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where to buy a suit?

i'm a 21 year old male from texas. last time i bought a suit was 4 years ago. my body has changed, i need a new one (or 2). i'm looking for something kinda "stylish" too that i can wear out on the weekends to something nice. ideally i want 2, one solid color and one pin stripped. price limit i'm hoping is no more than $500 for 2, but if i have to up the price a little for something nice that'd be fine. also, for someone who use to work in clothing retail, i'm looking for some badass customer service

sry for the awkward post lol any suggestions? so far i can only come up with department stores and men's warehouse
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:48 AM unknown00 is offline  
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Well, have you tried walking into a department store or a men's warehouse? You might find something you like for the price range. Heads up, there's a lot of suit snobs on here who will tell you not to waste money on a suit that "fits bad and of bad quality" because it didn't cost you atleast $1,000. Get yourself a nice shirt, a nice tie and clean yourself up and no one will tell the difference. I remember buying my first two suits for $500 from a department store and I thought they looked great back then,
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no i haven't, i've been planning to go sometime this week, just wanted to get some opinions before i go
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:13 AM unknown00 is offline  
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Mens Warehouse is awesome if you have one near you.
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There's a difference between snobbery and being an informed consumer. 95% of the stuff at Mens Warehouse and most department stores is overpriced for the quality. They're not complete garbage or anything, but their market is people who don't bother shopping around or educating themselves on better options.

Jos A Banks isn't great, but when they're on sale it's not a bad deal if you like their style. Their suit cut doesn't work for me but they're ok in general. You have to wait for the right sale though. They run 60-70% off sales, or buy 1 get 2 free, from time to time. Do not under any circumstances buy something from JAB for less than 50% off.

TM Lewin is about in your price range. They're quite nice compared to the average stuff, run about $300 on sale. I have two from there and they're good workhorse suits.

No matter where you buy, the big thing is fit. Basically get the smallest size that actually fits in the shoulders, and get the right length. Everything else can be tailored. Shoulders shouldn't protrude past your natural shoulder significantly, and it shouldn't pull when your arms hang naturally (don't bother crossing your arms or anything, it will pull then). The jacket should come down to about your knuckles when your arms are at your side. Don't worry about the sleeve length unless it's too short, taking sleeves in is easy for a tailor.

Try to get 100% wool. Really does make a difference in appearance and durability.

Once you know your size, you can get some great deals online. I got a half canvassed Polo suit for $25 bucks and a REALLY nice Paul Stuart suit for about $100 (it's a $1200 suit).

If you're only getting two, get a navy and a charcoal. Chalkstripes would be better than pinstripes. Don't get black unless it's just a clubbing suit.
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Men's Warehouse is the "I need a suit, no time to do research, and the ads seem legit" type place. There are much better deals around.

Whats the max you are willing to spend for added quality?

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What about Burlington Coat Factory?
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just go to a tailor and have them make exactly what you want that fits you exactly right.
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Go to internet and write there buy T-shirt. You get so many good websites who provides T-shirt in good quality and in reasonable rates
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just go to a tailor and have them make exactly what you want that fits you exactly right.
Yeah, and get a coat for the price of two suits he could have gotten elsewhere.

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Go to internet and write there buy T-shirt. You get so many good websites who provides T-shirt in good quality and in reasonable rates

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just go to a tailor and have them make exactly what you want that fits you exactly right.

Not very cost effective, and unless he already knows a lot about what he likes in a suit, he's not going to get much benefit out of it. And there aren't really very many decent bespoke suit makers in the US anyway. Bad bespoke is just awful.
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I choose to go custom suits... and prefer my tailor at Tom James.

Might want to see if they have a sales office in your area. I end up going out to San Francisco to see my guy. Just bought a $1700 tux from them for a wedding next weekend...
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check out Macys too - they sell lots of suit separates, so you get a jacket that fits you and slacks that fit you rather than having to get everything tailored

i like the Alfani Red stuff - it's basically cheap Alfani. looks great for the price (~$200) and i've gotten lots of compliments on my suits at the office

if you haven't bought in a while, i'd recommend sticking with a simple single breasted, two button jacket and flat front pants

god knows why suits still come with pleated pants
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Once you know your size, you can get some great deals online. I got a half canvassed Polo suit for $25 bucks and a REALLY nice Paul Stuart suit for about $100 (it's a $1200 suit). .

WHERE?

JAB has good wrinkle resistant shirts imo - and cheap when they are around 50-70% off ($20-$30 range)

Avoid men's warehouse - horrible.
I would recommend H&M if you want cheap and stylish fused thing. H&M's suits are cheap and have a good fit for younger men. Probably get a good season out of them and toss 'em.
I've had an Alfani suit - cheap and did it's job. Wouldn't buy another one though.

TM Lewin is affordable and so is Charles Tyrwhitt
Suits around $300 from each

You might try Ross/TJ Maxx if you really want to skimp and get a cheap RTW suit.
If you're in Texas, there should be a SIMS who carry alot of suits. I know they have Boss and I believe they have Boss Red Label.

Paul Stuart is probably out of your range. Phineas Cole would be up your alley from your description. When you say changed, do you mean you've gotten fat?

Tom James and Oxxford are out of his range.... dunno why that was included in this thread.
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WHERE?

Ebay The Paul Stuart was listed as some other random men's store suit, but they had a picture of the label where it said "made by Paul Stuart" so I snapped that shit up. No idea why the Polo was so cheap, it is kinda high rise in the trousers but not bad for $25 for sure.

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You might try Ross/TJ Maxx if you really want to skimp and get a cheap RTW suit.
If you're in Texas, there should be a SIMS who carry alot of suits. I know they have Boss and I believe they have Boss Red Label.
If he's got a Nordstrom Rack/ Saks Off Fifth/etc around, that's another great option. Sales people tend to be kind of useless there though.


No idea why anyone would bring up Tom James for this thread Another one of those "overpriced services for people who don't know better" anyway.
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