Originally Posted by Jared
Not to hijack, but what if you had to advise a sartorially-challenge friend what they should be spending at retail? Can you make it a neat equation based on income bracket (with adjustments for region, etc.)? I'm always struck by the masterstroke of marketing that an engagement ring should cost two months salary...
The general rule is to spend the most you can afford. This obviously depends on how many suits a person needs, in addition to their income. Someone needing only one or two suits can afford to pay more than someone who needs to wear one daily. Unless they are just out of school, people that need to wear suits daily usually make sufficient money to afford decent quality, not necessarily high end or bespoke but at least $500/suit. That said, at full retail $500 doesn't get you that much but for people shopping sales/outlets/online... you can do well for $500 OTR.