Hugo Boss Suits Review for Investment Banking

I am starting a new career and I am unsure about which suit(s) I should wear. I tried going to Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss and other places. I really liked the Hugo Boss suit I tried on but was unsure of their reputation on wall street. The Hugo suit was slightly flashy but not so over the top, I don't want to end up looking too showy or aggressive in a junior-level position but I want to stand out from my peers. I was wondering people's review of Hugo Boss suits or if someone had any insights into the best suits for Wall Street?

Are Hugo Boss Mens Suits Worth It?

There are a few different lines of Hugo Boss suits and they all are fine to wear on Wall Street. Their suits can be a tad pricey for the quality (like many other name brands). The most important thing is to make sure the suit fits well. A good fitting, less expensive suit is always better than an expensive suit that has a poor fit. Most people won't be able to identify the brand HB but they will be able to see the way it looks on you and impressions are everything.

You can see a picture of a Hugo Boss suit below and you can check out their website here.


Source: https://www.hugoboss.com/us/pinstriped-virgin-wool-silk-suit-slim-fit-h…

There are also so many other suits which can offer a better bang for your buck. Joseph A Bank or Brooks Brothers are perfect suits for the price and will last you a lot longer than other suits.

APAE - Private Equity Partner:
If it fits well, that's what matters. 95%+ of the people who see you in it won't be able to identify the maker or the quality of your garment, only how well it looks on you. If it's under $300 and fits as it should (and most people don't even know what this means), that's a steal.

IlliniProgrammer - Hedge Fund Quant:
If you want a relatively high-end designer label, something at the level of Abboud, Tasso-Elba, Hart-Marx, or maybe Brooks Brothers might be a little more appropriate for analysts.
Don't go past $400. There's really no need to go past $180 in the first place for analysts, but don't buy a suit that obviously cost more than $400.

Best Suits for Investment Banking and Wall Street

If you're just starting a career in finance you will quickly learn that the Wall Street dressing hierarchy is real. A great rule of thumb is to not dress like your boss but dress for the job you want. If you are first getting started - Brooks Brothers and J. Crew are good picks. Canali suits are typically worn by higher ranking individuals but associates of various degrees can get away with wearing them.

Here are some tips and tricks while suit shopping:

  1. Make sure the suit fits well
  2. Check where the suit was manufactured. Try to stay away from suits made in Turkey/ China. These often have fused seams, are made of inexpensive materials, have poor construction and are cheaply made.
  3. Dress your rank. Try not to over dress, you want to be polished and sharp not overdone and tacky.
  4. It's not all about the suit! While the suit is important the shirt and tie are equally important.

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Comments (102)

Oct 2, 2011 - 10:42pm
frank_reynolds, what's your opinion? Comment below:

its an upgrade from banana republic for sure, but you can definitely do much better at that price point from a quality of construction/tailoring/etc perspective

if you like it though, go for it.

Feb 12, 2011 - 8:18pm
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd be surprised to hear otherwise, but Hugo Boss suits are hardly expensive to say the least (800-1100). I had two Hugo suits when I was in 10th grade so I'd hope working bankers dress a little better than that. I think it's a solid choice for someone starting out; their Modern Slim fit 2 buttons have just about the best fit you can get without prada/canali level prices.

‎"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."
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Jun 20, 2016 - 1:17pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

did you just say $1k for a suit is "hardly expensive" and how you had "two of them in 10th grade"

What a stuck up douchebag.

Oct 2, 2011 - 11:02pm
MistaBooks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't wear it. If you looking to go cheap, at least grab something from Jos A Bank

Feb 12, 2011 - 8:24pm
IlliniProgrammer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Little too flashy. If you want a relatively high-end designer label, something at the level of Abboud, Tasso-Elba, Hart-Marx, or maybe Brooks Brothers might be a little more appropriate for analysts.

Don't go past $400. There's really no need to go past $180 in the first place for analysts, but don't buy a suit that obviously cost more than $400.

Feb 12, 2011 - 8:26pm
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:
IlliniProgrammer:
Little too flashy. If you want a relatively high-end designer label, something at the level of Abboud, Tasso-Elba, Hart-Marx, or maybe Brooks Brothers might be a little more appropriate for analysts.

Don't go past $400. There's really no need to go past $180 in the first place for analysts, but don't buy a suit that obviously cost more than $400.

$400 Dollars? You're joking right? Is this an American thing I should know about before my SA stint? Noone seems to care hear if you wear nice suits and nice watches if it's clear that's just who you are and you're not trying to be a flashy douchebag.

