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post #16 of 29
Kushburner, I don't own a MTM suit, so I can't comment on the relative merits of choosing that option and needing to provide accurate measurements vs. having an OTR suit tailored. That said, if the JAB Joseph suit line is too "slim-fit" for you, a Signature or Sig. Gold suit on sale for <$500 (which happens fairly frequently) should be able to be tailored to fit you and would be serviceable as a suit for most, if not all, "real-world" situations in which wearing a suit is necessary or desirable. Whether you want to expand your options to include MTM is, of course, up to you, but be advised that, even with accurate measurements provided to the suitmaker, the result may need some tweaking to be satisfactory (e.g., you may need to have more than one suit made to get it right).

Do you have a specific time frame in mind in which you will need/want a suit?
post #17 of 29
There are plenty of times when RTW looks better than MTM.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

There are plenty of times when RTW looks better than MTM.


If the mtm sucks, then I agree.

post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

There are plenty of times when RTW looks better than MTM.

 

I also agree but you can bet that in many cases the RTW has been altered to fit. As much as MTM companies would love to send every person a perfectly fitting suit the final fit will depend on the accuracy of the measurements provided.Also one persons idea of a good fitting suit may be completely different to someone else's. I tell my customers that their suit may need a slight tweak after delivery to get that close to perfect fit.

 

I also see quite a large number of incredibably bad fitting RTW suits that have worn straight off the rack but really needed to be altered first.

 

Buying MTM should be more about getting a better suit for your buck. I'd rather spend $400 then another $75 for alterations to have a full canvas suit hand made by a tailor in his workshop than a cheap fused suit mass produced by machines in a factory for under $100 and then sold for $600

post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
It seems like MTM is recommended by most of you. Perhaps I should have a professional take my measurements.
 
Do most people who order MTM suits online get good results? If the MTM suit is slightly off, would a tailor be able to correct it? Im just worried about buying a custom suit online that I cannot return
 
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Originally Posted by johnvw View Post

Kushburner, I don't own a MTM suit, so I can't comment on the relative merits of choosing that option and needing to provide accurate measurements vs. having an OTR suit tailored. That said, if the JAB Joseph suit line is too "slim-fit" for you, a Signature or Sig. Gold suit on sale for <$500 (which happens fairly frequently) should be able to be tailored to fit you and would be serviceable as a suit for most, if not all, "real-world" situations in which wearing a suit is necessary or desirable. Whether you want to expand your options to include MTM is, of course, up to you, but be advised that, even with accurate measurements provided to the suitmaker, the result may need some tweaking to be satisfactory (e.g., you may need to have more than one suit made to get it right).

Do you have a specific time frame in mind in which you will need/want a suit?

I am in no rush to get this suit but I would like to have it in the next 3 months. The others here have recommended against buying JAB if I have $500 to spend though.

post #21 of 29
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I am in no rush to get this suit but I would like to have it in the next 3 months. The others here have recommended against buying JAB if I have $500 to spend though.

If you are just looking to start with suits, which I suspect you are since you're talking about a basic charcoal, then jumping into MTM could really be playing with fire. If money isn't an issue then I'd say by all means fly to Savile Row and fire away with bespoke. My best advice is to spend some more time on this board reading about various brands. You aren't the first 5-9, 145 guy to come across style forum and there are plenty of threads out there to learn from. Then go shopping, find what fits, what you like.
post #22 of 29

and there are a ton of threads about who to buy internet MTM from and how to do it so you have the best chance of a good result, too. Read those before you jump in.

post #23 of 29
Most people who post in mtm threads here don't get great results. Then again, people who have nothing to complain about generally don't write online reviews, so the feedback's skewed. I've ordered from a few different online mtm companies, and I've gotten pretty good results the majority of the time.
post #24 of 29

The Kent Wang thread seems to have a fair number of happy people in it (enough so that I've held of on RTW in order to jump into that game..).

post #25 of 29
Thread Starter 

Do you guys advise me against buying an MTM suit? I still havent found a local store that does MTM suits for $500... All of my MTM options are online

post #26 of 29

As long as you get all your measurements taken professionally, shouldn't be too horrible an experience.

post #27 of 29

The problem with MTM is the first suit you order would probably have a number of issues. There are a lot of measurements such as body type, sleeve pitch and armhole scrye which cannot be easily communicated to tailors with measurements alone. However, as someone who has purchased multiple suits online via MTM, it becomes progressively easier as you have a set of measurements from existing suits that you tweak to achieve a better fit. 

post #28 of 29
Any interest in eBay or strictly looking for brand new?

I was on a budget too and bought 2 zegna (main line), 1 canali, and 1 hugo boss for around $550 total. There was a 14-day return policy on them too, so at most I would've lost shipping. Just look for reputable sellers. I think the person I bought from had like 28,000+ reviews so I wasn't too worried.

Again, just a thought.
post #29 of 29
If OP has an outlet mall close by (Off Fifth, NM Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, etc), I would recommend looking for a suit there for under $500 and then doing some minor alterations for a good fit. You can often find Hickey Freeman fully canvassed for under $500 at outlets.
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