I have only recently become interested in classic menswear and over the past year I have been slowly increasing my knowledge and building a very limited wardrobe. I am a full time graduate student (read, poor) so my improvements have been limited by a very tight budget. However, I am looking for a versatile suit for interviews, presentations, weddings, and other special occasions. My budget is $500-700, which I would gladly pay for a suit that fits me well and is of good enough construction to withstand once a month wear for the next 5 years or so. I come to this forum seeking advice after several months of unfruitful searching. I am strongly considering ebay and SF B & S options, but my body doesn't lend itself to OTR suits and without a decent fitting suit I am unsure of the measurements I should be looking for. So, my questions are:
- Which option is best? Keep searching the secondhand options for a decent quality suit within my budget? Buy an inexpensive, low quality suit at half my budget that allows me to limp by for another 2-3 years, then once I am working again buy a high quality tailored suit?
- For the eBay or B&S options, how should I adjust my measurements? Since I don't have a jacket that fits me well, I don't have any garment measurements to work with, but I could take body measurements. How much additional space, for example, should there be between my actual chest measurement and the jacket's chest measurement?
OTR suits test driven (for the record): BR Monogram, BR Tailored, J Crew Ludlow, BB Madison, S. Cohen, everything at Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales for less than $1200, Suit Supply (every solid suit they offer) and several others that escape my memory at the moment.