‎"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."
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Feb 12, 2011 - 8:32pm
IlliniProgrammer, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Independent Gestion:
$400 Dollars? You're joking right? Is this an American thing I should know about before my SA stint? Noone seems to care hear if you wear nice suits and nice watches if it's clear that's just who you are and you're not trying to be a flashy douchebag.
$400 factors in discounts and sale price. Abboud and Pronto-Uomo typically retail for $700, but if you wait for a sale or buy from the Men's Wearhouse, they go for $350-$400.

Stafford from JCP also claims to retail for $700, but in reality, you'll never pay more than $200 for it.

Feb 14, 2011 - 4:28am
konig, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Independent Gestion:
IlliniProgrammer:
Little too flashy. If you want a relatively high-end designer label, something at the level of Abboud, Tasso-Elba, Hart-Marx, or maybe Brooks Brothers might be a little more appropriate for analysts.

Don't go past $400. There's really no need to go past $180 in the first place for analysts, but don't buy a suit that obviously cost more than $400.

$400 Dollars? You're joking right? Is this an American thing I should know about before my SA stint? .

For some reason, I think you're from the arabian peninsula :D where'ya from lad?

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Oct 2, 2011 - 11:07pm
ballmouse, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Fifth Ave shoes were a good call. You should't be able to get better than a $1000 Hugo Boss suit. But you do more than likely need a tailor, so you should keep in mind that it will take some time to tailor.

Oct 2, 2011 - 11:13pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Get a real Brooks Brothers suit. The problem with outlets is that they have fabrics and models specifically designed as downmarket. They're boxier, less well-made, and uglier. If you're super happy with the Boss fit, get a Fitzgerald or Madison. Brooks makes them as their slimmer lines. Check out the 'Men's Clothing' section of styleforum.com if you need major pointers.

Good call on the AEs.. that's a very standard model. I have it in walnut calf.

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Feb 12, 2011 - 8:23pm
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Brooks brothers suits are nasty quality and they have comparable to Hugo Boss prices. Obviously none of them are great quality but that's obvious when they cost suit? I was wearing them in my freshman SA year and noone noticed or cared.

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Feb 12, 2011 - 8:25pm
IlliniProgrammer, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Independent Gestion:
Brooks brothers suits are nasty quality and they have comparable to Hugo Boss prices. Obviously none of them are great quality but that's obvious when they cost suit? I was wearing them in my freshman SA year and noone noticed or cared.
Probably because nobody realized they were high-end suits. If that's the case, why not save yourself the $400 and go with a $250 Tasso from Macy's?
Oct 2, 2011 - 11:34pm
equity_player, what's your opinion? Comment below:
A Posse Ad Esse:
Get a real Brooks Brothers suit. The problem with outlets is that they have fabrics and models specifically designed as downmarket. They're boxier, less well-made, and uglier. If you're super happy with the Boss fit, get a Fitzgerald or Madison. Brooks makes them as their slimmer lines. Check out the 'Men's Clothing' section of styleforum.com if you need major pointers.

Good call on the AEs.. that's a very standard model. I have it in walnut calf.

Thanks for the suggestion I'm going to BB tomorrow to return the ones I have and I'll check out the ones you mentioned. The HB fit well on me because it was a really slim fit and I'm pretty thin.

P.S. Ya those AE's in walnut look freaking GORGEOUS! They would look ahmazing with a nice pair of jean and matching leather jacket.

Oct 3, 2011 - 10:17am
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:
equity_player:
A Posse Ad Esse:
Thanks for the suggestion I'm going to BB tomorrow to return the ones I have and I'll check out the ones you mentioned. The HB fit well on me because it was a really slim fit and I'm pretty thin.

P.S. Ya those AE's in walnut look freaking GORGEOUS! They would look ahmazing with a nice pair of jean and matching leather jacket.

You won't be able to find 'real' Brooks suit at an outlet. Everything at the outlets is the 346 line which isn't even stocked in traditional Brooks stores, it's a down-market line.

I got the walnut to match a belt I picked up before I left Florence last spring, it's kinda an FU statement in the office together haha.

Agree with others that there are far better suits for the money. Never pay retail, because every single store has multiple periods during the year when you can pay far less for the same item. Go to stores and try to familiarize yourself with different brands so you know how they fit and can cop something online (i.e. Gilt) when they come up or you see a doorbuster sale at a store -- you don't have to waste time figuring out which size you are.

RLBL and RLPL are great options too, albeit out of his price range a bit if he's looking only at Brooks outlets and Boss.

