My first suit - Thinking Ted Baker Endurance, Hugo Boss, Alfani Red

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by damonfong, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. damonfong

    damonfong New Member

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    I am looking for my first suit. I have not had any experience buying suits in the past.

    I tried on very many suits and there are a few brands that fit my body shape with little or no alterations:

    Ted Baker Endurance Slim Jim ($350-400)
    Hugo Boss Slim Fit ($500-700)
    Calvin Klein X Slim Fit (can't find a full suit but found blazer for $100)
    Alfani Red Slim Fit ($270)

    Everything else I tried seems to create this weird baggy shape around my belly area even with slim fits...

    Unfortunately most of these brands (except alfani) is really expensive. and I heard most of these are fuse suits which is bad after first dry clean.

    I am leaning towards buying the Ted Baker Endurance Slim Jim for $350 or $400 depending on design since it is not that much more than Alfani for $270 but looks a lot better and feels better. Before I pull the trigger, is this a good buy? What are alternatives in the same price range that are not fused and are hand stitched with the same cut?
     
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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    All things being equal, fused is worse than canvassed or half-canvassed, but that doesn't mean fused is bad or easily will be damaged by cleaning.

    No, none of those items would be good buys, based on money paid for the specific items. There are fused suits of better value - though maybe they wouldn't fit as well. There probably aren't any full-canvassed suits in that price range, barring an unusually deep discount, but there are half-canvassed options. Here is where names of brands tried, location, size, and pictures would help.

    Finally, if a suit is needed, a "blazer" (probably technically an odd jacket instead) is not a proper alternative.
     
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    PaisleySnail Well-Known Member

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    What is the purpose of the suit? I don't think the Ted Baker Endurance suits are appropriate for job interviews.
     

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