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workhorse suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by linux_pro, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Those are both nice, although I would go with the Oxxford over the Canali, which isn't especially well priced IMO. It's very easy to get Oxxford stuff on ebay for low prices, as there is alot of it out there in thrift stores and people like to flip it. I have bought many Oxxford suits, some NWT, for $80-200.
     
  2. linux_pro

    linux_pro Senior member

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    I took the leap and bought the Oxxford. Eeeks. I hope it's an okay suit. $120 seems too cheap for an Oxxford suit.
     
  3. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I'm sure it'll be a nice suit. Jeez, someone pressed the hell of out it though...try a little steam.
     
  4. linux_pro

    linux_pro Senior member

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    Whaddya mean? How can you tell?
     
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    (Panzeraxe @ Mar. 01 2005,12:46) My 2 workhorse suits are Hickey-Freeman MTM (LP 120s) and Canali MTM (Vitale Barberis 100s). Panzer
    To my knowledge, Canali does not offer MTM service. Â They have mix and match service (i.e you get 46R jacket with 40R pants)
    Nope - select stores in NYC and LA offer Canali MTM
     
  6. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    There's no belly to the lapel - also, it ought to extend to the topmost button instead of being "folded over" above it.
     
  7. mrprlover

    mrprlover Senior member

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    Were you able to pick those up Linux? Both?

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  8. linux_pro

    linux_pro Senior member

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    I just picked up the Oxxford, and am seriously considering the second suit. But, I really need a navy for daily wear. I don't want something expensive or overly fancy - I just need a durable, handsome navy suit. I am seriously considering this one too: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....MEWA:IT
     
  9. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Here you go: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....13&rd=1 This is very similar to the Oxxford navy suit that I wear. It's listed as a 38R but measures as a 39-40R. Lots of nice Oxxford stuff on ebay now, if I were in the market for more suits, I'd be all over some of them. That Isaia suit looks pretty nice, not sure how versatile it is with its color/pattern though.
     
  10. linux_pro

    linux_pro Senior member

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    Thanks drizz... I put a bid on it.

    The only thing that concerns me is how much I've heard about Oxxford being more of a "boxy" cut. Do they pad their shoulders? Is it possible to have a tailor bring in the sides at the waist?

    Thanks for the link.
     
  11. drizzt3117

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    drizzt, Quick question for you as I know you're a big guy yourself - I typically buy my suits MTM as there is a large discrepancy between my chest and waist (46" vs. 33"). To what extent is it possible for a competant tailor to adjust the jacket accordingly - i.e. if I buy a 46R suit off ebay to fit my shoulders would a tailor be able to taper the lower half of the jacket so substantially to better fit my smaller waistline? My concern has always been that excessive alterations would inevitably ruin the silhouette of the suit. I'm very tempted by some of these suits on ebay and hate paying $1,200 and above for a Hickey/Canali MTM. Thanks, Panzer
     
  13. drizzt3117

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    Well, the Brioni suit that I have on in the picture was purchased from ebay, and was a 48R (I'm more of a 44L-46R). I took it in about 2" in the chest and about 3" in the waist, and it looks good at least in my opinion and fits me perfectly (in terms of comfort). There are more pictures of me in that particular suit here: http://66.170.193.77/cgi-bin....;st=250 I don't think it throws off the balance, at least not in my opinion. I spent about $100 in alterations for that particular suit (take in pant legs and waist, take in chest, waist on jacket) and about $600 on the suit (NWT) and think the end result is pretty much the same as if I bought the suit in a Brioni boutique (I've tried on exactly the same suit and it looks the same. I take in the waist in jackets fairly often. I'm about a 46-47" chest with a 34" waist, so most 44L suits need another 1-2" of waist suppression to fit perfectly, and 46R a bit more. I think anything up to about 3" won't throw off the balance too much and you may even be able to get away with 4" without issues. I think the most I have needed is 3.5" but I have heard people (on here) doing even 5-6" (although that seems like a lot to me)
     
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    Thanks - I think I may go ahead and buy a $200-$300 suit as a test to begin with
     
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    i agree--- go with hickey freeman or Zegna. Myself, I just got one by zegna for that same purpose. navy with a subtle pattern to it- should be arriving to me tomorrow, actually. I also recommend wearing the workhorse suit with a belt rather than braces (all my other suits are cut for braces), more versatile that way.
     
  16. Ambulance Chaser

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    Oxxfords have much lower name recognition and resale value than comparable brands.  I once picked up an Oxxford from eBay for around $115, including shipping.  The suit from this particular auction looks like it has a low gorge, although that could just be the visual effect of it being on a hanger.  Plus, the auction's pics leave a bit to be desired.  Let us know how it turns out.
     
  17. drizzt3117

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    I don't think the gorge looks too bad, relative to some other Oxxfords, it looks like it was made in the 90s probably from what I can tell.
     

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