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post #16 of 30
What about the "outlet" versions if the above, like Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Sak's Off Fifth?

Or anything from BB 1818 line is good
post #17 of 30
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

What about the "outlet" versions if the above, like Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Sak's Off Fifth?

Or anything from BB 1818 line is good

 

+1.  Outlets just got all of the after Christmas stuff that didn't sell in the stores.  I picked up a few nice jackets at Nordstrom rack for a third the normal cost.

post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by hobbs1983 View Post

I went to almost 10 stores today and didn't find much. Most brands from Hugo to Armani were at minimum $895 up to $2000. I went to Bloomingdales, Nieman Marcus, Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue, Mens warehouse and all the standard department stores. I will head to Brooks Brothers tomorrow because this one looked nice. http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Regent-Fit-Alternating-Stripe-1818-Suit/MK00201,default,pd.html?dwvar_MK00201_Color=MDGY&contentpos=32&cgid=0372

Does anyone have other suggestions on stores in or near San Diego that offer a good selection of suits? Or perhaps a good place that offers MTM that would be done before March 23rd?
 
I'm going to recommend getting a solid navy or charcoal and not the one above. If you can find a solid at the above price, then go for it
post #19 of 30
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

What about the "outlet" versions if the above, like Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Sak's Off Fifth?

Or anything from BB 1818 line is good

I will check those out. Thanks!

@Loathing, I'm not asking for anything on a platter but you have been a great help, thanks. I'll keep reading and looking around on the forums.
post #20 of 30
Try SuitSupply. I don't think there's a store near you, but free shipping both ways. Wear a white shirt. For shirts, ties, and shoes, you may want to check out shopthefinest.com and then take a trip up to LA to visit Ian.
post #21 of 30

I'll also recommend you looking into Loake shoes. It terms of quality, they may be a bit under AE... but they're much better when it comes to styling and aesthetics. (And I own 4 pairs of AE now)  

post #22 of 30
BB Fitzgerald suit
Light blue dress shirt
Burgundy grenadine tie

or

White dress shirt
Navy grenadine tie

Allen Edmonds black Park Avenue shoes

That'll be < $1500 and you'll look good. Just make sure you get to a tailor for any minor alterations the shirt or suit might need.

You don't have enough time for MTM at this point, or it'll all be very rushed. I don't recommend it and you'll go way above your budget anyway.
post #23 of 30

If you like to wear your pants lower toward the hips rather than higher toward the waist then you should avoid pleats.  Pleats are meant to be worn higher so that excess fat around the waist is tucked into the extra room the pleats provide.  That said, I like the lines that pleats provide so you have to decide what works best for you.

 

You are working with both a budget and a time constraint.  I would suggest looking at a Jos A. Banks "Signature Gold", "Signature", or "Joseph" suit and waiting for a sale.  The listed prices are BS and you can regularly buy them for 2/3 to 3/4 off.  There is a substantial difference between these suits and the other ones at Banks (Executive, Traveler).  Many on this forum will flame the name Jos A. Banks but that is just reflex, especially with respect to the Signature Gold and Joseph suits.  On sale you are getting a very good purchase.

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post #25 of 30
Thread Starter 
Here are the two suits I like and that fit well.

BrooksCool Regent
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/BrooksCool®-Regent-Fit-Suit/MK00112,default,pd.html?dwvar_MK00112_Color=MDGY&contentpos=51&cgid=0216

Regent sharkskin 3 piece
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Regent-Fit-Sharkskin-Three-Piece-1818-Suit/MK00276,default,pd.html?dwvar_MK00276_Color=MDGY&contentpos=17&cgid=0216

These are some of the shoes I really think look slick. I like the Oxford with a nice dark polished toe and even a cap toe looks great. 

