London suits and clothing

I've got my internship at a London EB starting in a few weeks and I was thinking now is a good time to invest in some decent quality clothing that I can use once I graduate too (so far mostly got everything from Next/M&S type stores). I'm usually fairly careful with my money, but have the savings to spend on this if needed. Planning on buying 2 new suits, as well as a set of shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt/TMLewin. 

How much should I be spending on a decent suit? Where is the best value proposition at? Anything I should keep in mind when shopping around? Any store recommendations?

Also, is it worth tailoring/getting adjustments on my suits? How much can I expect this to cost?

Any other clothing tips would be appreciated - quite new to the formal attire situation. 

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Jun 12, 2021 - 2:18am
TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Pink its great but you can't expect an intern to dish out that much for shirts when CT and TM are available.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jun 10, 2021 - 8:59am

Would advise investing in a bespoke tailored suit. However, if this is outside your price range, Suit Supply have some of the best 'off the rack' suits -- great value for money in my opinion.

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Jun 12, 2021 - 2:23am
TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've said this time and time again on this site, suitsupply is a godsend in terms of value. Expect to drop 800 usd for two suits including the in-house tailoring but they actually can last and look fitted upon final pick up. For shirts CT/TM are best given the ridiculous deals they always have.

Not sure where your head's at on shoes but if you're willing to get something which lasts, a good pair of oxfords from AE or the likes will be great. Can go cole haan if you're looking to spend less (I certainly did). Don't do the loafers until you're a full-time analysts and really want them.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jun 13, 2021 - 1:09pm

Great recs on suits and shirts, but would not go AE - you're in London, opt for Loake if you want a good shoe at a decent price point. Other good quality-to-price ratio would be Meermin. 

If you go more expensive than that, there's a ton of good European shoemakers.

Jun 18, 2021 - 4:11am
TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Those are both unknown to me as an NY-based guy but I think you have the right idea in terms of recommendations so thank you if you're talking London houses which are available at good prices. 

  • Associate 2 in AM - Other
Jun 12, 2021 - 6:30am

Personal rec is try Moss Bros.

They have a good range of brands and qualities on both suits and shirts (from basic own label to zegna). Their brand savoy taylor guild is good decent quality for mid-level pricing I have found. They also often have sales so can pick up good deals here (plus 20% student discounts)

Charles Tyrwhitt 4 shirts for 100 you can't go wrong. Get 2 or 3 white shirts and 1 light blue shirt. If you're brave and confident add a striped or pink shirt for summer/friday vibes, dont listen to people who say only wear black suit and white shirts you're not going to a funeral!

Jun 12, 2021 - 8:29am
Pan European Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

CT shirts suit me very well, so these are the only ones I buy. 
Suits I have one from CT - which quite frankly is shit but does the job, I have one from suit supply and looking to add more from them. They fit me great off the rack except the pants length which costs below 10 pounts to taper. 
Shoes - I only buy from meermin, I have a pair of oxford and a pair of loafers for Fridays in the summer.

You don't need this for the summer but all in this should cost you roughly 1k for your full wardrobe (toss in underwear from uniqlo) - with money from your SA you should be covered.

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:39am
BritishBankingBloke, what's your opinion? Comment below:

With Meermin, I head they can be great value but customer service is a nightmare if something goes wrong. Presume you've never had any problems with them?

Also with suit supply, the only slim fit suits in the 'normal' colours (I think, like navy, charcoal, dark grey) without stripes start at 379 each. Is that the range I should be going for?

Jun 13, 2021 - 10:16am
Pan European Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

They are lovely - ping them on insta, they did not have my size for a pair and legit just made it for me. 

you're right for suit supply that's the range

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