or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Buying a suit off ebay
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Buying a suit off ebay - Page 2

post #16 of 32
Thread Starter 
thanks a lot guys, i need to buy a suit for prom badly but i will make sure to purchase one that I am confident with. This is a very frustrating experience but I'm going to Orlando next week and I'll look around. Prom is april 24 so I've still got a little time. I'll make sure to run my decisions through you folks. Thanks
post #17 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by swooc View Post
perhaps a different approach might make it a little easier? eg trousers and a nice sweater. add a coat if its cold.

To the Prom?

Wear your blue suit. No one is keeping track of how many times you've worn it. Get a new tie and shirt, those are things people notice first, and they are easy to buy on ebay.
post #18 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by cheyrou View Post
thanks a lot guys, i need to buy a suit for prom badly but i will make sure to purchase one that I am confident with. This is a very frustrating experience but I'm going to Orlando next week and I'll look around. Prom is april 24 so I've still got a little time. I'll make sure to run my decisions through you folks. Thanks

There are lots of outlets in Orlando; this might be a great chance to get a good deal. Though I have to say I agree with the poster who said no one is going to remember what you wore last time, so you may be better off buying a new shirt and tie instead of a whole new suit

Regardless of what you decide to do, good luck!
post #19 of 32
dont bother with it.
post #20 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Twotone View Post
The only ebay suits I buy are the exact make and model I've bought at brick and mortar stores. I have several HF Madison suits in 39R that fit like MTM with just a bit of tailoring. I keep my eyes peeled for others that come up on ebay from time to time. I would not buy something I've never tried on. Same for shoes -- picked up several AEs in 9 D that I know will fit.

Buy what you know and you will not be disappointed. Try something new and be prepared for surprises.

Twotone

+1

This is my approach to buying online, and even staying with this approach, I've still missed from time to time.
post #21 of 32
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone I really appreciate your help. If i find something that fits my requirements I will purchase it, if not I will think of something to do with my navy suit. Your help has been great!
btw: what stores would you suggest in orlando for a suit that fits my needs?
post #22 of 32
Bumping this thread....

Would it be worth to try on some suits at a store then find the same one on eBay and buy it? There seem to be some great deals on RLBL suits on eBay.

Assuming it fit well enough at the store would it be safe to get off eBay?
post #23 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by KungFuJoe View Post

Bumping this thread....
Would it be worth to try on some suits at a store then find the same one on eBay and buy it? There seem to be some great deals on RLBL suits on eBay.
Assuming it fit well enough at the store would it be safe to get off eBay?

Of course.
post #24 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by KungFuJoe View Post

Bumping this thread....

Would it be worth to try on some suits at a store then find the same one on eBay and buy it? There seem to be some great deals on RLBL suits on eBay.

Assuming it fit well enough at the store would it be safe to get off eBay?

+1. Absolutely. If you are buying a suit online it is advisable to get a sense of how it fits by trying it on in a store. That way you can make a reasonably informed choice. Be careful when considering NWOT suits as they may not actually be new, unworn or unaltered. Check why they do not have the tags intact.
post #25 of 32
If it's RLBL, then you're safe. Their sizing is very consistent, so whatever you try on in-store will be the same online.
post #26 of 32

Let's not forget fellas. He's buying a suit to wear to prom, not for an investment banking position on Wallstreet.

 

I personally have had excellent success with buying suits on ebay. I have bought around 8-10 and only had to send 1 back and 1 just didn't quite fit right. Those are pretty good odds in my opinion.

 

Do my suits look like I spent $3000 on them? Of course not, but they fit very well for off-the-rack suits. I definitely don't look ratty, and I consider myself the best dressed in my office by far.

 

In many cases, I have less than $100 into each suit. My tailor is a retired 85 year old lady who I'm very close with. She just charged me $112 to do 3 full suits and fix a seam on another jacket. To pay $100 each for a Huge Boss, John Varvatos, and a newer Hickey Freeman with tailoring....I'll take that chance every time.

