Best Suit Brands

So I was searching WSO archives about the best suit brands for IBD/PE, but I couldn't find anything.

So I wanted to ask all of your opinion about the best suit brands/tailors for banking/PE jobs as well as the average price for a suit from these brands if you know them. Not that I want to be a conceited fashion-minded douche, but I really know nothing about this stuff and wanted to get some advice.

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Jul 2, 2009 - 1:31pm

nobody cares what you wear, as long as it fits, is not worn out, and isn't in ridiculous colors. On the other hand, people do care if you look like you are trying to hard to look like a banker.
So keep in mind fit and not wearing out quickly, and you realistically need to get quality stuff where the collar does not get fucked up after two drycleanings. However, whether this comes from brooks brothers, bloomingdales, charles tyrwhitt, or other decent brands/stores, nobody will care.

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Jul 2, 2009 - 1:58pm

Here are a few conservative wso/">suit brand recommendations. Usually I would aim to spend around 1K-1.5K for a decent wso/">suit.

Corneliani
Hickey Freeman (main line not Hickey Freeman LTD)
Canali (very padded shoulders if that's your thing)
Brooks Brothers (1818 line)
Ralph Lauren Blue Label (Polo)
Zegna (main line)
Isaia

Stay away from Hugo Boss and Z Zegna. They are fused wso/">suits and are constructed poorly for their price range. I would usually go for wso/">suits that are at least half-canvassed.

I personally like slim-fitting brands such as Ralph Lauren Black Label, but it has a very aggressive, modern look that may not be conservative enough for your taste. However, I haven't gotten any comments on the style throughout this past year in banking.

Keep in mind that the key to looking presentable is always, always fit. Suits will typically not fit you perfectly off-the-rack so I would recommend taking them to the tailor after you buy them. Let me know if your budget is lower or higher than the brands listed. You can usually find wso/">suits at less than 50% retail if you keep your eyes peeled.

Hope this helps.

Jul 2, 2009 - 5:18pm
killscallion:

Stay away from Hugo Boss and Z Zegna. They are fused wso/">suits and are constructed poorly for their price range. I would usually go for wso/">suits that are at least half-canvassed.

From what I understand the glue that higher-end fused wso/">suits now use, as well as the bonding process have improved in recent years. I have worn my Hugo several dozen times over the past year or so and have had it dry-cleaned at least a dozen times. So far I don't see any traces of bubbling and the fit is still perfect. Just food for thought. Is the extra 400 - 800 worth it for stitching?

Jul 2, 2009 - 5:47pm

You could very well be right about that. Fused wso/">suits are steadily improving in terms of quality and durability. However, there is something to be said about the drape of canvassed wso/">suits that can be pretty noticeable (to the trained eye).

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killscallion:

Stay away from Hugo Boss and Z Zegna. They are fused wso/">suits and are constructed poorly for their price range. I would usually go for wso/">suits that are at least half-canvassed.

From what I understand the glue that higher-end fused wso/">suits now use, as well as the bonding process have improved in recent years. I have worn my Hugo several dozen times over the past year or so and have had it dry-cleaned at least a dozen times. So far I don't see any traces of bubbling and the fit is still perfect. Just food for thought. Is the extra 400 - 800 worth it for stitching?

Jul 2, 2009 - 5:58pm

killscallion,

Would you seriously spend 1-1.5k per wso/">suit as a 1st year analyst? That seems a bit much...

Anyway, I'm looking for slim-fitting wso/">suits, so right now I have the Brooks Brothers 1818 Fitzgerald in mind but also want to hear from others about good slim fitting, reasonably priced brands.

I'm a pretty fit guy, and Hugo Boss' wso/">slim fit works well for me; however, I have also heard from others concerns regarding its poor fusion.

Jul 2, 2009 - 8:26pm

what about dress pants? i'd like some pretty high-end flat front pants. i'm business casual most of them time so i'd like to invest pretty well in slacks, possibly something that retails for 300-400 but i can get 30-50% off now with sales going on. any recommendations?

Jul 2, 2009 - 10:35pm
dvd56x:
what about dress pants? i'd like some pretty high-end flat front pants. i'm business casual most of them time so i'd like to invest pretty well in slacks, possibly something that retails for 300-400 but i can get 30-50% off now with sales going on. any recommendations?

