Here's a post for the real menswear nerds out there. Two or three days ago, a new item was deposited on our front doorstep. This Ermenegildo Zegna double-breasted suit in super-soft wool flannel, purchased from Giuseppe Timore at An Affordable Wardrobe, and to which I treated myself when an outstanding payment for a recent translation arrived. It was still a steal. Here's the description, taken directly from Mr. Timore's blog:
"Double breasted suit in grey glen check flannel, (black and soft off white check). 40L. Broad European shoulders, draped chest, 6x4 double breasted front, four button cuffs, no vent, fully lined. Trousers [feature] double reverse pleats, brace buttons, soft cut. 100% wool, made in Switzerland by Ermenegildo Zegna."
I took the liberty of removing the dimensions of the items described above, but suffice to say the coat already fits me like I was born in it unlike the recently purchased J. Press tweed 3-piece, which was far too tight and had to be returned to the seller. With this double-breasted number, even the sleeve length is already good (I tried everything on with a dress shirt). The inseam might be just a hair long, but I'll try the pants on once more with some lace-up dress shoes before making up my mind about taking them to my tailor, Mrs. V., or the other tailors I use occasionally, Mr. and Mrs. D.
Best of all, the suit also features a subdued Glen Check pattern, my personal favorite. Just enough variation to provide visual interest and avoid looking like every other guy out there in a suit, the few who even bother anymore. You know. The typical solid navy, charcoal, or black suit. These have their place, of course, but some slight variation would be nice once in a while especially if a man has more than one suit hanging in his closet. I prefer to shake things up a bit myself.
It helps that my father demonstrated that subtle plaids, houndstooth, seersucker, pin cords, and the like could work extremely well for suits when I was a boy at home. And keep in mind that he was a muckety-muck in the fairly conservative financial sector on Wall Street. Hence my own attitude about being a bit adventurous when it comes to patterns. With care, they can look extremely good, but you've got to wear such items with confidence. As I've mentioned elsewhere here at The Average Guy''s Guide to Classic Style, that's the case with any sort of classic male attire. (Self-) Confidence is the key.
In any case, it's entirely possible that this particular suit might require no alterations whatsoever before I can wear it. Just dry-cleaning and then waiting around for the autumn semester to begin, and the long, hot American Midwestern summer to wane into Fall. If I can pin down my overly-scheduled, department chair wife long enough to snap a photograph or two of yours truly when the suit gets its first wearing, I'll share a picture here. . . in about six months or so. Sigh. Life is cruel sometimes.