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Oct 3, 2011 - 2:43pm
DNOsaur, what's your opinion? Comment below:
equity_player:
A Posse Ad Esse:
Get a real Brooks Brothers suit. The problem with outlets is that they have fabrics and models specifically designed as downmarket. They're boxier, less well-made, and uglier. If you're super happy with the Boss fit, get a Fitzgerald or Madison. Brooks makes them as their slimmer lines. Check out the 'Men's Clothing' section of styleforum.com if you need major pointers.

Good call on the AEs.. that's a very standard model. I have it in walnut calf.

Thanks for the suggestion I'm going to BB tomorrow to return the ones I have and I'll check out the ones you mentioned. The HB fit well on me because it was a really slim fit and I'm pretty thin.

P.S. Ya those AE's in walnut look freaking GORGEOUS! They would look ahmazing with a nice pair of jean and matching leather jacket.

I worked at brooks during school and summer, and above is correct with the factory suits. The clothing there si cheaper, but reflected in the quality. Also skip on the Madison cut and go fitzgerald. Madison is boxier, and Regent and Fitzgerald are the slimmer cut suits. Also, if you want to cut back on cost, just get the brooks card, get the 15% off, and pay of the balance immediately. Then just don't use the card again. Just keep it, they send you a free $20 gift card on your birthday every year, so its worth it just to have it.

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Feb 12, 2011 - 9:22pm
Randall McMossingham, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Independent Gestion:
Brooks brothers suits are nasty quality and they have comparable to Hugo Boss prices. Obviously none of them are great quality but that's obvious when they cost suit? I was wearing them in my freshman SA year and noone noticed or cared.

Brooks are at least half canvassed. HB are fused and are worse than BB from what I've seen.

Feb 12, 2011 - 9:23pm
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Eric Stratton:
Independent Gestion:
Brooks brothers suits are nasty quality and they have comparable to Hugo Boss prices. Obviously none of them are great quality but that's obvious when they cost suit? I was wearing them in my freshman SA year and noone noticed or cared.

Brooks are at least half canvassed. HB are fused and are worse than BB from what I've seen.

I'm talking about Hugo Boss Black, not the garbage you get in department stores.

‎"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."
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Oct 2, 2011 - 11:26pm
purplenurple, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For what it's worth, I needed to get a new suit, so I got that same one (black) with a couple of their shirts and like it all a lot. I'm 6 ft 5 in and 200 lbs so it's hard to find a suit that fits well. After minor adjustment from the tailor, it fits perfect.

Oct 2, 2011 - 11:30pm
linds_15, what's your opinion? Comment below:

for 1000 you can do much better than HB, i wouldnt buy a boss suit but if i did i wouldnt spend more than 400 on one, you can get way better construction than what they offer for that price

Feb 12, 2011 - 8:52pm
IlliniProgrammer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

IMHO, yes. Maybe a little better than Abboud. The designs are even a little more conservative than Abboud, but they're built very well.

I've never had a Brooks Brothers or Hugo suit, but I've tried an HB on and didn't feel very reassured by the construction. It seemed almost shoddy- then again this was at Century 21, and there's almost always a reason something winds up there marked down 60-70%.

The ultimate cost-per-wear for both Abboud and Hart-Marx is probably about the same as the $200 suits. So IMHO, they're worth the extra money if you have lots of it laying around. (Most new analysts don't.)

Bottom line is that if it's made in the US or Western Europe, that's a good first sign the designer is spending some extra money on the manufacturing process. I do a lot of walking and I'm tough on clothes, but I've never had a western-made suit tear on me in less than 100 days worth of use.

Oct 2, 2011 - 11:37pm
equity_player, what's your opinion? Comment below:
linds_15:
for 1000 you can do much better than HB, i wouldnt buy a boss suit but if i did i wouldnt spend more than 400 on one, you can get way better construction than what they offer for that price

Would you mind giving me a couple of examples? Like I mentioned in my OP I'm headed to BOYDS tomorrow (upscale boutique in philly) so I'll check out some canali's and hickey freeman's,

Feb 12, 2011 - 8:50pm
LIBOR, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't think HB is that great. I've got some shirts/ties/suits from them and they are alright. They aren't even made in a developed country. The product is at a good price point where its "high-end" but "entry-level"

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Oct 2, 2011 - 11:39pm
PossumBelly, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think BB is extremely overpriced for the quality. You can get a Hickey-Freeman (not to be confused with hickey w/ a lower case h), Martin Greenfield, or even Canali for way less than a BB via sites like Gilt or Nordstrom sales.

