Best Suits under $500

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by A. Jones, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. A. Jones

    A. Jones Active Member

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    Greetings gentlemen.

    I am, obviously, a noob, venturing to begin the journey of assembling a respectable suit wardrobe, after spending a considerable amount of time and money in adding pieces that I now find lacking in the overall quality which I now seek.

    I wish to replace several of the suits I currently have in rotation. However, I am not at the point in my career (or marriage) where I can justify paying over $500-600 for a single suit. I know for some this may sound preposterous, but, alas, that's where I am at.

    Also, to compound matters, I reside in a city (Oklahoma City) where OTR purchasing options are limited to several poor quality outfitters, but few higher quality ones. I have, therefore, expanded my search to include online stores as well.

    Here's where I need your help. I have narrowed down my options to a few brands, and I'd like your help in selecting amongst my choices. The following are some of the brands of suits I am considering:

    Banana Republic
    J. Crew
    Lands' End
    Jos. A. Bank (Signature Gold line)
    Joseph Abboud
    Hugo Boss

    If you have ever owned suits from any of these makers, please do chime in with your thoughts. And if you have any suggestions of better options at this price point, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
     


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    Could you provide more of a description of what type of look you're going for? Do you want slim-cut suits, or are you looking for a more traditional American sack suit?
     


  3. xCoffee

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    If you're looking at about $500, you could consider MTM Thick as Thieves. TaT has been active here on the forums, and many members have vouched that they are an excellent value. This would save you the need for extensive tailoring.
     


  4. A. Jones

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    Well, I'm a bigger guy, huge for SF standards. I'm 6'3", 220. I wear a 44L and at that size, the suits tend to very boxy and sack-like. So, now I tend to look for slimmer fitting suits to reduce the amount of alterations necessary to make the suit presentable.
     


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    Ah yeah, TaT generally does slim suits for smaller guys. They're MTM, so I'm not saying they can't help you, but I don't know that you're the type of guy they had in mind when they opened up shop.

    What is your waist size? If you're a more athletic body type, i.e. drop 7 (chest - waist = 7), then some of those options you mentioned (Land's End, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud) may not work so well for you.
     


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    Try Hickey Freeman Collection (not LTD) when on sale.

    Twotone
     


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    Tom Ford at Century 21
     


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    I have a Hugo Boss suit that fits me quite well and only cost me $300 at Nordstrom Rack. despite everyone's aversion to HB I think it's a fashion forward suit that looks decent - just don't pay full price for one
     


  9. gvibes

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    Once you have found a jacked that fits right, I find that it's generally not too difficult to find stuff online that fits right. I got lucky on a perfect fitting jacket from here or ebay or something, so I know what measurements to look for for what IMO is a perfect fit for me. Then, I just keep my eyes on ebay and here for jackets or suits that meet those requirements. If you are shopping slightly used or grey market, 500-600 goes a long way. You can pretty easily find new or like new fully-canvassed suits in that price range from companies like RL blue labe, canali, or corneliani.
     


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    6'3'' doesnt seem huge for SF standards from the posts Ive seen. Though people 6'3''+ seem to be pretty skinny on here
     


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    JAB Sig. Gold goes for $328 with regularity. It's tough to beat it at that price OTR. JAB suits are your typical boxy suits, but with knowledge of what you want, a tailor can make it look GREAT.
     


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    I realize $500 isn't the sweetspot pricepoint for most of the OKC retailers, but it couldn't hurt to call and ask some of the nicer stores if they have any 44L on sale in that price range and, if not, when their next sale might be.

    A few suggestions (if you haven't tried them):
    -Steven Giles (whose store is on Country Club Dr., off Grand and May) is a good guy.
    -SJ Haggard in Nichols Hills Plaza might have a few near that price point. I worked with Denny Wehba for years when he was at Harold's; I heard recently he is working at SJ Haggard now.
    -Parkway in Edmond. I've only visited that store once and didn't do a whole lot of looking at suits, but the fella who helped me (can't recall his name) seemed very knowledgeable and the store had a nice selection of sportswear and dress shirts; I suspect their suits are good enough if you can find one on sale (i.e., presuming they have them, I wouldn't buy one of their $500 suits for $500).
     


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    JAB Sig. Gold goes for $328 with regularity. It's tough to beat it at that price OTR. JAB suits are your typical boxy suits, but with knowledge of what you want, a tailor can make it look GREAT.

    Honestly, this is what I'm leaning toward, despite SF's inexplicable contempt for JAB. And there is a store in the city, and I like being able to try on the suits.
     


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    I realize $500 isn't the sweetspot pricepoint for most of the OKC retailers, but it couldn't hurt to call and ask some of the nicer stores if they have any 44L on sale in that price range and, if not, when their next sale might be.

    A few suggestions (if you haven't tried them):
    -Steven Giles (whose store is on Country Club Dr., off Grand and May) is a good guy.
    -SJ Haggard in Nichols Hills Plaza might have a few near that price point. I worked with Denny Wehba for years when he was at Harold's; I heard recently he is working at SJ Haggard now.
    -Parkway in Edmond. I've only visited that store once and didn't do a whole lot of looking at suits, but the fella who helped me (can't recall his name) seemed very knowledgeable and the store had a nice selection of sportswear and dress shirts; I suspect their suits are good enough if you can find one on sale (i.e., presuming they have them, I wouldn't buy one of their $500 suits for $500).


    Thanks! I've never heard of these stores, but I'll be certain to check them out. Do you know what brands they typically carry?
     


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    Go try on a RLBL in 44L at Saks or a RL store. If it fits, there are a bunch on ebay last time I checked with buy it now prices around $500 or 600. Since you won't be paying tax cost will be the same as buying a $450-500 at retail. And you will be getting a beautiful, fully lined, fashion forward $1900 suit that is definitely SF approved. Provided it fits you. http://cgi.ebay.com/2150-Polo-Ralph-...ht_3409wt_1127
     


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