"Don't you think the trousers are a bit too...narrow?" In retrospect, I posed the wrong question while trying on a suit to my skinny Hugo Boss salesman with a hairdo worn by Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes circa 1984 wearing a fashionable "slim fit" suit and matching two-inch-wide tie. As someone who thinks he has better things to do than read men's magazines, I was only dimly aware of the current trend for "slim fit" suits. Understandably, he shot me a skeptical look that suggested: "Whaddya want to look like, MC Hammer?" In the end, I bought the suit anyway, a nice-looking Rossellini Movie model for a bargain price of £300 that originally retailed for £500. Suit shoppers know the quality of woolen fabric is graded on the fineness of micron counts. This one was a Super 100--pretty good material for the money if not the best available. Hugo Boss is also a good brand if a bit long on marketing hype and not in the top leagues of off-the-rack names like Ermenegildo Zegna or Brioni. From the picture, I'm sure you'll agree that the style of the cut is pretty good. And, the price simply cannot be beat--especially for England of all places.
What the Yanks call "European cut" suits are more tapered in a way that's supposed to flatter the male figure, with broad shoulders and a slim waist in contrast to the standard American "sack suit" designed to hide, er, generous rolls of flab at the waist. Not having bought a suit in five years, it was an interesting shopping experience.
UPDATE: Kindred over at IPE@UNC makes this an anecdote of the perils of deflation I'm not quite sure I, ah, buy.