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Where to buy a suit in Washington, DC?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm a new member to this site.  I've been looking around for suggestions on where to buy decent suits in Washington DC.  My last suit was from the local Macy's.  Needless to say I won't do that again.

 

My brother in-law is getting in October, which is the reason for the suit, but also, I need a couple new suits.  At any rate, I stumbled across Suit Supply in Georgetown.  I like the styles, but not sure if a 6',  240 pound guy can really wear those slim looking suits.

 

I'm looking to spend in the $500-700 range.

 

Also, anyone have recommendations for a decent tailor in the Washington, DC area?  I think that's where I went wrong with my last suit.

 

Additionally, I'll be heading to New York city the 1st of October, maybe too late to get a suit there for a wedding the following week, but if any one has suggestions for places to shop for a suit in my price range I would appreciate it. 

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 13

SuitSupply is great. You should go and check them out. They can make some in-store tailoring, so you might be able to find something that will fit you well.

post #3 of 13

I'm also in DC, and will second Suitsupply. I'm about 6' 200, and the York was the cut that fit me best off the rack. For ~700 though, you could probably get something custom measured there. If you do go off the rack, they have a tailor on site, which is cheaper (in my experience) than a local tailor. "Better" is arguable, but they work on Suitsupply suits all the time, which is a plus.

post #4 of 13
I agree that your best bet is SuitSupply. You also may want to check out Brooks Brothers (Georgetown, Farragut Square, Friendship Heights) for any sales.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks fellas.  I'll be stopping by Suit Supply within the next couple weeks.  Does Suit Supply ever have sales?

post #6 of 13

At least in Lithuania - no. What they do have sometimes is an offer - if you buy blazer or suit you can buy dress shirt from their Blue Line for 1 LTL (in US this will be 1 USD, I guess). I have not heard of any sales either in my country, or in online shop.

post #7 of 13

Sorry to resurrect an old(er) thread, but I've found myself in the same boat as the OP and am dissatisfied with the limited answers proffered thus far.  I just landed a new job in downtown DC with a large firm and seriously need to update my wide-lapel pleated suit wardrobe from a decade ago.  Everyone here recommends SuitSupply but I wonder how many have actually visited the place or are just recommending it based on pseudo-knowledge gained via osmosis through the interwebs.  Yelp reviews of actual customers rate SuitSupply (in DC at least) as dismal, terrible and all kinds-of awful based on how their staff dress and how they treat customers (which is a big part of the equation for those buying a suit who do not know all the details).  For at least these reasons, I am disinclined to waste my time with SuitSupply.  (And perhaps the OP can make a follow-up post to give us his first-hand experience at DC SuitSupply?)

 

I am making a formal request that other DC veterans/lurkers here please step up and recommend a shop or two (other than SuitSupply) for a good suit-buying experience in the "under $1000" price range in the DC area.  Now that the holidays are upon us, perhaps additional firsthand experiences can be reported?

 

Otherwise, taking the most efficient path of least resistance, there's a BB just down the street for me where 1818's await.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by tjohn View Post
 

Sorry to resurrect an old(er) thread, but I've found myself in the same boat as the OP and am dissatisfied with the limited answers proffered thus far.  I just landed a new job in downtown DC with a large firm and seriously need to update my wide-lapel pleated suit wardrobe from a decade ago.  Everyone here recommends SuitSupply but I wonder how many have actually visited the place or are just recommending it based on pseudo-knowledge gained via osmosis through the interwebs.  Yelp reviews of actual customers rate SuitSupply (in DC at least) as dismal, terrible and all kinds-of awful based on how their staff dress and how they treat customers (which is a big part of the equation for those buying a suit who do not know all the details).  For at least these reasons, I am disinclined to waste my time with SuitSupply.  (And perhaps the OP can make a follow-up post to give us his first-hand experience at DC SuitSupply?)

 

I am making a formal request that other DC veterans/lurkers here please step up and recommend a shop or two (other than SuitSupply) for a good suit-buying experience in the "under $1000" price range in the DC area.  Now that the holidays are upon us, perhaps additional firsthand experiences can be reported?

 

Otherwise, taking the most efficient path of least resistance, there's a BB just down the street for me where 1818's await.

