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Suit for a College student

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bolun, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Bolun

    Bolun Member

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    Hey guys,
    I'm a college student at a top 10 Business school and I have to get a suit this year for career fairs/speeches/interviews/internships and such.
    The only suits I have are a black one and a navy one I got from Men's wearhouse for around $200 each, and they honestly look like shit.

    I am thinking of getting a charcoal one because it seems very versatile and I think I look good in charcoal.

    I saw a suit thread, but there were so many brands that I didn't know where to start.
    Basically what I'm looking for is the best quality/look to cost ratio. In other words, the best value.

    I'm in college, so I don't have a lot of money to blow. I would like everything to stay under $2000.
    I think I'll need to get shoes too... from what I've read on here, a nice pair of brown leather shoes would run me about $300 correct?

    Anyways, just looking for suggestions and to be pointed in the right direction.
    Thanks!
     
  2. yls2012

    yls2012 Active Member

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    People will probably hesitate to answer your question because it's constantly asked and answered here. You can find lots of great info by searching.

    To summarize: Brooks Brothers, SuitSupply, Kent Wang and eHaberdasher are popular suit brands which run between 500-1000. If you shop around, you could get a nice Italian suit such as a Corneliani or Zegna for under $2k. Ralph Lauren Blue and Black Label suits are popular here as well, although the latter are considered too fashion-forward by many. They run between $1400-2000.

    Allen Edmonds are popular shoes; they cost about $300. Conservative and well-made.

    I think you should probably get a Brooks Bros suit and AE shoes for your purposes. They will cost about half of your budget.
     
  3. Despos

    Despos Well-Known Member

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    The only way to understand which suit to buy is to try all the brands mentioned to see how they fit, look, feel and how comfortable you are wearing the suit and comfortable with the look on you. You have come to realize the MW suits don't look right on you. Learn to evaluate fit and what issues you have (meaning,necessary alterations) before you decide on anything. It will be worth it.
     
  4. dufferin1

    dufferin1 Well-Known Member

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    A big plus with Suit Supply is they include a return shipping label, so you can buy numerous different suits and simply return the ones you do not want.
     
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  5. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Well-Known Member

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    Try getting a navy and a charcoal suit from suit supply. Order several sizes and keep the size that fits in each color. Then buy black AE Park Avenues. skip out on brown and keep in very conservative for now. Also buy somber/solid/very subtle pattern burgundy, navy, etc. ties.
     
  6. Bolun

    Bolun Member

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    Ok thank you very much guys.
    So are brown shoes considered sort of fashion forward?
     
  7. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Well-Known Member

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    Exactly my thoughts with special attention to how the navy looks. On most people it is much warmer and flattering than grey. A navy BB suit with AE Park Ave's is what many US Presidents have been inaugurated in, you will not have to give what you are wearing a second thought.
     
  8. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't call them fashion forward exactly, but black shoes are the most conservative shoes you can wear and you're going to need a pair eventually anyway. You might as well start there until you get a better sense of your style and what's acceptable in whatever work environment you end up with.
     
  9. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Well-Known Member

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    Yes, some in the position of interviewing people might actually be somewhat put off by it. In practice a navy suit with brown shoes is a very classic look.
     
  10. add911_11

    add911_11 Well-Known Member

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    Look around in the sales thread, there is plenty of good deal as well. Learn your measurements.

    Presumed you only need 2 new suits and 2 pairs of new shoes, the budget is feasible for Non - SF items.
     
  11. GBR

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    Asa a student you should be familiar with research. That takes more than the form of asking questions and should be done individually. Therefore the resource here for the purpose is the search function and skimming older threads.

    Frankly the same subjects being constantly revisited become boring.
     
  12. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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    +1

    And top 10 school? Put $$$ for suits into some derivatives, make money, then get canvassed SF - approved suits
     
  13. Crat

    Crat Well-Known Member

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    I was in the same predicament earlier this summer and went with a navy and a light gray suit. Personally I think charcoal is a bit old fashioned for someone of our age but if it looks good on you go for it.
    For suits, have a look at SuitSupply; decent bang for the buck. It might be better to have 2 decent suits when you start an internship than 1 good one.
    Take CJ and Carmina into consideration when it comes to shoes.

    These are the suits I got.
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  14. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    Your skills with Photoshop (or similar) are very good. The suits are less so especially the trousers which seem to taper too drastically to the point where the 2" turn-ups are over bearing.
     
  15. Crat

    Crat Well-Known Member

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    Tbh I prefer my trouser cut to cuts like the one below but that's all just a matter of taste.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. AMG1

    AMG1 Well-Known Member

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    It also entirely depends on your build. If you build is good for RTW I would go for Canali and some Ludwig Reiter shoes.
     
  17. I_am_personicus

    I_am_personicus New Member

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    I work in IB, I assume you're trying to fit in with the finance / consulting crowd-- a popular trend among our first year analysts are J Crew's suits. I have a few and am very happy with them.

    https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheLudlowShop.jsp

    The real key is finding a good tailor and getting everything tailored--find a jacket that fits well in the shoulders and trousers that fit well in the seat. Everything else can be taken care of by your tailor.
     
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