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Express Suits - The Good, The Bad, and Everything Else In Between

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dinky89484, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. yelnatasch517

    yelnatasch517 New Member

    May 13, 2013
    What suit brand is better than Express?
    There's a lot of comments on how their quality sucks, but what are the alternatives?

    I have yet to find a proper fitting suit that fits like Express.
    For reference, I am 5'10" 140lbs and the only dress shirt that is closest to a proper fit to date that I've tried is Express Extra Slim Small.
    The only thing that doesn't fit is the neck.

    Why do manufacturers feel the need to give what seems like 40" waist on a dress shirt when a proper suit size has a 6"-10" drop?
    This means that a size 36 dress shirt should measure 30" around the waist at most with maybe +2" for a bit of slack, not an extra 10"...

    Stores know this and that is why they pin this extra material behind the mannequins.
    The problem is no real person would wear it like that with pins.

    So for here are the price brackets I'm interested in for recommendations.
    As reference, I purchase my Express suits for somewhere between $150 to $250.

    Under $300
    $300 to $600
    $600 to $1000
    $1000 to $2000

    I'm surprised there isn't a sticky with this information. I'm willing to bit hundreds of members come here asking these same questions every few months.

    I forgot to mention that I prefer the European style of suits. Those are proper fitting suits. Americans aren't "conservative." Most are just fat and find excuses for their lack of choices in style. I am American, by the way, so I witness the rampant obesity everyday.
    Last edited: May 19, 2013
  2. jrs1985

    jrs1985 Member

    May 19, 2013
    North Carolina
    I got a suit from express from there. I rather like mine and the cut. However, I did get it on sale and had a coupon. I don't think it was worth the full price. I think I paid $150 in the end?
  3. rickrone

    rickrone Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    in this forum
    the cut is nice, but they are garbage. they won't last and they use inferior material. look for a wool suit
  4. yelnatasch517

    yelnatasch517 New Member

    May 13, 2013
    I must emphasize my earlier post.

    What are the recommendations in the price ranges I listed?
    Express suits are wool, though not 100%.
  5. wing8tesqw

    wing8tesqw Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    I like express. I buy the stretch cotton dress pants. you can try zara in the same dollar range.

    You can spend more (boss, theory, ect) but imo only the price goes up and maybe slight variations in design and material. Presuming your going for modern/trendy slim cut suit.
    Better.. in your $100-$200 range... you need an outlet , 2nd hand, or deal of a lifetime kinda shopping.

    Sorry, but quality is very difficult to discern and some people are harder on clothes than others. So if wherever you intend to wear this suit, an express suit will fit in, serve its purpose, or stand out in a good way, then buy it.

    i think this information is pinned somewhere. Search the "ultimate slim fit guide" or something to that effect...
  6. 7_rocket

    7_rocket Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    So I bought 2 express crew neck plain tees. The fit is spot on. In the summer when I'm not dressing up I like to wear plain tees with jeans, chinos and shorts to go to BBQ's, baseball games, drinks etc.

    How do these hold up in the wash? I just bought them on the weekend and only wore one so far.
  7. ThereIsNoEye

    ThereIsNoEye Member

    Apr 24, 2014
    1st post. Been lurking a while to get opinions.

    To be honest...I do agree that Express material is a bit cheap. But their 1MX fitted shirts are best fitting shirts I've worn.

    I get lots of compliments on this shirt.

    As a thinner guy, I've been trying a few other brands but can't get the same fit.

    I have one Express suit and am debating whether to get another they have on clearance for $150.00($450.00 regular price).

    But I'll probably check out Macy's and Premium Outlets to see if I can snag up an all wool one w/ a similar fit and price first.

    Would I rather have a J.Crew Ludlow? Of course.

    But it's hard for me to justify spending the extra money on a suit I'm going to only wear twice a year.

    The suit I have now is the cheapo made of cotton sateen...which I'm not crazy about.

    But it fits good and actually looks much better than the two wool suits I was fitted for in the past @ Men's Warehouse.

    So it's hard for me to hate on The Express too much...as long as you know your buying it for the fit and not the quality/longevity.

    I consider The Express similar to Behringer music equipment.

    Sometimes they make stuff that sounds pretty good for the price but don't expect it to last forever.
  8. darksmokepunche

    darksmokepunche New Member

    May 28, 2014
    Okay I had to join this forum just because of this thread.

    The push-back here is valid: some folks want these styles in these sizes, these fits, and for this price range. What are their options?

    Guys, the word "Quality" gets thrown around a lot. It means something:

    Quote: If an Express suit holds up for five wearings, is the cheapest suit you can get, looks nice, fits great, wears well, and pretty much outperforms everything else in the price range until it falls apart, then it's actually the highest quality thing you can get... if you need it for five or fewer wearings.

    That's what quality means.

    Now, my requirements do include durability. If I take care of it, it should take care of me. Durability, style, the like. I bought an Express suit because I'm not a suit guy and I'm trying this out; if it lasts and wears well, great. My main requirement was low price and a palatable style; if it doesn't last and I decide I need something like this, tossing in extra money--up to the $1000 tier of custom tailor-made suits--would beat $150 Express suits for quality.

    In my case, it'll probably never be that. I buy Lands' End stuff on deep discount, $70 twill pants down to $24 from overstock and $40-off-$100 deals. They eventually wear out--the fabric frays from washing--but more often I destroy the cuffs or tear the pants bumping into environmental hazards. By the time I discard them, I've put them up on the sewing machine for multiple stitches and patches 'cause I leaned back in a desk chair and got caught on a metal edge.

    Stains, scrapes, tears. My clothes need to last 2-3 years reasonably well.

    I mean come on, I'm the kind of guy who throws this kind of thing on, sans tie, with a black shirt and a Zensah compression shirt under the button-down.
  9. rg1322

    rg1322 New Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    Has anybody else have problems with their express pants?? I'm noticing marks on my pockets from my keys and phone after 2 uses. Can anybody recommend a similar brand to express. Since I really like the way they feel and fit
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014
  10. Romans116

    Romans116 Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2012
    Quote:Their shirts last a while before elbows rip and such but they don't seem to be high quality. Their all wool pants are fine....i like them. But you can find a slim fit pant from other brands and be happy. Overall you just need to wear slim fit clothing from other brands and you can easily mimic the sizing.. In short. Their shirts are horrible and don't come in proper sizing. Pllllllleeezzz....sm, m, l, xl. Give me some sleeve lengths and collar sizes please. Tm Lewin does shirts for a good price and you can pick the size of your shirt....how sweet is that. Only downside is you can't find hot pink etc. Their pants are fine. You can find an all wool pant for fairly cheap. Just remember to get slim fit and size the waste down an inch or two from your real size. All in all it seems easier to just to got Nordstroms and buy their house brand stuff. Better service, on hand tailor, etc. The slim fits fit almost exactly as the express stuff but you have more size versatility.

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