Another member said Zara was comparable to Kenneth Cole and gave it decent reviews, for $99 this would help fit the budget.
http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-nam-S2013/358057/1049999/CLASSIC%20OXFORD%20SHOE

Is this too over the top?
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mezlan-luigi-wingtip-spectator-shoe/3318171?origin=category

Reidrothchild, I agree, these look great.
http://www.howardyount.com/collections/shoes/products/cognac-brown-calf-saddle-shoe

Probably my favorite of them all, Cognac derby shoe.
http://us.suitsupply.com/shoes/cognac-derby-fw121121/FW121121,en_US,pd.html?start=16&cgid=Shoes

So here I am, I REALLY like the sharkskin color and think the cognac derby shoes or the Zara oxfords would go along great with a red tie, but I would switch up that plaid shirt he has on just not sure to what yet. From the above are there any blaring style snafus or will this work?

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post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by cataan View Post

If you like to wear your pants lower toward the hips rather than higher toward the waist then you should avoid pleats.  Pleats are meant to be worn higher so that excess fat around the waist is tucked into the extra room the pleats provide.  That said, I like the lines that pleats provide so you have to decide what works best for you.

You are working with both a budget and a time constraint.  I would suggest looking at a Jos A. Banks "Signature Gold", "Signature", or "Joseph" suit and waiting for a sale.  The listed prices are BS and you can regularly buy them for 2/3 to 3/4 off.  There is a substantial difference between these suits and the other ones at Banks (Executive, Traveler).  Many on this forum will flame the name Jos A. Banks but that is just reflex, especially with respect to the Signature Gold and Joseph suits.  On sale you are getting a very good purchase.

Yes, the higher end JAB stuff is better than the crappy stuff. I'd still prefer BB 1818 to JAB SIgnature Gold and the BB 1818 line seems to fit within OP's budget. From what I can gather from having looked at their stuff, I'd take SuitSupply over JAB as well and you can get SuitSupply in the $400 range. My main recollections of JAB also involved heavily padded shoulders, which I am not a huge fan of. My lesser JAB suits fell apart on me quickly (which was fine, I knew I was buying a couple of cheap suits until I had a paycheck to cash to pick up something better and they served the purpose they had to serve).

JAB in general deserves to be flamed for their low quality in their basic lines, badly trained salespeople (in my experience, YMMV), sack-like fits on many of their garments and for making people think they are getting a deal with their bogus retail prices. Their higher end stuff is better (though I think anything below signature gold should be avoided) and is not a bad deal at 70%+ off, but I am not personally a huge fan of the company. I would not say Signature Gold on sale is a very good purchase but it is a decent one.
post #27 of 30

I'd avoid JAB like the plague unless you want something very loose fitting.

 

For your outfit:

 

Suit: Get a MTM from Kent Wang.  $800.  May be too short of notice to pull off in which case I'd contact one of the members here that sells BB suits and get a Fitzgerald cut

Shirts: Not too difficult to do: $50?

Shoes: Allen Edmonds are a safe bet, unless you have time to buy a decent pair of C&J's or something equivalent.  I like the westbourne. 

post #28 of 30

"I'd avoid JAB like the plague unless you want something very loose fitting."

 

You do realize that the Joseph line is fitted (I have two - with vests - and prefer them over Sig Gold) and there is even a slim fit Joseph (I don't like very narrow lapels so I wouldn't touch it)?  Traveler is fitted too but it's not something I'd buy (it's at the low end of JAB suits).  Everyone is certainly entitled to their own preferences but there is a lot of misinformation in styleforum.

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post #30 of 30
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Good point Loathing. I do want this to be my nice suit and versatile enough so I can wear it to many occasions with a simple shirt and tie change. Thanks for the sites and the matching article. I looked up wedding tie and I really couldn't find a definite answer as to what makes it different than other ties. What's your take? 

Here are two suit colors I really like with a slight lean towards the first one. Which color would be more versatile?







The second suit's color.

Also, don't buy suits online when there are so many local options, and don't get French cuffs for work (in casual San Diego).

There is no good reason to buy $99 fashion shoes on a good-sized budget, especially when working in a professional environment.

A three-piece suit would be too dressy and warm for San Diego.

Frankly, the knowledge level isn't up to par and will lead to lousy purchases.
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