Originally Posted by rox88
I've never bought a suit. How do you do it?
Do you find something you like online then go to a local store and try and find something similar?
Or do stores/tailors have so many choices you can find one when you get tehre?
What are you buying the suit for - is it for rare occasions (weddings or funerals) or will it be worn on a regular basis? Are you starting to build a suit wardrobe or will this be a unique piece? This is important to know as it will guide your selection as to style, fabric and colour so that you will have a garment that best fits your needs.
Use the search function to do some research on the qualities of a well-made suit. You will also find good information on how to get value for your money. Take the time to read up on how the price of a suit is not always related to its quality; are you paying for a well-made suit or a designer's brand. There is also information on how a suit should fit to help you when you start to try suits on.
Where are you located - are there a selection of menswear shops in and around where you live? Have yourself measured there or by a tailor to find out your "size". This will help you when you begin your search. Not knowing your measurements may mean that you are trying on suits that are too small or too large. That said, understand that you may have to size up/down depending on the maker and the cut but at least you will know if you are in the ball park.
What is your budget? There is no sense looking at suits that are beyond your means. However, don't just think of retail prices. Review postings in the B & S to see the typical pricing of suits you may be interested in. There is also great information on SF regarding sales around the country and online. If you live in a location with a dearth of quality menswear shops SF can give you access to suits you don't have at home. EBay provides an overload of suits that are available to you but unless you do your research beware because your "great deal" on a name brand suit may turn out to be a fake or from the last century.
If you do your research then refine your knowledge by asking informed questions on SF it will help guide you in your quest.