When it comes to clothing, there are three things I love. Jeans, shoes and a great fitting suit.
Well made suits look good.
They fit right.
And most of all, they are made of quality material.
Oh, and at times, they also cost a boat load of money. With that said, if I had to guess I’d say that most guys buy suits in the $500 – $1,200 range. It’s a tough market, at times, but there are options our there. Today we’ll take a look at a suit made by Zegna.
I’ve never actually tried on a Zegna suit before, but I must say I liked the look and feel for the most part. The jacket shoulders fit pretty snug and provided an overall crisp look up top. There are a couple items about the jacket that weren’t quite perfect, for me, that I’ll highlight below.
I normally wear a 38 short because I prefer how the jackets fit, but the Zegna short didn’t work in multiple areas. The jacket for the 38 regular felt quite nice when buttoned, but I’d have it tightened up down the sides a bit.
The regular fit a bit long for my personal taste (I prefer a shorter jacket length), but it would likely work for most guys. Oh, and the arms were a touch long, but a good tailor should be able o take care of that.
When you’re dealing with mass produced suits you’ll always have something that ends up being problematic, or makes you a bit nervous. For this particular Zegna suit… it was the pants. And the problem is something I’ve never really experienced before.
Look at the photo above and take note of the wrinkled area around the side pocket. That’s caused by the pants pulling in various areas in that region. It’s odd because they fit great down the legs, but the hip areas were snug. I’ve never had to get pants altered to fix this, but the clerk said it could be done with no problem.
If you’re looking at the pants length, yes, they are long… as are all suit pants. You ALWAYS have to get them altered – that’s suit buying 101.
Overall, I liked the material the suit was made of and after a few alterations this Zegna suit would look really sharp. I tried this one on at Bloomingdale’s (not on their website for some reason) and it retails for $1,195.
Tip: If you don’t want to break the bank, spend a bit more on your black suit(s) and drop to a lower price point for other colors.