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cufflinkmaniac
12-26-2008, 04:06 PM
Well, despite my hopes to go custom, I settled for an OTR suit. It's a navy blue with pinstripes. The fabric is 100% wool (of course) and seems to be nicer than most other OTR fabrics that I've seen, admittedly it is probably better than the fabric that I would have bought for the suit that I had planned to have made. Don't be too harsh on me for the brand and where I got it (Oscar De La Renta at S&K), but the price was within my budget, so I pulled the trigger on it. It fits well as is, but the sleeves need shortening, trousers need hemming (and maybe a little loosening in the waist :o ) and the breast pocket needs opening. The armholes have some sort of material that expands (elastic?), so I can move my arms around without the whole jacket moving. I'll post pictures when all is said and done. Is it perfect? No. But as I've said before, it works for a 16 year olds budget.

Matt Deckard
12-26-2008, 05:43 PM
As long as it looks good and you like it... Fit and finish can come later, but having a suit is more important sometimes than having exactly what you want.

Show us some pics.

cufflinkmaniac
12-26-2008, 05:44 PM
As long as it looks good and you like it... Fit and finish can come later, but having a suit is more important sometimes than having exactly what you want.

Show us some pics.

Camera's on the firtz (again!) but I will as soon as I get it back.

ShoreRoadLady
12-26-2008, 09:28 PM
The armholes have some sort of material that expands (elastic?), so I can move my arms around without the whole jacket moving. I'll post pictures when all is said and done. Is it perfect? No. But as I've said before, it works for a 16 year olds budget.

Hey, sometimes you have to take what you can get. :)

I'm interested in hearing more about this elastic. Do you mean the material itself is stretchy, which would be a Lycra (elastane) blend?

cufflinkmaniac
12-26-2008, 09:32 PM
How true. The elastic (or whatever it is) is located in the armholes, jacket fabric is 100% wool.


Hey, sometimes you have to take what you can get. :)

I'm interested in hearing more about this elastic. Do you mean the material itself is stretchy, which would be a Lycra (elastane) blend?

ShoreRoadLady
12-26-2008, 09:40 PM
How true. The elastic (or whatever it is) is located in the armholes, jacket fabric is 100% wool.

That's rather odd. I've never heard of anything like this; I'd love to see pictures - when you get your camera, of course.

resortes805
12-26-2008, 10:02 PM
Trust me....unless you absolutely must have a suit style that is IMPOSSIBLE to get off the rack (like a belted back peak lapel with a hollywood waist), don't worry about getting a MTM suit until you are at least 20. Your measurements will change and you'll be stuck with an expensive suit that doesn't fit anymore.

Lamplight
12-27-2008, 08:44 AM
Heck, most 16 year olds don't even own a suit, or have any desire to. My brother owns two Oscar De La Renta suits from S&K. They both fit him fairly well, though one has weird, pointy shoulders. Not sure what's going on with that.

Bugsy
12-27-2008, 11:05 AM
Most 16 year olds I know don't even have a pair of leather dress shoes or dress socks.:eusa_doh:

Geesie
12-27-2008, 11:17 AM
When I was 16 I would have liked a suit but I sure couldn't afford it and my parents wouldn't pay for one as long as I was still growing.

Funny thing is, I'm pretty much the same size now as I was then.

Tomasso
12-27-2008, 11:49 AM
navy blue with pinstripes. A solid navy blue would have been a better choice; more easily repeatable and the jacket can be used as a blazer.

MisterGrey
12-27-2008, 03:45 PM
I don't think there's any "selling out" involved in going OTR. It's all I've ever owned. Not everyone can afford to have their clothes made to order.

cufflinkmaniac
12-27-2008, 03:53 PM
I don't think there's any "selling out" involved in going OTR. It's all I've ever owned. Not everyone can afford to have their clothes made to order.

That did sound rather snobbish, didn't it?

KeyGrip
12-27-2008, 05:16 PM
I agree with the sentiment that for your age, you're doing very well. I'm not much older than you and my only suits are put together from thrift store finds. Wear it with pride; you're the best dressed teenager I know!

Warbaby
12-27-2008, 06:02 PM
Don't be concerned about not having a MTM suit - I'm over 60 and I've never had a MTM suit. In fact, all my suits (6) and jackets (15) are thrift ship finds that fit me perfectly with minimal tailoring (cuffs and sleeves).

cufflinkmaniac
12-27-2008, 08:28 PM
I agree with the sentiment that for your age, you're doing very well. I'm not much older than you and my only suits are put together from thrift store finds. Wear it with pride; you're the best dressed teenager I know!


Thanks for the compliment! I have several jackets from thirft stores, but I have no luck with full suits.

KeyGrip
12-28-2008, 03:38 PM
So when will we get pictures?

cufflinkmaniac
12-28-2008, 05:09 PM
So when will we get pictures?


As soon as I get my camera back (long story( and the alterations are done.

Dewhurst
12-28-2008, 10:36 PM
It is nice that you have a suit.

I'm about a decade older than you, and I only have one full suit.:eusa_doh:

A Nino Cerruti "Man in Wool" that I got from Macy's! [huh] Other than that I just have a bunch of dress shirts and formal and casual slacks.

I hope you enjoy the new suit, that is the most important thing.