Suit buying advice sought (boring thread)


#1

I’ve been very lucky for the last 9 years to work in a school that quite happily lets me very away with being pretty damn scruffy by teacher standards (I put a tie on when I have meetings with the Head).

After half term I have an interview in a different school and I’m going to have to look SMART and wear a proper SUIT like a grown up.

Where should I start looking ( @aggpass recommends m+sand John Lewis)?

How much should I expect to have to pay for a decent suit?

Is there a style or something I should go for or avoid?

Any other tips welcomed.


#2

If it’s just a stock suit then get a standard colour (black, grey, blue) regular cut so you can use it for multiple engagements (interviews and weddings basically). Can get decent stuff for under £300 all in


#3

Go for navy.

Always had most success off-the-rack at TM Lewin.


#4

Start off somewhere where you can get measured. Try at least a couple of ddifferent cuts and labels.

There appears to be a trend for very short rises at the moment, so don’t pull the trousers up too fast when trying on as you may get a nasty surprise.


#5

Jeeves & Orcs have a good range from basic to luxury at good price increments


#6

#7

House of Fraser are good


#8

Next suits are perfectly decent. Or M&S as mentioned. Dark charcoal will cover all options, and dark navy as a second suit is a good shout


#9

Thanks everyone this is all useful stuff


#10

I would also consider pseudo-suits. Separate jackets and trousers that look like a suit. I have a few black jackets that go well with black work trousers. Gives you the flexibility of replacing trousers on their own or buying machine washable trousers from M&S or Uniqlo.


#11

I would go to john lewis
got my last suit there & whilst I wanted to get a paul smith or something your man in the shop pointed me in the direction of a british designer who cut suits that would better fit my shape


#12

I also walked out of there with a couple of new shirts

take a shirt you are going to wear with it with you when you try them on


#13

I’ve got a nice range of separates, including some properly tragic teacher jackets, but I think now is the time to commit to something smarter for the interview.


#14

Yes I tend to buy two pairs of trousers when buying work suits just because they wear out so much quicker than the jackets.


#15

I do a lot of crouching down next to students to help them with their work which is murder on the trousers.


#16

Noticed at weddings, other places where suits are worn except for work that I can’t remember, that men are all wearing blue suits nowadays. Like, everyone. Looks quite shit imo

  • Yes, I too am observant and have also noticed this
  • What you talking about mate?

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#17

All of the information in this thread is good advice.

To add my tuppence, Red Herring at Debenhams often have very nice suits on offer at good value.


#18

Yeah blue suits brown shoes. Everywhere. It’s BORING.


#19

have heard people being snobby about black suits (other than in east asian context) too

I also don’t like blue suits

That only leaves grey, in my opinion (personally like brown and some greens, but again its an opportunity for idiots to look down on you)


#20

Ignore them. I’ve got a couple of incredible green/brown suits. Dark red too.

Gunmetal is a good compromise betwixt grey and blue.