What kind of suit?

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  1. cubcadet12

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    So i'm in the process of looking for a suit.

    I want something that's somewhat like a "power suit" i guess? i'm not all too familiar with anything suit related. so lay it all on me. I am a slim tall guy, 6'5" and 180lbs. but i'm not sure whether i should go with 2 or 3 button. i'm completely new at this. However, given the right suit i could easily pick out the correct shoes.

    Thanks for the help
     


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    What is your price range? Knowing this will help for recommendations.

    General consensus is navy or charcoal for a first suit. Both colors are versatile and will serve you well in nearly any situation.

    Two or three button is a personal choice, I'd try both on and see what looks best. I feel a three button goes better on a taller person like you than on someone shorter. Two is fine also - just don't get a suit with four or five. Even if you play in the NBA.

    Spend a day going to all the local stores that sell suits. Try a bunch on , you'll begin to notice differences in style, material, and so on. This will give you a good start.

    EZ
     


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    I'm starting to look at something like the Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald, it looks to be a very slim suit which i should have no problem fitting into. However for $1000 it seems just a hair pricy for me.
     


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    So i'm in the process of looking for a suit.

    I want something that's somewhat like a "power suit" i guess? i'm not all too familiar with anything suit related. so lay it all on me. I am a slim tall guy, 6'5" and 180lbs. but i'm not sure whether i should go with 2 or 3 button. i'm completely new at this. However, given the right suit i could easily pick out the correct shoes.

    Thanks for the help


    x2 on the Navy or Charcoal.

    I'm close to your dimensions (an inch shorter) and I find the 3/2 roll or 2 button to be a great choice. The 3 button often makes us look too tall, especially in the torso area. Consider something like this -

    http://www.jpressonline.com/suits_pr...etail.php?ix=2

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    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatP...lt_color=Black

    The Brooks is available in XLong as well (you're probably about a 42-43 long or xlong, right?).

    Best of luck, and be sure to get a local tailour for alterations. I find that the Brooks suits definitely need to be taken in at the waist. Rule #1 should be to find the suit that fits the largest part of you (shoulders, chest, etc) and then have it tailoured to fit. It's a lot easier to shorten or cut away than it is to add.

    Cheers.
     


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    I'm starting to look at something like the Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald, it looks to be a very slim suit which i should have no problem fitting into. However for $1000 it seems just a hair pricy for me.
    J. Press in charcoal, $600. Available in 43long. http://www.jpressonline.com/suits_pr...etail.php?ix=2
     


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    at your height, get a suit that's "extra-long". a "long" won't do.
     


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    I'm really liking the 2 button look, I have a 3 button now and it does make me look very tall which isn't a problem, but it makes me look sort of frumpy? it just doesn't fit very well and it was of course very cheap.
     


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    By "power suit," maybe you mean strong shoulders? For example, stereotypical Armani, not J. Press ("sack"). A rather straight jacket hem (bottom) and fabric might also be part of that. "Frumpy" could be because the suit is too baggy.
     


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    I just looked at the armani suits and they do look like something i'm looking for. and i'm not gonna lie to you. the suit i have now was the first suit i ever bought and I got it from K&G possibly? like 3 or 4 years ago for all of maybe $150 so there's no way it's a good suit. The fit is also probably terrible but I didn't know what a suit was supposed to look like at the time.
    I wonder if it's possible to find a tailor in my area who will fix the one I currently have.
     


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    What's your budget, since $1000 is too pricey?

    Those BB Fitzgerald suits will occasionally go on sale for 50% off a couple times a year, so patience might help you out. Although the quality of the BB Fitz suits is not even worth the $500 in my opinion.
     


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    If you want a "power" suit, make it dark navy with pinstripes, preferably wide. Most importantly, make sure its well tailored. Nothing says "weak" like an ill-fitting suit, even if its Canali.
     


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    I'm 6 ft 1", 200 lbs and i'm a 42 long... If i were you i would look for a 40 or 41 xl... if you cant find that size, a 42 at most. Don't be swimming in your suits. fit is more important than quality.
     


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    I'm really liking the 2 button look, I have a 3 button now and it does make me look very tall which isn't a problem, but it makes me look sort of frumpy? it just doesn't fit very well and it was of course very cheap.

    As I understand it 2 buttons with slightly shorter jackets are in this season.


    I would certainly agree 2 button navy or charcoal, probably a pinstripe. It is a pretty timeless look.
    Having it Tailored is probably a good option, especially if you can't get a good off the shelf fit.
    I have never been able to get a good fit from the off the rack suits, although be prepared to reach the 600 to 800 mark, although that is what you are paying for something well known anyway.
     


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