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2005/08/05 00:48:12 (permalink)
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Advice on buying a suit

Im going to a wedding in Nov and need to buy a suit
Ive never bought one so i needa some advice , I know im a 44 reg chest and 36w . What colours does everyone thinks best and what colour shoes etc ? Im thinking of buying one off ebay , has anyone else done that ?
Advice appreciated
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    alpine
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:14:13 (permalink)
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    Dark navy/dark grey with black shoes, covers you for weddings, funerals and court appearances.

    You should be OK with high st places as you can mix and match jackets and trouser sizes.

    M&S and Next do good and fairly cheap suits with 98% wool mix. Bottom line is, does it fit/ look good, and you can't do that on ebay.

    You can go trendy style but it will date quickly, classic cut will last.

    Avoid man made fibre suits, they are nasty.



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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:18:21 (permalink)
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    2 or 3 buttons is nice...

    (joking...that one's for jackhammer)

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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:24:20 (permalink)
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    agreed about colour, but id stick with navy and go for smart as opposed to trendy, as alpine says it might look good this year but it damn well wont two years down the line.

    the main advantage of the m&s suits, IMO, is that they can be washed in the washing machine, and they always seem to be under £120

    even in an m&s suit you can look pretty damn good if you get a nice shirt and tie, and a pair of black brogues. they might be a bit conservative but again they will never go out of fashion and look very smart for weddings interviews, in fact pretty much any formal appearance

    remember FFS, take advice, esp on your shirt and tie combos! spots on one = stripes on the other etc, no garish colours, white is a cop out on a shirt (and an absolute no-no in a suit, just don't do it)

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    BritBB
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:32:19 (permalink)
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    Either grey or black suit. Has to be polished black gucci shoes my friend. Short cropped hair with bit spiky at the front, dash of designer stubble n penciline fine box or goatee aswell. Top off the look with the white gold and diamond rolex, ok maybe not the rolex
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:33:20 (permalink)
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    If you have a belly then go for double breasted. If you are quite slim, or thin then go for a single breast.

    Agree with Alpine on the colours, and also, always make sure that the suit has some sort of wool mixture. Unless the wedding is outside in the summer then linen is okay. If you are gonna go for a nasty material in the suit - do not go for pin stripe at all - just makes the cheap fabric stick out more.

    Always tryon the suot before you buy and as soap says go for shirts and ties that complement each other.

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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:35:52 (permalink)
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    Nah man, depending on what your physique is like, you gotta where a muscletop with the suit.

    Eg with light grey suit, whack on a versace belt (polished medusa head as buckle) and a light blue muscletop...yeah yeah attract all the attention
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:42:02 (permalink)
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    BritBB almost has a point...not exactly the look i had in mind.....but referring to the stubble...make sure you have a shave otherwise you look like a homeless, who just happens to have found a suit.

    cuff links! even river island has some reasonable ones...if you get a double-cuffed shirt they look very smart

    good points from masryinlondon (how do you type that in? it took me three goes, and a lot of squinting) about the pin stripes....also dont be tempted to button up a single breasted suit unless its blowing a gale, youre in a 'survival situation' or theres a real life tornado at the chapel

    the way you carry yourself, and your posture, will have as big an impact on how smart you look as the clothes youre wearing. the clothes might make the man but if the man looks like a hungover troll....

    of course, this is forgetting that you'll prob be still 'hanging one on' from the stag do...in which case, managing to put your trousers on the right way round should deserve a medal.

    soap
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 01:52:42 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: soapdodger

    good points from masryinlondon (how do you type that in? it took me three goes, and a lot of squinting) about the pin stripes....also dont be tempted to button up a single breasted suit unless its blowing a gale, youre in a 'survival situation' or theres a real life tornado at the chapel



    Good advice from soap there.

    Yeh a bit of a stoopid alias on my part. Need to think of a replacement soon lol

    Though, as to the buttoning up, I always thought it was okay to button up a few of the buttons whilst standing up, but when you sit down unbutton.

