Originally Posted by voltronf0rce
As far as suits in the price range go, I've liked some of Banana Republic's offerings. They have a conservative navy suit in now that would work well for job interviews for the recent college grad, for example. But I've been very disappointed in everything I've seen from their Heritage line. They offered a covert coat last winter that looked great online but terrible when I saw one in real life.
J. Crew suits and sport jackets do little for me. While Banana Republic's suits are hit-and-miss, I've never seen a non-summer suit at J. Crew that I would fully endorse, even at the price point.
That said, one can find much better-made suits for less than the retail price of either a J. Crew or BR suit. Corneliani, for example, can be found at STP for under $400 periodically. For that, you'd be getting a fully canvassed workhorse with a decent amount of handwork, versus a fused, made in Turkey number with no handwork at BR.
BR is, however, good about offering their suits on deep discount, so keep your eye on the sales rack. I picked up a complete suit early this year for the princely sum of $50, and for $50, it's a good looking suit for wear when spills/mishaps are likely.