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I committed suit StyleForum blasphemy today....

post #1 of 18
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After reading up on suits and being given valuable advice & suggestions from this site and its members, I committed SF blasphemy today by ordering my first navy suit from Banana Republic, a chain that sells fused garments made in China.    Around this site, BR seems to be expressed much the same way Jerry utters the word, "Newman!

 

 

 

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They offered a 40% discount today site wide and this happened to include suits, a rarity.  With my student discount and website discount from using a site portal, I stayed within my student budget, ultimately spending less than $270 on a jacket and matching pants.

 

Much thanks to everyone's help on this site. It's been awesome to get people's advice on what to look for in a suit and what to wear/not wear.  I can only hope my suit holds well for a couple of years.

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Originally Posted by Jake Volmer View Post

After reading up on suits and being given valuable advice & suggestions from this site and its members, I committed SF blasphemy today by ordering my first navy suit from Banana Republic, a chain that sells fused garments made in China.    Around this site, BR seems to be expressed much the same way Jerry utters the word, "Newman!

They offered a 40% discount today site wide and this happened to include suits, a rarity.  With my student discount and website discount from using a site portal, I stayed within my student budget, ultimately spending less than $270 on a jacket and matching pants.

Much thanks to everyone's help on this site. It's been awesome to get people's advice on what to look for in a suit and what to wear/not wear.  I can only hope my suit holds well for a couple of years.

No worries, I'd say the vast majority of people on here have some sort of guilty pleasure when it comes to Banana Republic, H&M, Gap, etc. It sounds like you got what you needed at a good price. It's sometimes nice to buy something like that as you don't feel guilty replacing it with something better later.

It's also comforting to know that most suits, regardless of how cheap they were purchased, rarely to never explode on wearing.
post #3 of 18
Most RTW suits hold well for many years, as long as you don't throw them into washing machines too often.
post #4 of 18

For what it's worth, I have a Gap dark navy blazer that I bought for a bargain and which I can still wear to this day. It may not be an Armani but it versatility and durability are what matters.

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Originally Posted by Maccimus View Post

Most RTW suits hold well for many years, as long as you don't throw them into washing machines too often.

There are very few that can be thrown into washing machines at all. Not recommended.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

No worries, I'd say the vast majority of people on here have some sort of guilty pleasure when it comes to Banana Republic, H&M, Gap, etc. It sounds like you got what you needed at a good price. It's sometimes nice to buy something like that as you don't feel guilty replacing it with something better later.
It's also comforting to know that most suits, regardless of how cheap they were purchased, rarely to never explode on wearing.

Although I've hear tales that occasionally the wearer of said suits may spontaneously combust.

Just sayin'
post #7 of 18

I've gotten some stuff from Banana that I liked quite a bit and fit really well.  Your suit probably won't last forever, but I'm sure it'll fit the bill for you for now.

post #8 of 18
You buy the best you can afford. You will be the judge. If it fits and you like it that is great. Pay attention to how it fares over time; that will help you assess if it was worth it. Good luck and wear it well
post #9 of 18
I would say you did fine. You buy what can fit your budget. At least you bought something that looks good and fits well - that's is what really matters. I have seen people spend a lot of money on clothes that do not fit and really look bad. I would much rather see someone get something that looks nice and presentable like you did.

Chris
post #10 of 18
BR is definitely not hated at a "KILL IT WITH FIRE" level by the broad SF community.... BR falls into the category of "decent clothes at a decent price," but most people here tend to prefer paying more to get more. I don't think any sane commenter would suggest that at $270 you could do significantly better than a BR suit. And even for those of us on a higher budget there are always things we can't stomach spending lots of money on, and BR is a good place for filling in those wardrobe gaps. For me it's sweaters - I mostly buy mine at BR.

Congrats on the purchase - enjoy it.
post #11 of 18

As long as it fits and looks good, that's what matters. 

 

Seeing that you're a student, I somehow doubt that you'll see the quality problems that may arise of wearing a fused suit 5 days a week, year round for many years. 

post #12 of 18
If it fits well, then enjoy it. I wore BR suits during my student years, and they looked good. shog[1].gif
post #13 of 18
"Those who spend to thrifty, esteem too lightly."

-Thomas Paine
post #14 of 18
Just don't buy an engagement ring at Walmart.
post #15 of 18
Aside from an MTM tuxedo and the gray MTM three-piece in which I got married, I'll freely admit that the best-fitting suit I own is a linen blend from Marks & Spencer that I picked up last year for the equivalent of US$160. It's not a workhorse by any means... but works just fine for outdoor summer weddings and the like.

If your fused Chinese-made suit gets helps you land a job or feel good in public, more power to it.
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