Suit for Teenager

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remomnyc
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Suit for Teenager

Post by remomnyc » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:00 pm

Best place to buy a suit for a teenager (36R, 29x32)? Will be worn a few times and then outgrown. Goal is not to look cheap but to be cheap.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by rebellovw » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:46 pm

When I was young - I bought my first suit at the Mens Warehouse - it was a charcoal grey/black (more black) Halston- wasn't very expensive - but went with everything. They were great at providing advice, fitting etc.

I used it for job interviews (got the job), conference presentations and even funerals. It lasted me a good 10 years.

I was around 20-21 though come to think about it.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by MathWizard » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:13 pm

J C Penny's

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by JFKtoSFO » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:32 pm

If you're in NYC and looking for low price and good quality, head to Century 21 (the Bay Ridge one). I don't know if they have an in-house tailor, so you might need your own. Also Uniqlo has some super cheap separates possibilities if they're on the lankier side.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by remomnyc » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:35 pm

Ooh, I had no idea Uniqlo had suits. Thanks.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by downshiftme » Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:52 pm

J C Penny's selections are much less than they used to be. Suits are less of a staple around here at least. But they still had a decent number to choose from and good prices. They were always the best choice for us. Men's Wearhouse has good prices on a few select items, but you will have to be careful that your kid picks one of the attractively priced choices.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by livesoft » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:34 pm

Thrift shops
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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by stan1 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:46 pm

remomnyc wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:35 pm
Ooh, I had no idea Uniqlo had suits. Thanks.
H&M also has suit separates.

In any case I'd recommend getting it tailored as that's the best way for him to look sharp and modern if that is what the occasion calls for. Let the tailor know you want him to be able to grow into it and she will leave some extra fabric to make future alterations easier (should be automatic when they know they are working with a teenager).

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by OnTrack2020 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:55 pm

Absolutely go to a Goodwill if you have one near you. In our area, they always have nice men's suit jackets for $7 or $8. I can't tell you the number of times our sons have needed a suit jacket in high school for a speech, mock interviews, or going to a dance. The quality has been great, and when our sons have outgrown them, we've just buy another one for the current purpose. Also, when your son outgrows it, simply donate it back to them.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by RickBoglehead » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:20 pm

Kohl’s.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by student » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:47 pm

He is young and thin. I suggest Zara or H&M.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by bottlecap » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:56 pm

MathWizard wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:13 pm
J C Penny's
Just what I was thinking.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by RudyS » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:00 pm

Penney's is an ok choice. But I like the thrift shop idea. After all, where is the suit he's buying now going to go when he outgrows it?

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by Elysium » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:09 pm

I bought a set for my son from Brooks Brothers last year. That was for no other reason except I buy my dress shirts from BB and was familiar with shopping there. It cost around $750 for the whole set including a shirt, tie, coat, pants. He has worn it a number of times since then and still fits him well. I think it can run this whole year. While more costly than JCP / Macy's which are fine too, I am pleased with the quality and styling. I'd probably look at JCP/Macy's though if I were to again.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by kjvmartin » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:55 pm

Kohl's.

Keep an eye out as Black Friday approaches. You'll likely find 40% off sometime soon.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by denovo » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:03 am

kjvmartin wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:55 pm
Kohl's.

Keep an eye out as Black Friday approaches. You'll likely find 40% off sometime soon.
Kohl's is coupon-crazy. If you go there without getting at least 30 percent off you're doing something wrong.
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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by DarthSage » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:24 am

The thrift store. Where I live, Goodwill has a better selection of suits than Salvation Army. It helps if you visit a thrift store in a nicer part of town.

When my MIL died last year, we came up with a suit for DS(then)11, plus an outfit for DD(then)14 to wear--she was playing the cello at her grandmother's service, so she needed something in black that could accommodate the cello between her knees. Even with such a specific need, Goodwill came through. We found her a black fancy jumper with wide pantlegs that looked nice and worked perfectly--she's gone on to wear it for other cello performances. I'm currently searching Goodwill for a suit for DS12--he's grown a LOT since last year--that he can use as a bloody groom for Halloween.

Our older son was 20, we took him to Men's Wearhouse

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by Watty » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:51 am

I have not done it but some places that rent tuxedos also rent suits so if it is mainly for a one time event that might be a less expensive option to look into.

Depending on the events he is likely to go to slacks and a sports coats may be an alternative. Frankly for a teenager I have hard time imagining situations where a nice sports coat would not be acceptable.

Finding a sports coat at a thrift store that fits would be easier than finding a suit. I am hard to fit even at a department store but I have had no problems with finding nice sport coats at thrift stores that only needed to have minor alterations. You may get better quality at a thrift store than just looking for an inexpensive suit. That could also be a good lifestyle lesson if he has not shopped at thrift stores before.

Picking the right thriftstore is important since the quality of clothing will vary a lot so you may need try several.

You could also do both, rent a suit for a big event and also have a thrift store sports coat for other things.

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Re: Suit for Teenager

Post by remomnyc » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:33 am

So many great suggestions. Thank you, everyone!

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