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Jul 8, 2009 - 6:07pm

The best high-end slacks I've found are Incotex (usu. for Zegna), Mabitex, and Vestium Officina. Normal pairs will probably run you $300-400 each, but they can be had via eBay for $100-200. Even better, you can occasionally find these on overstock or "slightly imperfect" at Daffy's for around $40, which is where I'd highly encourage you to look. These pants have their labels cut out but I've seldom noticed any material imperfections...and if I can't see them, they're as good as new as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, there are a lot of people who buy and sell overstock on eBay so these pants tend to get snapped up from Daffy's pretty quickly, but it's certainly worth checking.

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Jul 21, 2009 - 9:36pm

Figure out what you like, and have WW Chan make you up a wso/">suit.

At Kiton/Brioni prices, get one made by Huntsman, Anderson & Sheppard or Gieves & Hawkes, depending on how structured you like your jacket.

I made the mistake of buying a number of branded wso/">suits in my past, and now regret not having had Huntsman do it right from the start. A word of warning: it will take them several efforts to really calibrate to your liking. Get one wso/">suit, then tweak the things they didn't get right on subsequent purchases. The worst mistake you can make is to go out and buy a whole set and just hope they get it right the first time. They probably won't.

Jul 21, 2009 - 11:38pm
GenghisKhan:
Figure out what you like, and have WW Chan make you up a wso/">suit.

At Kiton/Brioni prices, get one made by Huntsman, Anderson & Sheppard or Gieves & Hawkes, depending on how structured you like your jacket.

I made the mistake of buying a number of branded wso/">suits in my past, and now regret not having had Huntsman do it right from the start. A word of warning: it will take them several efforts to really calibrate to your liking. Get one wso/">suit, then tweak the things they didn't get right on subsequent purchases. The worst mistake you can make is to go out and buy a whole set and just hope they get it right the first time. They probably won't.

Very good taste. WW Chan and A-Man Hing Cheong are the best tailor houses in Hong Kong with a very British influence on their tailoring styles. Suits start at around $1100 USD. If you visit Hong Kong, they can have your wso/">suit ready in less than a week, but preferably two to three.

Huntsman, Gieves & Hawkes, and all the other Savile Row tailors have their own unique touches on the wso/">suit. You can't really go wrong with any but I don't think any analyst should really be rocking Savile Row stuff yet. Plus, wait til you know more about wso/">suits before your splurge. At most I'd go with WW Chan or A-Man as an analyst as their prices are fairly reasonable. WW Chan does do tours in the US, but it might take upwards of a year to get a wso/">suit made.

Oct 3, 2009 - 7:05pm

I love the kids casually tossing around Kiton as an option... I would say I'm relatively fashion conscious but most people seriously don't give a shit as long as it fits well.

Had to laugh at the dude claiming the distinction of fused vs. canvassed - sure, there are people who can tell the difference ("the trained eye") but not many of them work in finance. And even if they do work in finance, they don't give a shit.

You can do Men's Warehouse for at least a couple of years - I wouldn't personally, but no shame in doing it.

Nov 13, 2009 - 4:27pm
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I love the kids casually tossing around Kiton as an option... I would say I'm relatively fashion conscious but most people seriously don't give a shit as long as it fits well.

Had to laugh at the dude claiming the distinction of fused vs. canvassed - sure, there are people who can tell the difference ("the trained eye") but not many of them work in finance. And even if they do work in finance, they don't give a shit.

You can do Men's Warehouse for at least a couple of years - I wouldn't personally, but no shame in doing it.

Aside from a canvassed wso/">suit conforming to your body better, there's always the fear of "bubbling" which may occur to fused wso/">suits after dry cleaning. There is really no fix for it and you'll have to throw away the wso/">suit.

Here's a link which examines both types of construction pretty objectively:
http://suitone.com/fused_construction_versus_canvas.htm

Oct 3, 2009 - 7:17pm

Here is some advice of how you SHOULD choose a brand. Based on shoulder fit for the jacket. Slacks can be altered, and jackets are sized to fit in consideration of chest and arm length. However, all shoulders on wso/">suits are a little different. Go and try the same size on multiple brands, for the brand that fits the shoulders the best. For me, Hugo Boss seems the best. For everyone its different. That's how I believe "your" best brand of wso/">suit can be determined.

Nov 14, 2009 - 4:49pm
Directour:
Brooks Brothers = Ops

Let's be serious.
The overcompensation of this post = Ops
Nov 15, 2009 - 8:40pm

Century 21 has a wide range of wso/">suits at about 60% off, they are off season but who really cares as far as fashion goes? as long as they look good
what do the pros think about their wso/">suits?

