It is essential for a man in his late teens and early twenties to own at least one, well-fitted suit. If you’re looking to spend around $150-200 on a suit that looks like a $1,000-2,000 Louis Vuitton masterpiece, then this post is for you!
The main difference between high and low-cost suits are:
- Brand name (most of the time not worth the money)
- Quality of the materials and build
- Overall fit
However, if your lifestyle has you wearing suits daily, then I’d suggest spending the money on a better quality suit ($500-800 range). Cheaper suits worn often will show signs of wear early on and eventually fall apart. The amount of money you’d spend on two or three cheap suits is more costly than one high-end suit that lasts much longer! But if you’re in need of a suit for occasional interviews, weddings, or banquets/balls then go with the cheaper option!
When & Where?
The most important aspect of getting the perfect suit on a budget is WHEN you make this purchase. If you wait until you absolutely need a suit and desperately rush out and buy one, then you’ll end up spending way too much money. Look out for sales between the beginning/end of the year and around fall/spring seasons! I’ve gotten all my suits and dress attire on black Friday for incredible deals, and urge everyone to do the same!
Most large clothing stores have suit or suit pieces that they sell off the rack. Usually cheaper options are cheap for a reason, but sometimes the price can be misleading.
Cheaper suit options are available but not limited to (in order of lowest to highest prices):
- J.C. Penny’s
- Men’s Wearhouse
- Jos A Bank (my go-to spot currently)
Do Your Research
You should know exactly what you’re looking for when you walk into a clothing store! Your key focus will be on the fit, which I will cover in a later post. A few things to remember and look out for:
- Stick with the basic colors such as charcoal or navy (please do not get a black suit unless you want the appearance of a butler).
- Go with natural fabrics such as wool or linen (look for the material listings on the suit’s tag). Natural fabric suits will last longer and are much more comfortable.
- Most cheap suits will have some sort of polyester blend which have drawbacks such as longevity, lack of ventilation, and occasionally giving off a “shiny” appearance.
Be aware of the employees who decide to “help” you with your suit purchase in these stores! This is where doing your research comes in handy. Most of these salesmen have little to no training on proper fitting of suits. Some honestly could care less how you look as long as you make that purchase (they want that commission)!
The first thing to do once you’ve purchased your brand-new suit is to ignore the offer of the in-house tailor at these stores. Take your suit directly to a professional tailor else where! Tailoring your suit will enable you to stand out above the rest! You won’t realize this until you actually see the difference between a tailored and non-tailored suit on you! As far as the price point, I’d suggest finding a decent tailor with lower prices. The high vs. low-priced tailors hardly differ in skill set, especially for what you need done. Check out a recent post entitled, “The Importance Of Investing In A Tailor” for more information on why tailoring is necessary!
After picking up your perfect suit from your tailor, make sure to store it in a dust bag and try to limit how many times you dry clean your suits.
And there you have it, a perfect suit on a budget!
Investing in a tailored suit will pay off, whether it’s for interviews (highest of importance) or any social events where dress attire is needed! Any feedback, comments, or questions are appreciated and stay tuned for posts on proper fitting of dress attire for men! Don’t forget to like, comment, share, and hit that subscribe button!
“Let your suit speak for itself.”
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