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Can you find anything wrong with this $85 suit (and $29 shoes) from Target?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. axe

    axe Senior member

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    The apology is a big thing to do, shows more class than those that ragged on your looks (was I one of them [​IMG]). Anyway, what you do is more "real" than what we do here, in that more guys are likely to take advice on how to buy/alter a suit from Target than to spend $5K on a bespoke suit. I do think that many things that you can learn here would help what you do on your blog. A $300 suit will never be a $5000 suit, but you can pick up bits on fit, quality, and style on here that you can apply to any wardrobe. Good luck on your site and stick around.
    +1. I think there's more merit to what Mr. Cahlo does than the mindless bickering over the most inane details, Ã la SF, MC in particular.. At least his blog can have a real impact on the "average" person.
     
  2. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    The shoes don't look too bad for a one or two events a year buyer.
     
  3. z7f9q

    z7f9q Senior member

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    I just want men in my budget bracket to look good and not use lack of money as an excuse to wear flip flops and shorts.

    Something that I'm sure everyone here can get behind. I'll be sure to check your blog for updates every now and then.
     
  4. Dennis Cahlo

    Dennis Cahlo Active Member

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    Thanks, guys. I never expected to get positive reactions here but you all have proved me wrong.

    For the record, if I had more time with Jeff I would have taken him to my tailor who does custom clothing. He was so backed up I couldn't get Jeff there in time. We had only one afternoon to get everything done. It was like a race against the clock. Believe me, I see that the jacket is still a little too boxy and I even made mention that I hated the break the tailor gave on the pants (he didn't listen to me on that one) but for the one or two times Jeff will wear this suit, it's not half bad. Plus he had a budget of less than $300 to work with. That was for EVERYTHING including tailoring.

    So, basically, I did my best with what I had to work with and I do not feel the end results are embarrassing to Jeff or to myself. For a man who wears jeans and t-shirts all the time and has never owned a decent fitting suit , this is a big step and I am really proud he was open to all my suggestions.
     
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    bowtielover Senior member

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    If you hadn't told me they were from taget probably not, the suit at least will be pron to wrinkles and a horriable cath all for lint adn dust and hair so watch out for that. The tie looks nice but will not last you as long as a good quality one will, that is why you got them at such a great deal.
     
  6. ManofKent

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    Thanks, guys. I never expected to get positive reactions here but you all have proved me wrong.

    So, basically, I did my best with what I had to work with and I do not feel the end results are embarrassing to Jeff or to myself. For a man who wear jeans and t-shirts all the time and has never owned a decent fitting suit , this is a big step and I am really proud he was open to all my suggestions.


    A suggestion for future articles might be off-the-rack photos, followed by after tailoring photos.
     
  7. Dennis Cahlo

    Dennis Cahlo Active Member

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    Thanks!! I will definitely do before and after next time. I swear the suit looked really bad before we got the alterations done. Even though it's not 100% in the post, it's a definite improvement.

    Jeff's body was really hard to fit. The 38R was too small and the 40R (pictured) fit better but was baggy. His lower arms are smaller than his upper which I'm sure my tailor would have been able to figure out how to fix the sleeves to make them look less "loose". But like I said before, i couldn't get him to my tailor in time. If only he had more money I would have convinced him months earlier to get fitted for a custom suit.

    I was rushing around the morning before we ran to Target and forgot my camera. I was considering using my camera phone but those images just come out looking terrible.
     
  8. WRAdvisor

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    I just want men in my budget bracket to look good and not use lack of money as an excuse to wear flip flops and shorts.

    I understand that people are on budgets and not many people can afford $2K suits, but with the B&S section on SF and eBay....there are more than enough outlets to find QUALITY clothing for cheap.

    I know this firsthand and I'm on a VERY tight budget with a new home and student loans...but with patience and knowing what you're looking for, you can put together a top-line wardrobe for 10% of the retail price.

    This is just my humble opinion, there really isn't any reason to "settle" for a Target suit when a better quality suit can be had on the cheap with a little research and patience.
     
  9. Dennis Cahlo

    Dennis Cahlo Active Member

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    Have you ever owned a suit from Target?
     
  10. Trungtastic

    Trungtastic Senior member

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    I've noticed that Target briefly had a slimmer fit suit available. Never had it in my size but it def piqued my curiousity
     
  11. Tarmac

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    I would have already bought a Target suit if their sizes went to 36 or 38S. Their appearance is not much different from any $400 mall suit.

    I already own many Target shirts and sweaters. In fact, their shirts fit as well as my more expensive shirts. Their wool sweaters and cashmere scarves are on par with anything I have.

    Get the right body, right alternations, and right suit, anything can look good. JAB, H&M, thrift store, etc. I have seen it many times over.
     
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    Have you ever owned a suit from Target?

    I have not owned one, but I have tried a few different ones on at the store. I do this at almost every department store I visit, for this reason in particular. Would I be able to make the comments above with personal experience in trying the garment on? I wouldn't think so...and that would be quite hypocritical to do so.
     
  13. Dennis Cahlo

    Dennis Cahlo Active Member

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    I have not owned one, but I have tried a few different ones on at the store. I do this at almost every department store I visit, for this reason in particular. Would I be able to make the comments above with personal experience in trying the garment on? I wouldn't think so...and that would be quite hypocritical to do so.

    Cool, that's all I wanted to know.

    Your opinion is 10000% valid, IMHO because one can find really quality stuff on EBAY and other outlets.

    But for Jeff who will wear this suit once a year, it will last a lot longer than if he were to wear it everyday. And the suit is not badly made at all.

    As for the time and patience remark, did you read the whole post? We had one day to get this all done and in only a few hours. With time and proximity I chose Target as it was the best option in our neighborhood for a man of Jeff's stature and price range (originally he gave me a budget of $100. I convinced him to spend more).

    Look, I don't really care that you think Target brand is crap or your opinion of my blog. The bottom line is I had a friend who needed help and he was happy in the end. That was the most rewarding part of the experience. I'm sure you would do the same.
     
  14. Cary Grant

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    Target's suits have actually been held up in several threads here as "surprisingly OK" for the price. For your friend's situation - was probably a decent solution.
     
  15. Dennis Cahlo

    Dennis Cahlo Active Member

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    Thanks, CG. I do want him to go to my tailor after the wedding he attends to get it all fixed. I know it will look so much better when he does.

    I would also like to thank everyone on this thread for making my boring Monday speed by at work.
     
  16. FStyles

    FStyles Senior member

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    Can anyone explain the differences.


    better than ANY tom Ford suit I've seen.
     
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    Merona suit fabric feels like the Theory suits.
     
  18. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    I think the pants look way too TIGHT. People think they're baggy!?!

    That said, I think Dennis hit a homerun with that $300 budget.
    His friend needed a Honda, not a Ferrari.
    Brilliant job to get the average guy looking "suited up" without spending a penny more than he had to.
    Mission accomplished. On time and under budget. Give this man a raise!
     
  19. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    "suiting up" - a phrase which will define the next 10 years of d-bags
     
  20. Dennis Cahlo

    Dennis Cahlo Active Member

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    "suiting up" - a phrase which will define the next 10 years of d-bags

    Style Forum - a phrase which HAS defined the word douchebag.
     

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