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Sep 29, 2012 - 1:53am

In my view; it all depends on how much you want to spend on looking good in a wso/">suit.
HB is trendy and cool but not the best construction. Its not a wso/">suit that looks like its meant to last forever.
Meaning its good for a few years of wear and then its done. Its lost its pop so to speak. The material just wont hold up as long as the more expensive and classic styled wso/">suits. What is your ideal impression you want to give in the wso/">suit to people? Classic or modern? Then its also about the budget.
Either way; youve got to be under 18% body fat for the HB or its not looking right for that look IMHO.

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:33am

do you send away for those suits? i think i've heard of that. some guy just measures you, you choose the fabric and they ship it from HK?

do you know the contact info for that guy / business?

Thanks

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Nov 8, 2012 - 12:35am

I don't know how many of you are from the New York area, but I grew up near the Woodbury Commons Outlet Shopping center about an hour outside NYC in Monroe, NY. If you can make it up there, I've seen some amazing deals in my time at some retailers. That and its a real nice place to spend a summer weekend afternoon.

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:41am

agreed, grew up in the area and you can get some real good deals at the outlets, especially now after the holiday rush.

Anyone have thoughts on Calvin Klein? I get great deals there (outlets)

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:44am

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Nov 8, 2012 - 12:45am

RL Black Label / Purple Label
Brooks Brothers higher end suits (they're not cheap idiots)
If you're in Hong Kong, ascot chang, tai pan row, etc -

DO NOT GET MAIL IN SUITs ... HK suit makers do 2-3 fittings ... you NEEED to be fit for your suits. After getting HK suits, I will never buy off the rack unless its SO cheap that I have to buy but I'll still spend 50-100 getting it tailored to my size ... some sutis are just cut in a way that's not conducive to tailoring

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:46am

I have two RLBL suits and enjoy them very much. That being said I don't know if they are worth the price. I have three Banana Republic suits (Two I love, One not so much). Cheaper suits, but fit me very well off the rack. I have a Hugo Boss which gets flamed on by serious suit people, but it is a modern fit and one of my favorite. Also have a no name I bought and got fitted for in London, really like that suit.

Best advice would be to get it tailored regardless of what you buy. An expensive suit will look like crap if it isn't taken in and adjusted to fit your body. Look at the material, buttons, cut of the suit.

Brooks Brothers makes some nice suits. You really can't go wrong with BB. Conservative, decent prices and decent quality.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 12:47am
AnthonyD1982:
I have two RLBL suits and enjoy them very much. That being said I don't know if they are worth the price. I have three Banana Republic suits (Two I love, One not so much). Cheaper suits, but fit me very well off the rack. I have a Hugo Boss which gets flamed on by serious suit people, but it is a modern fit and one of my favorite. Also have a no name I bought and got fitted for in London, really like that suit.

Best advice would be to get it tailored regardless of what you buy. An expensive suit will look like crap if it isn't taken in and adjusted to fit your body. Look at the material, buttons, cut of the suit.

Brooks Brothers makes some nice suits. You really can't go wrong with BB. Conservative, decent prices and decent quality.

how much is a tailored suit in those shops you mentioned in HK? do they do women's suit too?

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:48am

All my new suits are tailored. Depending on fabric - I have a few 130 Wool suits that I got for about $450-600 so pretty cheap and I have a few 160 wool and some brand name like Zegna and Lorro Piana (sp) fabrics that were about 800-1000

But they fit so perfect so its well worth it. I have an Armani suit from the U.S. that I paid about 1500 for that fits worse than my cheapest tailored suit. A good tailored suit will look way more than what it actually cost.

You get a deal if you buy suits and shirts together. I got 3 shirts +1 suit for abotu $850 sothats pretty good. (you get to pick your fabric, sleeve, cut, cuff, collar, button layout and a bunch of other sht)

obviously above only works if you're in HK

And yes they do women's suits (and shirts)

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:55am

Dude, every brand out there gets shit on by whoever's higher on the social ladder. That's just the way it is. And, yes, like in all walks of shopping life, spending more on a product doesn't mean you've got a better product.

For tall thin guys I recommend a good tailor, not a brand. But if you're strapped for cash and time, Hugo Boss is good enough.

