Where to get a decent business suit?

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  1. jehan60188

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    i need a new suit to wear to dinner with management, and other stuff like that. I don't want to go to the men's wearhouse, I think I'm ready to 'move up'
    so, my question is where do I move up to?

    Also, I need some input on this presentation I'm giving. Most people in my office don't wear suits; in fact, people hardly ever wear ties. I've got a presentation to give, and plan on wearing a suit (yah, the one suit i've owned through college). but i might be over dressed- would that be a bad thing?
     
  2. charel

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    depends how much you want to spend and what you want.

    if you're worried about being over dressed, losing the tie can make things appear way less formal.
     
  3. Marmot

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    I've shopped around quite a bit and I have had to best luck at Mens Warehouse. I had the worst luck at S&K. Most department stores are okay, but selection isn't as good.
     
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    Hmm, I guess I'd like to keep it under $3000- including several (8-15) shirt/tie combos
    also, what's the deal with french cuffs?

    so then, charel- I should do the suit, but lose the tie? would that look allright with suspenders (i love suspenders! so whenever I 'suit up', i wear suspenders)

    marmot, I've always thought that the men's warehouse was more of an 'entry level' suit shop. is that an improper perception? either way, I think variety would be good- would something like macy's be something worth checking out?
     
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    if you sacrifice the shirt/tie combos you could probably get a suit made.

    suspenders i would consider more old school business, it depends entirely on the dynamic of the place you're working in, if it's a younger business, then i'd opt for a belt.

    french cuffs double back on themselves and then are cufflinked
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    Wow, I've never had a suit custom made. I imagine I can't just walk into a clothing store and get that done?
    Where would I go, and how can I avoid looking like a noob?

    Also, are french cuffs more formal than normal cuffs? Or is it just a matter of taste?
     
  7. charel

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    it's a matter of taste, but i like them better, for a bespoke suit you need a tailor, and i can't really help you with that unless you live on savile row.

    another decent option would be to buy an off the peg one, and have it altered to fit better, which is semi bespoke, this will offer similar results at a much lesser cost. which could fit in with your plan to buy shirts and ties also.

    could you post some pictures of what you're after, eg colours and how it fits etc.
     
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    oooh, that's a toughy
    I guess I'd go for a Gerald Ford look:
    http://www.barrymgoldwaterjr.com/barrygoldwaterjr/BarryGoldwaterJr-GeraldFord.gif
    http://tammisworld.mu.nu/archives/ford_gerald_oath.jpg
    http://www.progressivenewsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/images/geraldford.jpg (i like this one, 'cause I smoke pipes, too)
    http://wardsmythe.com/President-Ford.gif
    http://www.house.gov/murtha/images/1970/1.jpg
    http://cache.wonkette.com/images/thumbs/f5f134e980e93ea2f54ed4bbe8761380.jpg

    I guess I'd go for black, for the sake of versatility, but I already have a black suit, so maybe navy blue?
    I've got a bit of a belly on me, but I'm not worried about 'hiding it' or anything like that.
    I'm only 22, and work with people that are years, even months from retirement, so I wouldn't mind something that makes me look older (if that's possible)
     
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    pal zileri has some gorgeous suits....very expensive though, but i like them better than armani, prada and the other luxury brands
     
  10. charel

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    black is traditionally for funerals (duh) but recently i think that's been done away with as a general rule, for the classic look, i'd go for pinstripes, charcoal on black. because apart from being slimming, there is something slightly better looking about them, and if you're working with older guys as silly as it sounds, may command a bit of respect if only for stylistic choice.
     
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    black thin fitting suits without a pattern are really hot right now, pair them with a white tshirt and a really colorful tie that will make it pop...i saw an amazing combo at banana republic...black suit, white shirt, lime green tie looked really good

    for daytime and more frequent wear i'd go with a flat grey flannel suit
     
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    charel, do you have any tips for choosing a tailor? I used google maps to find a few near me, but there aren't any pictures of their work, or their prices, or anything really, except their location
    but yah, i think i'll try out the pinstripe look for my next suit...
     
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    jos a bank
     
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    unfortunately not, i've never used one before, i think your best option is to give them a call and have a chat with them.
     
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    dont get pinstripe imo
     
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    :/, why avoid pinstripes?
    also, thanks for your help charel
     
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    aint nothing wrong with pinstripes.

    if among older ppl, all black is not the ideal look. read: funeral comment
     
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    yeah but when they die you won't need another suit
     
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    :rofl::rolleyes:
     
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    Get pinstripe. Easily the most versitle and if you are keeping it for a bit, then is much less likely to go out of fashion.
     
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    just bumping this as i'm curious as to what you've decided on.

    we needs a tsl suit thread.
     
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    Oh, I'm probably just gonna end up going to men's wearhouse, and getting black with gray pinstripes.
    What kind of shirts would go well under that? I imagine white would work...
     
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    I'm not a fan of the white shirt under suit. Bit unimaginative.

    How about something like this minus the tie?

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    Have a slightly similar one (solid yellow, thin blue stripe then white instead of blue stripes) with white cuffs and collar which goes supremely well with a well tailored classic pin stripe suit and no tie.

    French cuffs is a must imo
     
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    men's warehouse, you're gonna like the way you look... i guarantee it.
     
  25. Marmot

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    I suggested Mens Warehouse because they have lots of different sizes. Althought their nicest suits are still pretty much entry level.

    If I were to get another suit, I would drop $600 for a custom suit at Brooks Brothers. You choose the color, pants, cuff, suit length, number of buttons, vents etc....
     

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