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DoolittleRaider
06-21-2011, 01:34 PM
hey,

i have to buy a suit for my friends wedding coming on on July 8th. the ceremony is going to be outside, in Texas.

I know its going to be god awful hotness, i was considering a three piece grey suit, but im unsure now, i want to look vintage and the window of oppurtunity is closing

please help!

Feraud
06-21-2011, 01:41 PM
Try some seersucker.
http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_100127

Edward
06-21-2011, 02:23 PM
Depends how formal or in formal you want to go. I have a black linen suit which I find ideal for hot-weather occasions that require a dark lounge suit. It's been an absolute Godsend for July graduations, especially under stage lights.

djd
06-21-2011, 02:29 PM
I was going to make the same suggestion- a nice linen suit. If it's going to be that hot you don't want to be soaked in sweat! That's never a good look nor much fun ;)

DocMustang
06-21-2011, 02:38 PM
Seersucker is an excellent choice. It would very much depend upon how formal the bride and groom expect their guests to dress. Showing up in a seersucker suit complete with white bucks and straw boater could be percieved as "costume" rather than dress. I have seen it done well though. My cousin from TN showed up to my sister's July wedding in a seersucker complete with bow tie. He pulled it off because the seersucker just seemed "right" on the guy. A lightweight wool suit in a charcoal grey would probably be best. Every man should have one. If you wanted to be more vintage there are some options with cut and particularly lapel styles that could work for you.

Undertow
06-21-2011, 02:42 PM
Try some seersucker.
http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_100127

:arated:

1961MJS
06-21-2011, 03:20 PM
Hi

I would consider asking if you are actually expected to wear a suit to the wedding, especially if you're not in it. IFFFFFF, the wedding is indoors, at night, the linen sport coat sounds good. The price is right on the seersucker too.

Good luck

carldelo
06-21-2011, 04:04 PM
Another source for inexpensive seersucker:

http://www.paulfredrick.com/Catalog/PFLP.aspx?freetext=pfseersuckersuits

Bugsy
06-21-2011, 09:41 PM
I have a three piece seersucker that I have worn in the south in the summer and find it very comfortable. I agree that, that or linen would be your best bet.

Tomasso
06-21-2011, 10:09 PM
Try some seersucker.
http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_100127This.

And go to one of their stores in your area to be fitted rather than ordering online.

NakedwithaHat
06-21-2011, 11:42 PM
Linen or tropical wool maybe. Linen creases like hell though but damn it's comfy when hot. Topical wool might be quite expensive (super 150s) but it's ultra light and stil costs much less than 180's. Good luck

Feraud
06-22-2011, 05:57 AM
Showing up in a seersucker suit complete with white bucks and straw boater could be percieved as "costume" rather than dress.
Sure. If one feels that particular look is costumey I'd advise to skip the white bucks and boater. Try brown shoes and a four in hand tie. A Palm Beach or knit tie will look great with seersucker. It wouldn't be a crime to go hatless either. ;)


Linen creases like hell though but damn it's comfy when hot.
The creasing is linen's charm!

DoolittleRaider
06-22-2011, 06:28 AM
it looks like its come down to either linen or seersucker.

ive never been a really big fan of seersucker, but then again, ive never really worn it very much in everyday use.

another thought i had was a navy blue linen blazer with khakis, kind of like Howard Hughes in The Aviator. i always really liked that look, so i might try to go for that too.

thanks a million gents for all your help! ill post pics of how i look at his wedding so you know the finshed product

Boodles
06-22-2011, 10:44 AM
This.

And go to one of their stores in your area to be fitted rather than ordering online.

Belk, a chain shop in my part of the south, NC, runs really good sales on linen and seersucker starting about this time of year. I see Haspel and Nautica, for example, and these are often offered as separates which sometimes helps with the correct fit. Dunno if Belk ranges as far as DFW.

DocMustang
06-22-2011, 10:50 AM
This.

And go to one of their stores in your area to be fitted rather than ordering online.

Given your time constraints I would suggest you use your own tailor rather than their in house tailor. I have taken to getting all of my new aquisitions tailored by the same gentleman regardless of where I obtained them.

Tomasso
06-22-2011, 11:21 AM
Actually, I was recommending an in store purchase to get a proper basic fit (shoulders and jacket length) which is where so many men fall short. I've never shopped at JAB so I'll take your word on their tailors. And of course it is best to have a regular alterations tailor who will over time become acquainted with your physique as well as your personal preferences.

Undertow
06-22-2011, 12:04 PM
Actually, I was recommending an in store purchase to get a proper basic fit (shoulders and jacket length) which is where so many men fall short. I've never shopped at JAB so I'll take your word on their tailors. And of course it is best to have a regular alterations tailor who will over time become acquainted with your physique as well as your personal preferences.

JAB tailors are decent, but allow 2-4weeks for simple jobs. [huh]

I'd say take it to a personal tailor who knows what you like. Or start a relationship with one now - it's never to early!

Tomasso
06-22-2011, 10:41 PM
JAB tailors are decent, but allow 2-4weeks for simple jobs. [huh]Wow! For alterations, anything over ten days is really pushing it.

Feraud
06-23-2011, 06:02 AM
Agreed. Two to four weeks is ridiculous for simple alterations. Are the JAB tailors that overwhelmed with work? I'd guess not based on the ill fitting and obviously untailored outfits on the streets.

DocMustang
06-23-2011, 06:11 AM
I am not sure why there is such a delay. I used to use them regularly, but after fighting with the one here in Pensacola to get the sleeve length right on my tux, I found a local guy. He came well recommended, He makes all the uniforms for the Blue Angels. He is routinely able to turn around jobs for me in 3 days sometimes even less if I have a sartorial emergency. His prices are quite reasonable and for simple alterations like hemming pants and taking in through the trouser waist he is cheaper than JAB.

I do regularly consult with the in house tailor for things like initial fitting or to find out if certain alterations are even possible. But beyond that I go to my personal tailor.

Undertow
06-23-2011, 12:24 PM
I purchased my seersucker at the end of May and they advised I should allow 2-4 weeks. It took them roughly 18 days before it was actually finished. Just needed trousers cuffed and suspender buttons added; no work on the jacket. I did ask about other JAB, but they said 2-4 weeks was typical at this time of year.

I had to laugh a little because even 2 weeks is too long, but I stopped going to my last tailor so I just bit the bullet on this one until I can find another place.