Originally Posted by benny
Every man should own one great suit that can last him for years. It is better to invest in one or two good $1K/$2K suits than a dozen mediocre $500 suits.
That depends entirely on how often you wear suits. If I had to wear a suit 5 days a week, that singular thousand dollar suit would be worn out in 2 years max. I would also have little variety in my clothing, and people would quickly notice that I'm wearing the same suit day in and day out. Same deal with 2 suits, to a lesser degree.
Some people wear suits for fun. Others do so while making a living every day. You buy what makes the most sense for you.
Originally Posted by academe
These kinds of threads are cyclical it seems. Every couple of months there seem to be these vigorous debates about what is good "value", what one should spend, what is "classic" style (or, "fashion")... The fault lines predictably appear between those who are "serious" about clothing (i.e. those who have their clothes made or are in the trade, like Yachtie, David and others) and those who are seeking simply to look good. I think there's basically a quantum leap that you make when you go from simply wanting to look good, to being interested in commissioning your own clothing. Until you've made that conceptual leap and found that interest/passion in clothing that (most) custom/bespoke clients have, I don't think there will be ever agreement between the two camps. Like Yachtie, I'm not looking for good value, nor am I trying to look fashionable... The "calculus" I go through when thinking about clothing has less to do with how much I earn, and more to do about the creative process. If I earned less, I would commission fewer garments, but I would not stop simply because custom/bespoke did not appear to provide me with good "value".
And thats fine. You love clothes, the individuality of commissioning your own clothing, and the creative process. My love for clothes, like many others I'd assume, stems more from feeling good about wearing clothes that are good quality, fit well, and look good to me. The process behind it is of less importance. But to insinuate that a $500 suit is not acceptable for anyone is frankly ridiculous.