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I am about to graduate college and I will need a suit -- I was wondering what brands you guys would recommend for under $400. I would prefer a slimmer cut suit and wear a 38/ 38S. Thanks for the input
 

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Sorry about that... I'm in NY, it's for banking, and within 2 months.
 

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I don't want to scare you, but of you are going to work in banking in NYC you are most likely going to need more than one suit.
 

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I'd recommend Polo blue label/Corneliani, and I would try to get two suits to start with, one navy and one charcoal. As far as sourcing them, discounters like STP, Sak's Off 5th, Nordstrom Rack, and ebay would be good places to look. Try on the suit in a brick/mortar store to make sure it fits, of course.
 

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Originally Posted by drizzt3117
I'd recommend Polo blue label/Corneliani, and I would try to get two suits to start with, one navy and one charcoal. As far as sourcing them, discounters like STP, Sak's Off 5th, Nordstrom Rack, and ebay would be good places to look. Try on the suit in a brick/mortar store to make sure it fits, of course.

Excellent advice, but let me give you some store suggestions more specific to NYC: Down by Wall Street you can try both Century 21 and Syms, or you can try Filene's Basement in Union Square, Chelesea or the Upper West Side and also the Burlington Coat Factory in Chelsea can sometimes have high-quality suits. There are great deals at these off-price stores but you have to do some digging.

For more off-price stores and zero sales tax you can take the 111 bus from the Port Authority to the Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall where you will find quite a few places that have discount designer suits, including Saks off-5th.

Watch Macy's for sales, they have a lot of junky suits but you can sometimes get a good deal on a desginer label there.
 

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If your budget can stretch a little, go to Brooks Brothers and get a Golden Fleece in 36R. They have a couple on the fourth floor marked down to $700 -- but it's the "Friends and Family" sale time, so mention that, and they'll take 25% off. This is a fantastic price for a full canvass suit. I'm a slim 38R, and the 36R at Brooks fits me very well, nice and slim. Not at all "old man". They also have a number of 36S if you need a short.
 

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thanks for all the help. I'm looking on STP and it has a bunch of Ralph Lauren suits - how do I know which ones are 'Polo blue label/Corneliani'?
 

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Also, Jos A. Bank is having a suit sale right now - like $199, how is there quality or is it not even worth considering.
 

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Originally Posted by jmvc
thanks for all the help. I'm looking on STP and it has a bunch of Ralph Lauren suits - how do I know which ones are 'Polo blue label/Corneliani'?

None of them. "Lauren by Ralph Lauren" is the lowest Ralph Lauren line. They are fully fused, and not very good. That said, you could probably do worse for a basic cheapy suit. I wouldn't pay more than $100-$150 for one of these, though.
 

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Originally Posted by jmvc
Also, Jos A. Bank is having a suit sale right now - like $199, how is there quality or is it not even worth considering.

Their quality is more or less not worth considering unless you can't find anything else for a reasonable price.
 

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For discount suits, the above-mentioned places work well. Syms, in particular, has a lot in the sub 500 price range, and if you're lucky you can find a Hickey-Freeman or Burberry for 400.

It sounds like you may have to get something more expensive for right now and do some careful discount shopping on e-bay or around the city over the next few month. A basic Brooks Brothers suit should tide you over until you have some time to ship agressively. As mentioned above, if you can find a basic fabric suit on the sale floor that fits, you're stoked. They're pretty nice.

You need basic suits, like solid navy and solid charcoal, or something in those colors with a subtle white pinstripe. These basics from quality makers at deep discount are rare, though you have an advantage not being a 42R.

The Corneliani at Filene's Basement is closer to 500 or 600 bucks, and usually very nice, though lots of exuberant pinstripes around.

You will find plenty of otherwise great suits with blue or red pinstripes, windowpane patterns, etc. in fabrics other than what you need: worsted wool twill.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren have better fabrics than than the Nautica, Hilfiger, or Kenneth Cole, Jones New York, Michael Kors, etc. that fill department stores, but "Polo Ralph Lauren" suits are far, far better. I usually get mine on eBay for 300-400 bucks new with tags. Tailoring is another 100. These suits retail for 1100-1200 for basic fabrics and the standard Polo II cut.
 

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Originally Posted by billiebob

You will find plenty of otherwise great suits with blue or red pinstripes, windowpane patterns, etc. in fabrics other than what you need: worsted wool twill.


These discount/ remainder stores are just so damn jam-packed with them you have to wonder why they make suits with the Crayola pinstripes and windowpanes.
 

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