Recent graduate looking for an appropriate suit for interviews and employment. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Recommendations for first suit
Look around the internet and get a good baseline idea of HOW A SUIT SHOULD FIT. There are plenty of threads here that will give you bits and pieces of useful info.
Once you've got an idea of how you want the suit to fit, go into some local stores and try on suits to get an idea of what sizes fit the best and what areas of the suits don't fit quite right (shoulders, chest, waist, thighs, etc). Once you've done that, you can start to look into products that don't have the fit issues that you noted.
People here can guide you more after you've started to do those things. You have to do some work. If you don't do those things, then you'll just get a lot of random, hit or miss opinions, and you'll probably end up wasting money on a low value suit that doesn't fit.
* Go with a solid staple color, my order of preference: navy, charcoal, medium gray
* Notch lapel
* Avoid functional button cuffs to save money tailoring
* Both center and side vents in the rear are fine
* Most important: Shoulders should not extend past your natural shoulders
* Jacket length should land about at the knuckle of your thumb
* With top button only buttoned, should be snug but not tight. Keep sizing down until you get the "X", and then go back up a size.
* Armholes: Lift up your arms - you shouldn't see giant wing-like things underneath them.
All of the other details are nit-pickier stylish things that most people won't care about. The other thing you'll have to consider is the quality of the suit. You basically have a few ranges:
$200-$300 range: These will be fused (glued) suits. Basically a starter/throwaway suit. If you have the money, consider going up to the next level to try to buy a "suit for life". The other downside is fabrics here tend to not be as nice. From what I've read some decent slim options are the Bar III suit at Macy's and the JCrew Factory Thompson suit.
$300-$400 range: Some JCrew options here that are decent and half-canvassed instead of fused
$500-$600 range: Good options here are Brooks Brothers 1818 line (fitzgerald, milano) , half canvassed, or something like the Benjamin suit which is fully canvassed. Fabric will be better quality like super 120's, 130's, etc.
$600+ Probably not what you're looking for, but you'll get better little details.
Have you tried a little research here - we really do not need yet another thread on this exact topic. It does destroy one's confidence in those graduating that no 'search' is done at all.
Edited by GBR - 4/1/13 at 4:50am
Looks like I shouldn't have assumed followers of such an egoist pursuit were capable of altruism.
And sorry I'm not up-to-speed on all the punctilios of styleforum.net.
Inept, indolent student
Altruism and babysitting/hand-holding are different things. It seems like you're looking for the latter. This same, exact thread pops up every few months. If you did a search you'd know that.
I was aware of the fact that the subject has been broached in the past. I am now also aware of the fact that you're a presumptuous dick. By the way, in animadverting upon my apparently asinine question, you've accomplished nothing but bring greater attention to a thread you find superfluous.
Funny enough, a new one just popped up a few moments go. So there you have it.
Search feature: good.
Asking redundant questions which will either be ignored or yield salty replies from long standing members: not good.