I'm currently in the market to purchase my first "real" suit. This isn't my first actual suit, but will technically be my second suit that I will be owning and hope to make this decision more seriously and do my due diligence.
My first suit was purchased from 3-Day Suit Broker when I was 20 years old to attend a wedding without really knowing what I was doing. Unfortuantely, I ended up with a black, 2 button, store brand suit in a 38S. I'm now 23 and have been using that same black suit for weddings, funerals, job interviews, and networking events. I've done my homework on SF and have collected a staple of brooks brother & charles tyrwhitt non-iron shirts over the years during the holidays and sales.
I've now graduated and hope to get some guidance from the SF veterans on how I can get the most out of my $1,000 budget. This suit will be used for more interviews, hopefully starting my career in the finance field and will be worn for work. I've read all the SF 101 threads throughout the year, read through blogs on "put this on" to get all the basics down on figuring out what is considered a proper fitting suit. However, I'm not familiar with all the different quality brands and avenues out there and how they stack up against one another. I hope that someone can guide me towards the right direction. Below are some specs:
Objective: - Getting the most out of my $1,000 for a solid Navy Blue suit
- 2 button single breasted
- Preferably a slim tailored conservative look with slightly tapered trousers
- Full canvas? (Is this possible with my budget)
- Bespoke? (Is this possible with my budget)
Height: 5' 6" - 5' 7"
Weight: 155 lbs
Dress Shirt Neck: 14.5
Dress Shirt Length: 32 - 33
Location: Southern California
Would it be possible to get a full canvas suit or a bespoke suit with my budget? or would this be out of the question? I was originally leaning towards purchasing a 3 piece suit from Charles Tyrwhitt for $500-$600 but read that many SF members said it was best to spend their money elsewhere.
I also remember reading a few years back on SF that the Brooks Brother 1818 collection would be the best choice for someone making their first quality suit purchase. Is this still the case currently? If so, which line from the 1818 collection would be recommended, are they all made equal in terms of quality? Forgive me for my ignorance, but is it just me or do the models on BB's website kind of give an unflattering look to their suits especially the milano line compared to places like suit supply.
Edited by OldManMachine - 9/15/12 at 9:44am