Suits

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  • stljam
    stljam Posts: 512 Member
    Ok all. So I want to find a fun suit (might go tux with fun vest and tie or bowtie) for a pediatric charity event. I want something that might put a smile on a kid or two and I'm fine with it being at the cost of the other adults thinking I'm crazy.

    I'm in the US and haven't found much. I don't want to pay what it would cost to have a suit made for such rare use though it would be fun to pick or even design some of the fabric (do printed lining for example).

    I found this UK website which has some variety of options but based on the site I'm guessing the quality is not likely great (which is fine as long as I can make it look good for a night) and who knows what duty would be to the US. - https://www.tbdress.com Any of our UK friends have any experience with them?

    Anyone have any US shop ideas?
  • Sweet_A
    Sweet_A Posts: 7,603 Member
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  • Tallawah_
    Tallawah_ Posts: 2,422 Member
    stljam wrote: »
    Ok all. So I want to find a fun suit (might go tux with fun vest and tie or bowtie) for a pediatric charity event. I want something that might put a smile on a kid or two and I'm fine with it being at the cost of the other adults thinking I'm crazy.

    I'm in the US and haven't found much. I don't want to pay what it would cost to have a suit made for such rare use though it would be fun to pick or even design some of the fabric (do printed lining for example).

    I found this UK website which has some variety of options but based on the site I'm guessing the quality is not likely great (which is fine as long as I can make it look good for a night) and who knows what duty would be to the US. - https://www.tbdress.com Any of our UK friends have any experience with them?

    Anyone have any US shop ideas?

    Hmmm although they claim to be UK based I've never heard of them nor any of the brands they claim to represent. I notice on their contacts page everywhere other than the US and Canada is treated as 'International'...
  • MaltedTea
    MaltedTea Posts: 6,287 Member
    All three of you look dapper @Tallawah_ and your uncle's hat looks great!
  • slimgirljo15
    slimgirljo15 Posts: 270,403 Member
    Tallawah_ wrote: »
    Attending my niece's christening with my uncle and cousin! 😁

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    Handsome runs in the family I see 🙂😙
  • terrordawg
    terrordawg Posts: 19,462 Member
    Tallawah_ wrote: »
    Attending my niece's christening with my uncle and cousin! 😁

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    Lookin' sharp 👌
  • kdroberts1
    kdroberts1 Posts: 181 Member
    Tallawah_ wrote: »
    Attending my niece's christening with my uncle and cousin! 😁

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    Looking good!! Very dapper and handsome!! 😍
  • WoodAndCastIron
    WoodAndCastIron Posts: 979 Member
    I guess I prefer more of a casual/dressed up, as opposed to a full-on suit

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    That’s a really nice sport coat -what kind is it ? Who is the maker?
  • CaptainFantastic01
    CaptainFantastic01 Posts: 9,551 Member
    ALSO a very good thread
  • theeldestberry
    theeldestberry Posts: 815 Member
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    Did not buy the classic black coat, ended up going for a more casual look with a blue hopsack coat

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    Hopsack is good, real good. I have two hopsack jackets - one is very easy to dress down, which is preferred manner. The other is an oddly fancy fabric mix, which makes it something I love, but very niche for wear.
  • theeldestberry
    theeldestberry Posts: 815 Member
    edited October 2021
    I guess I prefer more of a casual/dressed up, as opposed to a full-on suit

    (Not me)
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    Top model is wearing a jacket too short for him - pretty normal in product shots, but ludicrous looking in real life. Fabric is great though, and it's styled well.

    Length of the bottom one is right on.
  • theeldestberry
    theeldestberry Posts: 815 Member
    edited October 2021
    I guess I prefer more of a casual/dressed up, as opposed to a full-on suit

    (Not me)
    pl3o4gre5ppg.jpg

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    Top model is wearing a jacket too short for him - pretty normal in product shots, but ludicrous looking in real life. Fabric is great though, and it's styled well.

    Length of the bottom one is right on.

    How were you able to tell? I've heard the coat should come down enough to cover the butt, but no longer than that. I have room to improve my style, room to learn, though. How would you rate the coat I picked up, as far as fit? It's straight off the rack. I vaguely recall seeing hopsack in my early 20s, but I'm somewhat freshly discovering it and it really is a banger

    It's always hard to tell from a single photo. Even the longer jacket needs the sleeves tailored, at least based on the one photo.

    Covering the butt is one method that works for most men. There's others, like the knuckle curl test. Biggest thing is, dress to the middle, that way you always stay in style. Extremes are something to avoid (super wide lapels or super skinny, super long or very short jacket lengths).

    I'll give a caveat or two as I offer any critique. First, take anything I say with a grain of salt, it's so easy to pick apart fit based on one 2D picture. Sometimes the photo is just a bad representation.

    The black jacket you have on in the first photo looks like a great fit on you. However, black is fairly awful for most people, especially as a mix and match piece. I'd skip it, as you did, and go for the blue hopsack. That is a cornerstone casual piece.

    The fit as photographed on the hopsack is off, and it's hard to quantify how. The photo suggests significant pulling at the button, which usually indicates too small a size at the waist. But there's also a bunch of creasing in the chest, which suggests it's too large of a size. Go down one size and see if the pulling and creasing cleans up because of excess fabric hang. If it gets even worse, go up a size (and then you'll need the non-fitting parts tailored).

    Hopsack is great. Interesting texture, light weight, breathable. Way better than a standard navy jacket. You clearly have good instincts, trust that and augment with more good data sources. Nobody figures this stuff out on their own.