Half decent suits - affordable (for an avg bloke) price in London?

#1
Hey fellas,

Now that I am growing up (sort of) and the fact that I just realized (T- 4hrs) the suit I will wear to my interview doesn't really meet the standards of the grown ups, wanted to know if there are any half decent places which I can AFFORD here in London? I am willing to spend 3 to 400 GBP on it (preferably around the GBP200 mark). I know it's not much here in London, but that's a lot where I come back from in the U.S.

Anyways, any suggestions and tips would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
 
#2
Seriously mate, i used to be a manager for a charity... try them first (it aint as bad as it sounds) ive got 8 suits...no shit ones... paul smith, gucci etc etc
 

The_Duke

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#3
Get yourself to Ede & Ravenscroft - they are having their summer sale at the moment.

A two piece single breasted suit, two button, double vent, charcoal grey herringbone will set you back £305 including shortening the trousers. They also have a number of other styles and cloths in the sale, but that is the most "traditional". If you are way off a standard size, they will be able to alter it to fit better for extra.

This is a proper business suit in a decent weight cloth and a classic cut. You won't go wrong.
 
#4
TK Max do some good end of line stuff.
 
#6
One of the problems I find is that suits are inevitably sold as a matched coat and trousers, and a lot of places won't split them. If like me you're broad across the chest 42/44, you find the matched trousers are usually a 36/38 waist (I'm a 32/34)

If you need separate fitting coat and trousers in a hurry, head down to M&S as you can pick the items to fit quite easily. Not the best styles or quality, but a wide choice and if you're not going to be wearing it often, or alternatively need a few suits for work but are unlikely to wear them outside work. They can be good value.
 
#10
One of the problems I find is that suits are inevitably sold as a matched coat and trousers, and a lot of places won't split them. If like me you're broad across the chest 42/44, you find the matched trousers are usually a 36/38 waist (I'm a 32/34)

If you need separate fitting coat and trousers in a hurry, head down to M&S as you can pick the items to fit quite easily. Not the best styles or quality, but a wide choice and if you're not going to be wearing it often, or alternatively need a few suits for work but are unlikely to wear them outside work. They can be good value.
Hmmmm.....never even considered M&S....such a stupid name though.....
 
#11
Get yourself to Ede & Ravenscroft - they are having their summer sale at the moment.

A two piece single breasted suit, two button, double vent, charcoal grey herringbone will set you back £305 including shortening the trousers. They also have a number of other styles and cloths in the sale, but that is the most "traditional". If you are way off a standard size, they will be able to alter it to fit better for extra.

This is a proper business suit in a decent weight cloth and a classic cut. You won't go wrong.
I'll second this advice. It is always worth spending money on a decent suit and getting it tailored, a cheap suit will only look good for a short while before it looks like a cheap suit.

A decent suit will always look good.
 
#12
M&S, used to get my work suits at Oxford St, get two pairs of trousers and a jacket.
 
#16
Since when did a Para not let everyone in the pub know he was a Para?

I bet the velcro patch was for a dayglo arrow point to the wings!!

DO you wear white tube socks with your shortened leg trousers?
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#17
Since when did a Para not let everyone in the pub know he was a Para?

I bet the velcro patch was for a dayglo arrow point to the wings!!

DO you wear white tube socks with your shortened leg trousers?
Stop now, you are demonstrating your poverty stricken northern roots.

Everyone knows that it is neon this season.
 
#19
Redshift M&S is OK but don't confuse it with S&M that's where P-G gets his kit.
 
#20
Good call on the charity shops but shop smart. Look in affluent areas or put an ad in a local shop with your requirements on.
Alternatively you could do what a titled aquaintance of mine does. Wait for a well healed member of you family to pop his clogs then make a move for the wardrobe!
 

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