Wedding suit for athletic build

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  1. BBG1984

    BBG1984 New Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm getting married on the 11th June, I travelled to London yesterday to find a good suit. Firstly what a learning experience but also such a head ache, there's so much choice but also the price is very variable. I have however come to the conclusion that I want a semi made to measure, peak lapel (To get away from the business look), two buttons in dark navy, but that's the easy bit!

    I went to a few places and I liked the D&G mode which I felt suited my body shape, I'm 6ft (184cm), 40/42 chest and 32 waist although I'm not massively keen on the price tag, £3,150 (that includes waist coat).

    I'm due to go back to London next week to check a few other makers out although I was wondering if anyone can recommend particular brands that would suit my body shape? and hopefully something slightly cheaper!

    Many thanks in advice for your help.

    Nic
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    You have my build from when i was married, a bit bigger. Unfortunately, the drop from my chest to my waist has increased 2 inches.

    Dolce&Gabbana always fit me well as well, so my advice might be useful to you. From your choice so far, it seems like you are looking for a rather sleek, look, but in a fairly traditional shape, with fairly structured shoulders and a slim waist with a fairly dramatic skirt on the jacket.

    I have always found that of the designer brands, Costume National always fit me pretty well, as did Valentino Uomo. Those are not inexpensive, but nothing close to 3150 GBP, which is nearly enough for a bespoke off Savile Row suit.

    I think that Polo also has some models that might fit your frame well as well, and those are much less expensive, under 1/2 of the suit you mentioned.

    While you are at it, you might want to look at Corneliani. Fairly widely distributed, so you should be able to find a stockist, and they have a range of models (they do, or used to, make suits for Polo), at least one of which should suit you, so to speak.

    Good luck on your search your upcoming wedding.

    Cheers,

    Fok.
     


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    marcodalondra Senior member

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    I think anything above 1200 GBP for RTW is a waste of money. Close to £3000 you can get a perfectly fitting bespoke suit.

    Cad & the Dandy can be an initial option, with travelling Italian tailors a notch above in prices and off the Row and some on the Row as you go up in budget.
     
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    Simone1 Senior member

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    You should have beautiful made to measure options, which will fit your body greatly - what is your budget?
     


  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I had neglected to mention MTM. For MTM, however, I would go to a reputable firm (doesn't have to be on the Row, where prices are really high these days), but it should be an established firm with a good reputation for delivering nad for good customer serivce.

    The first time you do bespoke or MTM, it's a learning process, so if you decide on that route, I would do it as soon as possible, so that there is plenty of time to fix mistakes or even recut if needed.

    That said, RTW does have the very important advantage of your being able to see how the suit looks, immediately. Bespoke always requires both some strong idea of what you want and good communication with a tailor. For this reason, I would urge caution since this would be your first time working with any specific tailor.

    Again, good luck.

    Cheers,

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    Thanks for the replies, budget wise I would pay 3k although ideally no more than 2.

    I think made to measure sounds a better option for me, what brands/shops in London would you suggest? Anything I should watch out for?
     


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