A suitable suit
December 17, 2006 11:04 PM Subscribe
I would like to buy a suit. But I don't know what kind of suit I want. I'd love some help with deciding.
posted by blindcarboncopy to clothing, beauty, & fashion (44 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Hi. My name is Alex, I am 26 years old, and I've never owned a suit. Although I have a so-called "professional job", the environment I work in is very casual - by and large we are a bunch of computer nerds usually seen in jeans and t-shirts.
I would normally not give any though to buying fancier clothing, but there is one factor that makes me consider it. Although I normally live in US, I am temporarily working in Beijing, China. The city is abound with quality tailorshops that can make a suit to my specs for crazy-cheap (compared to off-shelf prices in US). So far it looks like the going rate for a full suit from a well-recommended place is something like $70-100 US + cost of raw material. However, the language barrier prevents me from having an indepth talk with the tailor. The way things are, I would basically have to show them what I want (they have catalogs with photos of different styles) and pick the material, and then they can start taking measurements and going from there. But I have no idea what I want! Surely, the collective mind knows...
Here are some data points that can hopefully explain what I am after. The suit I will have made will like be the only one I will own for quite some time. I would like it to be suitable (groan) for 3 things:
1. Going to weddings. I am in the age group where the onslaught of wedding invitations from friends is imminent.
2. Wearing it to job interviews in case I start looking for new employment.
3. Wearing it to some sort of dress-up social event.
I would probably use the suit less than a dozen times a year. Some stats: I am male, 26, a bit on heavy side (5'11", 200 lbs), have lots of muscle in my legs on account of being a cyclist. I normally live in Seattle, in case that makes a difference.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated - especially if you can give me a style name or link to a picture that I can show to a tailor. Also, I think I will have the same person do a couple of dress shirts for me - so if any of you businessware-savvy peole know of styles that go well with particular suits, I'd love to hear about them.