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I'd take a Jos A. Bank or a Brooks Brothers from the outlet over those any day. If you hunt around, you can find some great deals on suits that have higher sticker prices.
If I absolutely had to choose a suit from that list on Macy's, I would take the Ralph Lauren. If they carry a blue label Ralph Lauren - those are actually good suits (I think some of them are made by Corneliani?).
Definitely avoid Macy's in house Tasso Elba brand. I would second a suggestion made earlier on this thread about checking out Nordstrom Rack. That's where I plan to go shopping assuming I get admitted somewhere this year.
I personally find Brooks Brothers a bit too old-fashioned. If you're comfortable shopping for suits online and don't need them custom fitted, Charles Tyrwhitt has some good deals once in a while in their Clearance section.
thanks for your suggestions but what I am wondering, what makes a suit a good suit besides its name?
Obviously 100% wool is a prerequisite, but other than that? What things should I be looking for?
Quality construction and stitching and a solid fit/cut. These are hard to discern unless you know a lot about suits, so it is better to just go ahead with the higher-end brand names (they will take care of this for you). You are not going to get a half-decent quality suit < $500 sticker price.
Keep in mind that high end suits do not go out of fashion. If you pick up a classic, 2-button Navy Hickey Freeman or something of that sort, you should be able to hang on to it for at least 10 years (assuming you don't gain or lose a lot of weight). If you buy lower quality suits, you will likely want to replace them every 3-4 years.
I would rather purchase 2 high quality suits than 5 low-to-mid quality ones.
One last thing to note - even if you don't end up purchasing a super nice suit, please make sure you have nice shoes. I noticed a few prospective students at Tuck were wearing these big bulky square toed shoes with rubber soles. They looked like Rockports or something. You will look like a clown if you wear these with a suit. Invest in a pair of Johnston & Murphy, Cole Haan or Allen-Edmonds with a cap toe and leather sole. I currently have a J&M Cap Toe Oxford, but plan to purchase a pair of Allen-Edmonds Park Avenues once I get into school. The AE Park Avenue is a timeless style that I should be able to keep for at least a decade.
As solaris mentioned, Nordstrom Rack is a solid place to go. Another entry level suit to check out may be a Joseph Abboud. I have never tried one on, but I have heard good things about them for that price point.
Or at the very least go to DSW and buy you a pair of Bostonian cap toe leather black shoes for $89. I would ALWAYS tell the novice to buy these shoes for wear with dress pants, suits, etc. They look good and are relatively cheap. I believe the J&M's Terp was referencing are a little more expensive ~$150.
And also please stay away from the critter ties for interviews, etc. You're not a banker....yet. I used to work there and steered many men away from such fashion choices...
You mean the little penguins and other 'critters' they put on ties? Why can't we wear those now?
They're generally a staple of the Managing Director wardrobe. They look a little bit too "flashy" for junior level people.
There's an old banking urban legend: analyst walks into an MD's office wearing a Hermes tie. MD says "come over here," takes out a scissor from his desk drawer and proceeds to cut the tie in half while it's still around the neck of the analyst. MD takes out a $100 bill from his wallet and says, "now go buy 5 analyst ties."
Save the critter print ties for when you make VP, or for cocktail parties/after work events.
Yes, I think the "pandas dancing" ties are a little too flashy...if you have impeccable style and are the son of some European tycoon that wears ascots paired with cashmere jackets daily it would work, but otherwise go with understatement...you can still go for quality though Terp's MD story is right on.
I like ties #1 and #3, they are classic Hermes and will look fab with a navy suit. Somewhere that would have very similar designs would be Ferragamo...both classic.
If you want a more "young" tie design I would try Charvet although I think they're overpriced.
Re: 2 button suit vs. 3 button suit
05 Nov 2008, 10:47