When To Compromise On Suit Fabric – Buying Mens Suits With Little Money – Focus On Fit First

When To Compromise On Suit Fabric – Buying Mens Suits With Little Money – Focus On Fit First


When To Compromise On Suit Fabric – Buying
Men’s Suits With Little Money – Focus On Fit First Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be talking about compromising on fabric. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to
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200 times. And if I make it 48 pages, it’s going to confuse everybody. The question today is compromising on fabric,
when do you do it? I had a gentleman write me and he’s asking, “Antonio, my biggest problem
is I’m starting from scratch with no money. Even given that budget, bearing in mind the
aforementioned sin about fabric, I want to avoid cheap polyesters suits, but what about
wool polyester blends? For example, 80% wool, 10% polyester. Is this a reasonable compromise
on fabric and price? Would this suit be appropriate for an interview?” Well, I can’t answer the last one because
I don’t know the color. I don’t know your complexion. I don’t know what type of an industry
you’re interviewing in, but I can say that it is okay when you are very short on money
or even if you’ve got a little bit, but you don’t wear a suit very often or you just
want to be more — you just don’t need the highest end fabrics because fabric is something
that can really ratchet up the price of a suit. You can find a custom suit maker and for his
labor, he will charge, let’s say, $500 to $1000 to make a suit, but the price of that
suit is going to go up quite a bit depending on if you use from a no-name factory out of
China or if you’re using something, let’s say, from Holland & Sherry. That can have
a huge effect on price and you’re not necessarily going to see much of a difference. Let me
take that back. You will see a big difference between the two I described, something from
Holland & Sherry versus something that’s a 50-50 blend coming out of China, but once
you get into the higher ends, the difference between a $5000 suit and an $8000 suit, you
are splitting hairs. What you’re going after here and with the
higher end fabrics, it’s about scarcity. It’s about the fact that there is only so much
Super 180 or Super 200 of this fabric even being made, so they set a price on it to kind
of exclude — that’s what it is. It excludes a lot of people based off price from purchasing.
Now, I’m not saying that it isn’t worth what people are willing to pay because to me, that’s
the open market and whatever it sets, I’m not going to argue there, but I am saying
that for this man starting off, going with a blend is probably a very smart decision. Now, a 50-50 blend he’s going to want to stay
away from, the reason being even if it’s a good wool, that amount of polyester is going
to take away a lot of the properties of the wool so it’s not going to breathe as well.
In addition, it’s not going to have this long of a life. But once you start looking at 80-20
blends, then all of a sudden, that’s not too bad. That is an acceptable compromise. You’re going to want to feel the fabric. You’re
going to want to make sure that it suits your needs that you’re going to be comfortable
wearing this, but this may be a great suit and a great deal because that’s one of the
reasons brands and companies introduce blends, is so that they can lower the price, that
they can have a suit. For men who money is a huge barrier, they can get in there and
get that suit. Beyond fabric, I would say the big thing you
need to focus on is fit. You’ve heard me say it before — fit, fabric, style. Well, there’s
a reason I always say “fit” first because it is the most important thing. My friend,
Grant Harris, just talked about it. It’s one of his big things beyond anything — fit,
fit, fit. Now, let’s get back to fabric. That’s what
your question was about. You’re going to see a lot of 80-20 blends out there, some 70-30
blends, some 90-10 blends. Price will help you determine what is good, but you also want
to look for a brand, so realize that if it’s something coming from a company like Zegna
that even if it is an 80-20 blend, it’s probably going to be better than an off-the-rack suit
that you’re going to see over at Dillard’s. I’m not going to say that Sears or Dillard’s
are producing bad suits, but that’s not what they specialize in. So go to a good menswear store and look at
their 80-20, their 70-30 blends, and feel those. That’s going to give you an idea. And
then make sure you go look at some higher end suits, maybe in the $1000 to $2000 range
that are 100% wool, feel those fabrics. That will give you an idea of what it can be, and
then go see if you’re wiling to compromise. Again, I’ve got actually a suit that I’m tearing
apart and kind of looking up. It’s made by Walmart, $40 for the jacket, 100% polyester,
but you know what? For the right man and the right situation, that’s better than nothing.
I mean, if he’s naked, he’s going to get arrested. Seriously, it is what it is and go with the
best you can afford. I’ve talked about thrifting. That’s a great way to kind of find something,
but if you can’t thrift or you’re just not finding anything out there, then compromising
on fabric is a good deal. All right. This has been Antonio Centeno with
Real Men Real Style. I will see you guys in the comments. Bye-bye.

22 Replies to “When To Compromise On Suit Fabric – Buying Mens Suits With Little Money – Focus On Fit First”

  1. from a guy who's selling suits made out of the best fabrics out there – pretty reasonable words 🙂

  2. @mrbakerstreet221b I try to offer some price range — but I've been in the shoes of someone buying a suit with not too much money to spare before. Heck, I still can't buy the fanciest stuff out there…but I always make sure the fit is perfect.

  3. How come we never get to see your whole outfit?
    Do you have a matching set of pants on, or are you dressed more casual with a pair of chinos?

  4. @SimonKalevra Actually I'm in my underwear. Seriously though – my studio is small and I can't get a wide shot without capturing a crappy background. Hopefully this year I'll be able to improve the setup.

  5. @bahrana You can – but you're not guaranteed a good fit, or even any real assurance that the "Super 150" is really what it claims to be. (I'd also usually consider a true 150 to be too fine and easily-wrinkled for workday wear.) I've got my bias here, obviously, but I always caution men — a suit that seems like too good a deal to be true usually is.

  6. One of the greatest things I love about your videos are they are so practical. So many style vids on youtube that are just ridiculous, but you are always very practical.

  7. I am lucky my body is well proportioned so I dont need much of tailoring on made to wear suits, the only thing i have done to suits is to give more room in the rise to make them comfortable when sitting, maybe other guys wont find suit purchase online a successful experience then they should go to a custom clothier

  8. I purchased a suit jacket from Goodwill today, and after a while I realized the shoulders weren't quite my fit, and if I didn't watch your videos regularly, I might of just let it go, but you taught me "fit fit fit", and you're right, I'm gonna take it back and try another store for one that fits me right.

  9. Shoulders are tough to adjust, unfortunately. A tailor can do more with sleeve length or jacket width than the shoulders, so if you're thrift shopping look for something that fits in the shoulders and have it adjusted to work elsewhere.

  10. i want to buy a suit for sales. I suppose navy Blue. I really want it to look good on me and quality. probably 80 wool 20 polyester (Money is an issue), then i suppose i will bring it to a tailor.

  11. what about a polyester / spandex suit? May sound weird however anyone in the golfing world wears or has worn or knows someone who has worn this very elegant slacks while golfing. So why not in suit form? lightweight, breathable, flexible. and would be cooled off by the wickering ability.

  12. I am getting married and have come across these videos about suit quality and material etc. I never wear suits and purchased a nice one for $200 at a local suit shop. I find some of these videos about quality and price to be more for those that wear suits every day. I honestly did not feel any difference between my rayon suit and a $800 suit. Something that I am only going to wear one time I find it kinda ridiculous to spend $800 or more on a "quality" suit. I feel some of these videos are made simply for people to justify spending crazy amount of money on suits. 90 percent of people out there would never even notice a difference between a $200 suit and a $800 suit.

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  14. I saw a website called Alain Dupetit. It has a couple 100% wool suits for less than $150. I've never worn one myself, but the reviews are good.

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