Guide on the most Universal Suit?

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  1. SharpandClean

    SharpandClean Member

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    So, I'm 19 and about to turn 20. I think it is about time to get a decent suit that would be appropriate for as many situations as possible and last a long time. Like business/weddings/etc.

    I've been doing some reading that a two-button jacket is best. I couldn't decide whether a gray or charcoal color would be best. What is a reliable brand that sells suits?
     


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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    This has been asked many times before and a search would probably be more useful than what you'll see on this thread. Briefly, however, I'd say this:

    Grey covers a spectrum including charcoal. A slightly darker grey is more formal (I prefer a shade lighter than charcoal) than a lighter grey and may be a bit more useful. Navy is also a good option for a first suit. It is hard to give brand recommendations without a budget / timing (if you have time, you can wait for sales, etc.).
     


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    Get a solid suit. Charcoal would be best, if you aren't a fan of grey then go with navy, single breasted, 2 button. Your budget and the brands that fit you best would be key in deciding where to get one from. Read some posts on how to find a suit that fits well and if in doubt post some pics to get critique from more experienced members. Some places to start - Suit Supply or Brooks Brothers ready to wear (RTW). If you can extend to made to measure (MTM) check out Kent Wang.
     


  4. SharpandClean

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    Yeah, I see your point on using the search function since my thread is very generic. Sure, the search function has similar threads, but most of the time they have their own personal questions within their thread. When I go through those threads, I rarely get a clear answer on what I really want to know.
     
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    What price range is considered cheap and what is considered expensive? My budget is around $250
     


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    GBR Senior member

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    There is probably no clear answer to a novice but they still give you the best ideas to think about.
     


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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    $250 is "cheap." It would take some good fortune - like a student discount at J. Crew - to get something "decent." But the suit needs to fit reasonably well before tailoring (often needed and costing more than $50 when not provided by retailers) and should be tried on in person before buying. If it's the first grown-up suit, first go to a menswear store and be measured. Meanwhile, keep browsing to learn what good fit looks like, and keep in mind that the tight look usually isn't business-appropriate.
     
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    $250 is cheap?! I have been browsing through this forum recently and it seems that everyone here has an extremely high taste. I'm only in college and barely have any money. I did look into j.crew ludlow. I called their store today and sadly they do not take any discounts off suiting... Not even the student discount. So I am basically at a loss. Can you give me a list of brands for around $250 range? From highest quality to lowest.
     


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    For $250, you're going to get a passable suit at best. If you need one suit but do not have much money to spend, you're probably looking at something like Joseph A Bank or Men's Warehouse on sale / clearance (keep in mind that Joseph A Bank is on perpetual "sale"). Neither stores are SF approved and I can't say I recommend either for quality purposes, but they're all around the U.S. and you can get a suit for $200. It will probably be boxy (some alterations may help a bit), it will definitely be fused, and the fabric will not feel nearly as nice as the fabric on more expensive suits. That said, you'll have a suit when you need it and nobody expects a 19 year old to have a nice suit.

    An increase from $250 to $400 would get you a dramatic improvement in quality but I understand if this is not affordable as I've been in the poor student position myself. You will feel better in it and like wearing it more, but you know better than any of us what you can afford / how you could stretch to get something a little bit nicer. If you get the cheap suit, make sure to budget a bit more when you're in a position to buy a second suit as you will one day be happier to have a nicer one.
     


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    You're not looking at much with $250, sorry. J.Crew ludlow is the cheapest of what I'd call is acceptable because it is half-canvassed (I'm not a fan of the cut myself).

    If I were you, I'd start looking at the styleforum BST for a used Ludlow, Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren suit. You'd have to know your measurements, however, and be prepared for alterations. I'd rather have a pre-owned suit from those makers over a new suit from H&M, Zara, etc.
     
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    Sometimes you can get something from TM Lewin for around $250 if it's on sale. Remember to deduct 20% because of VAT. But there really aren't any good options in the $250 range beyond that.
     


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