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Hello,

First I want to say that I'm new to posting at this forum, but I've been reading it for awhile, and I have found the advice here excellent.

My dilema is this:
I recently had to attend a funeral, and litterly had nothing to wear to it because I've never really started dressing nice until recently. Anyway, I felt out of place because it seemed like I was the only person not wearing a suit. So... I've decided to purchase one. I really do not know too much about buying a suit, but I have the following critiera:

1. It has to be low priced. It seems that alot of people in this forum are attached to desgners such as Armani, but being that I'm a college student that works a part-time job, I don't really have the money to invest in a suit of that caliber. I was wondering if I could get a suit for around 200-300??

2. I would like to be able to wear it year round. I know that if I bought a real light colored suit, it just wouldn't go in the winter, etc. I need to be able to wear it to a funeral or a wedding, and I would like it to be a little conservative. I was thinking maybe a dark blue or black?

I stopped by the mall today to look at a couple of stores (Dillards, JCPenny, Mcraes, etc). This is what I found
At JCPenny's:
Haggar Black Label Suit.-- Reg 260. Sale 180.
It's 3 button, polyester/worsted wool/Lycra, black and a gray.

Stafford Reg 250 Sale 180
It's 3 button, 100 % worsted wool, black

Foleys has this add in the paper:
Claiborne Suit.
Coat reg 250, sales 165.99
Pants reg 120 sale 79.99

I'm kinda running out of places to go and shop. It seems that the suits either cost alot (600+), or they are really cheap.

Anyway, any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

BTW: I'm in Baton Rouge, LA if anyone knows of a good clothes store in or around here.
 

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Well I don't know any of those labels but you're gonna want a wool suit, not one with polyester and lycra worked in. I'd stay away from department store brands cause I'm guessing they'll be pretty crappy. Your best bet for a low price suit of decent quality is gonna be Brooks Brothers. While I've never been to one of their stores, I think they are gonna be better quality than anything you'll find at low end department stores..

You might want to think about why you're getting a suit. If you're not going to wear one any time soon, wait for the sales to start. I think a navy suit is generally considered the first suit you should get. Whether to get 2 or 3 button is up to you. Slim, tall people look good in 3 button suits. If you've got some extra weight you'll look better in a 2 button.

You might wanna try and hit the outlet stores(check the forum for names of stores) as well. You might be able to find a designer suit at significant discount. Make sure it fits properly though, don't buy it just cause it's a particular brand.
 

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If you live near outlet shopping (and if you're not sure, post something here asking Steve B), absolutely check it out.  If you're willing to put in the legwork and spend some time, you can get a very nice suit for what you're looking to spend.  For your first, I'd absolutely go with a solid charcoal gray or dark navy and, like LA Guy, I'd lean toward the charcoal.

From personal experience, I can tell you that Brooks Brothers (especially the outlets) carries nice starter suits.  When I was in school several years ago, I bought a few to beef up my suit wardrobe and they held up very nicely for a few years.  Two and three button, a bit of Lycra with the wool for some stretch- nice starter suits.  The salespeople will tell you when they run sales; I picked up mine for $250.  There are plenty of other examples, many listed in the posts above.

One thing to consider is the alteration process that will follow.  If you buy off the rack, you will need alterations.  Some suits will require significantly less than others, so you may want to keep that in mind as you shop.  You may also want to poke around for decent tailors in your area that don't charge too much .
 

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could you post your suit size, and your preference for single breasted or double breasted? i will try to make some recommendations of suits you can view on-line. some of the suits i suggest will be new, but some will be pre-owned, and will need to be altered to fit you. however, keep in mind...would you rather own a honda civic, or a pre-owned ferrari?
 

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ARD: Finding a quality suit in that range will indeed be difficult. With that budget, Brooks Brothers is an excellent suggestion, particularly if you visit one of their outlet stores, which are all over the place, and have $100 off sale virtually every weekend. Log on to www.brooksbrothers.com to find a location near your home in Lafayette. If you can bump your budget up to $4-500, and wait until the Father's Day sales start, you've got a great chance of finding a good designer labelled suit (Boss, Armani, Hickey-Freeman, possibly even Zegna) If I can help in any way, please e-mail me. I plan a trip to New Orleans some time before 6/15, and know of at least one good men's specialty store in your area.
 

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