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    I need to take the plunge and buy my first suit. I have two weddings to attend next March and June (my first ones believe it or not). I am also starting law school next August. I need something that will look great, fit great, and work at social events as well as interviews. I am leaning heavily towards navy as of right now and the budget I would like to stay in is $500 (hopefully with tailoring included in that estimate). What should I be looking at? I am weary of ordering something online that I have not tried on before because so far it has been incredibly hard for me to find jackets that fit. Thanks guys.


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    For a good first suit, I would recommend the Bar III line from Macy's. Slim fit, moderately high armholes, and not much shoulder padding. The suits can be bought in the mind $200 range.


    With respect to fit, the most important thing is that shoulders fit. Followed by high armholes and miminal shoulder padding. I would encourage you stay away from stores like Men's Wearhouse and Jos A Bank. Macy's sells several lines that are good for a first suit such as Calvin Klein, Tommy, and the aforementioned Bar III.

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      #3


      Thanks for the input. The Bar III suits I'm seeing have peak lapels, is that a deal killer for a first suit?

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        #4


        When is a good time to buy the BarIII? How low will they go? I don't need a suit for awhile, and I see sales there frequently, but what would be a price I should jump at?

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          #5


          I'd look into the J Crew factory suits in charcoal. You can get it for around $200 (or less if you wait for the best sales), fits very well, and is as good as anything else normally available in the sub-$500 price point.


          Either charcoal or navy are solid options for your first suit. I prefer notch lapels but a peak could work as long as it isn't too aggressive. It'd also help to know your specs (height, weight, suit size, etc) before we can give too many recommendations.

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            #6


            Here are two notch lapel Bar III's: slim fit and extra slim fit

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              #7


              What's your size?

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                #8


                I took my own measurements and did the black lapel route, you could have a tailor do it for a fee.

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                  #9


                  @lakecharles, I would say $220-240 range is a fair price for Bar III. I wouldn't say that peak lapels are a deal breaker, but some guys don't like them. The peak lapels on the Bar III line are subtle and professional.


                  I would avoid dropping $500 on your first suit. If its your first suit, you likely don't have a good idea what style and fit you like, so you don't want to waste money on something you won't wear 6 months later. However, you also don't want to buy a cheap looking suit. Something in the $200-$300 range is a good first suit purchase.

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                    #10


                    Pretty sure its tough to beat a Suit Supply Napoli cut suit in Navy for under 500.


                    Joe reviewed the suit here earlier this year: http://dappered.com/2012/01/suit-sup...the-in-person/

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                      #11


                      Thanks for the thoughts. I have a 41.5-42 inch chest, 32 inch waist, am 6'1" and weigh 192 lbs. I have only tried on a handful of blazers and ranged from a 40-42, but I would image I may require a Long also. Can I try the J. Crew factory suits on anywhere in person? Maybe an outlet?

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                        #12


                        Also don't rely on the salesmen, oftentimes they recommend suits that are too large or boxy.


                        Check out these links for guides of how a suit should fit.

                        http://dappered.com/2011/02/the-suit...riority-guide/

                        http://www.primermagazine.com/2011/s...a-visual-guide

                        http://www.esquire.com/style/tips/suit-fit-0708

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                          #13


                          @Dangle - You can try the Factory suits at an outlet.

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                            #14


                            go to a macy's and try on their brands, they are modern looking and affordable, so low risk for first-time suit buyers.they are on different types of sale all the time, the price difference is not big.

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                              #15


                              Dangle: You're going to want to go +2 more than your chest size, so you should be looking at a 44, I think. Since this is your first suit, if you wanted a really, really, really good one, I could proxy you a Brooks Brothers like the one I posted in the thrift thread (price tag only) for below your price range.


                              But I think they only had a 42 R in a gray with light blue pinstripe and a 44 short in solid gray(?). The only Long I saw was a 54.

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