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    (yet another) selfridges sale starts monday.
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    I'm a first year and i'm going to be at an IB for 10 weeks this summer, i'm not sure if it's paid yet, but regardless i'm still gonna need to suit up;

    i went to next today and bought;

    3 Suits (Charcoal, Grey, Brown/Grey)
    10 Shirts
    5 Ties
    2 Pairs Of Shoes
    Some other random bits (Pen, Socks, Belt etc.)

    This should be fine i imagine?

    I don't wanna walk in and look like a mug tbh.. i don't think i'll be with any other interns to begin with, so i won't have a clue how they're dressed..

    Cheers
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    (Original post by Ali M)
    I'm a first year and i'm going to be at an IB for 10 weeks this summer, i'm not sure if it's paid yet, but regardless i'm still gonna need to suit up;

    i went to next today and bought;

    3 Suits (Charcoal, Grey, Brown/Grey)
    10 Shirts
    5 Ties
    2 Pairs Of Shoes
    Some other random bits (Pen, Socks, Belt etc.)

    This should be fine i imagine?

    I don't wanna walk in and look like a mug tbh.. i don't think i'll be with any other interns to begin with, so i won't have a clue how they're dressed..

    Cheers
    3 grey suits? A navy wouldn't hurt
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    (Original post by Ali M)
    I'm a first year and i'm going to be at an IB for 10 weeks this summer, i'm not sure if it's paid yet, but regardless i'm still gonna need to suit up;
    Cheers
    To be honest, fit is the key with suits and off-the-rack from places like Next don't tend to look natural (i.e. you may have been better off purchasing only 2 suits, but that were more tailored off-the-rack (as bespoke would blow your budget I assume) and tend to last longer depending on quality than Next suits).

    Also as Haz said above, a navy would have been better (than say the brown/grey one purchased).

    Just my $0.02

    Also, are you working FO (or rather, client-meeting roles)?
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    (Original post by manchild007)
    To be honest, fit is the key with suits and off-the-rack from places like Next don't tend to look natural (i.e. you may have been better off purchasing only 2 suits, but that were more tailored off-the-rack (as bespoke would blow your budget I assume) and tend to last longer depending on quality than Next suits).

    Also as Haz said above, a navy would have been better (than say the brown/grey one purchased).

    Just my $0.02

    Also, are you working FO (or rather, client-meeting roles)?
    Mmm.. the issue is, i really dont have such a budget to get tailor made suits for me.. next summer if i'm fortunate enough to get an internship then i'll certainly go down this road, but for now these will have to suffice.. i'll change the brown one for a navy one, makes more sense.

    Yeah it's FO..
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    Change the brown for a navy. Take the 3 suits to a decent tailor and get each of them altered to you exact measurements (will make them fit better and look less "straight off the rack" ). Apart from that, looks like a pretty good list for summer
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    Shirts tend to be the trickiest things I've found - i.e. getting fitted, good quality (i.e. lasts long) and moreover not overly expensive shirts, is an impossible task at times...
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    (Original post by rozzr)
    Hmmm.... white gold Rolex - good/bad/no-one-gives-a-crap move as a summer intern?
    Waste of money for a summer intern. Having said that, I'm getting seriously tempted with going for a vintage Rolex.
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    (Original post by Christo)
    Anyone bought a shirt/suit from Reiss? I've always liked their stuff but never owned anything.
    I have a fair amount of Reiss swag. Their shirts are nice (as are their suits, but I have yet to find a reason to buy one), surprisingly good fit for the high street :yy:
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    So best affordable* men's suits from Paul Smith, Hugo Boss and Ted Baker? Any room for linen suits or should they always be wool?

    * around £300-£600
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    (Original post by MaxMaxMax)
    So best affordable* men's suits from Paul Smith, Hugo Boss and Ted Baker? Any room for linen suits or should they always be wool?

    * around £300-£600
    For the office, always wool (perhaps blended with silk if you like that or cashmere, mohair, etc.). Cotton, searsucker and linen are all casual summer fabrics.

    As for those, if I had £300-600 to spend it'd be none of the above. I never understand why people bother with Boss, it's a £100-200 suit they charge £200-500 for. Ted Baker do some specialist ones that seem nice, though I've never owned one. Paul Smith does great ones if you pay a lot more than that, but at that price I'd be shocked if you get anything better than a £200-300 M&S one. There does seem to be a bit of a hole, as to get better quality than a £200-300 M&S suit you generally need to spend £500-600 at a proper suitmaker (most of Savile Row's off the rack ones are about that). If you wanted to go MTM somewhere like A Suit That Fits might work, or I'd recommend George for bespoke that's just above that price range. If not I'd either bite the bullet go to somewhere like Gieves & Hawkes or Ede & Ravenscroft; or stick to M&S or perhaps Austin Reed.

    Approach cheap designer suits with care, it's usually a bog-standard suit with branding. Their decent stuff costs a lot more.
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    (Original post by Drogue)
    For the office, always wool (perhaps blended with silk if you like that or cashmere, mohair, etc.). Cotton, searsucker and linen are all casual summer fabrics.
    You can get professional looking (pressed material) linen suits to be honest (I have some), but I tend to only wear them in the summer if needed - I suppose that's what their designed for.

    Searsucker and the like are more for the casual work enviroments, and depending on the firm, hedge funds.

    Also some of you may be wondering why an A-level kid is giving fashion knowledge/advice, but my closest uncle on my father's side is a tailor on Saville Row (its been a family business), so I've been around suits since I was a little kid (being dragged along to work there any chance my uncle got ha!). Just thought I'd help for those who are asking that's all...
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    (Original post by Drogue)
    Approach cheap designer suits with care, it's usually a bog-standard suit with branding. Their decent stuff costs a lot more.
    Exactly.

