I'm new to the forum and decided to post a question after getting a lot of useful info on fashion I have been considering lately and on brand A vs B, which is a better suit, etc.
Quick intro - late '30s slim 6' tall entrepreneur and I do not have many occasions where I need to wear a suit or even dress up (work from home). I have several occasions coming up beginning in January (Weddings, occasional biz meeting, charity events) and I anticipate more events and so I thought it would be nice to have 1 quality classic suit, MTM, or other that I can wear when needed.
I do have 1 navy low-end fused suit that I don't like so much and it feels dated (3-button, pleated, cuffs). It's also a 40L and it seems I'm more of a 40R for most brands I've tried on.
I was going to try Blacklapel after reading many positive reviews and cost vs. risk seemed like a good idea. However, due to time constraints I don't think I will have it ready in time for January although for February it is still an option. No local tailors really available, most just outsource it.
So I went looking for a charcoal suit and I am debating between getting something low-end, quick-and-dirty that will work for the short term or something that may last longer and be of higher quality.
Of the limited options, these 3 are what I found that are slim/trim:
Macy's - Calvin Klein slim or DKNY trim fit, MSRP $650, cost ~ $229 + tailoring costs
Nordstrom Rack - Armani Collezioni 'Giorgio' Made in Italy (fully canvassed I believe?), MSRP $1895, cost ~ $950 + tailoring costs (don't recall if they charge). i think this is the same as the one on nordstrom.com that is $2095 so not sure if there is any difference
If I go with the fused, I would still be on a quest for a quality suit but would h ave a harder time justifying it with 2 in the closet that hardly get worn. The Armani is a more tapered fit which I like and I would probably not have to look for another suit or MTM but it does cost more and from what I have read, may not even be such a great deal?
I didn't see anything in the $400-500 range that was not fused either. I'm not fixed on brand names but other options are JosABank, Men's Wearhouse (didn't see anything there), Banana Republic, Off 5th (Boss regular fit too bulky, Saks Black line was ok)
Any advice is much appreciated.