Help me. I need to buy a suit, or four. [in NYC]

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    Aug 03, 2013 6:56 AM GMT
    Hi all. Input/suggestions welcome:

    I have a flurry of upcoming weddings to attend, and my formal wardrobe is next to bare. I have been looking around for suits deals since I know they are everywhere; all of the options are borderline overwhelming. For example, Joseph A. Bank has a buy one, get three free sale going on which sounds fantastic. In theory, I could get four suits for under $100 each. Great, right? This is what I plan on going with when I go to shop later today but who knows what kind of catches there are.

    I would still rather cover all my bases before going out and making a big purchase. Who better to help me cover my fashion bases than a bunch of gay dudes? So, RJers, especially ones who are in NYC, please feel free to throw out suggestions about what places you recommend, and the specific deals that are out there. I am looking for at least two quality suits that are reasonably priced. Your opinions would mean a lot. Thanks.

    Shoot me a private message or respond here, I'm sure I'll see it either way.
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    Aug 03, 2013 7:09 AM GMT
    I was in a similar situation a year and a half ago..
    I went to Burlington Coat Factory.

    try..

    http://www.menswearhouse.com/

    http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/burlingtoncoatfactory/Men/Suits-Suit-Separates-54508.aspx
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    Aug 03, 2013 9:16 AM GMT
    Look for suits made of 100% wool. Avoid synthetic materials (polyester, etc.) since they won't fit your body as well as the natural materials and won't last as long.
    The colors you want to look for are a navy blue or charcoal. Avoid black. Since you're looking for two suits, I suggest getting one in navy and another in a gray.
    Make sure it fits properly! Read this suit fit guide, and know that the shoulders and jacket length are the two most important pieces. A tailor can fix the rest.

    If I knew your budget and time constraints, I could suggest a few places to look.

    EDIT:
    Stores to look at:
    Macy's, GAP, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Uniqlo, and SuitSupply come to the top of my head. I know Uniqlo and SS both have stores in New York.
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    Aug 03, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Joseph A. Bank is shitty quality.
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    ^^^^^
    Great advice above me here. The only thing I can add (from experience when I was about your age) is to not buy junk. Anything that seems to be priced way down low is priced way down low for a reason. If you buy a few good things, you're much better off.
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidBuying a GREAT suit is all about the FIT!
    You need to find one that hugs your body in all the right places.
    The mistake I see time and time again on RJ is a suit that is too large for the athletic frame.
    The best advice is go for quality over quantity. Buy one perfect suit over the 3 subpar suits for the price of a good one.
    With your blond hair and eyes, I'll look for a charcoal suit matched by an amazing tie.


    So....left or right? icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:17 PM GMT
    You'd look great in anything!! icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    Bespoke ftw
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    Aug 03, 2013 6:20 PM GMT
    Matiz saidBespoke ftw


    Couture Floozy
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    Aug 03, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    turbobilly said
    Matiz saidBespoke ftw


    Couture Floozy


    Not like I can afford one though icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 03, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    To buy a suit just depends of your style and your budget. If you want to have a fit, modern appearance, Armani Exchange, Zara, H&M can have good offer. Benetton and Express are modern too and more expensive. Just take a trip around the city and you will be surprised!
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    Aug 03, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidJoseph A. Bank is shitty quality.


    the quality might not be on par with some of the top labels out there but for the guy who is on a budget and NEEDS more than one suit (i.e. cannot afford to just get one nice one instead of three cheap ones for the same price) JosFBanks works, especially if they've got one of their INSANE sales on.
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    Aug 03, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    I know it's hard to buy a suit online, but for $70 I bought a great Zegna sportcoat originally sold at Neiman Marcus for $1100.

    Find a good tailor. (remember to wear underwear)

    The Hugo Boss suit I bought for college graduation (a million years ago) still looks great...now if I can get rid of the extra 10 lbs....

    Cheap clothing gets laundered once or twice and then thrown out. I can't remember the cheap clothing I bought but I can remember the good quality stuff because I probably still have it!




  • jock5827

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    Aug 03, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
    Good suggestions from everyone above, but if you are on a budget and looking for dress shirts or ties to wear with your suit, you might also consider Century 21.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_21_%28department_store%29
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    Aug 03, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
    Some bad advice here...

    Please do not go to Men's Wearhouse or Gap. You'll end up looking like you're 12 wearing your dad's clothes.icon_razz.gif

    Go to Nordstrom. Ask for help. You'll get top-notch customer service, a wide range of options in several different price ranges, and a suit (or four) that fits well.

