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Best Suits under $500?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HOT Sriracha, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. HOT Sriracha

    HOT Sriracha Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a new suit, have a budget about $500 or so, any suggestions for the best suit I can get $500 or less? Im thinking JCrew, Zara, Club Monaco? Additional suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. rebel222

    rebel222 Well-Known Member

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    If you need it in a hurry (paying full retail), the the J. Crew Ludlow stuff is pretty nice. If you have time to sit & wait, you can get a much better suit on the B&S for $500.
     
  3. bananananana

    bananananana Well-Known Member

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    Club Monaco has the absolute worst suits I've ever seen. I've actually seen some blogs tout them b/c of its fit and working button holes, which are retarded on OTR suits, but the fabric feels like absolute crap. It's borderline wool at best and feels like sand paper.

    I second the JCrew out of those choices.
     
  4. aj_del

    aj_del Well-Known Member

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    How about a Caruso suit from ehaberdasher for 600-650 USD
     
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    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    J. Crew. Even better if you can get it on sale. If not, B&S or one of the several clothing affiliates on SF.
     
  6. factorial

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    Assuming you want to buy from a bricks-and-mortar store where you can try it on, but can wait for a sale, the Brooks Brothers 1818 line can be had on sale for about $500 (or 2 for $1000) and are some of the better suits you'll be able to get for that price.
     
  7. HOT Sriracha

    HOT Sriracha Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I definitely want to try it on, so buying from B&M is what I'm looking for. I would love to grab a Brooks Brothers suit for that price. Considering heading to a Brooks Brothers outlet store, anyone know if it is worth the trip?!
     
  8. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I definitely want to try it on, so buying from B&M is what I'm looking for. I would love to grab a Brooks Brothers suit for that price. Considering heading to a Brooks Brothers outlet store, anyone know if it is worth the trip?!


    Will probably be full of that 346 nonsense. I'd take a Ludlow over a Brooks 346 any day.
     
  9. factorial

    factorial Well-Known Member

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    Depends which outlet probably, as they tend to vary in the quality of items they stock. Note that most of the outlets carry primarily the "346" line which is made specifically for the outlets and not as high quality as the "1818" line. According to this thread there's a 30% off sale upcoming -- if true and they keep the same promotion going, it would bring the price of the 1818 suits down to 2 for $1049.30 (from 2 for $1499). Of course this doesn't help that much if you're not wanting to buy 2.
     
  10. costadelmar16

    costadelmar16 Well-Known Member

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    How about a Caruso suit from ehaberdasher for 600-650 USD

    Can someone elaborate more on this Caruso. Will it be a similar cut to the one they make for RLBL?
     
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    Can someone elaborate more on this Caruso. Will it be a similar cut to the one they make for RLBL?

    Depends. They may suits for almost everyone, including their own line. They all have different cuts.
     
  12. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    Club Monaco has the absolute worst suits I've ever seen. I've actually seen some blogs tout them b/c of its fit and working button holes, which are retarded on OTR suits, but the fabric feels like absolute crap. It's borderline wool at best and feels like sand paper.

    I second the JCrew out of those choices.


    you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. you are an absolute moron.

    now see how that feels? it doesnt make sense for me to use absolute statements to use to describe you when i just feel merely you are a bit in the wrong?

    club monaco is not the best but it is in the same ballpark with jcrew. their fabrics feel decent and doesnt feel like crap or at best sandpaper or they won't be selling it at their store.
     
  13. bananananana

    bananananana Well-Known Member

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    you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. you are an absolute moron.

    now see how that feels? it doesnt make sense for me to use absolute statements to use to describe you when i just feel merely you are a bit in the wrong?

    club monaco is not the best but it is in the same ballpark with jcrew. their fabrics feel decent and doesnt feel like crap or at best sandpaper or they won't be selling it at their store.


    [​IMG] at your statement on CM just to prove your little point about my language. Go to a CM and feel their suit. I was astonished to find that it was even 100% wool and not some wool/cotton blend.
     
  14. kmdsimpson

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    J Crew Ludlow suits are nice, but you are locking in a not very conservative aesthetic with the slim lapels. So also depends on what you need the suit for. For instance, I would not wear a Ludlow to a job interview. But if you are comparing to Zara et al, then maybe you aren't trying to be conservative.

    If you have an off-brand closeout place near you (like a Filene's or a Syms) and you need a more conservative suit, you can often get a quite nice Hickey Freeman that usually retails for around $1500 for around $500.
     
  15. PatriotsFan

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    Hickey Freeman at Barneys Outlet, M. Valentino from Wizard of Aahs, Benjamin suits from eHaberdasher
     
  16. HOT Sriracha

    HOT Sriracha Well-Known Member

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    Looks like I will be leaning toward JCrew unless I can find a Brooks Brothers suit on a good discount. Im planning to wear it to a wedding. I do prefer more of a slim look, but something versatile will also be nice.

    Anyone have experience with Banana Republic suits?!
     
  17. zizou

    zizou Well-Known Member

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    benjamin suits are $.01 under $500...lol.

    i have two banana republic suits. i bought them when starting my curren job ~3 years ago. i needed to build a quick and relatively cheap wardrobe, and they were a quick fix.

    obviously, you'll know the quality isn't the greatest, but they've lasted well. i dry clean about twice a year. i still wear them...early on, i wore them once or even twice a week. they've held up well over the years. they haven't "fallen apart" like some others have claimed.
     
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    BOSS Black or HUGO by Hugo Boss ( also known as "Red Label ). They play, pricewise as well as qualitatively, in the same league and are a safe bet if you ( are ) 1) Not too high-toned/aspiring high standards 2) Financially limited and 3) Prefer a very good cut to artisan craftsmanship... ( it's hard to get both in this price range, anway. If you want both you need to go with -> http://www.boss-selection.com/main.php?L=en and double your budget. ) Recommendations if you're looking for something ( not too ) slim: HUGO Aiko/Heise ( First name always refers to the jacket, second name to the pants. ) HUGO Amaro/Heise BOSS Black The Jam/Sharp BOSS Black The Jam2/Sharp2 BOSS Black Eagle2/Shade1 Recommendations if you're looking for something very slim: HUGO Aleks/Hilar BOSS Black Francis1/Style __________________________________ All cuts/styles are available in many different colors and fabrics and range between 400€-500€. If you're looking for fit pics, check the European/German Hugo Boss online-store ( http://www.hugoboss-store.de/Anz%C3%...,de_DE,sc.html ), since most of the suits on the models at the American online-store look/fit like shit somehow... There are even 3-4 German ebay sellers who sell the above mentioned styles/cuts for averagely 200-250€ on a regular basis... Personally, I own the Aleks/Hilar in aubergine and the Francis1/Style in black and absolutely love wearing them... Let me know if those recommendations are contemplable and if you need some help =)
     
  19. HOT Sriracha

    HOT Sriracha Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the recommendation, but it is out of my budget at the moment.
     
  20. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    With the CM vs J.Crew argument I have to side with J. Crew on this one.

    I agree with Banananananananamamanama that the material I have felt on the suits at the CM on 5th Ave was sub-par at best; pretty stiff with a fairly rough hand for suiting (comparing it to sandpaper is too far of a stretch). Not to mention the cut, while being slim in the shoulders/chest, manages to still be boxy. J. Crew's material feels a bit better and actually has better proportions (for me at least) with a more flattering shape. J. Crew also forgoes the working buttons, which is completely silly unless the CM suit fits your sleeve length off the rack.

    If you want more conservative, J. Crew does offer the Aldridge cut.
     

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