Cheap suits - recommendations?

Any recommendations on places to buy cheap suits that are nolosathon07/04/14
Define your price point . What are you looking to spend ? greenhorn07/04/14
Yeah state your budget. But I would advise at least hsm if yjdstupid07/04/14
I second Nordstrom Rack. Decent suits in the $250-300 range.guyingorillasuit07/04/14
Banana republic 300warfrat07/04/14
Not credited for professional clothesjdstupid07/05/14
If you want something professional looking that will last a zuma07/05/14
Fused; not "diffusion." It means the layers if the garment aencinoman07/05/14
two different but related things - fused describes the constzuma07/05/14
Huh, I never have heard that term before for the lower-priceencinoman07/05/14
Yup. Have you bought a MTM suit online with Black Lapel or ezuma07/06/14
I've bought two suits, a blazer and a shirt over the last yeencinoman07/06/14
Most any local "menswear" store should be able to help you. qdllc07/05/14
qdllc is right. Go to a men's store - tailoring is usually massivemissive07/05/14
Jos Bank or Men's Warehouse. Not top of the line, but reasonshitlawsf07/05/14
Joseph Abboud from men's wearhouse is good enough for sh*t lmidlaw07/05/14
^This is among the credited responses for non-custom suits.19thcenturysuperman07/07/14
I just bought a suit from the brooks brothers factory store e36m307/05/14
I'm typically on a budget. I started out with Jos A Bank suitrollfeeder07/05/14
"Cheap is very different for different people. I recently boshikes07/06/14
I'm a fan of the Lauren by Lauren suits. I feel like they fchicagojoe07/06/14
Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day for the Jos A Bank 4-for-1guyingorillasuit07/06/14
Keep in mind that with the 3 or 4 for 1 sales, you are stillzuma07/06/14
I picked some up. I'm in Court everyday, so I go through suivanity07/06/14
In truth the better shape you are in the less you have to pagribble07/06/14
I still buy most of my clothes at second hand stores. I hatesuperttthero07/06/14
I agree. I've never bought a suit at a second-hand storetttheaven07/06/14
I used to buy my suits from Men's Wearhouse but now I go to alphadog1507/06/14
Thank you! This has been very helpful. For those of you who losathon07/06/14
I still wear a suit daily despite not always being in court,trollfeeder07/06/14
You guys are doing it all wrong. If you are a fairly common southernman07/06/14
That's a great idea that I had never thought of. Might gtttheaven07/06/14
Hell, why not buy used underwear on EBay as well?19thcenturysuperman07/07/14
Where are you going with this?jdstupid07/07/14
Goodwill.gazoo07/07/14
I second everyone who says second hand stores. Go to Goodwiraskolnikov07/07/14
I may have to check out second hand stores in the future. Ikickflipninja07/07/14
eBay has a lot more selection and is much more time efficiensouthernman07/07/14
I just bought a suit off of the clearance rack at Kohls for zoom07/07/14
jos A Bank is a decent option. Tailoring on site. Get the slprincetonlawgrad07/07/14



losathon (Jul 4, 2014 - 8:52 pm)

Any recommendations on places to buy cheap suits that are not terrible? I will be taking it to a tailor. Thanks in advance!

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greenhorn (Jul 4, 2014 - 9:09 pm)

Define your price point . What are you looking to spend ?

You can find good deals to be found at Bloomingdales outlet, Saks Off Fifth Century 21 and Nordstrom Rack. There are high end off the rack suits that were once $650 going for half or even less than half.

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jdstupid (Jul 4, 2014 - 9:42 pm)

Yeah state your budget. But I would advise at least hsm if you are trying to look sharp. 200-400. You don't need to spend anymore. Nordstrom anniversary sale is coming up. You can prolly claim one for a good price.

Pick some park aves while at it. And you will be interview and big court day ready

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guyingorillasuit (Jul 4, 2014 - 9:52 pm)

I second Nordstrom Rack. Decent suits in the $250-300 range. I bought a great Hugo Boss suit for $400 on sale, which I love.

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warfrat (Jul 4, 2014 - 11:33 pm)

Banana republic 300

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jdstupid (Jul 5, 2014 - 12:31 am)

Not credited for professional clothes

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zuma (Jul 5, 2014 - 3:11 am)

If you want something professional looking that will last a while, wait for a ~%40 sale at Brooks Brothers and open a card when you buy. BB also trends toward the classic look that will stand the test of time, whereas a lot of department store designer (Hugo Boss) or J Crew/Banana Republic suits will look dated in a few years.

Also,if you are just starting to build your wardrobe, solid low cost options are the in-house label suits at Off Saks or the designer labels at Nordstrom rack - they will generally be quality fabrics, if less than ideal construction, and will look good for a couple years before you move on to something else. Keep in mind that the outlet stores tend to sell the "diffusion" (i.e, lower quality construction version) suits of higher end sellers like Hickey Freeman or Zegna, but they are still a relatively decent starting point. And regardless of what you buy, getting anything you buy off the rack tailored is essential and will make a huge difference in how the suit looks.