 

I'd suggest you have all your measurements written down first. Many reputable ebay sellers will post the full measurements. Always leave at least a tiny bit of room to have them tailored down(make sure it isn't to small essentially).

 

 

I'd take this approach every time before going to Men's Warehouse or Jos A. Bank. I've made those mistakes in the past and they did a horrible job compared to some of my ebay suits.

 

I'm a firm believer that a good tailor can make a $50 ebay suit look better than an average tailor getting a hold of a $1000 suit.

 

If I were you, I'd strongly re-consider the ebay option. You could grow a heck of a lot over the next few years and it's better to have a $200 suit get too small than a $1000 suit.

post #27 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by randomhero88 View Post

Let's not forget fellas. He's buying a suit to wear to prom, not for an investment banking position on Wallstreet.

I personally have had excellent success with buying suits on ebay. I have bought around 8-10 and only had to send 1 back and 1 just didn't quite fit right. Those are pretty good odds in my opinion.

Do my suits look like I spent $3000 on them? Of course not, but they fit very well for off-the-rack suits. I definitely don't look ratty, and I consider myself the best dressed in my office by far.

In many cases, I have less than $100 into each suit. My tailor is a retired 85 year old lady who I'm very close with. She just charged me $112 to do 3 full suits and fix a seam on another jacket. To pay $100 each for a Huge Boss, John Varvatos, and a newer Hickey Freeman with tailoring....I'll take that chance every time.

I'd suggest you have all your measurements written down first. Many reputable ebay sellers will post the full measurements. Always leave at least a tiny bit of room to have them tailored down(make sure it isn't to small essentially).


I'd take this approach every time before going to Men's Warehouse or Jos A. Bank. I've made those mistakes in the past and they did a horrible job compared to some of my ebay suits.

I'm a firm believer that a good tailor can make a $50 ebay suit look better than an average tailor getting a hold of a $1000 suit.

If I were you, I'd strongly re-consider the ebay option. You could grow a heck of a lot over the next few years and it's better to have a $200 suit get too small than a $1000 suit.


Let's also not forget that this thread dates from 2010 and was bumped (as opposed to a new thread) for no particularly good reason.
post #28 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by GBR View Post


Let's also not forget that this thread dates from 2010 and was bumped (as opposed to a new thread) for no particularly good reason.

 If he bumps a thread he gets flamed. If he starts a new one he would get "use the search button."

 

I gave him and anyone else some legitimate advice. Try not to be a victim of forum seniority. I'll admit I've done it on other forums myself, but some of the same questions are always going to get asked every other day. Either help him or don't. That's my philosophy.

post #29 of 32

Does suit sizing really vary as wildly as it seems to do on ebay? For instance, I took measurements from a MTM suit I have, and the shoulders are 19" across the back. I've seen 19" shoulder measurements on eBay suits from 38S to 44L. How can that be? What's even more boggling is that I see 1.5"-2" swings between the same size suit from the same manufacture. Can a shoulder measurement on a couple of different 42R 2-button Hickey Freeman Boardroom suits really vary between 18.5" and 20"??

post #30 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Dork View Post

Does suit sizing really vary as wildly as it seems to do on ebay? For instance, I took measurements from a MTM suit I have, and the shoulders are 19" across the back. I've seen 19" shoulder measurements on eBay suits from 38S to 44L. How can that be? What's even more boggling is that I see 1.5"-2" swings between the same size suit from the same manufacture. Can a shoulder measurement on a couple of different 42R 2-button Hickey Freeman Boardroom suits really vary between 18.5" and 20"??

Partly people can't measure.

Partly there is a spread . Some makes /cuts are aimed at average. Some at people narrower shoulders. Some the other end. This is natural. Not everybody is exactly the same.

Partly when you get up to 44 you risk makes aimed not at fit 44 but guys carrying a bit of extra weight. There are guys wearing 44 that could be wearing a much smaller size if they lost weight. Shoulders don't spread out if a guy gets boobs.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Buying a suit off ebay