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I need to buy 2 suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by iPadTwo, May 5, 2011.

  1. iPadTwo

    iPadTwo Member

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    Hey guys. Just joined the forum!

    I need to buy 2 new suits for my summer internship. I was looking into a couple of places like men's wearhouse and Brooks brothers and had a couple questions.

    How does the regular BB store differ from a BB at an outlet mall? Seems like a good place to go especially this week with their F&F sale.

    How is the quality of suits at men's wearhouse?

    Any other stores at an outlet mall you guys suggest?

    Not looking to spend too much money, but I'd like to buy good quality suits.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. csoukoulis

    csoukoulis Senior member

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    Id definitely choose brooks over m/w if you can afford it. The outlet or "346" stuff is of lower quality than what you would find in a regular store, and not much cheaper.
     
  3. iPadTwo

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    Id definitely choose brooks over m/w if you can afford it. The outlet or "346" stuff is of lower quality than what you would find in a regular store, and not much cheaper.

    How much worse in quality is the 346 line? Is it worth paying the extra bucks at a regular BB store?
     
  4. csoukoulis

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    How much worse in quality is the 346 line? Is it worth paying the extra bucks at a regular BB store?

    Its not shitty stuff by any means, but i can pretty easily tell them apart and don't mind ponying up the difference.
     
  5. Grenadier

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    How much worse in quality is the 346 line? Is it worth paying the extra bucks at a regular BB store?

    I find there to be quite a bit of difference. The 1818 line is noticeably better constructed and the wool is much nicer. If Brooks Brothers is doing their 2 1818-line suits for $1500 less 25% this weekend, it's not a bad deal, probably the best you will get and is a good value.
     
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    There's no comparison between Brooks Brothers and Men's Wearhouse.

    Get the two Brooks suits on sale, one in navy and one in charcoal, and you'll be set for your summer internship and have the foundation for a solid business wardrobe.
     
  7. iPadTwo

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    There's no comparison between Brooks Brothers and Men's Wearhouse.

    Get the two Brooks suits on sale, one in navy and one in charcoal, and you'll be set for your summer internship and have the foundation for a solid business wardrobe.


    By Brooks suits, are you referring to the outlet mall quality?

    Is the 346 line still better than men's wearhouse?
     
  8. GusW

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    I would suggest navy and tan for a summer internship. Blue and white shirts and a few rep ties. Brown shoes and brown belt.
     
  9. officeboy

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    I'm going to assume that Men's warehouse and BB outlet prices are the price range your shopping in. At that price it's harder but not impossible to get some nicer suits. Other places you could try are Jcrew/Banana Republic (find coupons+sales), Nordstrom Rack, maybe a Marshals if you have one of the fancy ones around, H&M too. And if you are in or near NY there are probably dozens of other places you could look for deals. Also Suit Supply they got high marks in that silly NY times article a month or so back and the pricing is very good if the quality is as nice as the article said.
    I would suggest navy and tan for a summer internship. Blue and white shirts and a few rep ties. Brown shoes and brown belt.
    +1 Tan or a light/med grey
     
  10. tphd

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    I would suggest navy and tan for a summer internship. Blue and white shirts and a few rep ties. Brown shoes and brown belt.
    why navy and tan over navy and gray? Because of the season or something else? Just curious, I always hear that the first two suits one buys should be navy and gray. what is your price point OP? What field? I don't have much corporate experience but I assume that a summer intern will not be expected to dress as well as regular staffers, and office folks in general don't wear very nice suits.
     
  11. iPadTwo

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    why navy and tan over navy and gray? Because of the season or something else? Just curious, I always hear that the first two suits one buys should be navy and gray.

    what is your price point OP? What field? I don't have much corporate experience but I assume that a summer intern will not be expected to dress as well as regular staffers, and office folks in general don't wear very nice suits.


    I'll be working in finance (investment banking) for the summer. I'll be looking to buy one navy and one gray (or charcoal) suit.

    I would say I would like to spend maximum somewhere around $500 per suit. I guess my options at this point are BB outlet, BB regular store, men's wearhouse, outlet mall, nordstrom, macys, or an online store like indochino, moderntailor, etc. I'm trying to stay away from stores like banana republic because I've heard the quality is not that great.

    I'd like to try out indochino/moderntailor for the best fit possible...but I'm not sure how accurate my measurements would be. Or, I could buy one at a regular store and bring it to a local tailor.

    What would you guys recommend?
     
  12. csoukoulis

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    I'll be working in finance (investment banking) for the summer. I'll be looking to buy one navy and one gray (or charcoal) suit.

    I would say I would like to spend maximum somewhere around $500 per suit. I guess my options at this point are BB outlet, BB regular store, men's wearhouse, outlet mall, nordstrom, macys, or an online store like indochino, moderntailor, etc. I'm trying to stay away from stores like banana republic because I've heard the quality is not that great.

