewild

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    Does that have a large cashmere content in it?

    Id make it 3 button single breasted with three patch pockets (sans flaps) Pants, I would do either plain front or a reverse pleat with either belt loops or D-rings, oh and Id use maybe a dark reddish horn button. Then the suit can eithe be edwardian or extremely hip depending on what you wear it with.

    Who is making this for you btw, and, as a necessary follow up, what is his house style like?



    Now that is the kind of advice I was looking for. I think patch pockets wont work with peak lapels. But that is an idea. I am still to receive the fabric. If a suit looks too odd ( I will try draping on myself in a full length mirror) it goes into the overcoat stash.

    On the other hand, I was thinking about bringing this back from the overcoat stash to the suit stash but feel that it may have a little too much purple. I think this one is about a 23 or 24 oz fabric.

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  13. Get Smart

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    I like that fabric! I can see that being a nice suit. Might look nice with a lilac shirt
     
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    My first thought too, and no disrespect, but...think twice. Where would you wear it? Tastes differ. If you like it go for it. [​IMG]
     
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    Now that is the kind of advice I was looking for. I think patch pockets wont work with peak lapels. But that is an idea. I am still to receive the fabric. If a suit looks too odd ( I will try draping on myself in a full length mirror) it goes into the overcoat stash.

    On the other hand, I was thinking about bringing this back from the overcoat stash to the suit stash but feel that it may have a little too much purple. I think this one is about a 23 or 24 oz fabric.



    Errr, I wouldnt do a peak lapel on the first fabric you showed us, it wont look good because the plaid is too widely spaced. Notch lapels and patch pockets would give it a sort of neo-edwardian flavor which can be "hip" with the right shirt and tie at a restaurant.


    How heavy was that fabric? 23/24 ounces per yard!? I would caution against making a suit over 16 ounces unless the fabric is very light and airy for its weight.
     

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