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  • #16
    But there's lots of online Asian-based tailors where you can send off your measurements and get a custom made suit for <$500.
    Have someone take your measurements though like a tailor. Otherwise...... that could end badly.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
      Have someone take your measurements though like a tailor. Otherwise...... that could end badly.
      Good point. The instructions for how to measure are pretty clear, but you'll need a trustworthy friend who can operate a measuring tape.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
        I'm gonna disagree with the crowd a bit here. Stay away from Men's Wearhouse, Joseph A. Bank, etc if you want a single, nice suit. These places employ commissions-compensated salespeople and pricing strategies that make buying 1 suit a terrible bargain. (Buy 1, get 3 half off kind of B.S.).

        If you're going to spend more than $300, get a custom made suit. (Protip: spend more than $300 on a suit)

        No amount of tailoring after the fact will make an off-the-rack suit fit like a custom-tailored suit. And you may spend as much as $100-200 in alterations on that off-the-rack suit anyway, so it may very well be that the custom suit is the cheaper option.

        Here's one link to get you started:Custom Suits & Mens Suits | Indochino. But there's lots of online Asian-based tailors where you can send off your measurements and get a custom made suit for <$500. Presidential candidates and late night talk show hosts are known to buy their suits this way.

        If you're going to buy 1 suit, get charcoal gray or navy. 3 piece is always a nice option. You'll stil look "finished" with your jacket off if you have a matching vest.

        Get decent shoes and make sure they match your belt. Polish the shoes. With real shoe cream and elbow grease. Cap-toed or wing-tipped oxfords will look sharper than tassel- or penny loafers, but that's your call.

        Get a conservative tie in a maroon or red color scheme. It conveys confidence and power. In any case, get a dark tie to contrast your white shirt.

        Get a custom-tailored white shirt. Google it and you can be looking sharp for <$50.

        It's 2013, not 1978. That means don't get pleats or cuffs in the pants unless you're obese, and don't get French cuffs on the shirt unless you're trying to convince people that you're a mafia boss.
        All good advice. I'd say lean towards charcoal or black. 3 piece is nice, and you don't always have to wear the vest. Always a 2 button jacket. White shirt. No french cuffs. Make sure the shirt fits you as well. If you have to go off the rack with the shirt, make sure the neck and sleeves are the right size. For ties, stick to a solid color. Maroon is a great choice.

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        • #19
          Thanks for the link and the tip about custom-made suits, Rich. I had no idea it could be done so (relatively) inexpensively. SO has a tough body to fit, this may just be the next avenue to pursue.

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          • #20
            Sears has terrific specials and people throw out good suits all the time so don't overlook the goodwill store!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Jefferson1775 View Post
              Can I get a nice $500-600 suit, there?
              The Nordstrom's closest to me is pretty small, with a pretty limited selection, so I never go there looking for something specific. In Houston, you may have better luck. I don't know if they generally carry suits in that price range. It would not surprise me if they have sale merchandise in that range. Their sales associates are also trained to sell as much as possible, but you won't have to beat them off with a stick, like at Men's Wearhouse.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                Here's one link to get you started:Custom Suits & Mens Suits | Indochino. But there's lots of online Asian-based tailors where you can send off your measurements and get a custom made suit for <$500. Presidential candidates and late night talk show hosts are known to buy their suits this way.
                Thanks for telling me about that process, Rich. Unfortunately, I need a suit within about 3 weeks, so I won't be able to order a custom suit this time. However, when I need to buy a second suit (I will in the future), I'll give custom Asian-made ones some serious consideration. And I want to thank everyone else for responding, as well. It's helping me a lot.

                I talked to a fellow in the suit department at the Nordstrom in Houston over the phone. He said that they're having an anniversary sale and that they offer tailoring. He said that the service is usually free, unless it's for something significant (like a 10" drop between the chest and waist). I was thinking, "Dang, that's actually about right for me. More money out of my pocket, haha." Oh well, the online reviews for their store are pretty positive (both for clothing quality and customer service).

                Anyway, my current plan is to go to their store and buy a navy suit, a white shirt, a maroon tie, and some dark brown shoes (to match my belt). I might also buy some socks (black?) and some shoe care items. I'll have the suit tailored, and factor that into my budget. Any suggestions about this?
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Jefferson1775 View Post
                  Thanks for telling me about that process, Rich. Unfortunately, I need a suit within about 3 weeks, so I won't be able to order a custom suit this time. However, when I need to buy a second suit (I will in the future), I'll give custom Asian-made ones some serious consideration. And I want to thank everyone else for responding, as well. It's helping me a lot.

                  I talked to a fellow in the suit department at the Nordstrom in Houston over the phone. He said that they're having an anniversary sale and that they offer tailoring. He said that the service is usually free, unless it's for something significant (like a 10" drop between the chest and waist). I was thinking, "Dang, that's actually about right for me. More money out of my pocket, haha." Oh well, the online reviews for their store are pretty positive (both for clothing quality and customer service).

                  Anyway, my current plan is to go to their store and buy a navy suit, a white shirt, a maroon tie, and some dark brown shoes (to match my belt). I might also buy some socks (black?) and some shoe care items. I'll have the suit tailored, and factor that into my budget. Any suggestions about this?
                  Yeah, don't wear brown shoes with black socks. Socks should match either the pants (preferable) or the shoes (acceptable). But no brown with black.
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                  • #24
                    Navy socks? Intriguing!
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Jefferson1775 View Post
                      I'm planning on buying a suit for job interviews and other formal occasions. I also need a dress shirt, a tie, and some dress shoes. My budget for everything (including tax and tailoring) is about $1000. I'm not really sure what to look for in a suit. I'm about an hour drive from Houston, so a store there would probably be my best bet. I wear jeans and a t-shirt 99% of the time, and formal clothing isn't exactly my specialty . Any advice?
                      My husband got some dress shirts from Van Huesen. Clearance section, about $15/shirt, and if you join their text club, you get an additional discount. The shirts are high quality and tailored. If you have a slim-ish physique, get the fitted shirts. They are very flattering. Like.... I-can't-wait-to-rip-them-off-of-him flattering.

                      We have a store in town here and they are running sales constantly. We have not gotten a suit from there yet, DH has suits and dress blues, so he hasn't needed a new one since I've known him, but the ones on display seem very well tailored. Tailoring is the key to a good looking suit. If it fits you like a box, it won't say, "Professional". But if it follows the lines of your body, it will look good, even if it's not a name brand. So if you can get a moderate suit and take it to a professional tailor, it will be a great suit. Then take good care of it in the laundering department (get a punch card at the dry cleaners and only wear it when you have to. Don't put it on at 8am for a 2pm interview, unless you absolutely cannot find a way to change right before your interview.)

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                      • #26
                        Get black shoes, not brown.

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                        • #27
                          Thanks for all the help everybody. I got everything that I needed (and for $12 under budget ). I was definitely a fish out of water during the process, but an associate helped me out quite a bit. The deed is done!
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