Couple of Questions About First Suit

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  1. GeneralW

    GeneralW Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I have lurked here for awhile now and have looked through some of the stickies, but I would like some specific advice especially since there are some sales going on right now.
    I am a college student and I am looking to buy my first suit for internships and interviews. Deciding between charcoal or navy, I'm personally leaning more towards navy since I think it looks better on young people.

    I am just wondering which route I should go in terms of online MTM or RTW and if any particular brand is a good choice for the first suit. I do not know my precise measurements so I feel like online MTM could be a little tricky, but I am open to it if I could get some advice on the approach. I have been looking between these following places, so please let me know if you have any insight or any better alternatives.

    Benjamin ($525) Suggested in the sticky and read that it's a good price for being full canvassed. Currently I am looking at this suit, in charcoal and navy respectively.
    Charcoal - http://www.ehaberdasher.com/servlet/the-15410/Benjamin-Sartorial-Suit-cln--41L-fdsh-42L/Detail
    Navy - http://www.ehaberdasher.com/servlet/the-15422/Benjamin-Sartorial-Suit-cln--41L-fdsh-42L/Detail

    Hickey Freeman - Currently has an Extra 25% Sale on sale items. I am not sure if any of these styles is acceptable for a first suit since they are not solid navy or charcoal.
    Blue Flannel Chalk Stripe ($600 after extra discount) http://www.hickeyfreeman.com/sale-m...ny-collection-blue-flannel-chalk-stripe-suit/
    Dark Grey Flannel Stripe ($675 after extra discount) http://www.hickeyfreeman.com/sale-m...any-collection-dark-grey-flannel-stripe-suit/
    Grey Sharkskin Stripe ($675 after extra discount) http://www.hickeyfreeman.com/sale-mens-tailored-clothing/grey-sharkskin-stripe-suit/
    Navy Flannel Birdseye ($450 after extra discount) http://www.hickeyfreeman.com/index....egoryID/35da180a-a307-457b-a86a-a0c75db55830/
    Charcoal Beaded Stripe ($450 after extra discount) http://www.hickeyfreeman.com/index....egoryID/35da180a-a307-457b-a86a-a0c75db55830/

    Brooks Brothers 1818 ($998) From what I can gather I think I would be best in the Regent fit, but I can easily go into a store to try on the different fits. However it seems the solid suits are the only ones not on sale, so I'm not sure if they ever will be. The other suits are $660 but I am guessing they won't cut it as the first suit.
    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Regen...ar_MK00222_Color=BLCK&contentpos=21&cgid=0216

    Online MTMs I have checked out
    Black Lapel Solid Charcoal/Navy suit ($450) http://www.blacklapel.com/suits/solid-navy.html
    SuitSupply Dark Grey ($470) Not too sure of the different lines they offer
    http://us.suitsupply.com/suit-dark-...art=12&cgid=Suits&prefn1=style&prefv1=Classic

    Other options - going into Saks or Barneys and try to find a good deal?

    Basically I have boiled it down to some options but I am at a crossroads.
     


  2. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    I would not go for most online MTM. You could convince me to try the Kent Wang model, where you figure out what alterations you'd want on an OTR suit, but I'd never ever throw measurements at a website and hope it worked out.

    Stylistically, I don't think the HF suits would be the most prudent choice -- if they were significantly cheaper than your other options, they'd be worthwhile compromises, but you'd really be better off with a solid.

    I dunno anything about SuitSupply or Benjamin based on personal experience. BB suits are nice, but I'm not sure if I'd pay that premium for them.
     


  3. GeneralW

    GeneralW Well-Known Member

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    I agree in that I don't think I will go for online MTM for my first suit. I am just a bit overwhelmed because there are so many different brands out there. I know there's always a bargain out there somewhere but frankly I don't have a ton of time to go around looking for deals so I am looking for some insight on the best brand for a first suit at the retail price.
     


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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    sigh, duplicate
     
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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Shop locally. Please provide a general location if you want help narrowing down those options. Pictures also would be helpful.
     
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    GeneralW Well-Known Member

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    I am currently in school near Charlotte, NC, but I am from NYC and I go home pretty often so I guess that's a much better location.
     


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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Sorry for the delay.

    Here a few other Charlotte options
    http://www.capitolcharlotte.com/
    Nordstrom
    (Anything that fits there might be available online for less.)

    NYC has too many options to even try to list. A forum search would be more productive.
     


  9. tillyato

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    I wouldn't go with Hickey Freeman if I were you. Nothing against the quality, but the suits you list are all stripes or windowpanes of some sort or another. If these are going to be your first suits for internships and interviews, you definitely want a solid navy and/or charcoal that you can wear more often without drawing attention to the fact that you only have a couple of suits. I would go to the SuitSupply store in NYC and try on some of the various models, see what you like, and go from there.
     


  10. gcraya

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    I would steer you towards a solid navy suit. I get a lot of kids your age coming into my shop. We suggest getting a solid navy or charcoal suit for their first. They are much more versatile and if you wear a solid a couple times a week people aren't going to remember it, like they would a pinstripe or window-pane. Like tillyato mentioned. Also, the navy coat would be great with out the pants as a blazer, paired with a nice pair of jeans would be great for going out at night.
    There was a kid that brought in a suit from BlackLapel a couple weeks ago into my store. It was not impressive. The fabric was pretty cheap. The fit was so-so, with him doing the measurements. I would put that money to an OTR suit than an MTM online suit. You can actually feel the quality of the fabrics in person.
    Whatever you get, make sure to get it tailored! A cheap suit looks much better tailored, than an expensive suit not tailored. I could tell you dozens of times a cheap suit from Macy's looks really good after guys get them tailored from my shop. One wouldn't really know they were just a cheap suit, from afar off.

    Good Luck with the interviews.
     


  11. srsbusiness

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    what did you end up going with?
    im in search of a new suit too.. and as you know theres always different opinions on each suit.

    so far im setting my limit at 650 for a charcoal solid suit.
     


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