My HF, which i got for $599, is vastly superior to my Fitzgerald from BB.

Oct 3, 2011 - 12:42am
LIBOR, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you have money to spend, and are in need of a good suit, spend the time and resources to really find a good one. Are you in a big city where its easy to find nice stores? Do you have your own tailor? Before you drop money on a name, find out what makes a suit good. The fabric, the stitching, the buttons, the cut, everything.

If you are spending that kind of money anyway, maybe look into hiring a personal shopper from the store to work with you. Personal shoppers can work with your price range to find the best looking suit for the best value. If you are like most people (which you are since you are posting on here), you are probably clueless about the whole process. Working with a personal shopper from the store will give you insight into the things you need to look for in a good suit.

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Feb 12, 2011 - 8:54pm
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks. I'm not big on department stores but I'll take a trip down to the States and see what you guys have there. And haha good call on the watch, I just thought it would be better than my stainless tag huer.

Mind you, I haven't bought an OTR suit in a while but don't they have a tendency to be baggy in all the wrong places? Guess I can get a tailor to take it in/out as needed.

‎"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."
Feb 12, 2011 - 9:25pm
Situation, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Independent Gestion:
Thanks. I'm not big on department stores but I'll take a trip down to the States and see what you guys have there. And haha good call on the watch, I just thought it would be better than my stainless tag huer.

Mind you, I haven't bought an OTR suit in a while but don't they have a tendency to be baggy in all the wrong places? Guess I can get a tailor to take it in/out as needed.

Go with the Tag, much classier and not pretentious at all. Its a quality watch for a young guy - I have the aqua-racer.

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Feb 12, 2011 - 9:31pm
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Situation:
Independent Gestion:
Thanks. I'm not big on department stores but I'll take a trip down to the States and see what you guys have there. And haha good call on the watch, I just thought it would be better than my stainless tag huer.

Mind you, I haven't bought an OTR suit in a while but don't they have a tendency to be baggy in all the wrong places? Guess I can get a tailor to take it in/out as needed.

Go with the Tag, much classier and not pretentious at all. Its a quality watch for a young guy - I have the aqua-racer.

Ya the Aqua-racer's a beautiful simple watch. I have the stainless Grand Carrera

‎"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."
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Feb 12, 2011 - 9:29pm
2x2Matrix, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Oct 3, 2011 - 2:17pm
NordicBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Donni502:
Don't listen to these schmucks, HB is cool - my favourite suit is my grey HB.

Agree. I like my Hugo Boss suits. They wear well and it is never a problem getting new spare pants in the same color when they wear out. The grey and navy ones will never be discontinued, so I just call up my local store and they have my alteration details. Pick up new pants 3 days later with smaller openings at the bottom and slightly shorter legs. If you are going to start in IB, just buy whatever is easiest to replace. Going to wear through 4-5 pants a year.

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Feb 12, 2011 - 10:43pm
PIE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As the poster stated above, for the price point, their fused quality is sub par.

Also, they made clothing for the Nazis

Mar 2, 2015 - 10:03am
3200fps, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Jimage:

Find a good tailor. As you go through life you will realize that very few clothes will fit you off the rack. A good tailor is a game changer. He will help you find your style and make fitting suggestions as well.

So this. The tailor I use keeps a complete wardrobe of mine on file.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Feb 12, 2011 - 10:46pm
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Paul.Allen:
As the poster stated above, for the price point, their fused quality is sub par.

Also, they made clothing for the Nazis

And IBM gave them technology and Coca-cola made Fanta for them. Big whoop.

‎"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."
Oct 3, 2011 - 3:56pm
linds_15, what's your opinion? Comment below:

in reference to what i said before, theres much better brands for 1000, in perticular id go with a canali, bb fitz, rlbl, isaia, for staters. whats most important is to find a brand and cut that fits you well, if you're a bigger guy than a rlbl just wont be right for you. personally i find canali fits me best, and im always on the lookout for some jackets or suits onsale seeing as i dont need any but know they fit me best. you should go to a store with a wide selection and just try on a bunch of different suits til you find one you love, if it happens to be boss then great, but know youre paying more than you should for it, at retail at least

Feb 13, 2011 - 12:09am
cplpayne, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bought a Boss suit for $350 at Century 21, got home and put it next to my $80 Alfani suit from Macy's discounts and kicked myself in the ass because they look exactly the same! Don't waste a lot of money on a suit because as long as it is tailored and fits properly nobody will know the quality.

