Post # 1
Ok. I’ve run into quite the conundrum. I can’t seem to find a quality suit. I can find suits. There’s practically suits coming out of my ass, there are so many suits. But nearly zero QUALITY suits for women. I had previously purchased a Banana Republic Italian virgin wool blazer several years ago but the shoulders just never fit me the way that I wanted. But, given the great fabric and cut, I just dealt with it.
Well, now I want to replace it and stock up on some suits and I can’t find anything. Banana Republic has joined the race to the bottom. The wool isn’t as fantastic anymore and there doesn’t seem to be any solid structure which leaves it hanging on my body in ways that would be insanely expensive or my tailor to correct. So, I figured I’d hit up The Limited….and I quickly left without wasting a cent on that garbage. Next in line – Ann Taylor. I was thrilled to find their wool suit line. Less thrilled to find out that they also lacked structure, were cropped too short, and were only 40% wool.
That left me with JCrew. 100% wool, yay! Great reviews, yay! Blazer #1? Constructed with arms so long that my knuckles would have to brush the ground for it to fit right. Not only that but it also lacked structure around the shoulders and chest, was enormous around the waist and left me in the position where I’d be spending more than the blazer cost fixing it at my tailor. Blazer #2? 100% wool, yay! Structured around the shoulders and chest, yay! To the eye and touch you could tell it was a quality, expensive blazer, yay! Arms were WAY too long for any normal human. Waist was ENORMOUS. Length was just as bad.
And I’m not trying on blazers that are not appropriate for me. Given shoulders can’t be changed I’m finding a blazer that fits the shoulders that my tailor could take the waist in on. But the problem is that the buttons on the sleeves would require my tailor to shorten the sleeves at the shoulder, which is very expensive. And the waists are so enormous that it affects the bust area in a very negative, incorrectable way. I’m only 5’4, 115 lbs and I don’t have broad shoulders.
I’m at a loss. I’m willing to pay up to $500 for my blazer (including tailoring) but I can’t seem to find ANYTHING. It’s just sickening that there is jack shit available for women when men can simple pop into men’s wearhouse and get an entire fantastic wool suit and have it tailored right there for less than $500. But for women? Supposedly we just want garbage, synthetic materials and a poor cut for a high price. (I just recently had to buy my dress shirts from the UK because I couldn’t find anything state-side worth spending 2 cents on.)
So, my question is – where do you buy your suits? Who have you had luck with? What would you buy if you had the money for it if the $500 range is out of your normal budget that you know is fantastic? Help…please?
Post # 3
I like Ann Taylor; you can get jackets on sale for 30% off periodically (usually the jackets are in the $200-$250 range). They do make suits out of tropical wool, so they are good quality. A few items are 100% wool.
I’ve heard great things about Theory, but haven’t purchased anything from them.
Post # 4
Also, I like Brooks Brothers for dress shirts. They’re pricey, but so worth it.
Post # 5
Have you checked out Theory?
Post # 6
Theory and Brooks Brothers. Also, Brooks Brothers’ outlet line “246” is still good quality.
Post # 7
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I’ve only gotten one suit recently – it was from a BCBG outlet store and I love it! Fit very well and was pretty stylish without being crazy.
Post # 8
Theory, Brooks Brothers and Jcrew. BUT, I have to get every suit tailored to look nice. I think that’s just part of wearing a suit. They tailor mine with buttons on the sleeves at the bottom of the sleeves and reattach the buttons. They usually add darts in the back to take in the waist and shoulders. I am 5’5, 100 lbs.
Post # 9
I’ve had good luck with Brooks Brothers. And totally agree with @MrsTVLover: – the same rules apply to us as they do to men, every suit has to be altered to fit. Nothing’s going to look correct straight off the rack. The key is to learn what can and cannot be changed. A boxy shape cannot easily be changed to a slimmer fit. However, basic things like taking in at the waist, or hemming can easily and inexpensively be done.
Post # 10
I don’t know if Mexx is in the US (I’m in Canada) but it’s great for suits!
Post # 11
Don’t laugh, but I get mine from Kohl’s in the juniors section. I’m too old to shop juniors, but at 5’1″/115-120lbs, juniors fits me way better than womens. Womens tends to be WAY too big (sometimes I can wear a 0 or a 2, but tops? no way, even xs and most pants are too big, and I’ve got curves).
But yes, a tailor is a wonderful thing.
Post # 12
I was hoping to not get to the Brooks Brothers price point but I’m thinking I might just have to. I understand everything needs to be altered, most of my closet eventually visits a tailor regularly. My issue is the blazer needing so much work that you’ve basically bought the blazer…twice. Or it having incorrectable problems.
Thanks for the Theory suggestion. I’ll definitely be checking them out. And I’ll ask about the darts. The guy I go to does custom men’s suits but not women’s and he didn’t mention darting. He had mentioned taking in the jacket at the waist by the seams but it wouldn’t have been enough. I would have needed something a little extra, like darting.
Post # 13
I got my favorite suits at Talbots when I had to wear them. If I needed a *nice* suit I’d be looking at Macy’s or Nordie’s for Ralph Lauren or the like. You need something that comes in petites (obviously). There must be a women’s botique near you somewhere, too. Look around outside the mall and you’ll be surprised what you find.
Post # 14
@almostmrsj: I’m gonna take a field trip to Nordstrom this weekend. You know what’s funny? I thought I needed petites as well. I’m petite everywhere but my shoulders. My shoulders fit normal sizing but the rest of me needs a petite. (sigh)
Anyone had any luck with Saks?
Post # 15
I’m very petite too and have a really hard time finding dress pants or suits that fit. I have dress pants in a 00 from Gap that are decent, and a beautiful $1000 Theory suit that I got at Marshall’s for about $150 and had tailored.
Post # 16
I’ll second the Ann Taylor suggestion, but I also encourage you to get your suits tailored. If you LOVE the way something fits in your shoulders, but the arms are too long, you can easily have a tailor fix it. It’s pretty typical to need to get a suit tailored, and it will probably still be cheaper to get a JCrew suit and tailor it, than to get a Brook’s Brothers suit… which fit well because they tailor them in-house.