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post #46 of 103
Try on the brands you like and find out what size fits you best. Remember your size. Then look around on ebay and other online sellers for suits in your favorite brands in your size. If you don't see a suit in your favorite brands in your size, and in a color and syle that you like, look again the next day. If you find a color and style you like in your size, see If the seller allows returns. If yes, then buy a suit. If you don't like it after you try it on, then return it. Repeat until you find a keeper.

Never, ever pay retail.
post #47 of 103
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Originally Posted by toxicchill View Post

i've spend countless hours at the rack, off 5ths, barney's etc and have tried on at least a few dozen suits.  most american cut are too big and have tried on a few that fitted well but are a bit out of my range (zegna and canali).  i've been scouring the B&S section here but am hesitant to pull the trigger as i don't know how it will fit.  any suggestions?

First off, get your measurements taken at a tailor. Second, go into a barneys or something and just start trying on suits in your size and see what fits you the best. Once you've identified maker, go to ebay or keep your eye out on B&S for that particular suit manufacturer (with an eye on the measurements).

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Sartoria Partenopea from morigimilano on eBay.

great idea.
post #48 of 103
Jmo, but a Brooks 1818 suit from user Steve Smith, probably in the Fitzgerald cut, is a great value for money. For $500 you'd get the suit and cover the tailoring.
post #49 of 103
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Originally Posted by gladhands View Post

This is not a bad answer. Yes, better suits can be had for cheaper, but J Crew Suits are always available in this range, and are far nicer than the forum would like to admit.

I find Brooks Brothers in general to be good value -- so if you're looking for a conservative business suit, say for an interview or bank/law job, I'd go there first.

But I agree you should look at J Crew -- as someone who rarely wears suits and buys new ones only every 5 years or so, i think you really want to be able to walk into a store and try on a bunch in your size range. Esp. if you're young and fit, their slim cut Ludlow is a good choice. it will probably be out of fashion in 5 years but by then you'll be ready to buy something else or are already buying better stuff. Right now you can get a gray Ludlow suit online for way less than $400 on sale -- plus there's a 30% off code, so you're looking at around $300 for a decent, modern suit. Can't beat that.

Another good choice, depending on where you live, is Nordstrom house brand. Not sure what their prices are right now but about 10 years ago I got a super houndstooth sport coat and gray flannel slacks for a total of about $600, including free alterations and the usual wonderful service.
post #50 of 103
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Originally Posted by Peter1 View Post


I find Brooks Brothers in general to be good value -- so if you're looking for a conservative business suit, say for an interview or bank/law job, I'd go there first.
But I agree you should look at J Crew -- as someone who rarely wears suits and buys new ones only every 5 years or so, i think you really want to be able to walk into a store and try on a bunch in your size range. Esp. if you're young and fit, their slim cut Ludlow is a good choice. it will probably be out of fashion in 5 years but by then you'll be ready to buy something else or are already buying better stuff. Right now you can get a gray Ludlow suit online for way less than $400 on sale -- plus there's a 30% off code, so you're looking at around $300 for a decent, modern suit. Can't beat that.
Another good choice, depending on where you live, is Nordstrom house brand. Not sure what their prices are right now but about 10 years ago I got a super houndstooth sport coat and gray flannel slacks for a total of about $600, including free alterations and the usual wonderful service.



Nordstrom house brands are hit or miss.  Some of the John W. Nordstrom suits/sport coats look cheap, while the John W. Nordstrom Signature Line and Napoli di Nordstrom lines are very nice.

 

post #51 of 103
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Originally Posted by Peter1 View Post

I find Brooks Brothers in general to be good value -- so if you're looking for a conservative business suit, say for an interview or bank/law job, I'd go there first.
But I agree you should look at J Crew -- as someone who rarely wears suits and buys new ones only every 5 years or so, i think you really want to be able to walk into a store and try on a bunch in your size range. Esp. if you're young and fit, their slim cut Ludlow is a good choice. it will probably be out of fashion in 5 years but by then you'll be ready to buy something else or are already buying better stuff. Right now you can get a gray Ludlow suit online for way less than $400 on sale -- plus there's a 30% off code, so you're looking at around $300 for a decent, modern suit. Can't beat that.
Another good choice, depending on where you live, is Nordstrom house brand. Not sure what their prices are right now but about 10 years ago I got a super houndstooth sport coat and gray flannel slacks for a total of about $600, including free alterations and the usual wonderful service.
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Originally Posted by gladhands View Post

This is not a bad answer. Yes, better suits can be had for cheaper, but J Crew Suits are always available in this range, and are far nicer than the forum would like to admit.

