what are the best suits for under $200

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rickrone, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    There is an Allen Edmonds store in the Mall at Millenia, check them out for yourself...
     
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    Allen Edmonds makes a solid shoe for the money. Park Avenue is a standard option, but may be a bit too formal. As to the particular model you linked to... I'd go for black, not grey.

    Amazon has 20% off promotions that work with AE every so often. I'd wait for one of those, and then get a pair of black. Personally, I'd consider the Fifth Avenue. The brouguing softens it slightly.
     
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    There is a reason the gray Park Avenues are on clearance. They don't look good, or at least, they don't look as good (or as acceptable) as the black.
     
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    Go try it on at your nearby store! And make sure you try on something at Nordstroms too - so that you can make a good decision on fabric, feel, and size.

    You're on the hunt - - - which is good!
     
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    He will start to get advice once he gets out of his home and down to a few stores - which will ask him the questions - and he will begin that journey we all started many moons ago on the road to style. And let's not forget that he may be on a limited budget (like my ol' days) and he needs to experience it all from that start-up.
     
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    You're getting to a good style - for sure - nice and conservative - and I love the six (6) lace eye-lits. But as mentioned, you want to make sure you have a least one BLACK dress shoe in your wardrobe. Later, as you build, you can experiment with different colors for various needs.

    Call the Allen Edmonds Store at the Mall at Millenia at 407-370-6612 and ask them if you can come in for an "exact fit" - and if they can also sell you, if desired, clearance items off their web site. Keep in mind the one you looked at was $247 - so that is a decent budget to start with. When I bought my fist four pair back in 1999, they were about $250 - and now those items are closer to $350.

    The custom measurement is a MUST - because different styles may have different sizes for your foot width or length. Today I am 11 1/2, but the shoes I purchased are size 11eee - because the shoes have conformed to my foot.

    Lots to learn here - but you in the right web site.

    You may want to post in the Official Allen Edmonds shoe topic thread here:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/20295

    David
     
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    Macy's Alfani RED collection has some decent 100% wool suit separates. Nowhere near a great suit, but definitely "good" for the price -- esp. if you can get a coupon (like Friends & Family). Search the forum for some reviews - even some of the established members will admit that they're not awful. The charcoal grey might be the best color, if you can stand the peak lapel. I'd definitely stay away from the polyester ones.
     
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    The problem i see in this thread is that the OP does not seem invested enough to give more info, so all the suggestions seem pointless. How does a thread about getting a suit under $200 turn into getting AE's at $247? Something seems off.

    For what it's worth, the AE store in the Millennia has great service. Mr. Willie can certainly get any pair you see on the website, as well as shoes that might be discontinued or only seen by the shoe bank. They do not mind helping you find our right size either...
     
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    I remember when I was looking for an entry-level suit on a tight college budget - and I walked into a store wearing tennis shoes and a sports shirt. Fortunately, there were some kind folks who helped steer me toward the "total look" - including shirt, tie, socks, and shoes. (I can only imagine how I would have looked in a new suit with shoes that distracted from what I was trying to achieve)

    But as I see from your location, I suspect you are a big fan of the New York's style mix and it's founder:

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    "After leaving his position as director of men's fashion at his showroom to take care of his daughter in September 2005, he began carrying a digital camera around and photographing people he saw on the street whose style he found striking. He then posted these to his blog, sometimes with short comments, always either favorable or open-minded. He is well known for photographing what have been described as 'real people.

    "Sacott began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life. Schuman’s work has been featured in GQ, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and Interview; for GQ, Schuman shot and edited his own page for over three years. Schuman has appeared in national ad campaigns for The Gap and Verizon, and collaborated with Kiehl’s on an exclusively commissioned product and campaign surrounding Father’s Day.

    "His work resides in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography."
     
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    rickrone Well-Known Member

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    David I want to thank you so much for helping me and understanding my situation and contributing post that are beneficial and helpful to me. I am new and need a lot of direction. There are many suits out there, and to my untrained eyes I don't know what to look for. I am looking for a $200 suit on sale, therefore it would be worth more then that. I need to get a great deal on nice attire. I currently have never had any of my suits or shirts tailored, but they fit pretty well. Then again I am a rookie at these finer apparel. I am looking for a $200 suit on sale and not a suit with a full retail price of $200.
     
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    A couple of questions that may be of help to the other forum members here:

    1) What is going to be your primary use for the new suit? Going to an office daily? Using it on special days when a suit is called for? Use it for church? Going on an interview that requires a suit?

    2) What size are you right now (if you know)? If not, then what is your neck size, chest size, weight, and height - which may help

    3) Looking at your regular pants size (waist and length) would be good - as well as your shirt size.
     
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    rickrone Well-Known Member

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    1) dressing to impress at the office, meetings, and appointments with clients.

    2) 42R, neck 16.5, chest 42, 200 lbs, 5'8

    3) pants 36 X 30, shirt 16.5 34/35 or 35
     
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    You should do well with those sizes.

    Without mentioning exactly the company you work for - but what "type" of company is it?

    How are your male colleagues dressing?

    Not that long ago the women at banks wore skirts and dresses. Now I see that pants are what they are wearing, and some of the men at banks are wearing open shirts without ties. I don't know what your industry where you live is dressing like.
     
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    inancial advisor / planning

    there all older, so they wear suits and always wear white shirts. they have a more classic and simple look. they like tassels on there shoes, i don't.
     
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    1. They dress according to what is expected from them; is not something related to age.

    2. A financial advisor is expected to be meticulous.
     

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