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The Suit [Jan. 4th, 2006|12:26 pm]
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I need to buy a suit, since I don't have one. The next wedding, funeral, job interview, or trial I'm involved in will demand it. Ideally I'll get married, go on a job interview and be turned down, come home and murder my wife in a bizarre psychotic reaction to failure, and be tried for the crime, and the suit will pay for itself.

I know friendly_bandit had good luck at Robinsons-May. Are there other recommendations for suit purchasing in Southern California, preferably in Orange County?

I'm going to buy the "all purpose dark suit" this time and it should be as near to all-weather as possible. No white sharkskin, seersucker, or heavy heavy wool.
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[User Picture]From: mrhinelander
2006-01-04 08:32 pm (UTC)

suit

I know suits. Get gray flannel lightweight wool, with a vest. Take it home, and drop food on it and pee yourself, then go look in the mirror and be amazed at the perfection of the camoflague. Men wear those things for a reason.

Men's Wearhouse will do fine. If you want to get down on it, and I recommend you do so, read _Style and the Man_ by Flusser, or just find some stuff he's written.

You DO have a little money, go to a real place and get a $1,500 suit, and have them tell you what to do. Carrol and Company in Pasadena and others....
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-01-04 08:44 pm (UTC)

Re: suit

I don't have $1500! Gray flannel ahoy.
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From: sakkaranoush
2006-01-04 08:33 pm (UTC)

re: good luck!

your other non-options include:

white/cream linen= southern dandy
dark grey anything= run for congress
black and white striped= jailbreak or bone daddy
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-01-04 08:45 pm (UTC)

Re: good luck!

Tom Wolfe in a white suit, right. I always thought blue suits for politicians. Dave Barry says that "democracy" comes from the Greek words "demos" for "white men" and "cracy" for "in blue suits".

The black & white fine pinstripe I think of as Rich Guy in Old Movie, say a banker in a Buster Keaton flick.
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[User Picture]From: jactitation
2006-01-04 10:50 pm (UTC)

Re: good luck!

The black & white fine pinstripe I think of as Rich Guy in Old Movie, say a banker in a Buster Keaton flick.

I think you're thinking of a chalkstripe.
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[User Picture]From: halfjack
2006-01-04 08:56 pm (UTC)

Re: good luck!

White/cream linen shouts fleeing Nazi War criminal living in Brazil to me. Or possibly French Vietnamese plantation owner circa 1948.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-01-04 08:57 pm (UTC)

Re: good luck!

The best case scenario for the white suit is the whiskey- and tea-stained linen suit worn by the tragically drunken Graham Greene colonial antihero sitting at the bar at Raffles and watching the world go to shit around him.
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[User Picture]From: halfjack
2006-01-04 09:10 pm (UTC)

Re: good luck!

Or possibly William Burroughs emerging into the blinding South American sunlight after shooting his wife.
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[User Picture]From: flipzagging
2006-01-04 11:09 pm (UTC)

Re: good luck!

Minus the stains and the Vietnam and the getting drunk, that *does* remind me of you.
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[User Picture]From: mr_flippant
2006-01-05 07:04 am (UTC)

Re: good luck!

1. Buy black suit
2. Paint park bench
3. Wait 5 minutes, then roll around on bench
4. Eat Mentos
5. Smile!
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[User Picture]From: mr_flippant
2006-01-05 07:40 am (UTC)

Re: good luck!

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[User Picture]From: jonpants
2006-01-04 09:53 pm (UTC)
I went into Mens Warehouse to buy some Mens but left with a really nice suit. Another place to check out is Nordstroms Rack...the same great smell as Nordstroms without those insane prices.
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[User Picture]From: jonpants
2006-01-04 09:54 pm (UTC)
One more thing. I was in Sears not that long ago and the sales clerks were confused as to what to do with a dress they found in the dressing room that had been peed on. So don't go to Sears for dresses, just check there trash for slightly peed on stuff.
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[User Picture]From: brianenigma
2006-01-04 10:25 pm (UTC)
I can confirm that Men's Warehouse is also pretty good (in my limited experience with these sorts of things.) I bought a suit about 6 years ago, it wasn't too expensive or troublesome, they included a some tailoring to make it fit a little better, and it has lasted quite well.
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[User Picture]From: lil_om
2006-01-04 10:12 pm (UTC)
not sure if its still around but the burllington coat factory (if memory serves correct) is a decent place. cheap prices and you can more or less mix and match until you find what you want if they dont have any full suits you like.
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[User Picture]From: gcrumb
2006-01-05 04:50 am (UTC)
"No white sharkskin..."

Well, geez, if you don't like my ideas, why do you even ask for advice?

* /me throws shark back into lagoon

8^)
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[User Picture]From: changeng
2006-01-05 06:31 am (UTC)
Three Day Suit Brokers is good, so is The Men's Warehouse. I seem to remember buying one in Penney's a long time ago, tho Robinson's May could be the better of the two.
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[User Picture]From: mr_flippant
2006-01-05 07:09 am (UTC)
I needed a suit for a funeral a few years back and stopped into Nordstrom with a bewildered and frightened look on my face. Since suits don't come in tshirt sizes, I was lost. When asked if I needed help, I replied that I needed a suit by the next morning. Oh, and it was like 8pm.

Fuckers measured me, tailored it and turned it around in an hour.

Still have it...in fact, I need to see if it fits. Interviews...maybe.
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