I repeat: slim, 100% merino wool dress pants for 20 bucks.
My experience with LE Tailored Fit trousers is that they need to be tapered, but I do agree that $20/pair is stupid cheap. If the colors on sale appeal to you, then I’d definitely get a pair. Or two.
The new arrivals for mainline Lands’ End have appeared online for pre-order and for those of you looking for cheaper alternatives, then these will be worth looking into for your suits, sport coats and blazers.
First, I want to point out the product shots are terribly styled with the proliferation of the bottom button fastening (what’s the deal with that, who did this and why?), which can be distracting to see.
Secondly, it doesn’t appear any of the sport coats or blazers are in the “tailored fit” category, just the “traditional fit” cut. Kind of bothersome, but if memory serves, then Lands’ End isn’t known for doing “tailored fit” outside of their suiting, so it’s not that surprising.
Finally, they all have non-functional buttons on the cuffs. Hooray! No more surgeon cuffs so you can actually get the sleeves altered properly.
Wool flannel suiting (jacket & trousers) — I think these are the best items in the bunch. Classic flannel suits in grey, charcoal, navy and chalk stripe that come in separates, so you can get your exact coat and trousers in the sizes you need. The whole ensemble will run you about $380, but keep in mind that Lands’ End often does sales of 25-30% off your entire order (along with free shipping).
Washed wool blazers in guncheck and herringbone — Another two classic patterns for the colder months. I like the flapped patch pockets, but wish they had leather buttons. You can probably find vintage tweed jackets similar to both though for less on eBay or in thrift stores (heck you might be able to snag some Harris Tweed if you start looking now since not many people are looking for it in the summer months). The $200 price tag seems mildly reasonable, although there’s a good chance better-fitting options will be available from competitors (Rugby, J.Crew, L.L.Bean) and perhaps even Lands’ End Canvas.
Corduroy blazer in green and brown — More flapped patch pockets and also at the $200 pricepoint, which seems kind of high to me for corduroy. These styling shots really don’t flatter, that’s for sure.
Tweed sport coat — The most expensive jacket offering, but also the most impressive. Hacking pockets, ticket pocket, leather buttons and England-woven lambswool. I’m going to assume that’s a 3/2 roll fastening as well. At $300, certainly not cheap, but probably the best looking of what’s offered in the blazer and sport coats. Again, you can probably find something similar on eBay for less, but I do like the fabric’s pattern.
Overall, I’d be more in favor of the sport coats and blazers if they came in trimmer cuts, but the suits look like something I’ll be purchasing. With L.L.Bean Signature’s fall-winter line coming out next week, it’ll be interesting to compare the two’s suits and jackets.
Hello Dear Sir,
I really appreciate all the time you take to help us guys with a desire to embrace the sartorial culture.
Unfortunately, I rarely wear a suit. Let's say 4 times a year, and one of those times i need to wear a tux. I am sick of the rentals, and sick of buying cheap suits so i am trying to be prepared for the future.
So i really need a suit for those rare occasions, but to be versatile enough to be elegant for a wedding and also to wear it to a business meeting in the future. I've narrow it down to the Land's End Year Rounder Suitcoat. Plain Front Trousers? Navy for my first suit is fine right? BB Slim Shirt + Silk Grenadine Ties.
Also, for better or for worse, when i didn't have a clue about the way i wanted to dress myself i blew my money on a pair of black Ferragamo loafers. Is it a crime to wear these with the above suit, to let's say a wedding? Or what-are-you-thinking-about-buy some-god-damned-captoe-shoes.
Thank you for your time sir, and i really enjoy the WIWT series.
Have a nice week.
Quite a few sales going on right now for those of you with some leftover post-holiday cash to spend. Some of these sales are actually fairly significant.
Nordstrom semi-annual sale:
Select Allen Edmonds shoes are on sale for 33-percent off, like the Park Ridge oxford pictured above for $210. Also, their Nordstrom-branded dress shirts, like the John W. Nordstrom Trim Fit Egyptian Cotton Dress Shirt, are on sale for 33-percent off. Click here to see all their sale items. Not entirely sure when the sale ends.
Brooks Brothers semi-annual sale:
Get two free dress shirts with any suit, using code BOXINGDAY.
Lands’ End and Lands’ End Canvas winter sale:
Various items on sale (Canvas items here). This blackwatch silk necktie is on sale for $30. And this sporting blazer with suede patches, storm collar and surgeon cuffs is $75. Plus, free shipping for purchases over $50, using promo code DEC27 with PIN 4492.
Howard Yount winter sale:
Bunches of pants, suits, neckties, scarfs, socks and more all on sale. Quantities, however, do seem limited.
Lands’ End: ENDS TODAY. 30 percent off of everything, including overstocks and Lands’ End Canvas. Code: LESHARE30 PIN: 7785.
J. Press: Ends Nov. 25. Up to 25 percent off. Code: PSNOV10. (Via)
Endless: Ends Nov. 17. 25 percent off of all boots. No code. (Via)
J. Crew: Ends Nov. 18. Extra 30 percent off discount sale items. Code: JCREW.