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:56am

I'd seriously try K-Mart if I were you. They have great suits!

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Nov 8, 2012 - 12:57am

Quality Suits (Originally Posted: 05/01/2007)

I currently own a black hugo boss suit and am looking to purchase another. What brand and color do you recommend? My budget is within the $500 range.

Thanks in advance.

Nov 8, 2012 - 12:59am

that must be the sale price....

you need a navy suit....brand doesn't really matter...it's all about the fit and thread...

just find a good tailor and get a custom suit....

you could probably find something for 700ish if your lucky....

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:00am

Um you're just an analyst. I don't think you need a tailored suit. Just pick something nice at Macy's and get it fitted for like $20 at your local dry cleaner's. Remember you only make $60k a year.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:01am

I'd say splash out on one tailored suit. I don't know why anybody pays shitloads for expensive brand name suits when you could get a good one made for roughly the same price. It feels better on and well maybe I'm shallow but it's a nice feeling knowing it was actually made for you.

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:04am

For custom fitted suits, I'd try Hong Kong tailors - a bunch of them conduct US "tours", and you'll pay a heck of a lot less for a custom-fitted suit. Make sure that you're clear on their alteration policy, etc., but it's worked very well for me. Below is a link to a sample tailor, but shop around...

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:07am

Personally, I'm partial to jos. a bank...you can get their signature suit(which is their mid level line) for around 600. Sucks for you they just had a huge sale where they were going for 270.

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:08am

Stylish Suits in Investment Banking (Originally Posted: 12/27/2009)

For the first time, I will be meeting my group at the office location in LA. I will be a new analyst. I interviewed and was hired off location so I never met anyone from my group except for 1 Associate. I want to buy a new suit and wear it for the first time when I go over there.

Jos A Bank makes my favorite suits. They seem to fit well and are good quality. Normally, I would just go pick a dark navy or grey or something and that would be the end of it. I am definitely not looking to get a very flashy pinstripe suit or something with a heavy shine or anything like that.

BUT

JosABank has this new line of suit called the Traveler Tailored Fit Suits. They are made for thinner (and maybe younger) men. In it, the cut of the suits are much more slim than most traditional suits. I dont think that they are so slim that they are too fashionable and inappropriate, but definitely a slimmer cut than anything I have worn before.

I still plan on getting a solid, conservative color, but does the slim cut make it too fashionable, and thus inappropriate for banking? Be honest. I don't want to look like a tool.

This is a normal suit I would purchase:
http://www.josbank.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_11001_10050_10…

This is the Travelers Tailored Fit Suit:
http://www.josbank.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_11001_10050_23…

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:09am

Honestly, you're reading too far into this. While you'll be expected to dress in a professional manner, the actual brand you wear doesn't matter at all. If you really like Jos. A. Bank, go with their clothing line. For a new professional, the price is right.

As for your suit selection, I think it will be just fine. The cut is far less noticable than pinstripes / suede / bright colors, so it will pass the sniff test. I'd vote you go for it.

If you're still unsure, there is a forum here on WSO dedicated to fashion. Lots of feedback on what to buy. I'd ignore all the comments that say you "must" spend $1500 on a suit, but there are some good suggestions if you're new to professional clothing.

CompBanker

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:13am

I think we have very different opinions of "decent." Also, as a new investment banking analyst, he should definitely be looking at the "sale" rack if shopping for designer suits. Sales are generally just out of season / last year's designs, which will serve him just fine if he wanted to drop a lot of cash.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:15am
b Y:
This question to CompBanker

As you reach Associate and VP status are you expected to buy more expensive suits?

How you allocate your income is really up to you. I've got a partner at my firm that wears what looks to be a $5,000 minimum watch. Another partner wears what looks to be the $20 digital watch I wore in elementary school.

Very few people pay attention to the brand of clothing that you wear. As long as it looks good, it doesn't matter if its Jos. A. Bank or a $10,000 custom tailored suit. There will always be a few super-fashion driven individuals, but they a few and far between. In fact, unless someone is trying to sneak a peak at your tag or feels your suit, they likely won't know the difference.

As you move up throughout the ranks, you definitely want to make sure you have more than just a couple of suits to prevent wearing the same gray pin-striped suit to every meeting. Whether you spend $500 or $5,000 on them, that's up to you.

CompBanker

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:19am

CompBanker-

Thanks for the insight. I couldn't imagine myself paying $5000 for a suit even if I could afford it.

