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Brooks Brothers Suits

jtrayner 95 83 April 19, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Having just graduated from law school, I am looking to purchase a (men's) suit or two in the near future. I am looking to purchase one from Brooks Brothers. Right now, they have their suits for 15% off + the typical discount of 2 for $1599. The total cost of two suits before tax would therefore be $1359.

It seems they have a semi-annual sale sometime in June and December? I'm just wondering if the deal I would get then would be any better than the current deal or when the best time to purchase a suit from them is best.

Also any other recommendations on where to purchase a suit would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Men's warehouse has a buy 1, get 1 free offer that's pretty decent. Brooks Bros. is nice, but expensive. Step down to "just" $600 suits like Jack Victor or Pronto Uomo, and 90% of people won't be able to tell the difference, and you'll be getting much better deals. Wait to get the Brooks Brothers suits until some money starts rolling in. How did you graduate a month early? Have you passed the bar, and do you have a job lined up already?

Also, try your local half-off stores like Ross, Marshall's, etc. Or see if anyone is selling their suits on Craigslist; it shouldn't surprise you that some people buy an ultra-nice suit, wear it for one occasion, and then stick it in the closet until they move or have a garage sale. I went to Burlington Coat Factory, and they had some $600 Calvin Klein suits marked down to $200. I bought one in my size, and even at the BOGO free sale, I would have paid more. Got it tailored by some little shop I found online, and all is good.
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^LMAO comparing Men's Warehouse to Brooks Bros.
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I had a similar question. I need a suit for a summer wedding in July. I like some of the suits at Brooks and noticed the 15% off today & tomorrow. Wasn't sure if I should wait for a better deal or dive on it now.
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^LMAO comparing Men's Warehouse to Brooks Bros.
Care to back that up with anything besides your curt trollish nonsense? They currently have a buy one, get one for $100 sale going on now. That means that you could buy these two for example:
http://www.menswearhouse.com/shop...ecialSizes
http://www.menswearhouse.com/shop...ecialSizes

For $939 before tax. That's 2/3 the price of the Brooks Bros price (before tax, which deepens the lead even more), and those two are about the same level as Brooks. So are brands like Joseph Abboud. If you have any technical reasons why not, I'm all ears.
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Men's warehouse has a buy 1, get 1 free offer that's pretty decent. Brooks Bros. is nice, but expensive. Step down to "just" $600 suits like Jack Victor or Pronto Uomo, and 90% of people won't be able to tell the difference, and you'll be getting much better deals. Wait to get the Brooks Brothers suits until some money starts rolling in. How did you graduate a month early? Have you passed the bar, and do you have a job lined up already?
I'd kind of suggest this.

With the law schools pumping out graduates in to an insanely saturated field many a law school grad I know are either unemployed, doing crappy contract work for cheap, or doing something completely outside their chosen profession. One friend, someone with 5 years under his belt, couldn't find a job at all and finally gave up and volunteered 40 hours a week for the DA. Even that after 6 months didn't pan out in a job.

Heck, took my wife who has 6-7 years experience almost 2 years to find a new job!

Get a decent looking suit, get a job that pays, and then go for the nice suit. That is unless you're graduating from Harvard with honors then go splurge Big Grin

Side note: my brother used to work for BB actually and he'd get the clothes at insane discounts. It's crazy what they mark them up at and one really has to wonder if they can mark them down that much for an employee whether, apart from the label, they are really much better than other good brands that MW sells a ton of at a lower price but because they sell so many at an equivalent profit. Now he just gets all his shirts and suits in HK or Thailand when he goes through there. All it takes is a fitting once and you can order whatever, whenever and they ship it to you. Now, if you pack on 20 lbs you're in trouble but if not Big Grin
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Quote from shnitz View Post :
Care to back that up with anything besides your curt trollish nonsense? They currently have a buy one, get one for $100 sale going on now. That means that you could buy these two for example:
http://www.menswearhouse.com/shop...ecialSizes
http://www.menswearhouse.com/shop...ecialSizes

For $939 before tax. That's 2/3 the price of the Brooks Bros price (before tax, which deepens the lead even more), and those two are about the same level as Brooks. So are brands like Joseph Abboud. If you have any technical reasons why not, I'm all ears.
Do you even bother looking at the tremendous fit difference between those "box suits" you just sent me. Baggy arms, non slim waist line...those look like garbage.