There is a massive thread on Suit Supply, though I'm not sure why you assume everyone here is just spreading hearsay.  Failing that, Brooks Brothers would work for you.  They are having their semi annual sale, so you could find an 1818 for $600-800 or so.  There is also someone on here who is a BB reseller--he has very good deals on 1818s and usually has decent selection.  You could also brave Nordstrom Rack, etc. in the off chance they have something decent.

post #9 of 13
I live in Bmore and have been to that suitsupply a number of times. The best experience I had there was when they first opened and had a great associate to deal with. The last few times were horrendous. It was like I wasn't worth anybody's time. I'm 6'4 and 225 and hate buying suits. For the record I'd rather drive to Philly suitsupply for better customer support.

I do MTM with a tailor down the street from me in Bmore, Christopher Schafer.
post #10 of 13
I've lived in DC now for 5 years and there aren't a whole lot of options when it comes to buying suits. SuitSupply and BB are obvious options for suits under $1K. Another option is to try MTM. There are several MTM sites in DC area (Knot Standard, Enzo's, BookATailor) where you can be fully measured by a SA. They ship measurements out to China (usually) and the suit arrives in 4-6 weeks. In my experience, they take care of any additional alterations, although I would recommend going to your own tailor and asking for an alterations credit (assuming you have a good tailor) as I ended up taking my suit for additional alterations even after they had to correct some issues.

One other option I've found is Sofio's in Tyson's. For under a $1K I think you can get a pretty decent MTM suit (better than the above options) and I've found them to be a better tailor when it comes to getting your measurements right. Also, customer service is top notch and alterations are done onsite by a pretty good tailor IMO. One other place I've heard some good things about is Dash's in Old Town, Alexandria but never tried them for anything.

Other than those options, the pickings are slim in the that price range. For some reason, DC is just devoid of good suit options unless you want to try bespoke. If so, go to Field's Custom Tailors.
post #11 of 13

Thank you SS 376, Jeff21 and bsarosi.  Very helpful information!  I may get one of the 1818s on sale this week, and then try the MTM at Sofio's and see what happens.  I am much closer to Tysons than Bmore.

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Since my initial posting, I never did make it down to suit supply.  Turns out an outfit out of Hong Kong was going to be in town that weekend for measurements.  Well, I stopped in for a fitting and and ordered a suit and some shirts.  The suit and one shirt arrived in the mail a few weeks later.  The suit jacket fit great.  My wife was really impressed with the cut, etc.  Yes, I liked it as well.  The pants however were a bit tight for my taste.  The shirt sleeves were were tight in the bicep. 

 

I made another appointment to be refitted to correct the above issues.  While there I ordered two more suits and I splurged a bit and got a really nice sport jacket.

 

All in all I'm pleased with the results hence, 3 suits and a sport coat, plus a number of shirts.  The price was what I expected and the fit was considerable better that anything I was getting locally before.

 

Check them out:

www.raja-fashions.com

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by bsarosi View Post

I've lived in DC now for 5 years and there aren't a whole lot of options when it comes to buying suits. SuitSupply and BB are obvious options for suits under $1K. Another option is to try MTM. There are several MTM sites in DC area (Knot Standard, Enzo's, BookATailor) where you can be fully measured by a SA. They ship measurements out to China (usually) and the suit arrives in 4-6 weeks. In my experience, they take care of any additional alterations, although I would recommend going to your own tailor and asking for an alterations credit (assuming you have a good tailor) as I ended up taking my suit for additional alterations even after they had to correct some issues.

One other option I've found is Sofio's in Tyson's. For under a $1K I think you can get a pretty decent MTM suit (better than the above options) and I've found them to be a better tailor when it comes to getting your measurements right. Also, customer service is top notch and alterations are done onsite by a pretty good tailor IMO. One other place I've heard some good things about is Dash's in Old Town, Alexandria but never tried them for anything.

Other than those options, the pickings are slim in the that price range. For some reason, DC is just devoid of good suit options unless you want to try bespoke. If so, go to Field's Custom Tailors.


I know this is an older comment, but plus 1 on Sofio's tailor. Gigi is great. I think she has a MFA in Costume design or something like that and makes all the Women's bespoke tailored clothing and blouses in house.

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