Originally Posted by gladhands
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.