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Need advice/pointers for first decent suit

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Im looking to get my first decent suit ("entry-level suit") for future interviews for coop and banquets and events (Im a 2nd year business student) and ive been takin a look around, seeing what is out there, maybe you guys can give me some ideas of where to look etc. Im looking to get a decent quality suit that would last me for a bit (a few years at least), something simple and conservative to start off with (ie the basic navy/black/charcoal). I have a fairly small stature, im about a 36R/38S/38R depending on the fit. I went to The Bay (im canadian ), and checked out what they had. I saw ones from Tommy Hilfiger, Super100, regular price $525 CAD, 30% off so about $380. Any good? I went to TipTop Tailors, tried on a CHAPS one (have no idea if its any good or not), fit quite nicely. Salesperson said it was Super110 or Super120, for $350 and then 15% off. Anybody recommend any places i should check out or brands i could take a look at? im looking to spend about $500 after taxes hopefully. Thanks a lot
post #2 of 12
Go to the Holt Renfrew outlet. You are much more likely to get a good deal there. What is the price range you are looking at?
post #3 of 12
My first suit was a department store suit. My advice: If you have any amount of time to make this purchase (i.e. more than three weeks), avoid at all costs department stores. They sell fused garb for too high of prices. That Chaps or Tommy suit for $350 or so is way too high priced considering that you can get a hand tailored suit at discount for $500 without little problem. You are a difficult size to fit though, which makes it a bit tougher. Still, I'd hold off on the department store route unless you get desperate. Get a brief education from this board about where to look and what to look for -- I can almost guarantee you'll end getting a $1200 full canvas suit for about 1/3 of retail or less.
post #4 of 12
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Go to the Holt Renfrew outlet. You are much more likely to get a good deal there. What is the price range you are looking at?
Unfortunately i dont think there is a holt renfrew outlet in my area, im from vancouver.... Johnnynorman: Any threads i should start looking at to find where i can get good suits for decent price?
post #5 of 12
By 2nd year business student, I assume you mean undergrad right? My recommendation is probably to make the trek to Seattle and check out Nordstrom Racks, Saks Off 5th, NM Last Calls, and stores of that ilk, they are fairly plentiful there, I imagine one of the Seattle people here can point you in the right direction. I have seen some nice suits from NR and NMLC.
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Yeah undergrad, forgot to mention
post #7 of 12
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Unfortunately i dont think there is a holt renfrew outlet in my area, im from vancouver.... Johnnynorman: Any threads i should start looking at to find where i can get good suits for decent price?
sonick - if you can wait until Holts or Harry Rosen has a sale you should be able to find a nice Canali or Corneliani for around CDN $700-$800. Those will last you for many years - the same can't be said for the dept store dreck. I'd suggest sticking to navy or charcoal - much more versatile and less funereal than black.
post #8 of 12
Harry Rosen just ended their sales about a month ago, so it'll be a while before they have another one. I'd reccomend trying ebay, but make sure you know your size (measurements, since the sizing differs depending on the company). You can easily find a good deal on a suit (36R might be hard to find, 38R/S you can find, but if you could fit 38S that'd be the best..I've seen a lot of 38S go for ridiculously cheap.) Harry Rosen's isn't bad, but you're going to be spending about 4-5X as much as you would on ebay, and the quality of the suit is probably going to be worse too. I'd stay away from the bay(/any department stores) at all costs. Going down to Seattle isn't a bad idea either, but i still prefer ebay.
post #9 of 12
I probably wouldn't get a suit from ebay for your first real suit, you should get one that fits you well first, so you know what your measurements are before you start ordering a lot of suits from ebay.
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(sonick @ Mar. 16 2005,15:34) Unfortunately i dont think there is a holt renfrew outlet in my area, im from vancouver.... Johnnynorman: Any threads i should start looking at to find where i can get good suits for decent price?
sonick - if you can wait until Holts or Harry Rosen has a sale you should be able to find a nice Canali or Corneliani for around CDN $700-$800. Those will last you for many years - the same can't be said for the dept store dreck. I'd suggest sticking to navy or charcoal - much more versatile and less funereal than black.
yeah, $700/$800 is out of my price range for a part time student working retail, thanks for the idea though... I think i may go down to the states and check out what they have down there, esp with the high canadian dollar. But i guess ill have to get somebody up here to do the alterations.
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I think i may go down to the states and check out what they have down there, esp with the high canadian dollar. But i guess ill have to get somebody up here to do the alterations.
As a student with limited funds buying your first suit, be concerned first about moderate "quality" but more concerned about fit. No one will expect you to have a knockout suit. Look at the Jos Banks offerings. They have some 110s in the mix and match line so that you can get a better fit. There are regular sales - half off. Nothing really spectacualr - except that if if you spend a little more money with the tailor you will be better off than at least 90% of the rest of the population. I expect that it will be something that you can achieve without a lot of trouble and luck and will find useful for several years. There is a thread on the Hickey Freeman suits. Yes, they are much better. However, in order to buy one that will fill your needs, you will have to know exactly what you need - or spend about triple the bucks. The experience of buying "close" and then getting it fixed will realy help you in the long run. "Pretty good" but very properly fitted is very, very, much better than a hit or miss chance. The HF are much higher quality, but that is not the point. Generally, you cannot get the low cost deal you need and be assured that the fit can be corrected. In that regard, Jos. Bank could be a safer way to approach the first suit decision.
post #12 of 12
I disagree with this advice completely. It would not be difficult for him to go to Holt Renfrow, try on a nice suit (be it Samuelsohn or Hickey or Canali), write down the size and model that fit him and then look on Ebay or ask for help on this board. He'll also be much better off getting fit advice from a higher end department store salesman, as opposed to a guy in Jos A. Bank (I haven't been too impressed with their customer service there).
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