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travelergypsy

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I have been toying with the idea of getting my first suit for a long time now. My issue is money, rather the lack thereof. What are some quality suits for an affordable price? I know there's going to have to be some give and take on the quality the lower the price goes. I just want to get an idea of some place to start; and given the quality of gentleman on this forum, I figured I would inquire here.

 

jefff

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I have 2 suits I got them both at Jos A Banks.
They probably wouldn't stand up to dayley use but for the 4-8 times a year I need a suit they are fine. The reason I have 2 is because it was buy 1 get 1 free.
The most important thing is the fit. Take them to a taylor and spend a few bucks on serious alterations.

 

pitchfork

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When Macy's has a big sale on, you can get a decent suit for a decent price.

 

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jefff

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Personally, I'd go with a 3 button dark blue pin stripe.
It will never be the wrong suit.

 

tbradsim1

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Travel guy if there is a Goodwill by you scout it out. My wife dresses the old guys for the nurseing home she does hair at. It's for Pagents, dances and they have some really nice men's clothes that are donated , some are brand new. Check it out.

 

gmjabsky

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I have suits from both the recommended Macy's sale and Jos A Banks. They are great.
If you're like me and "extra medium" you can sometimes find thrift shop deals. If you're well dressed and dead, you only need one suit

 

aldecaker

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Good luck, my friend. The only suit I'll be wearing this scorching summer is a guayabera and chinos!

 

winton

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I still fit in the charcoal grey suit, I bought shortly after getting married almost 25 years ago. Since it is only worn to weddings in funerals, it last a long time. I used to use it each month to serve communion, but our church has changed policy.

 

papipeguy

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Brad is spot on. I gave 12 suits to GoodWill that cost me $800 each. Pick a good zip code and check them out. Jos. A. Banks deals sound good until the tailoring and other stuff comes into play. My wife dragged me their because they had a deal on 3 suits for the price of one. $2,000 later I left the store in a daze.

Men's Warehouse is another outlet worth looking at if they are in your area.

 

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There are some strategies required in each of these recommendations. Goodwill moves higher quality items fairly quickly, so you have to stop by every week or two for a month or two, maybe, to catch something that's good quality. You might hit it the first visit, or it might take you several. Then I'd have it dry cleaned. But examine it thoroughly, and have it hemmed or taken in a little as needed. Some re-sale shops have low prices but are more selective with their inventory, so you may have a better chance of finding something higher quality.
Department stores have great sales, but you have to catch the old season. Summer suits will go on sale after July 4, and you can often get them half price. Likewise, winter suits go on sale after New Years, but on even deeper discounts in February.
I like J. Banks, but I'd buy only on sale, and be careful about the two-fer or three-fer sales. You usually end up paying approximately the cost of that number of suits on sale; that is, the prices are set to you don't get as good a deal as you'd expect.
Goodwill is the best deal, but you'll have to work at it, probably in repeated visits. Don't get anything that is conspicuously outdated. Check out all zippers, buttons, and make sure the lining is in good repair. Sometimes a sports jacket is a better workaround than a suit, unless you need it for weddings or funerals; today they even work for those, since people show up in chinos and sports shirts these days -- you'll look dressy in comparison.

 

jmatt

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What do you need a suit for, and how often will you be wearing it? Know your size, and don't be afraid of ebay.

 

mcitinner1

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I've been putting off the new suit thing for quite a while. I'm going to try out Goodwill. There are several of them in my area. My wife is a huge buyer/donator of skirts from them.

 

iamn8

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I'm a poor snob... I've purchased a few Armani suits used for a couple hundred per that are in absolutely perfect condition.

 

gtrhtr

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I buy all my suits at Brooks Brothers. If they didn't exist, I'd get most of them from Jos. A Banks. Plan b would be to hit the outlet mall.

 

dochudson

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A $200 suit correctly tailored will look and feel much better than a sloppy $1k suit.
IMO, if the suit's duty is weddings, funerals and church.. go black or charcoal. 2 or 3 button depends on your height and waist.

 

dochudson

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A $200 suit correctly tailored will look and feel much better than a sloppy $1k suit.
IMO, if the suit's duty is weddings, funerals and church.. go black or charcoal. 2 or 3 button depends on your height and waist.

 

pitchfork

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"2 or 3 button depends on your height and waist."
Ditto. I'm just above average height and I wouldn't think of going with three buttons. Two buttons are more "standard" in any case, if that matters to you. Is this for a job or for interviews? Go with two buttons unless you're ridiculously tall. Even then, go with two buttons if it's your only suit.

 

pappymac

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Don't know if they have one near you but I went to K&G Fashion Superstore in New Orleans last September to buy the suit I wore for my daughter's wedding. I found a name brand designer suit on sale at the time for $125 and the only alteration needed was hemming the pants. I think they have 3 locations in the Houston area.

 

lordofthepiperings

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I'd suggest hitting the outlet malls. You're guaranteed quality work at a better price point.
I got a really nice three piece suit from Kenneth Cole for right around $200 at the local outlet mall.
Another option is TJ Maxx. I see A LOT of dress slacks and blazers in there at very reasonable prices. We're talking Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, etc. slacks for around $30 and blazers for around $75. The benefit there is you can use them multiple times/ways. Grey slacks go very nicely with a navy blue blazer aside from a matching grey blazer.

 
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