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Question on suit purchase & tailor recommendation

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by WapT, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. WapT

    WapT New Member

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    Style Forum Members,

    First and foremost, I want to thank you for all the wonderful advice that has been offered within these forums. While I have perused the forums, I wanted to post a thread to get some opinions that are directly related to my situation.

    Before I ask my questions -- though I am sure the thread title may give them away -- I wanted to give a little bit of background in order to aid in the forming of your opinions. I am going to be graduating from undergrad in December, 2013, and I will be attending multiple career fairs (and hopefully interviews) over the next couple of months and I am in need of a suit. The issue that I have is that I thought the first couple career fairs were going to be at the end of March/beginning of April, but it turns out the first two are in the middle of February. I am unable to afford a suit greater than $500 right now, and while I was going to have one made-to-measure from Black Lapel, or Indochino (based on recommendations from friends and previous co-workers) I am not confident that either would be here in time for the first career fair (one that I have already committed on attending through my school) so I am left with purchasing one from a local retailer.

    This leads into my primary question. I understand a "cheap" suit that fits well is better than a more expensive suit that doesn't: Would it be prudent to purchase a cheaper suit, say Jos A Bank, and have it tailored, knowing that the quality may not be above par, but simply as a way of attending these career fairs and subsequent interviews, while allowing me to save and purchase additional suit(s) at a later date.

    My second question is: Does anyone have a tailor recommendation for the Middle Tennessee area. I am smack dab in the middle of Nashville and Knoxville, so anywhere in between would be appreciated.

    If anyone has any alternatives, or suggestions, please feel free. I am open to any ideas, though I would like/need to stay under $500, including tailoring if at all possible.

  2. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    Welcome to SF!

    IMO, in the situation you describe, a navy or charcoal JAB Signature or Sig. Gold suit, which likely will be available for under $500 within your time frame, would be serviceable for job fairs and job interviews, if properly tailored and worn with appropriate shirts, ties, and shoes (advice about which, as you probably know, is available on SF).

    Not living in the middle Tenn. area, I cannot help with your second question.

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! All the best in the job market.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013

  3. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Well, if you don't have any suit at all, you're going to need one no matter what--any suit is better than no suit in this situation.

    That said, a JAB suit can work just fine as long as you don't overpay for it (their stuff is always on sale), and most importantly, that *it fits*. Shopping some place like JAB has the added benefit that you can try on many sizes, and they will have a staple color (solid blue, solid grey) in stock. Were I in your situation, this is what I would do.

    You can usually get a JAB signature gold for around $350 or so, their regular lines for a bit less. Won't be a great suit, but if it fits, it will do the trick.

  4. TheMangelo

    TheMangelo Well-Known Member

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    Jan 5, 2013
    Subscribing as I'm in a similar situation — I graduate this semester and feel the need for a navy suit for convocation, my calling of the engineer ceremony, interviews, &cet.

    WapT, I agree that (to a degree) a well-tailored inexpensive suit flatters the wearer more than a sloppy, expensive suit. Best of luck!

  5. TiberiasUSA

    TiberiasUSA Senior member

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    Nov 12, 2012
    JAB isn't the highest quality, but def in your price range of <$500. they constantly have like buy one get 2 or 3 free or something. They tend to fit more boxy american, but I think they do stock a slim line and a newer joseph line that's even slimmer. Find something that fits, get it tailored a bit and good luck in the interviews. when you get the $$ you can upgrade your wardrobe.

    I wouldn't recommend messing around with an online self measure MTM as your first suit, nor in the time frame of roughly 1 month.

    Not familiar with Tennessee area
    Also i'd reccommend looking at BB if you have one nearby, they have suits on clearance. Nordstrom has half yearly,
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013

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