Need to buy a suit...

What do i need to know in terms of what to look for/avoid in buying a suit.

Seems a silly question but I've never owned one before so not sure what to get.

Anybody recommend what shops to look at or avoid?

thanks guys

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avoid argos, they don't have any

Avoid primark

Whats your budget?

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Jed Maxwell;5857300

avoid argos, they don't have any



thanks, solid bit of advice

Starr;5857310

Avoid primarkWhats your budget?



Not really looking to go much over £100

Suits4u. Will get brilliant stuff for under 100 :thumbsup:

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if its your first and only suit then get a black 2 button single breasted suit.

Don't go for one that is to fitted to allow your body size to fluctuate and stop you from wearing it.

its the most versatile so you can wear at interviews/weddings ect.

what occasion is it for and how long do you want to use if for after this event?

slaters, brill shop, ted baker suits are the best, pay a little extra and get a suit for life

What is your body shape?
if you are a bigger built guy i would advise a double vented jacket, it allows you to sit better in it.
(vents are the slits at the back of the jacket at the bottom. Topman actually do very nice suits at about £125 + 10% discount if you are a student. i've just bought one myself and i am incredibly happy with it!

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burtons are a great mens store for that sort of stuff

Tesco do a shirt, tie, blazer, trowsers and probably shoes for like £5 now dont they??

Cheap and cheerful :thumbsup:

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I'm slim 5'11"

i need it for a wedding but will be wearing it for any other occasoins that would require a suit, interviews etc

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kamy187;5857362

slaters, brill shop, ted baker suits are the best, pay a little extra and … slaters, brill shop, ted baker suits are the best, pay a little extra and get a suit for life



how much extra are we talking?

slaters are great for suits if u got one near you, try tkmaxx if youve got one near you, they usually have a lot

if you want a top quality one that will lasta long time make sure its 100% wool or at least has a lot of wool in it :thumbsup:

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i do have a slaters nearby and thats where i was thinking of going, also thought about next, burton, M&S

toolongawake;5857690

i do have a slaters nearby and thats where i was thinking of going, also … i do have a slaters nearby and thats where i was thinking of going, also thought about next, burton, M&S



Avoid Burton, really bad quality, Next have raised their standards and if you have an outlet store near you then you can pick up a really nice suit within budget :thumbsup:

make sure you go with a female friend though to tell you HOT or NOT :-D

toolongawake;5857690

i do have a slaters nearby and thats where i was thinking of going, also … i do have a slaters nearby and thats where i was thinking of going, also thought about next, burton, M&S



slaters and tkmaxx, they are the only places you will get a high quality suit (100% wool) at a good price

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thanks for all the advice guys, have dished out some rep for all your help

toolongawake;5857575

how much extra are we talking?



depends on suit you choose, i say around an extra £50, they had 2 ted baker suits on for £300 so if you can get someone to get one to, can't remember individual prices

i got 2 from new look mens last year for £78. (£39/each)
Black and Grey, Although the black one started to fade in legs and shoulders after about 7-8 months of daily use.
Thats fine thought, i cant complain wearing Grey one now looks even better!

Dont go to Buffalo Bills for a suit* :w00t::w00t:

Burtons however do some really nice smart suits that are priced at around £80,






*Silence of the Lambs - Woman body suit

toolongawake;5857690

i do have a slaters nearby and thats where i was thinking of going,


When I got a suit from the Crawley Slaters they slightly shortened one leg for me (old bike accident) for free and said that they also did free alterations for the life of the suit, so if you pile on some weight no problem!, might be worth asking if this still applies

If you go in Slaters they have salesperson there to help you ever step of the way. They will even alter the suit to fit you free when you buy a suit from them. I would suggest that you go to Slaters first since this is your first suit. I

As for a versatile suit, you should choose a 100% wool, single breasted suit in either grey or navy. My suggestion would be a dark grey.

But remember that people at Slaters are there to help but they are also salespeople, so bring a friend with you when you go to get an honest opinion on how you look in the suits.

bykergrove;5857352

if its your first and only suit then get a black 2 button single breasted … if its your first and only suit then get a black 2 button single breasted suit.Don't go for one that is to fitted to allow your body size to fluctuate and stop you from wearing it.its the most versatile so you can wear at interviews/weddings ect.what occasion is it for and how long do you want to use if for after this event?



I'd agree with the black 2 button single breasted part...for a first suit... but personally I'd get it fitted as best as possible...else it defeats the point of attempting to look sharp.

Quality of wool wise if you want to look super sharp... get at least a super 100 (it has to do with the thickness of the yarn).

I have 2 Brand new suits. One from Zara and River Island. Depends what size you are..

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virus_786;5862137

I have 2 Brand new suits. One from Zara and River Island. Depends what … I have 2 Brand new suits. One from Zara and River Island. Depends what size you are..



wouldn't touch river island suits, they are awful

Are they? This is from the expensive range. The 'white label'.

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virus_786;5864529

Are they? This is from the expensive range. The 'white label'.



depends exactly what one you have then, but some of their suits have only 5% wool, some have none whatsoever, and only rarely are they more than 50% wool

I bought a really nice one from debenhams, but whilst looking came across a few decent ones but not in my size, I'm 6'3 and usually not catered for. Try looking in new look aswel as Debenhams

I got mine from Next Clearance :thumbsup:
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