I am a new member of the site, however I have been a regular reader of the forums for some time now. I recently graduated from optometry school and finally have the $ to purchase a better wardrobe. I would like to start with a really nice suit. I have read so many forum topics on this that my head is spinning, eyes are crossing and I think I am on information overload.
I'm 5'8", 165 with an athletic, muscular build. I know they aren't high quality shirts, but Express 1MX fitted Small is a perfect fit on me (only a tad narrow in the shoulders).
Before reading the forum, I knew absolutely nothing about suits. However, I believe that I would definitely like light-weight wool, slim fitting, fully canvassed, flat front pants. I don't wear a suit to work and will only be wearing it for office parties, weddings, funerals, formal events etc...so it is ok that it not be overly conservative/traditional.
I would like to spend $750 or less (the lower the better as I still have a considerable amount of loan $ to pay off).
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and there are not many options available to try on the designers mentioned as the best suits on this forum. All we have are department stores, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, JAB, MW etc. Trying on suit coats in stores I've found that the fits are quite variable and so I'm tentative to order online...however, it seems that if I want quality I will have to.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts/advice.