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encinoman (Jul 5, 2014 - 8:27 am)

Fused; not "diffusion." It means the layers if the garment are attached by glue (fused) rather than stitched together (canvassed).

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zuma (Jul 5, 2014 - 12:46 pm)

two different but related things - fused describes the construction, a "diffusion" line is a lower quality line of merchandise by a high end retailer, for exampled, the BB "346" line is made specifically for the BB outlets.

Some suitmakers like Hickey Freeman canvass their high end suits and fuse their diffusion line suits. The vast majority if not all of suits at a department store, a J Crew or an Off Saks will be fused.

If you are looking for a work suit that is canvassed (or half canvassed) at a reasonable price, BB is probably your best bet. Suitsupply and Indochino also make reasonably priced half canvassed suits.

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encinoman (Jul 5, 2014 - 8:42 pm)

Huh, I never have heard that term before for the lower-priced lines. Interesting, you learn something new every day. Also re: your last comment, I think that black lapel has a reputation for being the highest quality of all those similarly priced china-based MTM companies.

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zuma (Jul 6, 2014 - 12:58 am)

Yup. Have you bought a MTM suit online with Black Lapel or elsewhere? I haven't, but I've heard good things about Indochino suits and I like their shirts. I've thought about it, but mostly I'm skeptical that I'll like the fit and I imagine it would be a huge hassle sending it back, dealing with customer service, etc.

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encinoman (Jul 6, 2014 - 10:39 am)

I've bought two suits, a blazer and a shirt over the last year and a half from black lapel and they offer the best bang for the buck. Suit supply has interesting patterns and a huge selection (though many not business appropriate). Indochino's construction is shoddy. I researched this somewhat heavily before I made the first purchase and was convinced BL was the call. While I suspect the others have made strides in that time, based on my recent visit to the suit supply store in Georgetown, I think black lapel is still relatively far ahead of all the others. However they are much more limited in terms of selection.

Also I got measure by the black lapel "concierge" in NY and my measurements have not changed. I asked him about doing it at home and he said, basically, get your wife or someone else to measure you and watch the instructional video very carefully - do not try to do it all by yourself even though it's supposedly possible. They also say they'll tailor it even remake anything a customer isn't happy with but I have never even needed touch up tailoring, but again that, I suspect, is more about giving them proper measurements than anything else.

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qdllc (Jul 5, 2014 - 8:47 am)

Most any local "menswear" store should be able to help you.

You'll pay 30-50% more than what a discount or department store might charge, but a good shop will help you find what looks good on you for your budget, and their CHEAPEST goods are 2X better than anything those other stores carry.

The feel of a cheap shirt from these places will be much better than the feel of a cheap shirt from a department store...and they will last longer.

I don't have much as far as dress clothes, but I only go to a menswear store because (1) I need what I buy to fit my body properly (most places do nothing but hem pant legs now)...they tailor to fit for no charge on new purchases, and (2) I need items that look good on me, and I'm fashion impaired. They know what will compliment my looks so I don't make a fool of myself.

First time ever I owned dress clothes I don't resent being in all day. Well worth the slightly higher cost I pay.

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massivemissive (Jul 5, 2014 - 8:59 am)

qdllc is right. Go to a men's store - tailoring is usually included in the price.

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shitlawsf (Jul 5, 2014 - 11:31 am)

Jos Bank or Men's Warehouse. Not top of the line, but reasonably priced until you can afford better. And they tailor on site.

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midlaw (Jul 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm)

Joseph Abboud from men's wearhouse is good enough for sh*t law through mid-level associate at biglaw. Priced reasonably.

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19thcenturysuperman (Jul 7, 2014 - 1:47 pm)

^This is among the credited responses for non-custom suits.

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e36m3 (Jul 5, 2014 - 8:01 pm)

I just bought a suit from the brooks brothers factory store for $270. I've bought them in the past and never been disappointed with the look/quality.

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trollfeeder (Jul 5, 2014 - 9:28 pm)

I'm typically on a budget. I started out with Jos A Bank suits, still wear two of them. The quality is OK, but the fit is kind of Peter Gabriel video type clown suit on me. Brooks Brothers and Hickey Freeman outlet stuff costs a little more, but a much better fit.

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shikes (Jul 6, 2014 - 12:08 am)

"Cheap is very different for different people. I recently bought a Ralph Laurel suit from Macy's for $250. Best suit I own, very relaxed material that moves with you, looks great and doesn't look cheap like some other suits I see for $200-300. I buy most of my suits at Macy's for $250-350. Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren mostly. I don't see a point in buying something more expensive unless you really have the money. Just don't go Mens Warehouse or Jos A Bank and you'll be fine.

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chicagojoe (Jul 6, 2014 - 9:51 am)

I'm a fan of the Lauren by Lauren suits. I feel like they fit well and have classic looks. I own 2 or 3.