    Oh, and they do free alterations.
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    Aug 03, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    If you can make a trip to Los Angeles, check out the garment district near the Santee Alley.

    On Los Angeles Street in Downtown LA between 7th and 11th street there are 4 blocks of mens suits stores. There are some cheap, tacky and ugly stores, but some nice ones as well.

    They have stores that also sell 100% wool suits. Many of the suits are made in China and Indonesia. They are not Italian wool, but still they are made with tropical wool in 120s, 140s and 180s thread, and many are silk/wool blends as well. They are great suits for the price and many places will bargain with you.

    Also, the best department store for suits in LA is the Saks Mens store off of Rodeo Drive or the Macys Mens Store at the Beverly Center.

    If you are near your local outlet mall, check out the outlet store for the following stores..

    - Brooks Brothers
    -Off Saks Fifth Avenue
    - Neiman Marcus Last Call


    You can find a great suit at a decent price.
  • pharmstudent

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    Aug 03, 2013 7:59 PM GMT
    If you're worried about money just rent a suit- I know it sounds like prom- but if this is the only occasion you need that suit either rent it or just return it.

    Plus, quantity over quality is a huge mistake. Just buy one reasonable and fashionable suit- I recommended CK or Kenneth Cole. I think Macys has its own brand called INC or Alfani under $100 and they're pretty fashionable. One more advice I'd add, a slim straight suit with flat front gives a more bold look.




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    Aug 03, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    simonneversaid saidtry out jc penney.


    OMG NO!!
  • madsexy

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    Aug 03, 2013 8:22 PM GMT
    The best advice here is to go quality over quantity, even if you have to buy on credit. You'll have suits which are recognizably good quality, look GREAT on you and wear well for a long time. Nordstrom, if you catch a sale, is excellent quality, the best of any mentioned here. If you can't afford Nordstrom, look CAREFULLY at Macy's and find suits which complement and compliment your height (believe me, just choosing a Long is not enough; the cut has to be right for you, and you'll know it when you see it in the mirror) and overall build. And make sure no matter how well you THINK a suit fits off the rack, that you get a tailor who follows the DAPPER link above's guidelines and checks it thoroughly and alters whatever needs to be altered, no matter how close it is to fine without the tailoring. You'll thank yourself later when you get compliments and give yourself your own when you look in the mirror.
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    Aug 03, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidJoseph A. Bank is shitty quality.


    I've always had crotch liners put in my pants by them. Then, the pants hold up pretty well.
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    Aug 03, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    Go to a J crew and buy their Ludlow.
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    Aug 03, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    jock5827 saidGood suggestions from everyone above, but if you are on a budget and looking for dress shirts or ties to wear with your suit, you might also consider Century 21.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_21_%28department_store%29

    I would agree with Century21. Also try out
    Suit Supply
    http://us.suitsupply.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-US-Site/en_US/Stores-Details?StoreID=stores-New-York HERE[/img]
    DO NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCE go to JA Bank! Their clothes are made for OLD,middle America soccer dads.
    You are coming up on Labor Day, which will mean Big, Big sales!

    Oh, you don't need four suits; two will be fine. A dark grey and a Black or Midnight Blue suit will perfect for ALL occasions.

    GET IT TAILORED! Nothing worse than having a suit jacket with sleeves that are too long. You are SUPPOSED to see your shirt when your arms are at your sides. Make sure your trousers are tailored to the correct length; there SHOULD NOT be tons of pant leg gathered at your feet.

    Make sure you buy PROPERLY FITTED shirts to go with your new suits. Same with shoes. You are better off with two suits and spend the rest of your money on the accessories; shirts,ties, socks, shoes.
  • LJay

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    Aug 03, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    Go to Brooks Brothers and ask for advice. Be sure that you also look at shirts, ties, socks, belts, socks and shoes. You can blow a good looking outfit by not paying attention to the accessories. Remember that one good suit can be made into several outfits by changing the accessories.

    Also remember that taking care of all of this stuff is important. You want to think in terms of years of wear. That is why you want to go for clean style and to stay away from anything too trendy.

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    Aug 03, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
    If your budget is around $500 (judging by the Jos A Bank "sale") then head over to SuitSupply and buy one solid, quality suit. Get it tailored to your body. Look stunning.
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    Aug 03, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    Well, I bought one, from Macy's -- went with the quality over quantity rule, and I'm happy with what I got. I will post a picture in three weeks, when the first wedding is, and you can all tell me then if I made a good purchase. icon_wink.gif

    Thanks for all your advice!