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lucigo
06-27-2011, 07:11 PM
Pulled out the interview suit for DH (he is a teacher and got laid off). Moths got it and its got holes. :guilty::sad2: It was a light brown color and looked really good on him.

I think it came from Kohls. Is that a good place to go back, or is there a better place to buy a suit for a good price?

He wore his old grey suit to an interview last week. The pants don't match as well and it really just doesn't look as well on him...and I won't let him wear his "funeral suit" LOL

akenneson
06-27-2011, 07:47 PM
My DH has luck at Burlington Coat Factory. They have a large selection and good prices

31Buzz
06-27-2011, 08:26 PM
I got a decent suit at Sears on sale recently. I almost never wear a suit anymore so its ok for that purpose

Zhoen
06-27-2011, 08:29 PM
Sent you a PM

RumpleMom
06-27-2011, 08:30 PM
Try Men's Wearhouse.

Tiger926
06-27-2011, 08:31 PM
We buy our husband's suits at Kohl's - hubby is a banker, so he wears suits everyday.

We are Canadian, and good quality suits are very expensive here ($400-$600 each), but at Kohl's, we can get those same suits on sale for approx. $150 - $175.00. And, we always have Kohl's coupons and Cash, so their suits are incredible deals for us! So, you could get a wool, Ralph Lauren suit for example, for approx $100-$125 at Kohl's, depending upon what type of coupons, etc. you have.

Good luck, Tiger

horseshowmom
06-27-2011, 08:45 PM
You might want to check out the Salvation Army or Goodwill. You never know what you might find (my daughter found a brand new pair of Ann Taylor shorts with the tags still on them).

Also, you can get some good deals on ebay as well if you don't have to have it immediately.

alyssa810
06-27-2011, 09:25 PM
How about K & G? When my DH graduated college (many moons ago) he got a pair of suits for $150. I don't know if they still have deals that good, but if you have one close by, it's worth a look.

Gigi22
06-27-2011, 09:55 PM
You could try Joseph A. Banks if there is a store near you. Their sales are very good--we got a very good price on a dinner jacket at the store in Ft. Lauderdale.

horseshowmom
06-27-2011, 10:18 PM
You could try Joseph A. Banks if there is a store near you. Their sales are very good--we got a very good price on a dinner jacket at the store in Ft. Lauderdale.

Good point. The last time I looked for a suit I used froogle.com, and Jos. A. Banks was one of the ones that came up with some great deals. Give froogle a try!

3boymthr
06-27-2011, 10:24 PM
I had to buy one for oldest DS at 15 for a semi-formal dance at school (he's definitely still growing so no way was I going expensive) and ended up at TJ Maxx. DH has gotten some very nice suits at J.C. Penney for a reasonable price.

But if you have a TJ Maxx/Marshall's near you definitely check them as they have some very expensive suit jackets/dress pants for a very good price as they definitely will beat the competition. You never know what they are going to have so it's hit or miss, but at my local store last week they had a Ralph Lauren suit jacket (in brown no less :goodvibes) for $80 and they had some black dress pants that would have coordinated really well (also Ralph Lauren) for $20. So for $100 (possibly less even) you can get what otherwise would be a very high end suit.

kirstenb1
06-27-2011, 10:24 PM
DH is an electrical engineer. When he got laid off, he dropped one thousand bucks at Mens' Wearhouse. Could have killed him!! He never dresses up, and engineers aren't really known for their fashion sense!! He works in manufacturing, so wears sneakers, khakis, and oxford shirts.

Anyway, he could have gotten in and out for a decent price, so I do recommend them. Could your dh get by with a blazer, dress shirt and slacks? Sorry it just kills me to spend on dress clothes. Even church has gone casual, so it's hard to justify.

englishteacha
06-27-2011, 10:27 PM
Ok, maybe this is me being ignorant of the world, but why won't you let him wear his "funeral" suit? I assume this is his black suit? I'm not trying to criticize. I'm just trying to understand. My hubby never wears a suit except for weddings or funerals. He actually doesn't own a suit anymore as he "outgrew" his some years back; he has one jacket (my mom calls it a sport coat) -black with a very fine gray stripe- and a pair of black pants. He wears this combo for any occasion where a shirt and tie just aren't dressy enough.

