Suit for a Banquet

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  1. koolmoose

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    The band banquet is coming up soon, and I need a suit. I was thinking a navy suit from J. Crew would probably work well. This is my first suit, so I should probably go for wool, even though it's summer and I live in Texas. Now, I don't have any dress shoes, but I have a lovely pair of brown suede chelsea boots that I planned on wearing with it. I'm not gonna make my parents spend anymore money on shoes for me, as I'm legally blind and can't get a job. I'm only 16, so I don't think I really need a tie. If I did, I'd go for a burgundy knit tie. I'll wear a plain white spread collar dress shirt. How does this sound to y'all?
     


  2. LA Guy

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    Hey there again.

    From what I remember, you are super tall and thin. J Crew Ludlow suit might work, but you might try a long size. The body is unlikely to be too long on you. From the catalogue:

    Tall sizes recommended for men 6'0"-6'3". Garment body and sleeve lengths are 2" longer than regular / slim sizes. Catalog/jcrew.com only.

    2" is quite a bit, so hopefully that would work for you, but the only way to know for sure is to try it on.

    Wool - there is wool and there is wool. I would say that to wear a heavy or more lofted wool in Texas during the summer months is just a sign of being a masochist, but there are plenty of "tropical wool" options. There are linen and cotton suits, that look quite crisp. but I would say that wool is much easier for a first suit. From what I've seen, most "standard" J. Crew suits are in what are often called "3 season" wools. Are you going to be icebox cool? No, but hey, you live in Texas.

    For a suit with suich a slim lapel, I would say that a "semi-spread" or point collar shirt might be a better choice than a full spread collar.

    Also, it's summer, so maybe go for a more summery tie. Burgundy is nice, but it's a rather dark color. Maybe try something in a lighter blue to set off the blue in your suit (for an evening event, and not an interview, I think that navy is a better choice than charcoal, the other "starter" color), or if you really want to look good, try something with a bit of a less businessy pattern, like a shepherd's check or a prince of wales (two of my favorite patterns). They also have the benefit of being traditional wedding tie patterns, so they can easily do double duty.

    https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheSuitShop/PRDOVR~11707/99103713422/11707.jsp

    Cheers,

    Fok.
     


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    Would it be some great crime if I didn't wear a tie? I feel like it'd clash with the chelseas
     


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    If you wore something like a knit tie, it would work better.

    Probably, with the right shirt, no time would be fine, but that might be a harder look to pull off, since the collar has to sit ust right, and the buttons have to be in just the right place.
     


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    No tie it is then. Honestly I'll be the only one judging. I'm basically the only one in a 400 person band who cares how they look. And I'm legally blind anyways, I could always use that as an excuse. Thanks for the advice
     


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