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Men's Wearhouse isn't all that bad

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So you're given a $500 budget by an athletically built friend to recommend a clean everyday dark charcoal suit. Rather than sending him to become a victim of the minimum wage employees at the Men Wearhouse you tell him to buy...
 

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Originally Posted by codetomorrow
So you're given a $500 budget by an athletically built friend to recommend a clean everyday black suit. Rather than sending him to become a victim of the minimum wage employees at the Men Wearhouse you tell him to buy...

Sorry no I still wouldn't. There's a lot of better choices for $500
 

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I tell him that there's no such thing as an 'everyday black suit' unless he works as an undertaker or a bouncer. I then send him to B&S to pick up something in charcoal or navy for $300-$400 as he will need to keep some cash spare for alterations.
 

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Originally Posted by cioni2k
Sorry no I still wouldn't. There's a lot of better choices for $500

That's what I mean. Where to go and what to buy rather than mens wearhouse and whatever they choose.

Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
I tell him that there's no such thing as an 'everyday black suit' unless he works as an undertaker or a bouncer. I then send him to B&S to pick up something in charcoal or navy for $300-$400 as he will need to keep some cash spare for alterations.

You're right, I posted this without thinking. I was thinking dark not necessarily black, more like dark charcoal.
 

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Originally Posted by codetomorrow
So you're given a $500 budget by an athletically built friend to recommend a clean everyday dark charcoal suit. Rather than sending him to become a victim of the minimum wage employees at the Men Wearhouse you tell him to buy...

I'd tell him to get measured somewhere and look on the B&S forum or ebay for a quality suit. A few months ago, I picked up a used charcoal Corneliani suit in excellent condition on ebay for $180 shipped. Got it dry cleaned and tailored and looks great. He can do way better than Men's Wearhouse.
 

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Originally Posted by codetomorrow
So you're given a $500 budget by an athletically built friend to recommend a clean everyday dark charcoal suit. Rather than sending him to become a victim of the minimum wage employees at the Men Wearhouse you tell him to buy...

Where does this fellow live? Does he know his measurements so he can buy online or will he have to try it on first? When you say "athletically" how much money in tailoring will he have to do to the suit?

Figuring he's going to have to spend at least $150 in tailoring (waist taken in on jacket and pants, pants hemmed, sleeves at correct length) that leaves only $350 for the suit. He's better off buying something heavily discounted if available to him, or even checking out thrift stores for a gently used suit. If he knows his measurements then have him search ebay or the sale forums here.
 

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Originally Posted by runner-guy
I'd tell him to get measured somewhere and look on the B&S forum or ebay for a quality suit. A few months ago, I picked up a used charcoal Corneliani suit in excellent condition on ebay for $180 shipped. Got it dry cleaned and tailored and looks great. He can do way better than Men's Wearhouse.

Telling him eBay without a brand or suggestion is a bad idea lol

Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
Where does this fellow live? Does he know his measurements so he can buy online or will he have to try it on first? When you say "athletically" how much money in tailoring will he have to do to the suit?

Figuring he's going to have to spend at least $150 in tailoring (waist taken in on jacket and pants, pants hemmed, sleeves at correct length) that leaves only $350 for the suit. He's better off buying something heavily discounted if available to him, or even checking out thrift stores for a gently used suit. If he knows his measurements then have him search ebay or the sale forums here.


Northern California. Measurements are 6"-0' tall, 180lbs, 46" chest, 32" waist, he's built like a upside-down triangle, like a football player build.

Are there any stand by brands I can suggest. I'm actually looking for myself also but I've got about a $1,000 budget so I was leaning toward a Burberry suit for myself.
 

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Since I don't know much about suits I was thinking about taking him to Nordstrom. The most expensive suit they have there is around $1,500 and lots of choices around the $500 mark. All the brands listed on their website are these:
- Armani Collezioni
- Ben Sherman
- Burberry
- Calibrate
- Canali
- D&G
- Hart Schaffner Marx
- Hickey Freeman
- HUGO
- Hugo Boss
- John Varvatos Star USA
- John W. NordstromÂ

- Joseph Abboud
- Versace

Which of them should we stay away from?
 

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Tell him to go to Jos. and get a couple suits on their perpetual sale. It's good for starting out on a budget.
 

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Originally Posted by Jay Gatsby
Tell him to go to Jos. and get a couple suits on their perpetual sale. It's good for starting out on a budget.

+1. they have great deals like buy 1 get 14 free!
 

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I'll cop to owning a MW suit. I bought it for an emergency job interview three years ago (I was away from my home city, and need to buy a suit and have it altered same-day after 5pm). It's really a shitty suit, but MOST people won't notice it.

The ONLY good thing about Mens Wearhouse is that they have stores everywhere, and will press their suits for free while you wait. If you're travelling, have to wear a suit it's a valuable service. I've only worn that suit twice after the interview, and both times in similar situations. Contrary to what the ads say, I didn't like the way I looked, but it got the job done.
 

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Originally Posted by Jay Gatsby
Tell him to go to Jos. and get a couple suits on their perpetual sale. It's good for starting out on a budget.

 

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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
I tell him that there's no such thing as an 'everyday black suit' unless he works as an undertaker or a bouncer. .

Or he works at UBS.
 

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