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Feb 13, 2011 - 12:15am
Situation, what's your opinion? Comment below:
cplpayne:
Bought a Boss suit for $350 at Century 21, got home and put it next to my $80 Alfani suit from Macy's discounts and kicked myself in the ass because they look exactly the same! Don't waste a lot of money on a suit because as long as it is tailored and fits properly nobody will know the quality.

Dude, I have an alfani red and a Hugo, and you cannot compare the two. Hugo Boss has varying levels of quality.

With regard to alfani, if you know a thing or two about fashion, it is apparent that the quality is poor.

Feb 13, 2011 - 12:35am
cplpayne, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Situation:
cplpayne:
Bought a Boss suit for $350 at Century 21, got home and put it next to my $80 Alfani suit from Macy's discounts and kicked myself in the ass because they look exactly the same! Don't waste a lot of money on a suit because as long as it is tailored and fits properly nobody will know the quality.

Dude, I have an alfani red and a Hugo, and you cannot compare the two. Hugo Boss has varying levels of quality.

With regard to alfani, if you know a thing or two about fashion, it is apparent that the quality is poor.

dude you brought down 5mil why are you buying Alfani red or Hugo?

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Feb 13, 2011 - 1:01am
Independent Gestion, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Situation:
cplpayne:
Bought a Boss suit for $350 at Century 21, got home and put it next to my $80 Alfani suit from Macy's discounts and kicked myself in the ass because they look exactly the same! Don't waste a lot of money on a suit because as long as it is tailored and fits properly nobody will know the quality.

Dude, I have an alfani red and a Hugo, and you cannot compare the two. Hugo Boss has varying levels of quality.

With regard to alfani, if you know a thing or two about fashion, it is apparent that the quality is poor.

Point is not really how it's received in the office but how you grow up. Some kids start wearing suits, ties and tuxedos before they're 10 (as I did). Some people buy their first suit at prom and apparently some by their first suit in their junior year preparing for SA gigs. The culture you're raised in makes the difference between whether you think it's okay to buy some 300 dollar ghetto off the rack suit or a custom Prada 3 piece or a Saville Row ensemble. None of them is going to make you a better banker so it doesn't matter as long as you don't look homeless.

‎"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."
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Feb 13, 2011 - 12:45am
International Pymp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hugo boss suits are pretty nice and an excellent value. $1,200 and you've got a great fit, high quality suit. Buy them in the Boss store and get them altered there.

That said - I don't like Boss in general quite as much as I used to. They used to make really good jeans, etc, but all that has faded away... the formal wear is still nice, but I'm worried it'll tail off too.

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Oct 6, 2011 - 6:48pm
makeyourownluck, what's your opinion? Comment below:

HB is a solid analyst suit, I own five of them and they have held up quite well through almost 2 years. Long run you'd probably want to get nicer suits but overall I have had a solid experience with these suits. I have the Jam Sharp, for a slim guy they work well.

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Feb 18, 2011 - 3:51am
MrMunger, what's your opinion? Comment below:
International Pymp:
Hugo boss suits are pretty nice and an excellent value. $1,200 and you've got a great fit, high quality suit. Buy them in the Boss store and get them altered there.

That said - I don't like Boss in general quite as much as I used to. They used to make really good jeans, etc, but all that has faded away... the formal wear is still nice, but I'm worried it'll tail off too.

That could not be further from the truth.

Hugo Boss is complete junk. Fabrics are a disaster and most of their suits are fused...and yes, that includes Boss Black (with a few exceptions).

If you're going to spend that kind of money on a suit stay far away from Hugo Boss. Most you should pay is like $300-400 and even than you're not getting a great deal.

For cheap suits that will last, it's hard to beat the father's day sale or christmas/boxing day sale at Brooks Brothers.

Feb 14, 2011 - 7:21am
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My guess is on Canada.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

Oct 7, 2011 - 9:52am
Otter., what's your opinion? Comment below:

I agree with most people above - it's not that it's a particularly bad suit, it's just not a particularly good suit. I have tried them on many times and am always underwhelmed and a little surprised at the price. If you can find one on clearance and you like the styling and fit, then go for it. It's a perfectly fine entry level suit, just not fantastic value.

If you're intending to spend in the 700-1000 range, it might be worth looking into some of the entry-level MTM places like Suit Supply or something. I have no experience with them at all, but I've read that they're pretty good for the money.

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Feb 14, 2011 - 11:54am
2x2Matrix, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Oct 7, 2011 - 5:54pm
prnz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just bought two Brooks Brothers suits today, so I'll lend my thoughts to the discussion...

