It was only a few months ago that I released my first review of Oliver Wicks’ suits (which was largely positive). So why review them again so soon? First, because most of the criticisms that I identified in the first review have been resolved. Namely, instead of adhesive securing the pant bottoms there is now stitching, the fabric has now been folded over the collar to the underside and there is no fraying around the buttonholes. Second, Oliver Wicks has introduced some new vest styles and seasonal fabrics they wanted to show off and frankly, I was eager to help show them off.
NOTE: Oliver Wicks was previously known as Dragon Inside. Recently, the brand changed its name and asked that I change Dragon Inside to Oliver Wicks in this review. If you have any questions, please contact the brand at firstname.lastname@example.org. Aug 21, 2015.
Unfortunately, the fabric I selected, The Grey Flannel Suit, is now sold out. Which in the most blunt way I can say; sucks for all of you because priced at $479 the suit was a steal (but in my case Dragon Inside was nice enough to comp me the suit for this review). The flannel is from Vitale Barberis Canonico, which makes some solid fabrics and great flannels. That said, I can’t fault anything about the fabric of the suit.
As was the case with my first suit, and all of Oliver Wicks’ suits, the jacket is fully canvassed. Which is unique for the $500 market. For the jacket I chose a nearly identical set up to my first from OW. Peak lapels, 2 buttons, hacking pockets, non functioning sleeve buttons, side vents and fully lined. For the pants (I ordered two identical pairs, I recommend you do the same for your suits if you can afford it) I went no cuffs, no pleats, side tabs, two back pockets, suspender buttons and an extended slide tab closure (although they do no offer this option I had to plead for it and they were nice enough to oblige, an extended button closure is what they offer and is also fine). For the vest I opted for the single breasted with notch lapel style. The vest has a 5 button front and I went for suit lining for the back of it. It’s pretty badass.
The fit of the suit, as you will see, is quite good. I wanted something snug, which is what I got. Oliver Wicks followed the measurements I gave them quite well. However, I think I went a little too tight on the chest/upper back and around the wrists and biceps on my measurements. That said, I think the suit still looks pretty solid. It is also quite comfortable when on. It is not constricting when at ease and it keeps a nice shape and silhouette. But I encourage you to take a look for yourself.
If you want to get a better idea of the fit of the suit and how it look when worn please check out the post I put up last week on how to wear a three piece suit.
In conclusion I am very happy with this suit. It is much easier to get a good fitting suit from a brand on the second suit. The fabric is excellent and when it was available, it was at a great price. But more importantly, over the past 6 months it is clear that Oliver Wicks has taken steps to better its suits (and its website), and knowing Bobby (the man behind the operation), they will continue to up their game. Although they are not perfect (I think they could more openly allow for specific measurements on lapels and other custom options and the shoulders could be a little softer, which is a personal taste thing) they are doing quite well. As is, I believe Oliver Wicks to be in the top tier of online made to measure operations priced around $500 (along with Black Lapel and Knot Standard), which is respectable considering they have been around for less than a year. That said, I look forward to seeing what they do in the coming months and years. If you have any questions or comments, please sound off below.
Note: FYGblog did receive this suit for the purpose of this review. However, as is always the case, the utmost effort is taken to maintain an unbiased and objective point of view.