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What is your honest opinion of this BR monogram suit?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I am not a suit connoisseur nor do I own very many suits (or ones that fit me well at least) so I am looking to slowly acquire descent ones for school interviews, weddings etc.   I trust the SF posters so I hope you can offer your opinion, but if this suit were to cost $500 for BOTH jacket and pants, would you think it was a wise investment?  How practical do you think it is for my needs?  Do you know if BR monogram will last a while if taken care of?

 

http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=42108&vid=1&pid=421283&scid=421283002

 

I have to admit that I would not buy this suit at full price, but seeing as how a large discount can be procured, there is a reason for me to consider. 

 

Thanks and hope to hear people's opinions.  If you hate BR, please refrain from chastising me and focus your anger on the suit or company itself.  shog[1].gif

post #2 of 6
Well the fact it has one button (instead of two or three), peak lapels (instead of the classic Notch Lapel), has stripes (instead of a classic plain cloth) and is brown (instead of blue or black) it probably isn't going to be much use outside of weddings. If you are buying one suit to last through interviews, weddings, funerals, etc. then you should consider something with the following configuration:

1. Notched lapel
2. Navy blue or charcoal in colour
3. Two button (three would also work but as a younger person, 2 buttons i more flattering 90% of the time)
4. A plain cloth; pinstripes are nice but they are hard to match with a shirt that has stripes. They also look "business" which is not something you want if you will be wearing it at social occasions.

The thing to remember more than anything is that the overall look of the suit is determined by fit, so allocate at least 10% of your budget to tailoring. Having the sleeves the correct length and the trousers hemmed will make a $500 suit look like a $700 suit.
post #3 of 6

I'd shy away from it simply because of the peak lapels. Also, single button suits generally suffer from the issue that this suit suffers from. An awkwardly low button stance. For that kind of money you can get a much better suit. How BR gets away with charging this much for it's suits is beyond me.

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post

Well the fact it has one button (instead of two or three), peak lapels (instead of the classic Notch Lapel), has stripes (instead of a classic plain cloth) and is brown (instead of blue or black) it probably isn't going to be much use outside of weddings. If you are buying one suit to last through interviews, weddings, funerals, etc. then you should consider something with the following configuration:
1. Notched lapel
2. Navy blue or charcoal in colour
3. Two button (three would also work but as a younger person, 2 buttons i more flattering 90% of the time)
4. A plain cloth; pinstripes are nice but they are hard to match with a shirt that has stripes. They also look "business" which is not something you want if you will be wearing it at social occasions.
The thing to remember more than anything is that the overall look of the suit is determined by fit, so allocate at least 10% of your budget to tailoring. Having the sleeves the correct length and the trousers hemmed will make a $500 suit look like a $700 suit.

There are other options in the Banana Republic Monogram line that fit this. Some of the stuff had fuller notch lapels, with 2 buttons in navy blue. If the fit is great, it might be a decent deal. It took a 50 percent off the entire suit that made BR monogram worth it for me (300 bucks or so after tax). At 500 bucks, Suit supply might have some better options.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

All great points!  Thanks.  One of the BR suit specialists suggested a blackish navy monogram suit that only had one button and I didn't like it for that reason because I didn't know how versatile it would be.  I didn't notice the one button characteristic on this suit.

 

You've given me a lot to consider.

post #6 of 6

i've b een thinking of the br monogram too but how does it compare to ck suits?

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