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How many suits does one need?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by J Darnielle, May 11, 2009.

  1. J Darnielle

    J Darnielle Senior member

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    Roughly, for a job that requires wearing a suit every day? Let's assume that you will be seeing the same office crowd every day. I suppose that if you only visit with clients at random, you could only have one or two suits.

    Thanks!
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  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Five to begin with.
     
  3. Fillmore Graves

    Fillmore Graves Member

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    Being in the death care industry, and meeting with several families everyday, I have found the need to have approx. 10 suits. Seven of them are the workhorses for the everyday use and the remaining are my very good suits for special events.
     
  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    i would say if you need to wear suit regularly to work, practically 2 or 3 would work.

    but you need to have a good order of sportcoats and trousers as well.
     
  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i would say if you need to wear suit regularly to work, practically 2 or 3 would work.

    but you need to have a good order of sportcoats and trousers as well.

    If you need to wear a suit to work everyday, how are sportcoats and trousers going to help?
     
  6. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    for a decade or so, I got by with 3 suits. now I have 11, but I could get by with 8 - 4 light and 4 heavy
     
  7. lasbar

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    As many you can afford...
    I have 4 solid midnight blue , 3 navy blue pinstriped , 2 solid charcoal , 2 charcoal pinstriped, 1 black for funeral, 2 dark brown suits, 2 cream linen suits and one solid light grey for the summer...
    I'm getting a flannel , a 1 button suit and my first double-breasted...
    To start with a minimum of 5 covering monday to friday with worsted navy blue and charcoal as basis...The rest will come with your tastes evolving...
     
  8. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A dozen, half spring and half fall. The sixth of each weight covers times when others are at the cleaners. It should be a bit sporty, like a glen check.
     
  9. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    If you need to wear a suit to work everyday, how are sportcoats and trousers going to help?

    Sophist.

    - B
     
  10. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sophist.

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    Socialist. - M
     
  11. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    i would say if you need to wear suit regularly to work, practically 2 or 3 would work.

    but you need to have a good order of sportcoats and trousers as well.


    If you need to wear a suit to work everyday, how are sportcoats and trousers going to help?

    Note Sho said "regularly." This does not mean necessarily every day, but could mean 3-4 times a week with a day for less formal attire.
     
  12. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Socialist.

    - M


    Socialite.

    - B
     
  13. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Don't forget your dinner suit too.
     
  14. cotler_bogart

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    IMHO, if its for everday work, a minimum of 8 to 10. It's true, you need enough to rotate as to maybe wear a suit 2 to 4 times a month max, if you want them to last, along with taking care of them.
     
  15. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

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    Figure on wearing at least three suits in a five-day week. If you live somewhere with four seasons, figure on dressing for three - winter, summer and spring/fall. That gives you a minimum of nine suits, none of which should be too memorable. Save the flash for when you have a bigger wardrobe.
     
  16. binge

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    First calculate now many pairs of shoes you need, then subtract one.
     
  17. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    First calculate now many pairs of shoes you need, then subtract one.

    You don't use the "quantity of suit jackets should equal quantity of suit pants" formula?

    - B
     
  18. bigbris1

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    10 is the magic number. 3 summer seasonal, 5-6 3-4 season & 1-2 2 season.
     
  19. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    I see you have a new avatar...[​IMG]
     
  20. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    Five to begin with.

    Agreed. A good starting point.
     

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