Andy Hardy –
My name is Andrew Hardy. I am an Image Consultant and my mission is to connect people with great advice and even greater clothes. Today a fashion blogger is paid between $5k and $50k dollars to review fashion houses such as, Gucci , Prada , Armani , Versace , Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel and Ferragamo. My goal is to show the common man how to dress well enough to mingle in these circles without spending a fortune in time and money, and to show those with a fortune to spend how to spend it well – in short, without letting the designers “shank your bank”!
Just a short walk from this storefront Is a little street called Savile Row. You may buy a fully bespoke suit at any one of the houses on Savioe Row for about the same as an off the peg suit by Gucci. If you have a few thousand dollars to spend on a suit I would definitely recommend starting with bespoke. A bespoke tailor will measure you and draft a pattern from these measurements. The suit will then be cut to your specification from a fabric of your choosing. The fabrics sourced by Savile Row tailors are second to none, and they will upstage a designer suit any day. The best part is that it will fit. I can’t think of anything more repulsive than seeing a man who has spent $2k-$3k on a suit that has dimples on the shoulders, divots in the sleeve heads and a collar that sits up off the neck as if it were made of cardboard.
For those of us on a stricter budget, I would recommend starting in a department store. Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom will often have someone who can measure you and tell you roughly what size suit you should wear. The suits you find in these stores are manufactured and shipped to each facility for $24 to $37 per suit. This is why I try to never spend more than $150-$200 on a wool or wool/viscose suit. I do not suggest buying one of these suits, unless you can afford another $60-$70 in alterations. My personnal suggestion is to find a good tailor.
If this is still too rich for your blood, you can try a resale boutique or second hand store. Often you can find a premium wool suit worn only a few times for $12-$50. Keep in mind fit is key. Shoulder and upper sleeve alterations are the most expensive, and little too big is better than too small. A good tailor will be able to make this look fantastic. Remember, a moderately stylish suit that fits well, is a world better than a expensive suit that fits poorly.