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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
So I'm having a summer wedding in Texas. So looking at linen or cotton suits.

Looking for a summer suit.

The ladies are wearing chocolate brown dresses, the gents are wearing sand/beige etc. suits and brown ties (maybe), and I'll wear maybe a blue tie or something... haven't figured out tie stuff out honestly. Brown shoes or boots, Ill probably wear a nicer pair of brown boots.

Wedding colors are chocolate brown, coral, turqoise and then beige, white etc for neutrals.

So, here's a shot of the suit color I was looking at, but cant remember where I got this from:



That suit seems a bit too small for that guy, but you get the idea. Yeah, we're all wearing Transformers helmets too.

So I've been looking at some of the cheaper retail spots, like Banana Republic (didn't like cuts or quality), J Crew (a little better but don't really have the right color)... basically I'm looking to get something close to my size and then get it tailored.

The groom (me) and the grooms men are all going to wear similar suits, but not identical since I wanted them to be able to get whatever they wanted. We're not renting tuxes because it's a waste of money, it's going to be hot as balls and I think everyone in the party agreed that we could all use a good summer suit.

I'm willing to spend a little more, but I' trying to point the rest of the guys somewhere affordable. Any ideas on where to look?
post #2 of 26
Thread Starter 
It was the Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald...

Brooks Brothers | Men | Summer Suits | Italian Cotton Suit
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
what about H&M ?

They make decent fitting suits right?
post #4 of 26
If you don't like the qual of Banana, I HIGHLY doubt you'd like H&M. I'm still surprised that you don't like Banana.
post #5 of 26
If jcrew and stuff (I assume in the 250 range) didn't work for you, perhaps you should up your budget... 400-500 you'd have more to work with.
post #6 of 26
Holy shit Robness is an autobot...

On a more serious note, I love the look of linen suits. I picked up a Hugo Boss one for the spring/summer and it breathes very very well. The texture of the fabric is also very appealing

As Anthony mentioned, you may have to up your budget a bit. You can easily find a %100 cotton suit for around that price, but linen is harder to find and much more expensive ( when I was looking for mine anyways this was the case)

I would up your funds if possible, a nice linen suit is a classic for the summer. Its a shame however that it cant be a cream or more white color, it really brings out the characteristics of the linen more so then colored versions IMO
post #7 of 26
I'm in a similar situation. Getting married next March in St. Lucia. I actually agree with you in that I think BR and (especially) J Crew suits are overpriced for the quality you get; and forget H&M- everything in that store is junk, imo. That goes for Express too.

I definitely recommend Brooks Brothers (although it'll blow your budget- you'll be in the $600 range easy). The salesmen in the BB stores (in the Cleveland area at least) are professional, not pushy, and know what they're talking about- JC and BR are generally staffed with idiots, imo. You'll be able to tell the quality of a BB suit as soon as you touch it.

I planned on getting a BB jacket in a few months, but ended up finding an awesome Burberry blazer at Nordstrom rack. Don't count out places like that or Filene's or even TJ Maxx- lots of Calvin Klein, RL, and Perry Ellis there. It's likely you'll have to budget an extra $100+ to get it independently tailored though.

Good luck!
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
I didn't dislike J Crew and BR to the point that they've been crossed off the list entirely. J Crew's modern cut (Ludlow) is great, tried it on. The Aldridge is nice too, I could have it tailored to be a bit more fitted. Whatever I get will be tailored.

They have an Italian cotton in stone, but it seems to casual for a groom:
Men - suiting - Italian chino Aldridge three-button suit jacket - J.Crew
I should go see it in person I guess.

I like linen suits, but having to dry clean between every wear seems like kind of a hassle. Honestly though, it will only be for special occasions (like other summer weddings), so maybe I should throw linen in the mix.

H&M is out... yeah you're right, a friend has a black suit and it's falling apart after 5+ wears, stitching inside was loose threads all over. You get what you pay for obviously

If I can find something close to BB quality and get out the door for around 400 I could spring for it easy. + boots (200) and tailor (100) I'd be around 700.

