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Newbie needs a suit. Max 700$.

Bau250

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So it's time to invest in a new suit, and my first suit at that. I want something conservative that I can wear to many functions (weddings, funerals, formal functions, etc) and be stylish at the same time. I certainly like the looks of pinstripes. Is that a good all around type of suit?
I don't even know where to start... I have a wedding in October. Do I buy online or go into a local store?

If this helps, I'm 23 years old and live in the chicago arealand.

I also have an athletic build at 6'1. I know nothing about suits or fashion really, but I certainly don't want a suit that is 'boxy' or looks too big. I can't stand that. I like the slim look so I can somewhat show off my body, but not TOO slim. If that makes sense...


Thanks guys.
 

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Originally Posted by rich_202
BB Fitzgerald in grey flannel or navy blue solid. Do not go for the stripes until you have at least 1 (preferrably both) of those staples.

BTW, please don't wear stripes to a wedding or funeral. Stripes are strictly business.

If you search this site, you'll find a ton of info on this topic.


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BB = Brooks Brothers, in case you are confused.

I picked up a BB suit from the LaSalle St. location (Chicago), they were very helpful for my first time suit purchase.
 

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Thanks guys.

It looks like the BB suits are $900+ though..
 

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Do the BB fitzgeralds ever go on sale or are they pretty much staple @ that price?
 

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Originally Posted by MoxJr
Do the BB fitzgeralds ever go on sale or are they pretty much staple @ that price?

You can get two of them for about $1400. It's not really a great deal for the first one, but if you get two then it's pretty manageable. That might not be particularly helpful if you just need/can afford one.
 

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dam... well any alternatives/better value suits than the BB for around or under that price point?
 

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fitzgerald is more than $700
you wont fine anything at the retail stores that is 'forum approved quality' for $700 MSRP
 

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Originally Posted by junior varsity
fitzgerald is more than $700 you wont fine anything at the retail stores that is 'forum approved quality' for $700 MSRP
Anything online approved for >700$?
 

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Originally Posted by Bau250
Anything online approved for <700$?

brooks brothers have like an annual sale but that is way before october.
i'd go to nordstrom and check out what they have.
forum would not approve fused suits, but jesus christ 99% of the people dont even know what fused or canvassed suits are.
imo just get whatever that fits well, and within the price range and call it a day.
all of my suits are fused, doesnt matter if they are hugo boss, burberry, or dolce and gabbana. they didnt fall apart after a couple dry cleaning trips like forum people claims, they didnt disintegrate after a couple seasons of wear.

this forum people are enthusiasts - same with the car enthusiasts that i also deal with who put $200 pure brasilian wax, that was intended on a half-million-dollar ferrari enzo, on a $5000 1999 bmw 323i

all obscenely obnoxious in their beliefs.
 

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Originally Posted by Bau250
Thanks guys.

It looks like the BB suits are $900+ though..


They have $200 off on purchases over $800. Spend a little extra and get it tailored to your body: Brooks Brothers does not finish their in-store suits until you buy it and they measure you. Good fit every time (assuming you're not weird in comparison to the rack figure).
 

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You actually can get a Fitzgerald for about $700 pretty easily. With the sale going on right now, these are $900 and there is a $200 off purchases over $800: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatP...tionsize=#null This offer is valid in stores as well so you should have no problem going in. I would also suggest that you hit Nordstrom Rack and take a look at the John Varvatos Star USA stuff there. They are not "forum approved" suits in terms of construction (they are fused construction, not half-canvassed like the BB Fitzgerald) but they work well for an athletic build without a lot of tailoring (they have a 7" drop which is a bit larger than standard) and one would run you about $400 instead of $700. Also may be worth looking for Hickey Freeman suits at the Rack. Nordstrom Rack also carries a lot of Hugo Boss stuff, which hasn't worked for me personally. For reference, I'm 24, 6'2", 175 lbs and have a 7"-8" drop, and take a 40L in the John Varvatos Star USA suits and Brooks Fitzgerald but a 42L in suits that are more "fashion cut" like Ralph Lauren Black Label or Versace. The advice you already got about color is good (charcoal with no stripes is the most basic color that works for the most occasions, navy is almost equally basic, and from there you can branch out into medium grays, khakis/tans, and pinstripes.)
 

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Club Monaco. One on Halsted, one on Damen. $400 suit, fully canvased, functional button holes. Not as classic as Brooks Brothers, not as expensive either.
 

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You are going to get more bang for your buck online but you carry the risk of buying a suit that doesnt fit. I am relatively new to this area as well. My first suit was a pinstripe, charcoal Burberry suit that I bought at a Sak Fifth Outlet for $650. I love the suit but I bought a just as nice 100% wool silver DKNY on ebay for $200 and then spent $100 getting it tailored. Needless to say it looks better on me than does the Burberry. The Burberry is of course a better suit (better materials, fabric, stitching, lining) but you cant beat the fit of a well fitted suit.

If you are buying online go to your tailor and have them measure your chest size, arm length, pant length, etc. This will allow you to purchase a suit that fits you relatively well. Then use an extra $100 or so for tailoring.

As for color, I would go with a dark charcoal in light - medium weight. The weight has to do with the thickness of the fabric. Chicago temp varies greatly so it may be hard to have just one suit.

Goodluck!


Originally Posted by Bau250
So it's time to invest in a new suit, and my first suit at that. I want something conservative that I can wear to many functions (weddings, funerals, formal functions, etc) and be stylish at the same time. I certainly like the looks of pinstripes. Is that a good all around type of suit?
I don't even know where to start... I have a wedding in October. Do I buy online or go into a local store?

If this helps, I'm 23 years old and live in the chicago arealand.

I also have an athletic build at 6'1. I know nothing about suits or fashion really, but I certainly don't want a suit that is 'boxy' or looks too big. I can't stand that. I like the slim look so I can somewhat show off my body, but not TOO slim. If that makes sense...


Thanks guys.
 

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