I appreciate everyone else's input as well.

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:25am

get the travelers, looks good feels good.. get black or navy blue..
and yar slimmer cuts tend to make pple look more posh and prep (not the borrow from dad look)

and true you dont really need to spend as much as 1.5k or more.. get off from sale rack (CK and RL are a good bunch) and if you happen to travel to any asian countries; i know some guys/girls (inc myself) who'll go over to countries such as Singapore and HK just to make suits, its like US 500 and its good stuff

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:26am

$495 for a made to measure suit.

It takes 10 days.

http://www.mysuitny.com/website/index.html

Best option outside of Hong Kong traveling tailors for young guns.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:32am

slimmer fitting suites are becoming the norm now, therefore, go with the slim design, but either way, your already hired, you don't need to be stressed out anymore.... so go and have fun and worry about working hard instead of what suit your going to wear!

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:34am

Help Suit Advice Needed Big Time!!! (Originally Posted: 12/31/2010)

Hello,

I am joining a Bulge Bracket Investment Bank in August as a member of their capital markets (sales & trading) group. I need 2 suits and while I have one already it is a Jos. A Bank all black boxxy thing that I used for interviews when I couldn't afford otherwise, and didn't know any better anyway. I am 5'10" about 150 (so very slim) and I need a slim fitting european/italian/british style so that it doesn't look boxy. I have until August, so I am asking for advice on:

What Brand?
Outlet vs. Store?
When are the Sales?
What are the Prices for the Sales?

Thanks, any help is really greatly appreciated.

R

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:35am

Go to J Crew and get one of their suits. They make the suits for small men. That or just go to a tailor. British/Italian/Etc suits have different styles, but they are not specifically for extremely thin men.

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:36am

First thing, ditch the Jos A. Bank. Donate it to Salvation Army, you'll feel good about yourself.
Second thing, you're going to need more than just one suit - because you can't wear the Jos A Bank to work. If you are biz casual in your office, I would say you need at least 3 solid suits. Best bet is to have a 5-suit rotation, IMO.

As far as a tailored suit, I think as a first year you can probably skip. I'm a second yr associate and still don't tailor it up, though I probably should cough up the dough at some point. Macy's has decent CK suits that run anywhere from $400-500, but you can get them around $300 on a holiday-ish sale- memorial day or something. They're well-cut for slender dudes. I'm 6' and about 185, but was probably about your size at some point when I started going the CK route. Word of advice, Ralph Lauren suits do not fit slender builds well - too broad shouldered.

Spend the dough you save on a tailored suit on a couple nice, hand-folded silk ties.

Hope this helps, happy new year.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:47am
AssociateGuerilla:
Best bet is to have a 5-suit rotation, IMO.

Not intending to hijack the thread... but I've been told the same. What do you suggest for the 5 suits? One navy, one charcoal, one navy pin, one charcoal pin? What as the 5th?

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:38am

While I will say that this has been discussed a few times over (Search is your friend), I would look at Jos. A. Bank, Mens Wearhouse and Brooks Brothers or outlet retailers like Sacks Off Fith or Nordstroms Last Call (Hell, you can even find really good deals at the factory outlet stores).

I'm assuming you're working in New York, so I would recommend taking a trip either out to Woodburry Commons (Go there first before you trek to Elizabeth) or to Jersey Gardens Mall. It's worth looking at both places, as should be able to find something that fits fairly well off the rack.

I've pulled two older threads that are fashion related, so try and gain a bit of insight. It's all older stuff, but the points are relevant.

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/another-clothing-question
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/wardrobe

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:42am

If you're a Merseysider, you should appreciate me telling you to buy a suit brand called "Billy London". They're far from the highest quality, BUT very affordable and most importantly, built precisely for your frame. I'm thinking that you should be able to stock up on 4/5 suits for under $1000. They'll last a few years until you're ready to upgrade.

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:43am

Midas is definitely right on the Billy London suits for a trim fit. It was my first suit. I'm 5'8'' and 135 pounds. But honestly I think it is worth it to get something better. I personally like the Tommy Hilfiger trim fit suits at Macy's.

http://www1.macys.com/shop/mens/apparel/suits-suit-separates?id=17788&e…

I went with the gray stripe one and luckily they had 36R at the store I went to and there wasn't really any tailoring to be done. If you read the reviews most people say it runs small which is probably going to be a good thing for you.

