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Best Suit at Men's Wearhouse

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by crimsonstained7, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. crimsonstained7

    crimsonstained7 Member

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    I'm a High School senior, and I'm getting my tux rental for prom from Men's Wearhouse. There's a program where you recommend 5 people and get the rental free, or $500 for a suit. Since the tux rental is temporary, and only ~$120, I figure I'll go for the suit. I currently have a cheap sport coat, and dress pants from Kohl's (I got when I was a freshman for jazz recitals at a fine arts school I go to), but no actual suit, and I figure it's a good idea for a college freshman to have one nice suit (at least). So, despite people's objections to the general quality of Men's Wearhouse, I have an opportunity for a free suit, so it's worth it regardless.

    With that all said, what's the best $500-ish suit (could be a little over) at Men's Wearhouse? I've heard that Abboud is possibly the best brand there, but I want a second opinion. I'll probably get it altered elsewhere, since the alteration isn't included in the $500 (even if you get a cheaper suit), so that part doesn't really matter.

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    For a freshman in college, a Men's Warehouse suit is perfectly fine, especially if you are getting it for free (if you were paying full retail for it, that would be another matter). I think that Joseph Abboud is probably the best choice of the brands they stock that I'm familiar with. Solid navy or medium to dark grey are your best options. Don't get anything with patterns for your first suit.

    As an aside, I hope you are paying for the tuxedo rental and just getting the suit for free. A classic tuxedo is the best thing to wear to prom and the only thing that won't make you shake your head at yourself when you look at photos ten years from now.

    Good luck. Wear the suit and enjoy prom in good health.
     
  3. crimsonstained7

    crimsonstained7 Member

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    Joseph Abboud and Jones New York were the two I was looking at, for the most part. I'll was planning on doing gray, because I figured it was a good basic color to get first.

    I'm definitely going for the suit. It's a much better value. $500 suit for free as long as it lasts vs. $140 tux for one night seems like an easy choice. Last year I went with a basic black tux, white shirt and a red vest/tie that matched my date. This year, my date is wearing red, again, so I decided to go with a black pinstripe coat/pants, black shirt, and a white vest/tie. I liked the look of it, and it's a bit different, but not insanely so.
     
  4. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    This has been discussed ad nauseum in other threads (search "Prom" for examples), so I'll limit myself to saying that what you're describing is not even close to being a tuxedo or resembling any sort of proper formalwear. You are of course free to wear what you want and prom may involve motives other than looking good in classic menswear (plus it's prom so someone will wear something worse). I don't mean to sound harsh, but you should at least know how awful this sounds so you can make an informed decision. People your age often don't realize that sometimes doing things correctly stands out just enough and looks better, until they look at their prom photos ten years later and wonder what the hell they were thinking.
     
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  5. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    This reminds me of the thread, "What is the Best Vegan Meal at McDonalds."
     
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  6. crimsonstained7

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    Archibald, I'm not asking about prom wear, I was just saying that I'm getting a free suit for giving other people $40 bucks off on rental tuxes. What I'm wearing is a tuxedo...

    MrDaniels, so what you're saying is I shouldn't take a free $500 suit, as an entry-level suit, as a college freshman? Would you rather me get a bespoke Kiton suit? I'm sure I have the many thousands of dollars laying around for that.
     
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  7. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    No, I am not one of those snobs...but thank you for being so dedicated and creative in putting words in my mouth!


    I just think Men's Wearhouse has severely dumbed-down the suit industry. I think at this price point, Macy's or Jos A Bank are much better choices....Men's Wearhouse has some seriously ugly products for sale; I don't trust a shop that sells the level of crap they put on display. But for tux rental it's OK.
     
  8. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    People are not getting it, OP is getting a suit for free. Considering he is young, there is no reason to turn down a temp suit.

    Just get a charcoal or navy...
     
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  9. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    I realize that, I just can't help doing a Public Service Announcement when Men's Wearhouse is invoked. Look at these pics from their site....how poorly the models are styled and how lousy the tailoring is. If that is what they are doing in the corporate office, what kind of fit is a young man going to get at some random strip mall?


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  10. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    please don't for the love of all that is holy.
     
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  11. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    As I've said, there is nothing wrong with a free suit from Mens Warehouse. I would not shop there at full retail as there are better values, but a free suit from there is more than enough for a typical college freshman.



    :facepalm::facepalm:

    Like I said, wear what you want; however, just because the rental company calls something a tuxedo doesn't make it so.
     
  12. crimsonstained7

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    MrDaniels, I get that, but not great quality for free is still better than nothing. Plus, I believe I said that since tailoring isn't included, I'd be getting that done elsewhere, so their tailoring doesn't matter.

    Quadcammer and Archibald, the pinstripes make me look less overweight, and I didn't want to go with a basic look everyone else would have. If you had one time to wear something non-traditional, and strange, wouldn't it be as a high school senior at prom?
     
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    Balfour Senior member

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    No.

    Actually, yes - wear chicken feet. That will not be a basic look that everyone goes with. You will be the attraction of the prom and your outfit will pop. [​IMG]
     
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  14. crimsonstained7

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    I'm sorry, I wasn't quite aware of the rule that 17 year olds were supposed to be perfectly fashionable at prom, rather than, I don't know, having fun. I think it looks good, my date agrees. Good enough for me.

    Now if you don't have any input on what suit would be the best choice as a FREE, entry level suit, for a rising college freshman, please keep to yourself.
     
  15. crimsonstained7

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    One last point about the tux, if I look back and the tux is the only thing I think "what the hell was I thinking?" about, then I'll consider it a pretty good prom.
     
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    +1 to these.
     
  17. archibaldleach

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    I apologize for getting this thread somewhat off track, though I hope you realize that those of us who were being critical were doing so in an attempt to be helpful. Of course the point of prom is to have fun (though I am pretty sure wearing something pretty close to classic did not stop me from having fun).

    WIth respect to the brands you mentioned, do not get something from Jones New York. In my experience, Joseph Abboud is far better. Neither brand is great, but for a free entry level suit for someone who needs a suit for the occasional job interview and maybe a college formal or two (formal in almost any college setting does not mean black tie), it will do fine and you'll look better than most of your classmates. Solid navy or solid medium to dark grey. If you have only one suit, it should be solid for the simple reason that people are less likely to remember that you wear that suit all the time and a solid suit is also better for social functions. I understand why you may want pinstripes, but save them for your second suit (at the earliest). Your first suit is something you want to be super versatile.
     
  18. crimsonstained7

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    I'm not getting pinstripes for the suit. I would save that for way later. I just wanted them because it will help make me look less... Portly to put it in suit terms :-D
     
  19. ylkim30

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    I remember reading a thread on another style forum from a guy who works at Men's Warehouse. His opinion is that the Jack Victor line was the best Men's Warehouse carried - they apparently have half-canvassed construction. They also have a lot of Big and Tall sizes (I'm tall, so I looked into them).

    Apparently everything else offered at Men's Warehouse is pretty dismal.

    For color, get solid navy or charcoal and you probably want one of the flat front trouser models.
     
  20. crimsonstained7

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    Unfortunately, the Jack Victor's comparative quality is evident since they cost 800, and it's only free up to 500. The only one that isn't 800 is a clearance gray checkered modern fit for 400.
     

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