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About to buy a suit, any deals right now?

Post by market timer » Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:38 pm

I've just returned from an unsuccessful trip to Macy's: only one suit my size and style, and it was a bad fit.

Any suggestions for the following specifications?

Black suit and two pairs of pants
Size: 40R suit, 33x32 pants
Shape: Ideally, designed for people who go to the gym
Price: $500-800 after tailoring

Thinking of trying Brooks Brothers tomorrow.

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Post by Marilyn Dennison » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:03 pm

Try Joseph A Banks. My sons use them.

Good luck shopping,
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Post by frugalhen » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:09 pm

Go to Brooks brothers or nordstrom, IMO much better quality and long term value than jos a bank
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Post by milestogo » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:12 pm

Men's Warehouse==buy one get second one for $100! Only works if you need 2 suits!

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Post by edge » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:31 pm

If this is your only suit then it should be navy, not black, unless you are going to a funeral.

There are a lot of options in that price range that are reasonably OK suits. I might look at:

Hart Schaffner Marx
Hugo Boss
Joseph Abboud (be careful with these, make sure they are the main line)

I normally do not buy suits in this price range but I think there are quality ones if you know what to look for (canvassing, stitch quality, fabric, etc). Most importantly - make sure it fits.

You just missed the men's sale at Nordstrom where you can typically pickup 1500$ suits for around 800~. This does not normally include solid colors (solid gray/navy/black).

If you really need two pairs of pants then you are going to have to special order them which will put you way over your price limit. Unless you get something like BrooksEase matching separates - which might actually work for you.

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Post by market timer » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:37 pm

edge wrote:I normally do not buy suits in this price range but I think there are quality ones if you know what to look for (canvassing, stitch quality, fabric, etc). Most importantly - make sure it fits.
I have no idea what to look for. What's a better option if I'm willing to pay more? I just buy random suits without much thought, and the pants don't even last a year. Something about the way I sit at work -- maybe lots of fidgeting -- creates holes in the pants within a few months.

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Post by milestogo » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:47 pm

Maybe you should do the two suits deal at Men's Warehouse and then pick up a spare pair of pants. This would give you more choices. Think about color choices that would make the most of your selections or ask the salesman to help with that! By the way, I do not work there but they have been very helpful to my color blind spouse!

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Post by edge » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:17 pm

market timer wrote:
edge wrote:I normally do not buy suits in this price range but I think there are quality ones if you know what to look for (canvassing, stitch quality, fabric, etc). Most importantly - make sure it fits.
I have no idea what to look for. What's a better option if I'm willing to pay more? I just buy random suits without much thought, and the pants don't even last a year. Something about the way I sit at work -- maybe lots of fidgeting -- creates holes in the pants within a few months.
Well, if you are thinking about buying a more expensive suit then first you should stop destroying the pants. I have high quality thin wool suits (mostly for Summer) that are 10 years old. Are you wearing the same suit every day? That might be the problem, expensive suits, like shoes, need to rest between being worn.

I think you probably might want to get a thicker wool if you are wearing through pants. The Hickey Freeman main line might work for you - but these are pricey. If you decide to go that route be aware that HF is coming out with seasonal top-line suits that are very similar to the thinner wool, more stylish Italian (side vents, pick stitching on the lapels, ultra light canvassing) brands (e.g. Canali) - you might wear through these in two work days. These suits feel amazing but if you are ripping apart the current ones you are buying - stay away from these.

Or, just buy suits you don't mind destroying and don't cost you an arm and a leg.

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Post by market timer » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:11 pm

Thanks, I'm looking into all the suggestions.

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Post by edge » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:04 am

I think Brooks Brothers 'Ease' matching separates (they are a matching suit you just buy them separately) are probably your best bet unless you want to spend a lot of money. Especially if you want two pairs of pants.

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Post by empb » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:15 am

Try: thickasthievesla.com

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Post by fundseeker » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:17 am

http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Home_11001_10050

This is a link to JosABank's website with online sales. But they usually have the same sale in their stores. They often have their suits at 50% off and many times for 70% off in store. If not, just ask and they might do it for you anyway. Their suits are usually $550, $795, and $1,095 before the discount. And, they sell pants separately in some styles. I'd go there and buy the $795 or higher. Good luck. Tom

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Post by Bfwolf » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:25 am

Just got an email from Men's Wearhouse. They're having a Buy One Get One Free sale.

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Post by touchdowntodd » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:53 am

fundseeker wrote:http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Home_11001_10050

This is a link to JosABank's website with online sales. But they usually have the same sale in their stores. They often have their suits at 50% off and many times for 70% off in store. If not, just ask and they might do it for you anyway. Their suits are usually $550, $795, and $1,095 before the discount. And, they sell pants separately in some styles. I'd go there and buy the $795 or higher. Good luck. Tom
my question to you is do you really believe the "regular prices" when more than 1/2 of the time they are on sale? its a bit like a kohls department store.. if 50-70% of the store is on sale at any given time then I dont think anything is on sale unless its more than 60% off
tryin to do this right... thanks guys

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Post by werdna » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:09 am

Go to Guatemala and get a custom fully canvased suit for about 400 dollars.

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Post by Exuberent » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:17 am

I always used to wear my suit pants out on the inner thigh area - solved it by paying a bit extra to have lining put in in that area - really helpful for me because I am not that comfortable wearing a heavier wool so always wore summer weight wool.

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Post by fundseeker » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:25 pm

touchdowntodd, No, I do not believe they ever sale suits for their full price. I was just making the OP aware of the sales so he does not get scared away by the sticker.

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Post by harland » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:39 pm

Hart Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman are running their sales right now (60% - 70% off). Made in the USA. Not sure if they have anything in your size, though. By the way, the trouser waist usually has a six inch drop from the jacket measurement, so you'll have to call if you need something different.

http://www.hartschaffnermarx.com
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Post by Coffee » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:08 pm

According the "The Millionaire Next Door" -- most millionaires buy their suits from Sears.

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Post by Bongleur » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:28 am

Do you really have to spend $500 to get a decent suit these days?

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Post by edge » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:49 pm

Depends on your definition of decent and the intention of the suit.

A 'decent' or 'appropriate' suit is highly dependent on what you are doing with it.

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Post by englishgirl » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:40 pm

If you go to the gym a lot, check out Bonobos.

http://www.bonobos.com

I can't speak to quality, never having worn them (obviously), but I admire the look! :wink:
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Post by Ron » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:50 pm

What's a suit? :lol: ...

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Post by Go Blue 99 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:46 pm

I've had solid luck buying suits from overstock.com.

My last suit there cost $160 (a Kenneth Cole slim collection suit that fits perfectly).

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Post by jhd » Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:07 pm

Also check out http://propersuit.com. Custom-tailored suits for non-tailored prices.

Disclosure: a friend of mine is the founder. So I'm biased. :)

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:24 am

Nordstrom carries excellent quality suits. They also have salespeople and tailors who know how to make them fit you properly. They are not cheap, but if a suit lasts you for many years (and a good one should) it will amortize to a very tolerable number.
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