damon-1point0 asked: Hi, I've been following you for quite a while, and you really seem to know your stuff about suits, so I had a quick question. I'm relatively low-income, but I LOVE suits. Now, I obviously can't go get $300 suit jackets and stuff like that, so what do you think would be a suitable (and much less expensive) replacement? At least for casual, or informal situations?
One of the things I’ve heard said many times, and I think is true, is that with shopping (and many other things in life) you have a balance of three components-time, money and quality. If you want something fast and high-quality, you’re going to have to spend a lot of money. If you want something cheap and high-quality you’ll have to spend a lot of time. It sounds like you’re in the latter category, which is where I try to focus as well. The good news is that with some patience, you can find some amazing pieces for not much money.
Here are my suggestions:
- Figure out your measurements: I posted about this a few days ago, but it bears repeating. Plus, it will help you a lot in the long run.
- Do Some Research: Look up different brands. Think about what you need for your wardrobe. Decide what you’re looking for. This can be as specific as a specific cut of a suit from a particular brand, or as general as “I want more suits that fit me and make me feel good.”
- Go to eBay: eBay is amazing, especially if you know your measurements and what you’re looking for. Search for what you want and get as specific as possible. As you drill down, you can specify measurements, price range, colors and all sorts of details. Get as specific as you want to, and then look to the right of the number of results your search has. It should say, “Follow this search”. Do it! Now it will email you when new items are added. Go ahead and browse what’s already there, but saved searches are wonderful and how I find a lot of my clothes.
- Research thrift, vintage and consignment stores in your area: One of my favorite things to do is go to second-hand stores and see what they have. I’ve found some absolute gems this way, and it’s how I do a lot of my shopping. But be prepared for two things. First, the men’s section (unless you’re in a men’s consignment store) is likely to be a very small part of the store, and secondly, 99% of the time you won’t find anything.
- Go to estate sales: Again, 99% of the time this is a bust, but every once in awhile you’ll find someone selling a ton of great suits, ties, cufflinks etc for a steal. You can find estate sales in your area on estatesales.net.
I hope this helps some, and if you have any more questions, please let me know.