First thing I did today was go to Morris & Sons, one of the last remaining true menswear stores in Chicago. The store carries top of the line brands such as Kiton, Brioni, etc. Their intro suit brand is Hugo Boss.

Not wanting to spend $1,500+ on a Caruso suit, I decided to go with the Hugo Boss. The tailor came out, pinned and chalked as necessary to alter the suit. But after all was said and done, there was something off with the righthand suit of the jacket, near my chest. The the righthand side was asymmetrical with the lefthand side. No one bothered to point this out to me, but fortunately I noticed it. I enquired about this and was told that this was due to the construction of the jacket. Hugo Boss suits are fused, not canvassed. Therefore, the jacket was lying improperly due to its construction. The problem didn't exist on the lefthand side because of the breast pocket.

I decided then to walk out of the store. I caught a cab and went to Brooks Brothers.

Yes unfortunately their suits aren't cut as slim as the Hugo Boss suits are. But they are fully canvassed, and I think the quality of the materials is superior.

The MSRP of the Hugo Boss suit I tried on was $890. Brooks Brothers suits retail at ~$900 - $1,100 and if you buy two, they sell for $800 per.

The other thing I will say is that a fused suit is likely to not last as long as a canvassed suit. Fused construction basically means that the jacket is glued together. With a canvassed suit, their is a hidden inner layer that holds the jacket together. The problem with a fused jacket is that the glue can loosen. This will cause bubbles to appear under the fabric and the jacket will look like shit. This can happen from your jacket getting wet or from your dry cleaner pressing it too often / too hot. This happened to me on one of my Hugo Boss jackets. Fortunately, my dry cleaner was able to fix it but I am afraid that it is only a matter of time before the problem comes back.

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Feb 14, 2011 - 2:01pm
GBB_19NHS, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Prada suits arent even that awesome, if you want to rock out and spend this much get them custome made in places like Milan, Hong Kong or Bangkok (Cerutti fabric) which make awesome suits. I agree that it would be a bit difficult to go to those places just to get suits made, but maybe during a vacation or business trip.

and yeah dont wear a 3-piece suit that would just be ridiculous

"too good to be true"

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Oct 7, 2011 - 6:20pm
TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you liike them, wait for Hugo Boss to have a sale. They usually have great discounts (at least they used to).

I used to ask an employee when their big seasonal sales were and then come back and get suits then. I was able to get a few over the years for ~$400-600. I really like the way their suits fit me, and I always got compliments when I wore them for meetings so it's not like the suits don't fit some arbitrary what is apporpriate in IBD criteria.

That said, I'm glad that I never wear suits anymore.

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Feb 17, 2011 - 8:20am
konig, what's your opinion? Comment below:

South Africa?

Greed is Good.
Feb 17, 2011 - 9:11am
DJ Long Straddle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The guys at Permira (who own Valention/Hugo Boss) do not wear it to their own offices, so no. It's not too flashy, it's too gay. The Cinven guys on the other hand...well...

Oct 12, 2011 - 5:03pm
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have a Hugo suit that I've had for about 8 years now. Solid construction, nice fit, no issues. If it looks and fits well, get it. Buy yourself a steamer and steam your suits. Dry clean like once or twice a year, no more. Get at least 5 suits and rotate them. I rarely wear a suit anymore, but unless you beat the shit out of it you shouldn't have an issue.

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Oct 25, 2011 - 1:15pm
Warhead, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Anyone who says Hugo boss is good quality or has good construction knows nothing about suits. My mom used to make suits in factories in China and was able to immediately tell that a HB $1000 is not as well made as one of the BB fully canvassed suits. Doesn't fit? get a it tailored. Good construction/material is more important (just make sure it fits your shoulders). If you're willing to drop 1k on a suit, might as well look into Polo suits too. Most of their stuff isn't terribly good quality but their suits and sports coats are usually made by corneliani (see if they say made in italy inside. if they do, it's corneliani). RLBL makes the best slim fit suits for their price AFAIK.

You can probably find the best deals over at styleforum's buying and selling section.

Feb 17, 2011 - 10:21am
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You have some of the dumbest posts here. It's not "too gay," and I don't even own Boss.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

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Feb 25, 2011 - 4:33am
International Pymp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

^agree to disagree my friend. I think boss has nice fabrics and a crisp, professional look. Looks good on people who are taller with big shoulders - german style.

Oct 26, 2011 - 1:05pm
Maplewoody, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Brook Brothers' 25% off Suit Sale is starting this Friday if you have a BB charge card.

