First, some background: I'm 5'9, 37, 170lbs with athletic build and I tend to wear slim fit suits/blazers with a modern, flashier look.
I have some of the entry-level, lower-priced suits and blazers (Topman, H&M, Zara, Uniqlo) and I'm starting to upgrade to higher-quality, higher-priced suits.
Over the past year I've added J. Lindberg, Banana Republic and finally this Burgundy Flannel Suit on sale for $399 at Indochino.
I've read other threads and articles and I'm trying to get a better sense of what the best options are in the $400-$800 price range. When I say "best" options, I'm talking about higher-quality suits (better construction and fabric), like half-canvassed instead of the fused stuff you get at places like H&M.
Based on my research, these are some of the best suits in the $400-$800 price range:
- Brooks Brothers (although I find their brand too conservative and stuffy)
- Charles Tyrwhitt
- J. Crew (especially the Ludlow)
- Suit Supply
- Z Zegna
Hugo Boss and Theory are also in this price range, but I know from reading the forums that the quality isn't great.
Tyrwhitt and the J. Crew Ludlow fit me well, while Zegna would need to be taken in at the sides. I've also found good deals on Theory, Versace and Hugo Boss at Saks Off 5th (Hugo Boss 2-for-1 for around $600!!).
I went to a Suit Supply store this week to try on a few suit jackets and suits and had an overall excellent experience: great customer service, quality and selection.
The salesperson advised me to stay away from their lowest-priced suits ($400) - apparently they're not quite fused and not quite half canvas. The half canvassed suits are $500-$850. The price jumps up to $1,000 for full canvas, but that's above my budget. The Suit Supply suits are definitely the best fitting suits I've ever worn. 38S fit me perfectly - I would only need to let the sleeves out a little (and the pants fit me perfectly, to my surprise).
I'm going to add that I'm NOT looking for the kinds of suits that can be worn to the office 5 days a week. My work environment is business casual, so I only wear blazers or suits once or twice a week on dates or when I go out for drinks, so my clothes lasts a long time.
I have a navy blue H&M blazer I've worn a few dozen times over the last 3 or 4 years that still looks and fits great without any major signs of wear.
So here's my question: What brand(s) would you buy if you were me? I'm leaning towards Suit Supply at the moment.
Also, I've read this article - How to Buy a $2,000 Suit for $500 where the author suggests trying to score brands like Corneliani or Armani Collezioni suits off of eBay and I wonder if this is a good option in my case.