    BTW soap - dont be soo harsh on yourself mate. You have a good physique - avatar makes you look smaller.
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 02:13:59 (permalink)
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    i'd go for the centre button if it seems appropriate. yeah i suppose i was being a bit brutal with my own dress code there

    thanks very much masryinlondon (got it in one!), compliments always graciously accepted. i have to judge myself harshly cos otherwise id stop completely. i still see a completely average guy in those photos.

    ps youre def now on my list of 'people from mt i like'. ill make sure i reciprocate some appreciation soon

    soap

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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 09:07:15 (permalink)
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    how tall are you?

    im 5'6 and had a long blazer type thing, i mean, like the bottom of the blazer reached just above my knees but everything else was tailored to me measurements. it made me look slightly more slender.

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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 11:30:22 (permalink)
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    i got a suit tailored whilst i was in Thailand (Bangkok). im quite big (6'5, 21st) so it was the only way to go really!

    i walked in off the street whilst on my way out for my evening meal (the tailors was on the street close to my hotel) and picked my materials. i told them what i wanted and was measured up.

    the shirt was ready 3hrs later and was delivered to the receptionist at the hotel (the best fit ever, and tapered!), and the suit was ready by lunchtime the next day.

    i got a jacket, 2 pairs of trousers and a shirt for what worked out to be 110 quid!

    absolute bargain, top quality and tailor-made just for me! in fact, a family friend is going back out there this week and is getting me another one as they kept all my measurements on file!

    if you have a physique which is different to the average person (v small or v big) and you cant get one to both fit and look good then ring around a few tailors and see what their prices are like. better still, try getting one made while you're on holiday cos it will more than likely be cheaper!

    just remeber to confirm a price beforehand!
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 11:37:05 (permalink)
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    Get a Titan centurian...

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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 11:46:04 (permalink)
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    dont buy 1 off ebay, go try one on as chances are it may need adjustment. M&S do some nice suits from £100 upwards.

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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 12:27:33 (permalink)
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    great advice up to now guys

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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 12:37:29 (permalink)
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    I bought some tailored shirts from a chap on ebay.

    The ebay shop was called Peti.

    Send of measure ments and they make it in Thailand.

    Do suits as well.

    I would recommend them.
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 12:44:56 (permalink)
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    I always used to buy fairly cheap suits, but I found that spending even a little more on a suit can make a huge difference to how you look. If you can, I would suggest trying on a suit that is perhaps a little more expensive to see what you think.
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 12:49:24 (permalink)
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    Cant find the dude on ebay but here is his mail address!

    retrofit2004@hotmail.com

    The company is Peti imports.

    I found them to be great.
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 18:42:21 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: BritBB

    Nah man, depending on what your physique is like, you gotta where a muscletop with the suit.

    Eg with light grey suit, whack on a versace belt (polished medusa head as buckle) and a light blue muscletop...yeah yeah attract all the attention



    Why not buy a Versace suit??...not just the belt!
    If u have a bit of money that is!I think a decent suit looks a million times more impressive and stylish than a cheapo.
    I think black is the most versatile colour for a suit......Also buy it a wee bit big if u train (especially if u use meds!)
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    RE: Advice on buying a suit 2005/08/05 21:11:59 (permalink)
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    Why not buy a Versace suit??...not just the belt!


    Cos the belt can add a bit of style, eg if its the medusas head or versace maze logo on the front in polished metal, you dont need to start spending a grand on a suit if you can look better by just wearing a nice looking belt with a decent well made non famous branded suit. It depends on ones physique and also the way the suit fits.

    Someone with schwarenegger's physique at his peak would like pretty damn class in a regular (largest size) suit with a muscle top underneath, doesnt have to be a designer suit because his body contours will show through the thing anyway.

    Not sure if off season ron coleman can pull it off though when he walks round looking like a pimp in his pink pinstripe suits at events, he looks like the kingpin from the marvel comics, he just looks friggin huuuuugggeee.
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