NotUrsula
06-27-2011, 10:46 PM
Syms is the best spot if you have one nearby. Have it properly fitted by a tailor afterward; it makes a HUGE difference. The extra $75 or so it will cost will be well worth it.

If he is also interviewing for business positions, then no brown and no muted glen plaids. Stick to navy or charcoal, either plain or a very subtle pinstripe.
Also, no blends ... they pill.

SalandJeff
06-27-2011, 10:54 PM
My DH doesn't wear suits. However, I would second trying TJ Maxx or Marshall's. Also, do you have a Savers near you. They have a lot of men's clothing and you can find new or like new items.

horseshowmom
06-27-2011, 11:54 PM
Ok, maybe this is me being ignorant of the world, but why won't you let him wear his "funeral" suit? I assume this is his black suit? I'm not trying to criticize. I'm just trying to understand. My hubby never wears a suit except for weddings or funerals. He actually doesn't own a suit anymore as he "outgrew" his some years back; he has one jacket (my mom calls it a sport coat) -black with a very fine gray stripe- and a pair of black pants. He wears this combo for any occasion where a shirt and tie just aren't dressy enough.

No, it's not just you. I actually wondered the same thing. :laughing:

Tiger926
06-28-2011, 05:38 AM
No, it's not just you. I actually wondered the same thing. :laughing:

I actually missed this part - not sure why either?

As I said, my hubby has many suits, as he wears them everyday. He has multiple colours, and there is no funeral suit, as they are all excellent quality, so he has several black or navy blue, that he has worn to funerals.

Not sure what the deal is, but perhaps the suit is too dark or formal looking, so the OP wants a different type of suit? If it's just because it's black, then I'm not sure what the deal is, as in my husband's corporate world, black is the suit of choice.

Tiger

tomthebarncat
06-28-2011, 05:55 AM
I got my hubby a beautiful suit at the Hugo Boss outlet, here in Germany. They even did the tailoring free of charge. We were able to take the tax off of it, and it came out to be about 400$, now that could be viewed as expensive but the retail price of the suit was 1,100 Euros. It is an investment in his professional wardrobe, and he looks great in it. I also got him 3 ties at Versace, on sale and they cost less than 50$ each. When he got out of the military and started looking for a job, he needed a good suit. He had one and some ties, but I told him the suit looked cheap, it was and the ties looked like 10$ ties, they were. Off to the goodwill all that crap went. I would try some of the higher end outlet stores and see what you can find. When my CEO sister is visiting she goes crazy in the Armani outlet, and she bought 5 suits with blouses and spent less than a grand. She could not even buy one Armani suit in the states for that. Good luck on the job hunt!:)

aprilgail2
06-28-2011, 06:12 AM
My brother buys his suits in mens warehouse and in macys-he is a suit nut, has a closet full! He has two tuxedos too but not sure where he bought those.

Swimalie
06-28-2011, 06:27 AM
My husband has had great luck with his Brooks Brother's suits. We got them at the outlet and they had a sale of 2 for $500. Plus if you are a AAA member, they gave an addition 10% off. These suits will last years. He has a Jos. A Bank suit and it's thin and won't last nearly as long yet he paid about the same amount. Go for good quality as long as he isn't expanding and will outgrow it.

lucigo
06-28-2011, 06:36 AM
OP here, thanks for all of the great suggestions! We have a TJ Maxx here in our little town so I will try them first today, then if that doesn't work out we have Jos A Banks at the mall. Those were the ones I know are around here for sure so will start with that.

DH was a redhead as a child and has a light complexion and although now darker and graying, he really looks good in the lighter brown suit...but the funeral suit just looks awful on him. He bought it when I wasn't with him or never would have put my ok on it. We are in FL and the idea of wearing a suit anywhere is awful, but he insists on it for the interviews, even if he is overdressed, to him it makes him feel confident - which is definitely what we need!

Oh, and will definitely hit the Goodwill also - thats where all of his ties come from! :thumbsup2

I'm just so tired of stressful summers, and wish teachers weren't considered so darn disposable. :headache: Thanks everyone!!

lucigo
06-28-2011, 06:38 AM
I actually missed this part - not sure why either?

