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Help me put together a suit from head to toe! <$1500

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hobbs1983, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior member

    Apr 8, 2012
    I'll also recommend you looking into Loake shoes. It terms of quality, they may be a bit under AE... but they're much better when it comes to styling and aesthetics. (And I own 4 pairs of AE now)
  2. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

    Apr 28, 2010
    BB Fitzgerald suit
    Light blue dress shirt
    Burgundy grenadine tie


    White dress shirt
    Navy grenadine tie

    Allen Edmonds black Park Avenue shoes

    That'll be < $1500 and you'll look good. Just make sure you get to a tailor for any minor alterations the shirt or suit might need.

    You don't have enough time for MTM at this point, or it'll all be very rushed. I don't recommend it and you'll go way above your budget anyway.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  3. cataan

    cataan Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    If you like to wear your pants lower toward the hips rather than higher toward the waist then you should avoid pleats. Pleats are meant to be worn higher so that excess fat around the waist is tucked into the extra room the pleats provide. That said, I like the lines that pleats provide so you have to decide what works best for you.

    You are working with both a budget and a time constraint. I would suggest looking at a Jos A. Banks "Signature Gold", "Signature", or "Joseph" suit and waiting for a sale. The listed prices are BS and you can regularly buy them for 2/3 to 3/4 off. There is a substantial difference between these suits and the other ones at Banks (Executive, Traveler). Many on this forum will flame the name Jos A. Banks but that is just reflex, especially with respect to the Signature Gold and Joseph suits. On sale you are getting a very good purchase.
  4. hobbs1983

    hobbs1983 Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Here are the two suits I like and that fit well.

    BrooksCool Regent

    Regent sharkskin 3 piece

    These are some of the shoes I really think look slick. I like the Oxford with a nice dark polished toe and even a cap toe looks great. 

    Another member said Zara was comparable to Kenneth Cole and gave it decent reviews, for $99 this would help fit the budget.
    http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stor...-nam-S2013/358057/1049999/CLASSIC OXFORD SHOE

    Is this too over the top?

    Reidrothchild, I agree, these look great.

    Probably my favorite of them all, Cognac derby shoe.

    So here I am, I REALLY like the sharkskin color and think the cognac derby shoes or the Zara oxfords would go along great with a red tie, but I would switch up that plaid shirt he has on just not sure to what yet. From the above are there any blaring style snafus or will this work?

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  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chicago, IL

    Yes, the higher end JAB stuff is better than the crappy stuff. I'd still prefer BB 1818 to JAB SIgnature Gold and the BB 1818 line seems to fit within OP's budget. From what I can gather from having looked at their stuff, I'd take SuitSupply over JAB as well and you can get SuitSupply in the $400 range. My main recollections of JAB also involved heavily padded shoulders, which I am not a huge fan of. My lesser JAB suits fell apart on me quickly (which was fine, I knew I was buying a couple of cheap suits until I had a paycheck to cash to pick up something better and they served the purpose they had to serve).

    JAB in general deserves to be flamed for their low quality in their basic lines, badly trained salespeople (in my experience, YMMV), sack-like fits on many of their garments and for making people think they are getting a deal with their bogus retail prices. Their higher end stuff is better (though I think anything below signature gold should be avoided) and is not a bad deal at 70%+ off, but I am not personally a huge fan of the company. I would not say Signature Gold on sale is a very good purchase but it is a decent one.
  6. nickrut

    nickrut Senior member

    Jan 5, 2013
    I'd avoid JAB like the plague unless you want something very loose fitting.

    For your outfit:

    Suit: Get a MTM from Kent Wang. $800. May be too short of notice to pull off in which case I'd contact one of the members here that sells BB suits and get a Fitzgerald cut
    Shirts: Not too difficult to do: $50?
    Shoes: Allen Edmonds are a safe bet, unless you have time to buy a decent pair of C&J's or something equivalent. I like the westbourne.
  7. cataan

    cataan Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    "I'd avoid JAB like the plague unless you want something very loose fitting."

    You do realize that the Joseph line is fitted (I have two - with vests - and prefer them over Sig Gold) and there is even a slim fit Joseph (I don't like very narrow lapels so I wouldn't touch it)? Traveler is fitted too but it's not something I'd buy (it's at the low end of JAB suits). Everyone is certainly entitled to their own preferences but there is a lot of misinformation in styleforum.
  8. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006
  9. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006
    The second suit's color. Also, don't buy suits online when there are so many local options, and don't get French cuffs for work (in casual San Diego). There is no good reason to buy $99 fashion shoes on a good-sized budget, especially when working in a professional environment. A three-piece suit would be too dressy and warm for San Diego. Frankly, the knowledge level isn't up to par and will lead to lousy purchases.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013

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