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=360028&CategoryID=1…

Nov 8, 2012 - 1:50am

[quote=A Posse Ad Esse]I'm 6'1 and 165, usually need a 38L, freakishly long arms.

Looking at those Hilfiger suits at Macy's, is that Navy pinstripe one too bold? Looks like the pinstripes are a bit aggressive.
http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=429468&CategoryID=1…]

The "L" at the end of the size usually refers to the overall length of the coat. Although with longer suits you will find longer sleeves, you have to be wary of the overall length of the coat. At 6'1 you are probably fine with an L though.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:51am

Make GQ your bible for fashion/style, etc:
Here is a link that's helpful:

http://www.gq.com/how-to/fashion/200608/how-to-buy-a-suit-slideshow#sli…

And DO NOT go with Jos A. Bank. Those boxy suits are going to be a really bad look. If you are in the New York are, defintely try Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets. Top Desginer/Branks for a amazing prices. Hugo Boss suits for less than $400. Not many know of this brand: Sarar. Defintely check it out. Amazing quality and styling.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:52am

Best suits for under $500? (Originally Posted: 05/14/2011)

Off the rack (I'll save the mysuits for another day). I'm looking for something other than Jos A. Bank.

Based on a forum search I came up with:
RL Black label, Brooks Brothers, Indochino. Any other recommendations?

Just trying to get some color on a few a brands and what you guys recommend given my budget. Shooting for a slim cut suit as well.

Thanks!

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:11am
The Shit:
Mens Warehouse

I've heard Mens Warehouse merchandise is shit, starts falling apart too early.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:57am

Although this has been done before, and search is your friend, my advice is to check out Brooks Brothers, Mens Warehouse, Jos. A. Bank and outlet malls. You can find great deals at the Saks, Nordstroms and Neiman's outlets. I bought a Hickey Freeman for $600 a few years back from the Hickey Freeman Outlet store in Woodbury Commons. You just gotta find the right retailers.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:58am

zero chance you find a black label RL for under 500 bucks. I have two and they cost me 1k and 2K (the 2k was a ripoff looking back).

Honestly, just get something grey and navy blue that fits you well. Get it tailored and no one will give a crap. One of the RL BL suits I have had rips in the elbows after 2 years. I had to find a tailor who worked magic to fix it. Too delicate.

You are going to beat the shit out of these suits at a junior level. Get something that is more durable and not going to break the bank.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 1:59am

If you really can't spend anymore than that just go to Jos A Bank. For the price you get a pretty decent suit and if you get a good tailor to work on it for you it will look way better than a typical Jos A Bank suit. They get a bad rap on here but if you are on a budget it is a great place to get some work clothes.

You can also check out places like Nordstrom Rack but if you go there you can't really be too picky because just finding anything in your size can be difficult.

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:02am

wait for fathers day to pass, day after head to bloomingdales, all hugo boss suits go on sale, usually can get them for under $500, but then again the suit is only $795 without discount so that isn't too bad.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:03am

I would also check out Burlington. they have a lot of junk but I found some nice Calvin Klein and DKNY suits which I picked up for 140-185. The cheapest I found those suits was for 300 off Gilt. Talking about Gilt, you will also want to check them out.

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:09am

I agree with the outlet shopping. I did my pre-SA shopping at Nordstrom Rack and got the following three suits:

-Hickey Freeman for $500
-John Varvatos for $400
-Hugo Boss for $400


Another place I've been meaning to check out is that new Suitsupply shop in NYC. A fellow WSO member actually had some good things to say about them and they were well-rated in the WS Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527487033854045762586711355844…
http://www.suitsupply.com/#


Another good place is Gilt Groupe. You can find a pretty high end suit for a low price if you have lucky timing. Just be sure to get it in the right size and then have it tailored privately once it ships.


Finally, it isn't ridiculous to try a mid-level department store like Macy's. I was in there the other day and saw a classic (Navy) looking Ralph Lauren suit (not Purple Label) on sale for like $370. I asked if the sale was something that was common and the clerk said yes, they have pretty frequent discounts in the men's department.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:25am

The Hickey Freeman sold at Nordsteom rack are not the same HF mainline suits they sell at Nordstrom. They are produced for the discount store chains and are not the same quality and they are fused. They are called Hickey Freeman Ltd although the tag may not indicate it. You can tell by looking at your label if it does not have a model name (ie Madison etc) then it is a Ltd suit. The Ltd line is machine made and fused together. Even if you ask the people who work at Nordstrom rack they wont know and will just tell you whatever. But trust me these are not the same Hickey Freeman suites that sell for $1,000+.

