I committed suit StyleForum blasphemy today....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jake Volmer, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Jake Volmer

    Jake Volmer Active Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    After reading up on suits and being given valuable advice & suggestions from this site and its members, I committed SF blasphemy today by ordering my first navy suit from Banana Republic, a chain that sells fused garments made in China. Around this site, BR seems to be expressed much the same way Jerry utters the word, "Newman!


    [​IMG]

    "

    They offered a 40% discount today site wide and this happened to include suits, a rarity. With my student discount and website discount from using a site portal, I stayed within my student budget, ultimately spending less than $270 on a jacket and matching pants.

    Much thanks to everyone's help on this site. It's been awesome to get people's advice on what to look for in a suit and what to wear/not wear. I can only hope my suit holds well for a couple of years.
     


  2. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

    Messages:
    3,276
    Likes Received:
    5,050
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Location:
    Austria
    

    No worries, I'd say the vast majority of people on here have some sort of guilty pleasure when it comes to Banana Republic, H&M, Gap, etc. It sounds like you got what you needed at a good price. It's sometimes nice to buy something like that as you don't feel guilty replacing it with something better later.

    It's also comforting to know that most suits, regardless of how cheap they were purchased, rarely to never explode on wearing.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012


  3. Maccimus

    Maccimus Senior member

    Messages:
    982
    Likes Received:
    117
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Location:
    Shanghai
    Most RTW suits hold well for many years, as long as you don't throw them into washing machines too often.
     


  4. cruizer

    cruizer Active Member

    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2012
    For what it's worth, I have a Gap dark navy blazer that I bought for a bargain and which I can still wear to this day. It may not be an Armani but it versatility and durability are what matters.
     


  5. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Messages:
    7,775
    Likes Received:
    548
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2006
    

    There are very few that can be thrown into washing machines at all. Not recommended.
     


  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

    Messages:
    5,248
    Likes Received:
    273
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    

    Although I've hear tales that occasionally the wearer of said suits may spontaneously combust.

    Just sayin'
     


  7. StumpjumperE

    StumpjumperE Senior member

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2012
    I've gotten some stuff from Banana that I liked quite a bit and fit really well. Your suit probably won't last forever, but I'm sure it'll fit the bill for you for now.
     


  8. gsugsu

    gsugsu Senior member

    Messages:
    894
    Likes Received:
    111
    Joined:
    May 9, 2008
    You buy the best you can afford. You will be the judge. If it fits and you like it that is great. Pay attention to how it fares over time; that will help you assess if it was worth it. Good luck and wear it well
     


  9. hohneokc

    hohneokc Senior member

    Messages:
    1,020
    Likes Received:
    510
    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Location:
    OKC, OK
    I would say you did fine. You buy what can fit your budget. At least you bought something that looks good and fits well - that's is what really matters. I have seen people spend a lot of money on clothes that do not fit and really look bad. I would much rather see someone get something that looks nice and presentable like you did.

    Chris
     


  10. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

    Messages:
    727
    Likes Received:
    143
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2010
    BR is definitely not hated at a "KILL IT WITH FIRE" level by the broad SF community.... BR falls into the category of "decent clothes at a decent price," but most people here tend to prefer paying more to get more. I don't think any sane commenter would suggest that at $270 you could do significantly better than a BR suit. And even for those of us on a higher budget there are always things we can't stomach spending lots of money on, and BR is a good place for filling in those wardrobe gaps. For me it's sweaters - I mostly buy mine at BR.

    Congrats on the purchase - enjoy it.
     


  11. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior member

    Messages:
    850
    Likes Received:
    150
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
    As long as it fits and looks good, that's what matters.

    Seeing that you're a student, I somehow doubt that you'll see the quality problems that may arise of wearing a fused suit 5 days a week, year round for many years.
     


  12. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Messages:
    24,366
    Likes Received:
    410
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    If it fits well, then enjoy it. I wore BR suits during my student years, and they looked good. :embar:
     


  13. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    33,479
    Likes Received:
    8,847
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Location:
    New York City
    "Those who spend to thrifty, esteem too lightly."

    -Thomas Paine
     


  14. dirkweems

    dirkweems Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2011
    Just don't buy an engagement ring at Walmart.
     


  15. random-adam

    random-adam Senior member

    Messages:
    1,173
    Likes Received:
    178
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Location:
    20781
    Aside from an MTM tuxedo and the gray MTM three-piece in which I got married, I'll freely admit that the best-fitting suit I own is a linen blend from Marks & Spencer that I picked up last year for the equivalent of US$160. It's not a workhorse by any means... but works just fine for outdoor summer weddings and the like.

    If your fused Chinese-made suit gets helps you land a job or feel good in public, more power to it.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by