Nov 3, 2011 - 12:33pm
bears1208, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You can get suits made for you for around 1000 bucks. Do that, don't buy anything off the rack.

May 9, 2012 - 3:40am
yevgenii, what's your opinion? Comment below:
equity_player:
I've never owned a nice suit, ever. The nicest I've ever owned is a black Banana Republic one I found on sale a few years ago. I'm starting a new gig soon so I want to have at least 2 nice suits. Last night I took a trip to Brooks Brothers outlets outside of Philly and was able to buy 1 charcoalish (more of a dark grey) and one navy blue with light stripe accents for about $465 (buy 2 for $579-15% if you start a card with them).

Today when I tried em on again I didn't quite like em so I took a quick trip to the mall to return them but store was close to me closed down. I saw a Hugo Boss at the mall and decided to check it out. One of sales guy showed me a couple of his suits and I fell in love. Dark grey suit and the jacket and pants fit me like they were designed specifically for me, price tag read $995 or $955. I've never had a suit fit me and one that looked that good on me before but I remembered how HB has a bad rep on WSO so I told the guy I would be back in Tuesday to pick em up.

Now I am not that insecure that I need a forum to tell me what to wear but it's safe to say I don't know much about how to dress professionally and I'm hoping a few more educated members could point me in the right direction. The suit was slightly flashy but not so over the top that i looked like I was working at some hip marketing firm (Mad Men). I want to stand out from the rest of my coworkers but I don't want to pretend I'm a VP and end up looking like a dbag.

So anyways I'm just wondering if dropping $1000 on a HB suit is worth it, I'm sort of in a hurry too since my job starts soon and I don't have anything to wear. I'll be headed to BOYDS in Philly tomorrow as well just to see what they have to offer but I know they will be even more expensive.

Also, I placed an order for these Allen Edmonds today and was wondering if anyone could comment:

http://www.endless.com/dp/B001TDKY62?ie=UTF8&ie=UTF8

THANKS!

Hugo Boss was making Nazi uniforms during WW2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15008682 Also they decreased their quality during 2009 http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/30/hugo-boss-quality-markets-equities-luxury.html

I myself bought their suit "The Journey/Sharp2WE" torn up twice completely on the back side of the pants (buttocks) on the seams on my way to important meetings. Not because it was small or something, cause I have Strellson and Cristian Berg with the same size, but because it was made in Bulgaria, and HB QC there probably sucks big time. More over when I reported this directly to HB, they dried me up with stupid responces and pin-pongs to the shop where I bought it. Then completely stopped replying to my queries for 3 calendar months. After which I sent them another email and they came up with indifferent reply and a 50euros voucher that they can shove it in their a*, cause after things that I learned I will never buy even a pin to my shorts from HB.

Aug 28, 2012 - 4:00pm
Shade, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I came across a HB suit that was marked down from $999 to $550. Nice Navy Blue one that fits well. Was wondering if its a good pickup at that price?

Aug 28, 2012 - 4:00pm
Shade, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I came across a HB suit that was marked down from $999 to $550. Nice Navy Blue one that fits well. Was wondering if its a good pickup at that price?

Aug 28, 2012 - 8:24pm
dman24, what's your opinion? Comment below:

jcrew suits aren't too bad, club monaco too http://www.clubmonaco.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=12883013&cp=12243591.12280931.12883013&ab=ln_men_features_suitshop

Aug 29, 2012 - 5:06pm
Otter., what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hugo Boss is not a good suit at $550. Just don't bother with them unless you get them heavily discounted. I wouldn't pay more than $250 for one, and even that would be a stretch. They just aren't good suits no matter how you look at them.

Hi, Eric Stratton, rush chairman, damn glad to meet you.
Sep 22, 2012 - 11:49pm
moore.max, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Personally, I've had good luck with HB's limited stuff. But the best suits (I find) are by far Zegna. Nice shoes, btw.

Another nice shoe is Donald Pliner

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Nov 26, 2012 - 2:48am
redrut, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm gonna hit you with something a little off the wall. J.Lindberg! I really like slim fitted suits but not your kind of Topman look how my drainpipe suit cuts of the circulation of my feet.

The trousers are slightly tapered so it is the happy middle ground between the 90's aircraft hangers and the Mod's skinny delight. The suit jacket is a beautifully slim cut, need I say more.

