Salary vs Suit prices

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dingdongbell, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. junior varsity

    junior varsity Senior member

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    i mean, technically suits imho are very delicate consumables... because for $1600 you can get a nice RLBL anthony in standard colors (never on sale) , but for the same price you can get a nice tag heuer carrera automatic or a second hand omega seamaster...
    the RLBL suit will tear if you catch it wrong on a table corner, and thats the end of your $1600 but the watch is a lot more difficult to destroy by accident
     


  2. Quadcammer

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    I don't quite get the point of your argument.

    If you need a suit, you buy a suit, if you need a watch you buy a watch.

    I'm not sure where the comparison should be taken into account given that the two are not remotely similar despite being the same price.
     


  3. ChicagoRon

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    Depends on perspective. If the suit will help you land a job or be more successful at it, you could look at it as an investment. However, as others have mentioned, you are generally wearing an expensive suit for your own satisfaction, as others will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between two well-fitting suits of different quality.
     


  4. mrclam

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    I daresay that unless you are in sales, you also need to be careful not to out-dress your role. You can say whatever you want about how "i can use my disposable income in x way," but if I show up in a 911 turbo on a 50k income, I don't think my boss is going to be very motivated to find ways to put more money in my pocket. Nor is he likely to see me as a responsible individual who should have more things under my responsibility. As always, there are exceptions to the rule, but you need to be smart about it. suits are consumables - there is no question at all about that.
     


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    You bring the lulz.
     


  6. landshark

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    Your budget for extra things (such as clothes) is whatever is leftover after you have paid your necessary expenses.
     


  7. Quadcammer

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    Well yes and no. There is also savings to consider. Back when I made $50k, I know that I would have much rather saved an additional $1000 rather than buy a needless $1,500 suit over a perfectly acceptable $500 suit.
     


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    No $500 suit is ever acceptable.
     


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    The best looking suit has an attractive, fit person wearing it in the first place.

    I'd say this factor is more important than whether the suit cost $500 or $2000.
    Especially, if you take all of 2 hrs educating yourself via SF archives on how to buy a suit and knowing what fits (proper alterations done).

    The 2k suit may be inherently nicer than the 0.5k suit, it's just not inherently worth more. Luxury product no matter how you look at it. Nothing's wrong with this point, as long as you're comfortable with it before purchasing.
     


  10. DocHolliday

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    Hey guys, I can get some great deals on American Living sportcoats. Also, while I'm posting, can someone tell me if a Westie or a Scottie is more Trad?
     


  11. Quadcammer

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    bullshit to the max.

    Obviously a $500 suit will not have quite the same construction or handiwork as a $1,500 suit (in some cases anyway), but there are plenty of $500 suits that are acceptable. Lets also consider that what is acceptable for a person making $50,000 is not the same as whats acceptable to C-suite executives.

    For example, the fully canvassed Benjamin suits offered by ehaberdasher. $495. Nice look, decent fabrics, pretty solid construction...easily acceptable, and definitely nicer than what 70% of the men in the working world wear.

    I know you're trying to sell your little tailoring service, but don't act like you can't get an acceptable suit for $500.
     


  12. andrewjames

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    Coming to work in a 911 turbo is considerably more obvious and pretentious than coming in a $2000 suit. Like I said, very few people (other than the person wearing the suit) would be able to tell the difference. I agree that there are exceptions to the rule (yes, I'm in sales), and I'm not encouraging people to make unwise decisions. At the end of the day, people can do whatever they want with their money.

    With that being said, what happened to the old adage "dont dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want?" [​IMG]
     


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    $499?
     


  14. thenanyu

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    Does the job you want involve wearing an expensive suit?

    Assuming you're American, people don't really know the difference between good and bad suits. The things they notice as "fancy":

    - bow ties
    - pocket squares
    - big shoulder pads
    - waist coats
    - contrast collars

    If you stay away from those and wear conservative colors, no one will think you are being too flashy.
     
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    Unless you wear a lot of white woolen clothes get the black scotty! Nothing like long white dog hair on a charcoal wool suit. :embar:
     


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