    I'd like to try out indochino/moderntailor for the best fit possible...but I'm not sure how accurate my measurements would be. Or, I could buy one at a regular store and bring it to a local tailor.

    What would you guys recommend?


    id stay away from the mail order stuff if you don't have any suits and haven't had the opportunity to try several styles on and see what styles and cuts suit ( no pun intended) you best.
     
  13. Doc4

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    I would suggest navy and tan for a summer internship. Blue and white shirts and a few rep ties. Brown shoes and brown belt.

    why navy and tan over navy and gray? Because of the season or something else? Just curious, I always hear that the first two suits one buys should be navy and gray.

    Because of the season ... OP stated this is for a summer internship. Tan suits are part of the usual wear in summer.

    That said, I'd still keep a medium gray suit in the mix, and if he's going for a tan, swap out the navy. But of course there's nothing wrong with going gray & navy, and then he has two suits that will do him well when he later has to work in the winter.
    I'll be working in finance (investment banking) for the summer. I'll be looking to buy one navy and one gray (or charcoal) suit.

    Skipping the tan for now is fine. You can consider it later when you have more disposable income and you have a better feel for the corporate climate of your industry (a tan suit may fit in well, or may be one step away from wearing jeans and a hawaiian shirt ... you'll find out as time goes on.)

    Mid-gray (or slightly darker) will be more versatile than charcoal for now, as the lighter tone will do well in summer.
    How is the quality of suits at men's wearhouse?

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  14. GBer

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    Where is your internship? NYC? Are you in any particular group such as I-banking, equity research, trading?

    You don't often see bankers wear tan at work, summer or not. Would stay away from tan. Too casual. Gray & navy are good choices. What about shoes? Do you have a couple of decent pairs?

    $500 max will be tough. If these are your first suits, bite the bullet and go to BB and get something there. Do you even know your size? Nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit.
     
  15. iPadTwo

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    Where is your internship? NYC? Are you in any particular group such as I-banking, equity research, trading?

    You don't often see bankers wear tan at work, summer or not. Would stay away from tan. Too casual. Gray & navy are good choices. What about shoes? Do you have a couple of decent pairs?

    $500 max will be tough. If these are your first suits, bite the bullet and go to BB and get something there. Do you even know your size? Nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit.


    Yes, it's in NYC. I'm going with gray and navy for sure. BTW, this is not my first suit. I currently have one suit that I wore to interviews and such. Bought it off the rack during a sale at a department store and got it tailored, so I have a general sense of what my size is.

    At this point, I just need help on WHERE to get my suits....There's way too many options and I need assistance on narrowing my options down!
     
  16. luftvier

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    BB is the safest best for value (quality v. price).
     
  17. Troilus

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    The Brooks Brothers 346 (outlet) line is an okay bargain but not great. Since this weekend is F&F 25% off, the better value for the exact same price is the Brooks Brothers Suiting Essential line (available online).

    They do not have the typical multiple-buy deal for BB 1818 suits right now (2 for $1500). At $750 a piece right now, that's a significant amount out of your price range. If you are only using two suits this summer, you'll also find that the Suiting Essential line holds up a bit better.

    Other good SF-approved items at your price point are Benjamin suits (from ehaberdasher.com) or some suits from the buying and selling forum.
     
  18. GBR

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    Hey guys. Just joined the forum!
    Not looking to spend too much money, but I'd like to buy good quality suits.

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    Contradiction
     
  19. Cary Grant

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    Contradiction

    Not really. He didn't say 1st lass or exceptional. It was well-accepted here at SF a few years ago that the suits at Target were "good" for the money.

    If you can get into a BB suit around that price, you're doing OK.
     
  20. jonuiuc

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    BB is the safest bet from the options you listed. I'd stick with that if it easy to find a something decent fit with your body type. If you have a sort of hard to find size or have hard to fit proportions (like me), you may want to find a local place that could do a M2M suit for you. Around here (chicago) there are at least two places that will make a M2M suit for you for about $500 (cheaper online if you want to chance it - I wouldn't, but everybody is different). Those less expensive M2M suits may or may not be as well constructed as a BB outlet suit, but in my mind a good fit trumps everything.

    Also, Navy and Grey are probably the most versatile choices long term, so I agree with your choice. I'd just keep in mind that sometimes Navy can highlight youth, not to say that Navy makes you look young (if you don't), but if you happen to be younger looking, people may notice it more when you are wearing Navy. I don't know if that is a pro or con in the internship you are going to do (hey its sometimes nice to be the young guy). Its subtle, but I definately believe it now that I'm aware of it: http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/mad-...pete-campbell/
     

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