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Two suits fine to wear 7 days a week?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sam247, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. sam247

    sam247 New Member

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    I was recently promoted at my job, and I've been asked to wear a suit.

    The job doesn't pay a lot of money, but I want to look good.

    I'm tall and fairly big, so I need to get tailored suits.

    I have two options:
    1. 2 very nicely tailored suits
    2. 4 okay tailored suits

    If I go with option 1, will 2 suits be enough when wearing suits 7 days a week (rotating suits each day)? Do I just need to buy a lot of dress shirts (5-7+)?
     
  2. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    Two suits should be fine to start.
    I would eventually try to get one more.

    The first two should be a simple navy and charcoal.
     
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  3. TiberiasUSA

    TiberiasUSA Senior member

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    2 over 7 days (no breaks at all?) is spreading a bit thin.

    however I'd go with #1 over #2, and slowly add more suits to the rotation.

    And you'll need a lot of shirts
     
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  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Depending on your budget. Two suits wearing in alternate days would not last decades, be them Hugo Boss or Rubinacci.

    I would get at least 2 weeks worth of dress shirts, 14 if you perspire heavily or 10 if you don't. So at the very least you can have half of your shirts at dry cleaners.
     
  5. sam247

    sam247 New Member

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    Thank you deveandepot1.

    No breaks. How many shirts would you suggest?

    I workout, so my body changes a lot. I'd be happy if I fit in them properly 6 months from now.

    There is a tailor that does $150+ dress shirts and another tailor that does $50 dress shirts. Will the "cheapness" of a $50 dress shirt be visible in a quality suit compared to the $150+ dress shirt?

    I sweat a lot. How would you suggest I clean the shirts? Do you suggest dry cleaning them after every wearing, getting them laundered at a dry cleaners after every wearing, or washing them at home?
     
  6. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    My answer depends upon what you do for work. If you are in legal, banking or similar higher end professions, then go with a smaller number of better quality suits. If you are a pit boss in a dark and smoky casino, then quantity over quality (no one will notice). Can you alternate suit days with blazer/sport coat days? If so, than one or two blazers/sport coats with an assortment of trousers, shirts and ties will help mix it up on your limited budget.
     
  7. sam247

    sam247 New Member

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    I didn't ask the tailors the costs of blazers/sport coats. Are they much cheaper than a suit coat?
     
  8. TiberiasUSA

    TiberiasUSA Senior member

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    Depends on the fabric, but no typically the cost of a sport coat = a suit coat as they are both a jacket.

    I think the poster meant buying a sport coat vs more suits so you can purchase more odd pants to go with the same jacket rather than purchasing a whole selection of full suits
     
  9. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    1. What jacket / pant size do you typically wear? Thinking if there's not more than say an 8 inch drop between them, you might have some luck with scoring a deal off the rack depending on your budget.

    2. What sort of budget do you have in mind for these suits? I agree with quality over quantity to a certain point. If you're asking about four $1,000 suits vs. two $2,000 suits, I'd go with the four $1,000 suits. If we're talking $1,000 vs. $500, I'd go with the two $1,000 suits. For $1,000, you can get a suit by www.mytailor.com (personally, I've had good experiences with Joe Hemrajani there).

    3. Make sure you budget for shoes. Allen Edmonds Park Avenues should do the track and will go fine with a suit. If you want to get something a bit nicer, perhaps something from Crockett and Jones. There's other makers out there so don't let this be an exhaustive list, a good suit is instantly destroyed if paired with crappy shoes.
     
  10. theyare

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    If you do go the 2 suit route, you can always get multiple pairs of pants with each suit since they will likely get worn out prior to the jacket.
     
  11. TiberiasUSA

    TiberiasUSA Senior member

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    +1

    same with shirts and ties if you need them. an illfitting shirt or a bad tie can also ruin the outfit
     
  12. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    got promoted ... asked to wear a suit for the job... but job doesn't pay a lot of money .... and you work 7 days a week?
    does not sound like a good deal
     
  13. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    WASH the shirts yourself, this idea of dry cleaning is simply a waste of money. Ten should be enough to allow you to be a little tardy in washing yet have a clean one everyday.

    Two suits is not enough but perhaps start with this and add an extra one every three months until you have five.
     
  14. Kiwi Man

    Kiwi Man Senior member

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    Slightly off topic, but I agree.
     
  15. dbhdnhdbh

    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    This could be government, perhaps Secret Service? Expected to wear a suit, always available, not much money. Or some mix of job and training position . The OP needs to determine what level of sartorial splendor is appropriate. There is no reason to spend all his money to be overdressed. Sweat a lot suggests he may need a larger number of less expensive suits. Same, even more so for shirts.
     
  16. Steve Papas

    Steve Papas Well-Known Member

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    If by nice suits you mean suits with high thread counts, I would avoid them. High thread count suits look good, but are made of thinner fabric and wear out quickly. If you wear them daily you may have to replace them before you save up money to buy a new one. Make sure the thread count is in the low hundreds in order to combine durability and appearance. Talk to your tailor about fabrics that look good, but are also durable.
     

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