What about people who only wear a suit once a year?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by odoreater, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    I was having an interesting conversation the other day... I like to buy pretty quality suits - especially suits that are fully canvassed instead of fused. But, for work, I have to wear suits all the time, so the four or five suits that I have in my rotation get worn pretty frequently. My brother, on the other hand, wears a suit maybe once or twice a year (depending on how many weddings or christenings he has to go to that year). So, why isn't it a better option for him to buy cheap fused suits that fit pretty well? For example, some of those suits at Macys have a pretty nice fit, but very poor construction. I wouldn't buy them because I don't think they would hold up to every day wear (and not all of them are suitable for office wear), but my brother, who will only wear the suit once every three years, why wouldn't he buy it?
     


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    Good question. I think you answered it - if he doesn't 'feel the difference' the way that some of us do (a la princess and the pea, in many cases) and likes the look of a cheaper suit he might as well get it.

    Now if he doesn't mind used clothing, he can get a better-quality garment for about the same price as a Macy's sale suit via Ebay. But he'd need to invest a little time to know his preferences in fit/cut for better suits.

    The thing for me is that Macy's suits are truly poorly made - everything from fabric to construction is inferior, and now that I can tell this, I can't even take them seriously - and they are usually still over $200 on sale. That gets darned close to the price of an Oxxford on Ebay, and for $400 (Macy's full price) one can find Hickey Freeman and Corneliani at real-live outlet stores like Filene's.

    The point is that the price of Macy's doesn't get down to the $100 that a badly-made suit is worth to me. If I am going to spend $200-300, I know that I can do better for the same $$ elsewhere.

    So...if yr brother is looking for a classic suit that would never go on sale, is an unusual size and has no interest in developing his knowledge, a Macy's suit could make sense - convenient, easy to try multiple sizes, not terribly expensive.

    But with a little effort, so much better can be had.
     


  3. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    That's kind of what I tried to tell him. I guess he just doesn't care. [​IMG]

    For me, I actually enjoy going to the outlets and looking for good stuff - kind of like the thrill of the hunt. He just wants to drive 5 minutes down to the local mall, head over to Macys and buy the first suit that catches his fancy.
     


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    He just wants to drive 5 minutes down to the local mall, head over to Macys and buy the first suit that catches his fancy.
    The problem isn't your brother, it's Macy's. As big a store as it is, with as much buying power, they have the ability to do better, but they don't.
     


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    odoreater Senior member

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    The problem isn't your brother, it's Macy's. As big a store as it is, with as much buying power, they have the ability to do better, but they don't.

    In addition to that, I think people don't realize how really crappy the stuff at Macys is. I was there today looking for a cheap white dress shirt with a decent looking collar and french cuffs that I can wear while I'm waing for some MTM shirts are being made and the place was packed with people and they were buying up all the garbage there like it was going out of style. I couldn't, for the life of me, find a shirt there that was worth buying or wearing and I left empty handed.
     


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    I couldn't, for the life of me, find a shirt there that was worth buying or wearing and I left empty handed.

    I can't shop in more than 2/3 of mainstream stores thanks to the Forum. Now that I know what to look for, it is all-too-obvious that it ain't there at most stores...
     


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    I can't shop in more than 2/3 of mainstream stores thanks to the Forum. Now that I know what to look for, it is all-too-obvious that it ain't there at most stores...

    LOL. I feel the same way. I recently went to a clearance sale at Robinson Mays (Macy's has bought them out) and left with nothing, despite the feeding frenzy going on around me. Yet in my pre-forum days, I thought Macy's and Dillard's sold high-end merchandise.[​IMG]
     


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    I'm in the wear-a-suit-1-to-2-times-a-year boat as well. I picked up a nice charcoal D&G suit off ebay for $300, had it tailored and it fits like a dream.

    I think it's like taking a horse to water, if he doesn't want to dress well he's just not going to. Most of my friends are that way too.
     


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    people who only wear a suit once a year belong in places like this
     


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    people who only wear a suit once a year belong in places like this
    ^I completely agree^
     


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    ^I completely agree^


    because of the nature of my work, and the weather here, a suit is out of the question except for important social occassions. nevertheless, i do not feel i belong to that other thread because i would rather learn and discuss more about the beauty of a borelli jacket or a pair of edward greens rather than some obscenely priced pair of seven-for-acne-republic-earnestly-sewn designer jeans and chuck taylors. though i do find myself on more occassions wearing denim or dungarees if you will, t-shirts or polo shirts and sneakers, joining this forum made me realize that finer sartorial things does improve one's style. if it wasn't, i'd be posting in gq forums!

    nevertheless, for the thread starter, if your brother does get to wear a suit only once a year, as you say, i advise him to make sure that he gets a charcoal grey number and that he gets the best he can afford.
     


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    some obscenely priced pair of seven-for-acne-republic-earnestly-sewn designer jeans

    I noticed that SFA has jeans at the same price-point as Oxxford trousers($400-600), that ain't right.
     


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