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Buying Men's suit for under $300.

dealnewb 2,085 786 November 16, 2015 at 08:19 AM
I want to spend $150-300 on a suit worn once a week, where would you recommend I shop around?

I looked on Macy's and ordered these 3 suits. I don't know if they are any good and will return if they seem bad. What are your thoughts/experience with these brands?

Jones New York Suit 24/7 Black Solid Herringbone [macys.com]

MICHAEL Michael Kors Classic-Fit Suit Navy Solid Suit [macys.com]

MICHAEL Michael Kors Classic-Fit Grey Suit [macys.com]

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anyone with suit shopping experience?
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You might want to go for the 100% wool (not a wool blend)...and everyone is different, obviously, but you may not want pleated front pants.

For a suit that you'll be wearing at least once a week - you may want to spend closer to $300 than $150. And just keep your eyes peeled - my husband and sons like the tailored fit suits from Jos Bank, and Brooks Brothers. We always go 100% wool.
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It's not the brand or price that matters, it's the quality. If you know what makes for a long-lasting suit, you can find $99 suits that are higher quality than suits three or more times that price. Look for things like a full-canvassed coat rather than a fused coat. To tell if a coat is fused, pull the two layers of fabric at the lapel apart. If they peel apart like they've been glued, skip it. Google to find out more about what to look for in a quality suit, such as thread count.

Also, regardless of the quality, brand, or price, if the suit doesn't fit properly, it'll look sloppy. Have it tailored by someone who does lots of suits. It will not fit properly off the rack. Know what you want in terms of how much shirt collar and sleeve cuff you want to show and tell them this. This is, by far, the biggest blunder men make with their suits. Their coat sleeves are too long and show no shirt cuff. If you're going for a classic, timeless fit, you'll want 1/2" of shirt collar above your coat showing and 1/2" of shirt sleeve below your coat sleeves showing.

Also, consider having the back taken in to give your coat some taper in the midsection as well as having the coat sleeves take in so there's not so much slack in those. Make sure your pants aren't too baggy and make sure there isn't too much fabric across the back of your shoulders.

All of the problems I listed above are the most common problems seen in suits that men wear nowadays. If you have your suit tailored properly, it'll look better than 95% of the suits out there - no matter the price or brand. A properly tailored $99 suit looks infinitely better than a poor-fitting $2,000 suit. So, save your money and put it towards the tailoring.
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