OP do a little research: http://www.gq.com/how-to/fashion/...ow#slide=1
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No OP, don't do research at websites like GQ. Above poster is clearly a fanboy. Unfortunately you run into them whether you're talking about computers, cameras, cars, or even clothes. The best place to do research is other forums. Examples, and feel free to click aorund to see what else they're discussing:
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/hugo-boss
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/fo...it-quality
http://www.askandyaboutclothes.co...-out-there
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No OP, don't do research at websites like GQ. Above poster is clearly a fanboy. Unfortunately you run into them whether you're talking about computers, cameras, cars, or even clothes. The best place to do research is other forums. Examples, and feel free to click aorund to see what else they're discussing:
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/hugo-boss
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/fo...it-quality
http://www.askandyaboutclothes.co...-out-there
Yes do that and you will find not one farking person telling you to go to Mens Warehouse.

You are a young professional dress like one...not like a middle aged dopey slob.
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Having just graduated from law school, I am looking to purchase a (men's) suit or two in the near future. I am looking to purchase one from Brooks Brothers. Right now, they have their suits for 15% off + the typical discount of 2 for $1599. The total cost of two suits before tax would therefore be $1359.

It seems they have a semi-annual sale sometime in June and December? I'm just wondering if the deal I would get then would be any better than the current deal or when the best time to purchase a suit from them is best.

Also any other recommendations on where to purchase a suit would be appreciated. Thanks.
So, after reading through this thread, I can see that no one has actually answered your question about BB suits and when they go on sale. Assuming that you fully intend on purchasing suit(s) from BB and that you aren't looking for advice on whether to buy from them or somewhere else, I regretfully must inform you that I do not actually know what time of year is best to purchase a suit from BB. If that is all you're looking for, you might find better help/more information if you ask some of the people over at http://www.styleforum.net/ They probably have greater expertise in that area than the general SD community.

Now, should you be potentially interested in purchasing a suit from somewhere other than just Brooks Brothers, I would say that Jos. A. Bank has sales very, very frequently and that the quality of their suits is high enough that it should be suitable (pun fully intended) for practically any entry level lawyer position. Obviously if you just graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard Law and are going to work for Skadden, Arps, or Weil, Gotshal or the like, then yeah, feel free to buy a really expensive suit. But for almost any position, a suit from Jos. Bank's will be enough. I recently graduated from college (undergrad) and needed to purchase some suits for interviews in the accounting field. I got a pretty solid deal from Jos. Bank's, for like 3 suits with alterations and everything for somewhere around $800-$900 IIRC. The suits fit well, look good, and were definitely of high enough quality to make me fit in in my interviews and stuff. I figure if they were good enough for interviews with The Big 4 accounting firms, they should be fine for a new lawyer.

Final thought: If you're only purchasing two suits and expect them to be your only suits for a while (read: multiple seasons) it might be smart to purchase one lighter-weight suit that will be more comfortable in the summer and warmer months, and a heavier blend suit for the colder, winter months. Good luck suit shopping!
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Wow...didn't know this thread would get so serious. Thanks for the input. I ended up getting in on a buy 1 get 3 free sale and Jos A Bank. While I recognize there are better suits out there, I was happy with their selection and fit. Maybe in a few years I will be able to afford that Brooks Brothers suit.
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In my opinion, a properly tailored $150 suit looks better than an untailored (off the rack) or improperly tailored $1,500 suit.

Heck, 90+% of men don't know what a suit should look like, nor what to look for in a suit when buying one. So, jtrayner, I wouldn't worry too much about what how much you spend as that's not a corollary to how the suit will look on you.

If I had $X to spend on a suit, I'd step back the cost of getting it properly tailored and spend the rest on the suit rather.

jtrayner, that was a wise decision to stretch your money with Joseph A. Bank. If you're interested in learning from the godfather of men's fashion, get your hands on any of Alan Flusser's books. He's who GQ goes to for direction and guidance. He'll teach you how to choose and buy a suit, how to choose a tailor, and how the suit should fit you once it's tailored.
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^LMAO comparing Men's Warehouse to Brooks Bros.
LOL, I couldn't agree more, there is no comparison. Brook's Brothers makes high quality suits. Men's Warehouse makes overpriced garbage. The material, the cut of the suits, the quality at MW is a joke. Some other stores, that are actually worth looking at for mens suits are Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Saks. You will pay a lot, just like at BB, but can get a great quality suit. Of course, no matter how great the suit is, without a great tailor its worthless. Another option is waiting until the Nordstrom anniversary sale in July, they tend to have some real high end brands like Hickey Freeman on sale at the time.
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