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# of suits for starting out....and how

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Rugger, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    I know this thread is relatively common. But would appreciate your assistance.

    If you were starting out building a professional wardrobe, how many suits would you consider a good lot? I was thinking 5-7...at least one different for each day of the week. The questions I pose to you:

    1) How many suits would be the target/baseline number?
    2) With that number...what would they be? (color/pattern/stripes/style...very macro description)

    Thanks a bunch!


    Use the search function PLEASE.
     
  2. The Thin Man

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  3. Rugger

    Rugger Senior member

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    OK...so first purchase will be a mid gray. How much should I look to spend for a good mix of quality and value? Any particular "style" that I should look/ask for....wanting something more modern looking.
     
  4. NORE

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    After finding a brand/cut/fit that worked best with minimal tailoring I would say 10. 3 conservative 3-season suits, 2 2-season (fall/winter), 2 2-season (spring/summer) and 3 outlandish. Add in some sport coats and trousers and you're set for the foreseeable future. Just make sure your shoe game is tight.
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This classic Will blog entry.

    ^This is good advice.


    I remember my Management prof. in college telling us how he needed to wear a suit but could only afford one right out of college. So for a full year he wore the same green suit everyday and took it into the cleaners every Saturday morning and picked it up later that afternoon. Can you imagine wearing the same suit everyday?
     
  6. Rugger

    Rugger Senior member

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    OK...so first purchase will be a mid gray. How much should I look to spend for a good mix of quality and value? Any particular "style" that I should look/ask for....wanting something more modern looking?

    And what are some brands to look for - somewhere between 500-1000. Would like to save room for tailoring too. I have macy's, neiman macrus, saks, nordstroms, bloomingdales and some smaller mens shops that carry some lesser known stuff. Thoughts?
     
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    Brooks Brothers 1818. Be there when they open, the morning of the 26th.
     
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    I'll be working for the Republican caucus [​IMG]
    I'd say fashion wise it's a mix of conservative/messy and stylish. Nothing too out there. If I walked in with pink laces I'd probably get slapped.


    There is a thread about conservative clothing...

    Manton will be your port of call in that matter.

    He is more aware than anybody else of the sartorial do and don't of politicians and their staff..
     
  9. The Thin Man

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    Brooks 1818. You may be able to get canvassed suits at Last Call or Off Fifth in your size. The Buying & Selling Forum on Style Forum.

    Fit is king. Make sure you know what fits.
     
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    Brooks Brothers 1818. Be there when they open, the morning of the 26th.

    Haha same here. And if I'm not mistaken they have suits for 2 for $1000 so that would be an ideal investment for OP. The Fitzgerald cut looks like a good mix of conservative but fashion forward style. As mentioned, it all about fitting.
     
  11. Rugger

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    That does look like a good deal. I'll have to check those out.
     
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    Brooks Brothers 1818. Be there when they open, the morning of the 26th.

    +1.

    I am sure that I have picked up far better quality for $500, but the overall efficiency of an 1818 on sale is great. They are of decent quality, available in many styles and cuts and include in-house alterations, gratis. I'd recommend a Regent (if you are thin/athletic) or a Madison over a Fitz. I'd bet the house that the skinny lapels date soon.

    I'll add that if you can afford to drop around $1500-2000 as an initial investment you should go to your local Brooks this week and tell them your plan. Ask the SA to set aside the three best suits for you for the Boxing day sale. Get a Brooks card and you might get an additional % off.

    And best of luck. I have made more professional progress in DC than I ever thought possible.
     
  13. deadly7

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    I'd recommend a Regent (if you are thin/athletic) or a Madison over a Fitz. I'd bet the house that the skinny lapels date soon.
    I agree with this. I think it was Spoo(?) that pointed out that the Fitz is not made to be heavily suppressed, and an SA at BB confirmed this when I was there a few days back. It won't look terrible, but the proportions get a bit out of whack.
     
  14. Rugger

    Rugger Senior member

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    +1.

    I am sure that I have picked up far better quality for $500, but the overall efficiency of an 1818 on sale is great. They are of decent quality, available in many styles and cuts and include in-house alterations, gratis. I'd recommend a Regent (if you are thin/athletic) or a Madison over a Fitz. I'd bet the house that the skinny lapels date soon.

    I'll add that if you can afford to drop around $1500-2000 as an initial investment you should go to your local Brooks this week and tell them your plan. Ask the SA to set aside the three best suits for you for the Boxing day sale. Get a Brooks card and you might get an additional % off.

    And best of luck. I have made more professional progress in DC than I ever thought possible.


    I'm not "thin", but am athletic. I have a difficult build to deal with. If you have to put a suit on 5'10 NFL running back that would be about me. I assume by boxing day you mean Dec 26, is that an advertised sale?
     
  15. Rugger

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    So if I'm gonna check out BB for the 26th sale...I should target

    1) Charcoal
    2) Dark Blue
    3) ???

    Thanks again for all your help
     
  16. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Medium gray. However, three from the same brand starting out is risky (tastes and judgment change), and three of the same style shows lack of variety.
     
  17. qaa541

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    I would choose 2-3 good suits (full canvas if possible!). Wool is my favorite fabric, I really dislike some of the cheaper suit feel that is made with blends of polyester.

    For colors, I would get navy, dark gray, and charcoal.

    I would buy from either the buy and sell forum or from ebay. You can get great suits for a fraction of the price that way. Find a good tailor and spend the money to get it to fit right. I have often spent more money on the tailor than on the price of the item I bought because I want that item to fit right otherwise it just looks silly.
     
  18. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    The first part of that advice is sound. After that...

    Charcoal is a form of dark gray. True, almost anything that isn't too small (and even then...) can be tailored to fit, but not necessarily well, and as noted, that can be pricey. eBay for clothing is risky enough for anyone; it is high-risk to a beginner.
     
  19. goodlife

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    This classic Will blog entry.
    I couldn't turn up the link on short notice, but if I remember correctly Will also wrote about sticking to a variety grey suits at first, and excluding blue. Thus, the money spent on an entire second set of shirts and accessories could be spent on an extra suit instead. So you could go with: Charcoal Mid Grey Chalk or Pin Stripe POW +2 on the extra pair of pants too. I always wear out pants long before jackets. You just have to make sure you alternate wearings and have them all cleaned together.
     
  20. mchu21

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    I couldn't turn up the link on short notice, but if I remember correctly Will also wrote about sticking to a variety grey suits at first, and excluding blue. Thus, the money spent on an entire second set of shirts and accessories could be spent on an extra suit instead.

    So you could go with:
    Charcoal
    Mid Grey
    Chalk or Pin Stripe
    POW

    +2 on the extra pair of pants too. I always wear out pants long before jackets. You just have to make sure you alternate wearings and have them all cleaned together.


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