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Suit Supply Suit -- Age Appropriate?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bcjohn, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. bcjohn

    bcjohn Active Member

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    I tried on a Suitsupply suit and like the look and fit, although the pants were a little on the slim side. I thought if I ordered MTM, the pants could be a little wider. The problem is this -- I am 55 years old. The style for these suits seems to be targeted for men 1/2 my age. The last thing I want is to be a 55 year old guy trying to look 1/2 his age. Any thoughts/comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Seems like your assessment of the situation is pretty accurate. But a lot of the "look for someone half my age" comes from the fit (short jacket, high buttoning point, very slim) and would be less apparent on something made for you (provided you are able to specify these things).
     
  3. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Senior member

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    Which SS suit did you try on? Some have fuller pants - and overall cuts - than others.

    I think it depends on your work environment, personal taste and what shape you´re in.

    I´m also 55 (there, I said it!) and I wear both a Napoli and a Lazio OTR. I can get away with even the trimmer Lazio because I´m in pretty good shape, like a somewhat trim fit (but nothing extreme, and no notched lapels, please) and I spend half the year in Europe, where even middle-age guys tend to wear slimmer cuts than in the US.

    I think the type of shirt you wear also influences the right pant width. If, like me, you wear a somewhat fitted MTM shirt, then the slimmer pant looks OK. On the other hand, if you like a more blousy shirt, then I think you´ll want to wider pant to balance it out.

    If you feel out of place with something for a Millenium kid, I suggest avoiding the tighter-fitting cuts and trying the fullest OTR fit (Napoli, I believe), or, yes, try MTM or another brand.
     
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  4. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    These are suits for kids. Nothing wrong with that, but not for you.
     
  5. kulata

    kulata Senior member

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    If you are in good shape then why not?
     
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  6. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Have you seen Death in Venice?
     
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  7. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    My impression as well, just from perusing their website.
     
  8. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    most companies dont use older models. not corneliani. not brioni.

    i hope that does not come as a surprise
     
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    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    Well, I'm 48 and I understand your concerns as I had similar thoughts when buying my most recent suit. What I have found is that you should buy clothing that compliments your body shape/size, and then make "stylistic" choices that you are comfortable with. So, a SS Napoli with cropped trousers and a very fitted jacket will certainly give off a hip vibe. However, the same suit with more classical tailoring touches can look very different. (Google Tim Gunn, I think he wears SS. I believe he's in his 50's).
     
  11. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I'm 34 not 55 and you can't compare these to suit supply. In fact please don't.

    I really dislike this company now, I would never buy from a company with such crass advertising. A Google image search reveals a ton of purile, coward porn. I'm not against porn, but not like this. It is shot nicely though I will admit that but the content is more about naked women rather than the clothes and I think that is pretty weak.
     
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  12. erpet

    erpet Senior member

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    I also made the Google image search now and..... what the He......?! That might just blow up in their faces.
     
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  13. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I am probably getting a little soft in the head in old age, but I'm not that far gone yet! I was referring to the styles, not the age of the models.
     
  14. CousinDonuts

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    Most of the nudity was shot 3+ years ago, which is eons in this now now now social media world. I think they did it right when people outside of Europe were starting to notice the brand. So if it hasn't blown up negatively for them yet I doubt it will. Personally, I enjoy looking at hot naked women. And suits. Put the two together = :happy:

    I'm also 34 so I can't provide a personal reference point to the OP. But my first thought was also Tim Gunn. He's worn SS for the past 2 seasons of Project Runway. However, remember that he works in the fashion industry.

    I work with several guys who are in their 50s. A few wear Samuelsohn and Canali suits that have a slightly fuller cut but still carry some of the more modern trims. Might be worthy alternative if you don't mind the price jump..
     
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  15. Sean McKee

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    For the younger man for sure. At 55 I think I'd be more concerned with the comfort of the suit. The slim fit suits are very uncomfortable because of the tight armhole, short point to point on the coat. The trousers come with the very slim knee you mentioned as well as a short rise. These suits do look good on a younger man that has a good build but trey are not for the 55 year old man in my opinion, others may differ. Go with a MTM suit and have it styled for your body. You will be more comfortable and look appropriate in all situations.
     
  16. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    It's a disgrace Tim Gunn wearing clothes like that. He should be championing a more artisanal, preferably locally made product. There's probably some deal going on, every time I watch master chef the hosts are plugging Walmart shamelessly, complete sell outs.
     
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    CousinDonuts Senior member

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    You're right, how dare a business venture attempt to make money? Can you believe the nerve.....

    I know you are a small business owner, but this sell out commentary runs tirelessly. Wah wah. If you can find a way to make money doing things the artisanal way then more more power to you. But others want to grow as fast as possible and make their money and be done. You can't fault someone for wanting to be a celebrity and make money, the same way they shouldn't fault you for NOT "selling out."

    Sorry to derail the main topic....
     
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  18. David Reeves

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    I just prefer wit against shit.
     
  19. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    David -

    Do you have a problem with TG wearing anything from an international brand or is it specifically Suit Supply that you have an issue with because of the advertising?

    Personally I think SS does a very good job at that price level. It's reasonable TG might agree. If he likes the company and wants to wear their clothes, what's the problem with him getting paid for it?

    If you accept that in principle there's nothing wrong with someone on TV getting paid to wear clothes, then it really makes no sense for a local company to be the one paying. Only a small fraction of viewers would be potential customers, whereas for a company like SS just about everyone watching the show could buy from them if they wanted.

    I know some people place extra value on something made in small production runs, but other people don't care. I don't see it as a moral issue.
     
  20. konda

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    Passé. This was around 2 years ago. Has only gotten bigger.
     

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