Intimidated

Question form G.M.

My biggest challenge is I am a little intimidated. The reason being is because I am not knowledgeable about suits and style. Also where can I find a really good tailor? By the way I live in Brooklyn NY.

Gary Sinise Uniforms for Success suit color

First off Thank You to whoever answers this question. Your input is well received and appreciated.

This summer Joseph a Banks and the Gary Sinise foundation have put together a uniforms for success drive to help provide suits for veterans entering the workforce. You are limited to their executive suits and while they may not be the high end suits that many people on this website are accustomed too they are a great starting point and I’m very happy to see someone making a useful contribution.

My question is this:
I am a six foot tall man, thin but in good shape. I already have a charcoal grey suit that I got a few years ago after my wedding. I have heard that navy blue suits are a good second suit but I want something that stands out since I will be graduating from college this year. I’ve already seen several people in my class show up to job fairs wearing very similar suits that just…well you are just a face. So I’ve decided that I want either a medium grey or a light grey suit so that I have a second option to my charcoal especially during the hotter months here in Virginia. I’m leaning towards the medium grey since its more forml but still helps me stand out in a crowd. Which of these would better prepare me to set myself apart without crossing any professional lines. I want to make good use of this very generous offer. I also like tighter patterns like the herringbone because they are only noticed when you are closer so any recommendations there would also be appreciated. I think they add a little depth but again I am just getting my sea legs.

Oh before I forget, my degree is International Relations: Strategic Intelligence Studies so I will primary be chasing a career in foreign affairs. I understand different careers have different codes but I really don’t want to dress like a politicians aide.

Super 120s, super 150s suits

Can you tell the difference between an 80s, super 100s, super 120s etc wool suit just by looking at them? I know that the higher the number, the finer the wool tends to be and that it is more lightweight. Can you maybe tell by the sheen that some suits tend to have or maybe that the supers have microscopic threads sticking out?

Suits for Slim Guy

Hi,

I’m very short and have a slim build. I’m 22, 5’4 and 105 lbs. I recently started eating more and working out more to try and gain weight, I was up to 115 actually when I played highschool sports and worked out a lot more. Anyways, I want to purchase my first suit but given my very slim build, most off the rack look, awkward. I’m not sure if it looks awkward because I’m not used to the way I look in suits or they really do look awkward. But a few that I tried on look wide on me, the length is actually not too bad I feel. Do you think this is a fair assessment or off-the-rack suits on a guy with my build? My question is, should I go with custom made? or are there certain brands that have suits that will look good? My price range is probably $250-$400 or so.

Thanks!

Suits for Slim Guy

Hi,

I’m very short and have a slim build. I’m 22, 5’4 and 105 lbs. I recently started eating more and working out more to try and gain weight, I was up to 115 actually when I played highschool sports and worked out a lot more. Anyways, I want to purchase my first suit but given my very slim build, most off the rack look, awkward. I’m not sure if it looks awkward because I’m not used to the way I look in suits or they really do look awkward. But a few that I tried on look wide on me, the length is actually not too bad I feel. Do you think this is a fair assessment or off-the-rack suits on a guy with my build? My question is, should I go with custom made? or are there certain brands that have suits that will look good? My price range is probably $250-$400 or so.

Thanks!

How Important is Color Coordination?

I recently purchased a custom charcoal gray suit and a navy blue blazer because I was told they are most versatile. However, after reading a color coordination book (Color for Men) I was told to buy earth-toned colors (brown, beige, rust etc.)

I am light haired and light skinned, but how important is color coordination when it comes to buying timeless pieces? Am I over-thinking color in my purchases? Are there colors that are safe for everyone like the suit and blazer I bought?

When is a cut-down suit appropriate?

My best suit at the moment is one of my dad’s old suits that we had cut down to fit me. (We’re the same height, so it wasn’t that hard.) The suit is in pretty good shape, but it’s easy to tell that it was cut down. Can I wear it to a formal event like a job interview, or do I need to go suit shopping?