    Often the lower-priced name-brand suits (i.e. Boss etc), tend to be just slimmer and more fitted cuts than your bog-standard off-the-rack suits (obviously with a little bit more quality in the work too) - if going down this route, it honestly may be better to go the full-hog and purchase a semi-tailored or bespoke (if possible) suits by suiting specialist names...
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    this topic is hilarious and definitely illustrates that you all have too much time on your hands...
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    (Original post by alpha2010)
    this topic is hilarious and definitely illustrates that you all have too much time on your hands...
    Why?

    So far I've seen this thread be useful in providing advice/guides to those purchasing suits for internships and who maybe on a tight budget, provide general clothing advice (irregardless of banking) and moreover, be a centre-point for the ad-hoc nature of discussion revolving around suits, shoes etc

    I don't see how the topic is hilarious thus, or indeed how it shows we all have to much time on our hands :rolleyes:....
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    (Original post by Drogue)
    For the office, always wool (perhaps blended with silk if you like that or cashmere, mohair, etc.). Cotton, searsucker and linen are all casual summer fabrics.

    As for those, if I had £300-600 to spend it'd be none of the above. I never understand why people bother with Boss, it's a £100-200 suit they charge £200-500 for. Ted Baker do some specialist ones that seem nice, though I've never owned one. Paul Smith does great ones if you pay a lot more than that, but at that price I'd be shocked if you get anything better than a £200-300 M&S one. There does seem to be a bit of a hole, as to get better quality than a £200-300 M&S suit you generally need to spend £500-600 at a proper suitmaker (most of Savile Row's off the rack ones are about that). If you wanted to go MTM somewhere like A Suit That Fits might work, or I'd recommend George for bespoke that's just above that price range. If not I'd either bite the bullet go to somewhere like Gieves & Hawkes or Ede & Ravenscroft; or stick to M&S or perhaps Austin Reed.

    Approach cheap designer suits with care, it's usually a bog-standard suit with branding. Their decent stuff costs a lot more.
    How much would a tailored suit in 100% wool cost from A Suit That Fits? And are their fabrics, stitching & workmanship good for the price? How long do they take, and do they have a shop, because I wouldn't fancy doing it all online.

    If you were paying £300-£600, from what's available in that price range, would you feel cheated to not get a tailored suit?

    Also where would you get shoes if you wanted to spend up to £350? Edward Greens are about £600, and John Lobb even worse, but I think I could probably justify a >£300 pair if they were calf leather from somewhere with a good shoemaking tradition, just for the comfort, style and long life.
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    Thanks to whoever left the huge neg rep saying, "your a gay for talking about clothes, seriously" - yes indeed, welcome to the 21st century where such baseless stereotypes still hold true for the masses (I'm also a 1/4 Persian, thus I must be a terrorist too I assume).

    I just enjoy talking about the subject and thought I'd help where I can; I don't think why this makes me or anyone a homosexual...
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    (Original post by MaxMaxMax)
    How much would a tailored suit in 100% wool cost from A Suit That Fits? And are their fabrics, stitching & workmanship good for the price? How long do they take, and do they have a shop, because I wouldn't fancy doing it all online.
    Apagg posted about his experience in this thread. IIRC, it's about £300-500 and seems pretty good. You'd get measured up in London if you're down here.

    (Original post by MaxMaxMax)
    If you were paying £300-£600, from what's available in that price range, would you feel cheated to not get a tailored suit?
    No, but I would get a tailored suit as I find off the peg rarely fits me well. Though you can get quality OTP suits that are worth that if they fit you reasonably.

    (Original post by MaxMaxMax)
    Also where would you get shoes if you wanted to spend up to £350? Edward Greens are about £600, and John Lobb even worse, but I think I could probably justify a >£300 pair if they were calf leather from somewhere with a good shoemaking tradition, just for the comfort, style and long life.
    Depending on what style you like and what lasts fit you, Church's and Crockett & Jones would be my first stop, with Trickers and Cheaney close behind. If you find them in a sale or as seconds you could get them for a lot less than £350, even if you go for C&J handgrades. I've even seen Lobbs for less than that too, and they are truly beautiful shoes. I spend ~£150/pair on average on shoes, and all mine are calf leather, well made shoes from shoemakers with a long tradition.
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    (Original post by MaxMaxMax)
    How much would a tailored suit in 100% wool cost from A Suit That Fits? And are their fabrics, stitching & workmanship good for the price? How long do they take, and do they have a shop, because I wouldn't fancy doing it all online.

    If you were paying £300-£600, from what's available in that price range, would you feel cheated to not get a tailored suit?

    Also where would you get shoes if you wanted to spend up to £350? Edward Greens are about £600, and John Lobb even worse, but I think I could probably justify a >£300 pair if they were calf leather from somewhere with a good shoemaking tradition, just for the comfort, style and long life.

    I heard ASuitThatFits doesn't do a good job. Try "Cad & the Dandy" (founded by former City bankers I believe)...about the same price, but their quality is much better.

    http://www.cadandthedandy.co.uk/
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    Went shopping today in the the sales around Harvey Nichols then to Jermyn Street and up Bond Street to Selfridges.

    Didn't find anything decent in the sales anywhere for shirts, all awful colours or overpriced old man designer gear. A couiple of decent deals on brands like aquascutum and ted baker in Selfridges for suits.. but the best value I saw all day was in the M+S store around the back of the Selfridges. The customer service in there was excellent and the suits ( autograph/slim fit ones) were very decent. For £200 they look good and are pretty decent value, i would recommend. Even the £150 ones weren't bad, but the wool blend £80-100 jobs were pretty horrific.

    The shirts and ties in there were ok, there around £25, but would rather get the 4 for £100 deal, as I prefer the collars.
 
 
 
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