Thank you all for your input.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
as far as boots, they'll be Frye. Maybe these:

Frye Emmett Inside Zip (Dark Brown Vintage Brush Off) - Zip-On Boots

Frye Marco Inside Zip by at Zappos.com

Or possibly the Marcos... I think I like Emmett more.
post #10 of 26
almost everything under $1000 is shit bro
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
I disagree. I think you can get a good suit for around 500.00

1000 is a bit much for something I'll wear twice a year.
post #12 of 26
Everything around 500.00 is fused, and if your only wearing something twice a year just rent one.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by superbasil View Post
Everything around 500.00 is fused, and if your only wearing something twice a year just rent one.
I see your logic, but you can find well cut suits for cheap ( especially if your lean/thin)

The fabric may not last forever or look overly expensive, but you can pull it off if the cut is good for your body type.

Besides, even if the cloth is cheaper it will barely be getting any wear, so it will last as long as he needs it to.
post #14 of 26
Thick As Thieves - Los Angeles

you're welcome.

Quote:
That suit seems a bit too small for that guy, but you get the idea.
It actually fits perfect.
post #15 of 26
I got my Hugo Boss suit for 500, 50% off. You might want to check stores and see if they have any sales.
post #16 of 26
Zara has one that color
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
wow those guys need a new website.

I checked them out though, I think I may have one made by a similar company (small boutique suit shop) in Dallas, apparently I know the owner through a friend...

I'll keep the thread posted.

BTW, yes I agree that 1000 is how much you need to pay for a "real" suit, but I work at home, and I don't really have many occasions to rock a suit, pretty casual lifestyle. So 500 or so is my max... still not sure what to recommend to some of the grooms men, some are in grad school etc. so not a lot of cash, even 500 is gonna be pushing it for them.

Everyone in the party is about 6 ft and 160 - 170, so I think most suits will require just minor tweaks.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by bradl View Post
I got my Hugo Boss suit for 500, 50% off. You might want to check stores and see if they have any sales.
Isn't there stuff not fully canvased?
post #19 of 26
I just wanted to throw this in (I read it somewhere) be careful about allowing everyone to wear their own suit. Slight variations in color will look terrible in your pictures. We thought about allowing our groomsmen to wear their black suits, and every "black" suit was a different shade/hue/material/sheen, etc.

If this is the wrong thread, I'm in idiot
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
We're ok with variation.

But that's good advice for those going for a more homogeneous look.
post #21 of 26
One word: ZARA!!

If you dig the "european" fit like I do (slim, low cut pants, slim, athletic cut jacket), ZARA has the best selection of cool summer suits -- and they're pretty cheap too.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by robness View Post
I happen to think the fit on that is pretty spot on... The shirt sleeve is suppose to be a bit longer than the jacket sleeve. The fit is very spot on.

Though not really sure about the options as I've never been married or anything before lol... Might want to try asking at styleforum.
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
I agree, I'd be very happy with that fit.

Found the boots: FRYE Men's Jayden Pull On Boot - Free Overnight Shipping & Return Shipping: Endless.com
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by superbasil View Post
Everything around 500.00 is fused, and if your only wearing something twice a year just rent one.
Not really. With the current economy you can easily pick one up for $500. I have seen Hickey F for around 400 but the color is not beige like OP wants.

Even if a suit is fused its not a big deal as long as it fits you right.


Boots when its really hot outside? Dont you think your feet would hate you for that. How about some suede instead?

How about Paul Smith?
Paul Smith Miller Brogue Suede Dress Shoes - Style Flavors

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_lpFvUD9O3h...0/L1030137.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2188/...93dbba3d47.jpg



For the suit i highly recommend RL Black Label. I think it should be exactly what you are looking for. Difficult part would be to get the color but you should be able to pick one up for $500.
post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 
I realize boots are not the best idea for a hot day in Texas, but the wedding is kind of my excuse to pickup some new boots.

I'm talking to the Thieves dudes, I'll keep you posted.

I appreciate all the input and info!
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