(Closed) Corporate Bees! Where do you buy your favorite suits?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Also, I like Brooks Brothers for dress shirts.  They’re pricey, but so worth it.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you checked out Theory?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Theory and Brooks Brothers.  Also, Brooks Brothers’ outlet line “246” is still good quality.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t know if Mexx is in the US (I’m in Canada) but it’s great for suits!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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.

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