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:10am

Brooks Bros make some good stuff, but.... FIT IS EVERYTHING! you can get a mens wear house or jos a banks for cheap, and look great by geting it tailored. You mentioned slim fit--if you are a rail like my self you have to insist on having everything taken in (usually more than they are comfortable with.)

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:18am

Just an FYI for you guys, I read an interview with the Gilt founder that mentioned one of the things he wouldn't buy from his site is suits. I'm not saying don't by them, but I'd be careful about buying from there, maybe to the point of buying suits a size or two bigger. In the end you come out on top, even after paying a tailor.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:19am

Bb has a sale where you can buy any two suits for 500 currently at the outlets. just picked up a couple. the receipt is pretty interesting and it lists the original prices on there then applies the discount.. made me feel pretty good to know the trip to the outlet mall saved me more than $400..

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:22am
fugo:
Bb has a sale where you can buy any two suits for 500 currently at the outlets. just picked up a couple. the receipt is pretty interesting and it lists the original prices on there then applies the discount.. made me feel pretty good to know the trip to the outlet mall saved me more than $400..

I was just out at an outlet yesterday and saw this deal. The lady said they always run that deal. It is Brooks' 346 line...Brookstretch Suits. Anyone have any experience with these suits? I'm sure they're of lesser quality than the 1818 suits, but better value at that price point? I don't wear suits that often, so grabbing a pair of charcoal and navy BB suits for $500 sounds like a decent idea. Thoughts?

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:20am

FYI guys. I talked to my friends that work at Brooks Brothers. The semi annual clearance sale will be the third week of July. You will be able to get a couple styles 1818 suit for 50% off. Fashion dress shirts will also be 50% off.

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:21am

J. Press has great stuff. You can get them around $450-$600 for their basic line, and $500-$750 for their step up.

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:23am

I think I may be taking a trip out to Woodbury or somewhere on Long Island for this BB Outlet deal.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:26am

make the investment. look for sales at the department store usually can get them at a fair value.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:27am

make the investment. look for sales at the department store usually can get them at a fair value.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:31am

Suit Brands (Originally Posted: 12/24/2011)

What are some decent, good quality brands, not too pricey?

Please don't recommend Boss or RLPL.
Boss is shit, and RL is too pricey.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:41am
Rana Clamitans:
If you can afford the time and effort to do MTM, check out Thick as Thieves suits.

So far in this thread, Rana is the only one who has given you the option for the best bang for your buck.

their suit quality is top notch. 500 dollars for a suit that is comparable to RL Black Label...and that's saying a lot since it's about 1/3 the price.

+1 for this guy knowing how to dress.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:37am
timatom90:
http://dappered.com/

Men's fashion website with an eye for sales and things on the cheap. What's your price range? In the end, as an analyst or intern, it doesn't matter what brand your suits are, as long as they fit well and are clean.

FWIW, in terms of cheaper suits, I've heard good things about Alfani. JCrew too, but a little more expensive.

Alfani is not good. It is inexpensive (cost) and cheap (quality). It is fully fused ... and made in China to boot. JCrew is not that inexpensive at all and it's decent quality.

Tommy Hilfiger, believe it or not, is decent for a low price point. They are eternally on Gilt's suit sales for $250. Other than that, I say look for Hickey Freeman (if you're slimmer, they used to carry a different line called 'hickey' that was for younger men), Brioni, Brooks Brothers (if you're slimmer, go for their Fitzgerald fit), etc.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:35am

Go check out Nordstrom Rack. I got an amazing Burberry suit there which was originally $1300 for $250. Sometimes they have total crap, but sometimes they have some really good deals (Burberry, Boss, etc)

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:36am

I'd stay away from J Crew for suits. Brooks is good for lower end options (or, rather, middle of the road), and there is supposed to be a 50% off sale on all suits either this Sunday or Monday. Saks or Bergdorf if you have the money.

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:43am

I have been looking into this company http://www.indochino.com/collection/Suits

Their selection isn't huge, but you can get a custom tailored suit for $400-700. The cool thing is being able to choose the features you want e.g. lapel shape/size, vents, pockets, liner color, etc.