As I said, my hubby has many suits, as he wears them everyday. He has multiple colours, and there is no funeral suit, as they are all excellent quality, so he has several black or navy blue, that he has worn to funerals.

Not sure what the deal is, but perhaps the suit is too dark or formal looking, so the OP wants a different type of suit? If it's just because it's black, then I'm not sure what the deal is, as in my husband's corporate world, black is the suit of choice.

Tiger

He bought it at Target...........its just not very nice looking IMO.

lucigo
06-28-2011, 06:40 AM
My brother buys his suits in mens warehouse and in macys-he is a suit nut, has a closet full! He has two tuxedos too but not sure where he bought those.

My DH would LOVE to have a tuxedo. He loves to dress up. LOL At his last teaching job he had to wear a tie two days a week, I cringed...he thought it was great!

Hoopfamily
06-28-2011, 06:43 AM
Men's Wearhouse has the best service around, and they are having a sale. The suits you buy at Kohls, or Macys might say Ralph Lauren, but are not the same suits you see at Suits stores. They are a different construction, and mostly use polyester wool blends, that's why the prices are so insanely low there.

lucigo
06-28-2011, 06:44 AM
Ok, maybe this is me being ignorant of the world, but why won't you let him wear his "funeral" suit? I assume this is his black suit? I'm not trying to criticize. I'm just trying to understand. My hubby never wears a suit except for weddings or funerals. He actually doesn't own a suit anymore as he "outgrew" his some years back; he has one jacket (my mom calls it a sport coat) -black with a very fine gray stripe- and a pair of black pants. He wears this combo for any occasion where a shirt and tie just aren't dressy enough.

Ok another idea...
Ok don't tell my DH, but the grey suit coat he wore to the interview last week was actually my first husbands (who died). He thinks it was my dads. It was his assumption and I let it stand. We bought it at Sears in Key West way back in the 80's and it still looks great. Just wish we still had pants to match it. Its got a pinstripe in it, and although he has gray pants, they don't have the stripe. So what do you think, not quite matching, or new suit?

lucigo
06-28-2011, 06:47 AM
Men's Wearhouse has the best service around, and they are having a sale. The suits you buy at Kohls, or Macys might say Ralph Lauren, but are not the same suits you see at Suits stores. They are a different construction, and mostly use polyester wool blends, that's why the prices are so insanely low there.

I just checked and there is one in the mall so I will check it out, thanks!

Will have to make sure I learn how to keep the moths away too! LOL

Hoopfamily
06-28-2011, 06:48 AM
Ok another idea...
Ok don't tell my DH, but the grey suit coat he wore to the interview last week was actually my first husbands (who died). He thinks it was my dads. It was his assumption and I let it stand. We bought it at Sears in Key West way back in the 80's and it still looks great. Just wish we still had pants to match it. Its got a pinstripe in it, and although he has gray pants, they don't have the stripe. So what do you think, not quite matching, or new suit?

NEVER wear a mismatch as a suit. If the coat was a solid then you can use it as a Blazer, but pinstripes as separates is only for casual wear like a coat and jeans. Interview suit is always Navy, Black , Charcoal, subtle stripes are okay.

lucigo
06-28-2011, 07:38 AM
NEVER wear a mismatch as a suit. If the coat was a solid then you can use it as a Blazer, but pinstripes as separates is only for casual wear like a coat and jeans. Interview suit is always Navy, Black , Charcoal, subtle stripes are okay.

Ok thanks, that was my thought. The stripes are fairly subtle but still....I think if he is going to wear a suit to try and impress it should be an impressive suit.

He is a middle school math teacher...he gets along with kids so much better than adults. If the kids could do the interview he wouldn't have any trouble getting a job. :rotfl:

cassandrap83
06-28-2011, 07:51 AM
Men's Warehouse often does buy one get one for $100

hsmamato2
06-28-2011, 08:16 AM
You might want to check out the Salvation Army or Goodwill. You never know what you might find
check a few of these places, there are usually good choices, you just have to find a suit that fits! K and G has good sales too....

dawnn12
06-28-2011, 08:47 AM
My DH has luck at Burlington Coat Factory. They have a large selection and good prices

I second this