The J Crew Ludlow is not appropriate for a conservative business environment, the lapels are too thin/trendy. I'm also not a fan of their center vents. The Aldridge is more CBD, but their suits are not all that well made. You would be better off with the BB half canvassed Fitz.
post #52 of 103
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Originally Posted by hookem12387 View Post

Jmo, but a Brooks 1818 suit from user Steve Smith, probably in the Fitzgerald cut, is a great value for money. For $500 you'd get the suit and cover the tailoring.

I was going to suggest this route too. I've bought a couple of items from him and have always been 100% satisfied. I have my size in the Fitzgerald basically dialed in and keep debating pulling the trigger on a plain 'ole navy blue suit from him next.

The Samuelsohn trunk show is coming to my neck of the woods in a few weeks though so I might check that out first just to get an idea of my options through them. I went into a store this past Monday for a pair of shoe trees and ended up buying a Samuelsohn suit OTR there that was on clearance and in a pattern I had been looking for. If I could get a good deal on a new MTM suit from them I might just have to.
post #53 of 103

If you want to wait for sales..

 

Consider Mr.Porter, I bought a beautifull fully canvassed Alexander McQueen suit with 70% off. Initial price was US$2100 and I got it ~US$600.

post #54 of 103
Brooks Brothers is currently running a promotion on their 1818 collection; 2 suits for $1600. Their Milano fit is fairly modern
post #55 of 103
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Originally Posted by cbbuff View Post

The J Crew Ludlow is not appropriate for a conservative business environment, the lapels are too thin/trendy. I'm also not a fan of their center vents. The Aldridge is more CBD, but their suits are not all that well made. You would be better off with the BB half canvassed Fitz.

You may be right, but I've worn my Ludlow suit to interviews and plenty of school events and no one has ever raised an eyebrow. Most people don't really notice those kind of details and are happy that you are even wearing a jacket. I hate the center vents but you can get dual vents if you order online.
post #56 of 103

Maybe if you go for custom made, depending on fabric, etc..less than $1000 is plausible.

post #57 of 103
For that price point, I don't think one can find anything better than M&S full canvass range even with their £499 retail price in the UK.

Definitely worth to get one as your starter suit
post #58 of 103
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Originally Posted by calisanfran View Post

Sartoria Partenopea from morigimilano on eBay.

+1

I have bought two suits and two sportcoats from him over the past two years and everything has been great. I'm fortunate enough to live closeby and can try everything on though. Most of his suits are going to come in at the top end of your budget ~ $800+.

I scored an immaculate Belvest suit off Park and Bond for 600 after New Years. They don't go that low too often so if you see one, grab it. Mine was a 150s wool which normally goes for about $2k.
post #59 of 103
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Originally Posted by Panos View Post

If you want to wait for sales..

 

Consider Mr.Porter, I bought a beautifull fully canvassed Alexander McQueen suit with 70% off. Initial price was US$2100 and I got it ~US$600.



How often does Mr. Porter have big sales like this?

post #60 of 103
IMO, I'd stay away from regular brooks brothers suits. The cut is OK but the quality just isn't there and you can't justify it with the price tag- even on sale ($600!?). I wouldn't spend more than $350 on a suit of that quality - you can find them at Marshalls for that price.

As a frequent suit seller on the forum, I can tell you that there are definitely great deals out there for fully canvassed suits, made in Italy, and made with quality all around. You can get a Corneliani for $500 - $600 which is way better than regular brooks and most Golden Fleece suits. I have two BB GF suits made in Italy (most of the GFs are made in the USA and are of lesser quality), retails $2400 and I can vouch that Cornelaini is just as nice.

Also, look for Polo Ralph Lauren suits. They're made by Cornelaini, half canvassed with really nice fabrics and a great fit.

If you decide you want to go for brooks brothers, you might as well go to an outlet and get a Hickey Freeman or Hugo Boss suit. Brooks brothers is just so incredibly overpriced and the fabric quality just isn't there. You're spending most of your money on the name.
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