Whether you wear them every day or only tolerate wearing them for special occasions (weddings, job interviews, awards ceremonies, graduations, cocktail parties), a good suit is a staple of any wardrobe. The problem is that suits can be very, VERY expensive, especially if you want one that is properly tailored and doesn’t look…well…cheap.
I have always been an advocate of thrifting for suits. I live in a part of NYC known for being a hub of thrift stores in a wealthy neighborhood. That’s not a humble brag – my apartment is rent stabilized. BUT, my wealthy neighbors are always dropping off their Chanel shirts and Hilfiger suits at these local thrift stores, at which you can purchase affordable, beautiful items and then use the rest of your shopping budget to have your thrifted apparel tailored. If you’ve come to terms with tailoring, just remember this: When purchasing an article of clothing that you intend to get tailored, be sure that it fits the largest portions of your body and get any excess material taken in. It is easier for a tailor to remove and take-in fabric than it is to add fabric or “let-out.”
Alternatively, there are brands that offer new suits off the rack at affordable prices (between $100-$300). Here are my picks. It’s not too late to treat yourself for the holigays and/or make 2020 your year for suit fashun!
2. Peau de Loup
4. ASOS Suits
And, of course, if you have the coin to spend, check out our ultimate custom/bespoke suit guide here.