This newbie needs a hand buying his first suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by adamjs, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. adamjs

    adamjs New Member

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    Hey folks,

    I've read a lot of posts on this forum already and have appreciated learning so much from everyone already. My restrictions are *great* in the purchasing of my first suit, but I would appreciate some helpful guidance along the way if anyone is willing to offer it - so here goes:

    I have a $500 credit on a suit from Men's Wearhouse. I've visited a couple of locations and the CS reps (should I call them that?) have been less than forthcoming about the quality of a lot of their lines. I, for one, can't tell my ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to suits and their quality. I will explain a little more about what I am looking for.

    A navy/darker blue, or a charcoal suit. Nothing too trendy, nothing poly/synthetic. I am 5'11" about 175 lbs. A slim fit would suit me best. Judging from everything I have read (tier lists, help threads, etc), there seems to be a much less distinction being made in the lowest tiers and was hoping that this thread may be able to remedy that for my purposes.

    I'm not unwilling to spend a little bit of money (my credit being only $500 after all), but don't want to unnecessarily if I can get something halfway decent for 500 or under. I have omitted many of the brands if they are clearly out of my price and style range.

    Again, I know there isn't much to be working with, but would appreciate any help on the matter.

    The list:
    Calvin Klein, Jhane Barnes, Joseph & Feiss, Joseph & Feiss Gold, Joseph Abboud, Kenneth Cole, Kenneth Cole New York, Jones New York, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Perry Ellis Portfolio

    Cheers everyone,

    Adam


    edit: I must have my measurements wrong, so I removed that until I can find myself a length of tape. Thanks fishy.
     
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  2. SomethingsFishy

    SomethingsFishy Senior member

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    I think that from that list you'd probably be best off with Joseph Abboud. You already seem to have a pretty good idea of what you're in for, and as you've got a store credit that limits your options, I don't see much point in critiquing the pool.

    Your measurements sound odd for a 34R... I'm DEFINITELY a true 34R, and I'm 5' 9" and 124 pounds. Even I border on 36 though, which makes me wonder where all that extra length and weight is going on your body.

    For suit #2, definitely hit us up before relegating your money to men's wearhouse.

    For this one though, wear in good health! :)
     


  3. adamjs

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    I edited that out; I must have my measurements wrong. Thank you for the help Fishy, I certainly will drop back in when I have the money/find a need for a second suit. I'll check in again in the event that someone else has something to say about it. I'm off to the mall on Thursday...
     


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    GBR Senior member

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  5. Wayward

    Wayward Senior member

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    5'11" and 175 pounds is around 38R to 40R, unless your weight is distributed very unevenly. That said, there's no substitution for trying things on in person. Remember that suit sizes only reflect what the designer imagines a person with a certain chest size looks like. That's why on the Buy and Sell boards, actual measurements of suits are almost always posted.

    +1 on Abboud, based on your list provided, though fit should still ultimately be the deciding factor.
     
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    comrade Senior member

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    5'11" and 175 should be at least a non-slim fit 42

    I am 5'9'' and weigh 170. I wear a 44R non-slim fit
     


  7. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    We've met in person. I am 5'11", 175-180 lbs, and a small 40R (my chest measures 40"), or more traditional American brands, I am sometimes a 38R. Weight distribution can vary greatly for a given weight and height.
     
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    comrade Senior member

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    "Weight distribution can vary greatly for a given weight and height."

    True. I have been battling an advancing midsection. I used to run 20-30 miles/week.
    Wore 42/43 R , weighed around 160. Am older. No Longer run due to injuries. My chest
    measures 44" and shoulders proportionate. I still wear size 34 jeans, 36 slacks.
     


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