The material is absolutely terrific. One big problem with Boss or any huge premium brand is they use their brand at the expense of quality. I bought two HB shirts and a D&G wso/">shirt, all of which frayed at the button after 1-2months. J Lindberg wso/">suits come in both thin and thick varieties, my thinnest suit I have had for 3 years and none of the material has been damaged from overuse while the thick one feels luxurious.

finally, the price - £500. ($650). On top of that, I usually hit up Harvey Nicholls as they give you discounts if you ask for it. As a result I pay £420 per suit and am convinced the only step up in quality comes from savill row

Have a look here: http://jlindeberg.com/

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Dec 4, 2012 - 1:57pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have 5 HB suits and a HB tuxedo. I have a bespoke suit made from Zegna material, but I still love my HB suits. I think of all the suits I've tried, the HB cut just fits me the best. It's a matter of personal preference, fit, feel and look.

Dec 5, 2012 - 2:58am
ed.moseley_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just stumbled across a new offer from Charles Tyrwhitt for 20% off via Retailmenot... Could bag yourself a high quality British suit for $320 reduced from $399. Might be an idea.

Dec 10, 2012 - 7:03pm
Javelin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have a HB suit and for slim fit guys I'd have to say they fit really well.

I however would not buy it for 1,000...if you have access to an outlet that has BB, you may want to look for a Saks off 5th. They sometimes have great deals on suits and you can get Zegna, HB, Hickey and others for 50% off or buy 1 get 1.

Aug 9, 2013 - 7:01pm
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If it fits well, that's what matters. 95%+ of the people who see you in it won't be able to identify the maker or the quality of your garment, only how well it looks on you. If it's under $300 and fits as it should (and most people don't even know what this means), that's a steal.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

Aug 16, 2013 - 9:08am
Matrick, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes, they suck. Stay away.

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

See my Blog & AMA

Aug 16, 2013 - 9:08am
Matrick, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes, they suck. Stay away.

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

See my Blog & AMA

Aug 16, 2013 - 1:01pm
megarex2002, what's your opinion? Comment below:

To echo other comments here, Hugo Boss is overpriced and relatively poor quality compared to many competitors. I would throw out SuitSupply as another option. Ignore the models on their website (and the brand name for that matter). Their suits start around $400 and are the best value for the money in my experience, not to mention I've had excellent service in my many visits to their stores in London and NYC.

Aug 20, 2013 - 5:30pm
throwbookatface, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The only reason Hugo Boss looked good is that their cuts are made for people your age - young builds, essentially (which is something so few suitmakers do right). However, in all other respects their suits are shit - fused/glued construction, cheap wool, made in China/Turkey/wherever. Their suits are no worth the $1000 they sell them for in store. Their quality is on-par with Jos. A. Banks with a modern cut.

Go to Suitsupply, try a made-to-measure option, or get an off-the-rack suit that fits you as well as possible (in case BB was too big for you) tailored, and you'll have a suit that will last you for years. Hugo Boss makes cheap suits that fit well and are way overpriced.

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:12am
Roger-Smith, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Mid-Expensive suits made in India with cheap labour ..I don't mind outsourcing, but the quality of Hugo Boss is not what it used to be from the 1980's and 1990's now it is just mass produced nothing better than suits a quarter of the price.. For example they are all fused now not stitched and will last months not years..

Mar 30, 2015 - 4:53pm
whitepebble, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Shopping during sales is crucial to getting a good deal. You can pick up a brooks brothers milano or fitzgerald for 40% off which is like 650 during after xmas sale.

Jul 30, 2015 - 3:45pm
haveanicedave, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Smart business people don't spend a ton on overpriced suits. I purchased my suits from MensSuitHabit and for under 300 was happy with what I got. The suit doesn't make the man, the man makes the suit!

Apr 18, 2016 - 12:18pm
ParkAve, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As an analyst, you can go with Boss, J Bank or Brooks Brothers. Its fine as long the suit fits well and is tailored. A newer, well-fitting suit is always better than a poorly fitting, worn out, expensive suit.
For me, people will notice your shirts and ties more often. Make sure they are clean, crisp and fit well - I recommend slim fit. Skip the French cuffs until you are an associate.

May 30, 2016 - 10:09am
jhonathanwaters, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd recommend that you get yourself the shirts that perfectly fit you. I found very good stitching company 'Custom Stitchers'' that offers affordable priced shirts and they stitch them according to your body size in your preferred designs and chosen fabric. You can get yourself perfects shirts for your suits that will be compensation for expensive suits. hope you find it useful!

Jul 18, 2016 - 3:45pm
Randuhmize, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Jul 19, 2016 - 11:03pm
tackytech, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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JhonnyNY, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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