Note that I haven't actually purchased their suits yet so I can't comment on the actual quality first hand, but everything I've heard sounds like they're decent.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:44am
DaveWinkler:
I have been looking into this company http://www.indochino.com/collection/Suits

Their selection isn't huge, but you can get a custom tailored suit for $400-700. The cool thing is being able to choose the features you want e.g. lapel shape/size, vents, pockets, liner color, etc.

Note that I haven't actually purchased their suits yet so I can't comment on the actual quality first hand, but everything I've heard sounds like they're decent.

Have heard some people swear by them, and also heard some people who were less than pleased with their purchases, so quite divisive on this brand.

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:45am

Indochino is a strange beast.

My personal take on it is that it's worth the price. Well worth it. For $350, you can get an incredibly customizable made-to-measure garment that stacks up against competitors 3x its price. The bad press comes from people who expect it to be more than what it is. It is a $350 made-to-measure suit. I find it comparable to suits in the $1000 ballpark. I think some people expect it to stack up against a Brioni or Zegna or Hermes, and quite frankly, it won't. I wouldn't expect it to, either.

The only thing I think would stack against an Indochino suit for the cost would be one from Suitsupply. I think Suitsupply's garments are better constructed and feature significantly better fabrics, and their lowest price point is $399. Suitsupply does offer MTM, but it starts around double the price of their entry level model.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:49am
TraderDaily:
WOW!!!! Indochino looks fantastic!!! Better than Jos. A Bank!
I hope this isn't serious. This fucking killed me, everyone is looking at me for laughing so hard.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:48am

I think too many people get a hard on for expensive suits and don't realize the utter pain in the ass they are. The fabric is delicate, you need to steam them to preserve them, they are expensive and honestly, it is the accoutrements that make you look like a million bucks. The shoes, shirt, tie, cuff links, pocket square, nice shave and haircut, etc. That is where you get the bang for your buck.

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:50am

Came across this list. It only includes OTR stuff.

Excellent (i.e. if money is no object your closet would be full of these)
- Brioni
- Cesare Attolini Napoli
- D'Avenza (old brand, includes RTW Gieves & Hawkes)
- Kiton
- Oxxford
- St Andrew (includes made for RLPL)
- Sartoria Castangia
- Tom Ford (made by Zegna)

Very Good (i.e. Few suits match the quality of the ones in this category).
- Luciano Barbera Collezioni Sartoriale
- Belvest
- Borrelli Luxury Vintage
- Luigi Borrelli
- Canali Milano
- Corneliani Linea Sartoria
- Isaia
- Pal Zileri Sartoriale
- Raffaelle Caruso (includes Sartoria Parma / some RLPL / RLBL / old RL Signature)
- Ravazzolo
- Sartoria Attolini Napoli
- Thom Browne
- Zegna Couture (higher quality than mainline Zegna)
- Ermenegildo Zegna

Good (i.e. Quality is superior to most suits).
- Hugo Boss Selection
- Brooks Brothers Black Fleece
- Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece
- Canali
- K by Canali
- Cantarelli Tailor
- Corneliani
- Faconnable Tailleur
- Giorgio Armani Black Label
- Hickey Freeman Mainline
- Paul Smith Mainline
- Samuelsohn

Satisfactory (i.e. The "Average" Brands. Quality is acceptable).
- Benjamin Sartorial
- Brooks Brothers 1818 (half canvassed)
- Cantarelli
- Etro / Boglioli
- Hackett
- H. Freemann
- Hickey Freeman LTD (half canvas)
- hickey
- Paul Smith London (not a suit maker, designer brand - half canvassed)
- Z-Zegna

Mediocre (Suits that are mediocre)
- Hugo Boss
- J.Crew
- J. Press

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Nov 8, 2012 - 2:52am

Brooks Brothers, I've always had a good experience with their stuff

XX
Nov 8, 2012 - 2:54am

Where are the best value suits right now? (Originally Posted: 04/08/2012)

Gentlemen,

I've not much experience with suits, and I've already taken back the two I just bought at the Macy's one-day sale the other day after getting them home and realizing what shit they were (literally threads popping out of the sleeves and I haven't even worn the damned things yet).

Moving to NY in three weeks and then starting ft about two weeks thereafter, so I can check out anywhere in NYC or online.

What's the best I can find for $350 a pop?

Nov 8, 2012 - 2:56am

Jos A Bank they do like buy 1 suit get 28 free. Think that comes down to about 42 cents per suit

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