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guyingorillasuit (Jul 6, 2014 - 12:31 am)

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day for the Jos A Bank 4-for-1 sale. I am thinking of hitting them up. Anything wrong with this idea?

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zuma (Jul 6, 2014 - 12:50 am)

Keep in mind that with the 3 or 4 for 1 sales, you are still - at best - getting about what you pay for. JAB inflates the sticker price of their suits to about 3x or 4x what the suits should realistically cost based on fabric/construction. I would stick with Nordstrom Rack. The cut of JAB suits is permanently stuck in the 90s.

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vanity (Jul 6, 2014 - 1:21 am)

I picked some up. I'm in Court everyday, so I go through suits.

Not the best quality, but they've always done the job.

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gribble (Jul 6, 2014 - 1:41 am)

In truth the better shape you are in the less you have to pay for it to look good. $250ish though is probably the floor for what you want to pay, then it's more important to get good quality material than a name brand which won't do much since most people don't know or care.

There are some discount suit places based on where you live. Sym's is a more common one that you will be more than okay with.

I strongly suggest to avoid Men's Wearhouse, but this has come up before on JDU and some people really like that place, so eh.

You can also shop online, using ebay, or amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ABrioni%20Suits

These are good suits honestly for the price. Not true Brioni but you don't have the bankroll for that, and won't for a long time (if you're lucky you can quit law long before you'd have it).

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superttthero (Jul 6, 2014 - 1:51 am)

I still buy most of my clothes at second hand stores. I hate waste.

I started doing it right after law school when I had no income. Now I just enjoy it. They have some fantastic suits there if you have time to look thoroughly and are patient (i.e. go to a few different ones on different days). I've bought decent suits that don't look even worn once for under $35 pants and jacket.

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tttheaven (Jul 6, 2014 - 7:39 am)

I agree.

I've never bought a suit at a second-hand store, but I've bought suits at cheap discount stores and then went to a great tailor that I know in North Center. I would definitely buy a suit at a resale place.

RE: JAB, suits from there are fine and they have more recent suit cuts (i.e., slim fit). I've bought suits during their 3-for-1 sales and, with proper tailoring, the suits looked fine. I've received compliments on them.

In terms of looks, I've always believed that it's more about the tailoring than the quality.

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alphadog15 (Jul 6, 2014 - 8:50 am)

I used to buy my suits from Men's Wearhouse but now I go to Hugo Boss outlets and buy suits on sale for around $350. Good quality material and great looking suits.

Men's wearhouse for me is the go to place for affordable suits, but watch out as they have a lot of garbage suits for sale. You need to closely inspect the fabric quality, they have a lot of overpriced 100% polyester suits on "sale."

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losathon (Jul 6, 2014 - 9:24 am)

Thank you! This has been very helpful. For those of you who have to go to court everyday - how many suits do you own?

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trollfeeder (Jul 6, 2014 - 11:18 am)

I still wear a suit daily despite not always being in court, and I like having a rotation of 3 suits.

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southernman (Jul 6, 2014 - 12:51 pm)

You guys are doing it all wrong. If you are a fairly common size, you can find plenty of gently worn suits on EBay. I have several Hickey Freeman's that I know cost $1,200 plus at Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom. I pay about $50-80 and then another $40 for alterations. I end up getting amazing suits in good condition for dirt cheap.

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tttheaven (Jul 6, 2014 - 2:00 pm)

That's a great idea that I had never thought of.

Might give it a try next time around.

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19thcenturysuperman (Jul 7, 2014 - 1:50 pm)

Hell, why not buy used underwear on EBay as well?

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jdstupid (Jul 7, 2014 - 2:47 pm)

Where are you going with this?

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gazoo (Jul 7, 2014 - 3:23 pm)

Goodwill.

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raskolnikov (Jul 7, 2014 - 4:52 pm)

I second everyone who says second hand stores. Go to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. and you can find some great suits for a steal. Widows give their husband's suits to these places when they die.

I take my suits to a tailor for alterations, but usually I don't need that much. The $200 Ralph Lauren suits from Macy's look great on me. I'm pretty tall and built solidly (used to lift a lot, former roid-head).

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kickflipninja (Jul 7, 2014 - 6:40 pm)

I may have to check out second hand stores in the future. I have a friend who's a style consultant and he gets some of his wardrobe pieces from second hand stores. He's mentioned how you can get amazing suits for a steal. It seems tough and like it requires a lot of time but you can get some lucky finds, I guess.

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southernman (Jul 7, 2014 - 8:53 pm)

eBay has a lot more selection and is much more time efficient.

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zoom (Jul 7, 2014 - 6:37 pm)

I just bought a suit off of the clearance rack at Kohls for $55. This is the second time I have found a suit there for under $80. Both are Haggar suit-separates. I've been happy with the quality and fit.

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princetonlawgrad (Jul 7, 2014 - 9:33 pm)

jos A Bank is a decent option. Tailoring on site. Get the slim fit suits if you can. Not Brooks Brothers but a cheap way get 4 or 5 ok suits and start to build your wardrobe.

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