I love suits. All of my close friends know this. I could wax poetic for hours about the beauty of a well made suit; salivating over button stances, gorges, soft shoulders, drape, lapel rolls....I could go on and on, but you get my drift. The point I'm getting to here however is that to get these things dialed in precisely to your tastes, you normally have to pay for them through any of the numerous made-to-measure, "custom" or if your wallet is big enough, full bespoke options out there.
Even though the number of companies offering these options at lower price points is growing, they can still be quite out of reach for many. Immediately after Nick Wooster's unfortunately (for me) short stint at J.C Penney, I picked up this Stafford plaid suit for a song while they were trying to clear out as much of the stuff he was behind as possible.
For an off the rack suit, I was pleasantly surprised by the fit of the jacket. The jacket fit nice and trim around the middle, which lately has become a bigger issue for me. I really need to spend a bit more time in the gym. Anyway, back to the jacket - The sleeves are slim with no un-necessary hangtime even though the right one may be about a half inch shorter than I would like. The pants could probably benefit from some minor tweaks by my tailor as could this duffle coat but as of right now, theres nothing I can't live with.
The color blue has solidly worked its way to being the number one color of choice in my closet. In between eBay, thrifting, gifts and just regular old shopping, I've picked up more shirts and ties in the varying shades of blue than I admittedly know what to do with. However, it also happens to be one of those colors that should be a wardrobe staple for any man whether you're talking oxford cloth button downs or extreme cutaways.
Grey Plaid Suit x Stafford, Light Blue Extreme Cutaway Collar Shirt x Trashness, Wool Tie & Blue Trim Pocket Round x The Tie Bar, Split Toe Oxford's x Santoni, Hooded Duffle Coat x G.H Bass, Flyback Watch x Vince Camuto, Glasses x Tom Ford.
"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out" - James Bryant Conant. This blog is documentation of my journey, sticking my neck out to pursue my passion for men's style and tailoring. - Wale