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Old 08-21-2002, 05:55 AM   #1
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I got promoted recently at work. I will now require shirt & tie. I don't own jack for shirts & ties.

So where do you all think the best place is to buy from? I'm not looking for a $2000 Italian suit. Just decent quality at low prices. Sears? JCPenney? Mens Warehouse? Syms?

And do you have a location where these are? I'm located on the south shore (right next to Brockton).

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Old 08-21-2002, 05:58 AM   #2
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Filene's and Penney's have some decent sales every now and then.

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Old 08-21-2002, 09:27 AM   #3
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I can wear polo shirts at this job, but when I was collecting "resume outfits" this past spring, I bought most of my ties from Marshall's. I'm pretty sure there are some down in Mass...

You can get shirts for $20, ties for $5-$15, and as long as you look closely, they're usually in perfect condition.

Otherwise, check out Bob's, and the run of the mill mall anchor stores as mentioned above.

If you decide you want to go nuts, check out Eastern Clothing of Watertown. My dad bought his (only) suit there, and they were great. But you'll pay some cash there.
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Old 08-21-2002, 09:29 AM   #4
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I'll second Marshalls and add TJ Maxx. Both of those places get extras/left overs that are top quality but about 1/2-1/3rd the usual price.
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Old 08-21-2002, 09:54 AM   #5
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Men's warehouse?
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Old 08-21-2002, 09:59 AM   #6
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Just my 2 cents. I'd suggest rethinking your desire to just get something 'good enough' from down the street. Not to say that there are not quality clothes at Mens' warehouse or some similar store, but you need to know what to look for, especially in a place like that, or at TJ maxx, or filene's basement.

Clothes are very very important part of the way people perceive you and influence how they treat you, waaay more than most people imagine. For some reading, I'd suggest my friends website to start: www.jderickson.com It's Chicago based as far as the retailers go, but the books and such that he mentions are good anywhere good luck with you new job!

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Old 08-21-2002, 10:01 AM   #7
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Men's Wearhouse is the best place to go...you're gonna like the way you look
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Old 08-21-2002, 10:16 AM   #8
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TCrown, I am glad you said something.

If you have to ask for good places to shop for business attire, Marshells and TJMaxx are NOT good places to go.

If it's just shirt and tie, go to Men's Warehouse or a similar place. They will not let you walk out with a polyester tie, and will explain how your pants should fit and what socks to wear with what shoes.

Congradulations on the promotion!
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Old 08-21-2002, 11:00 AM   #9
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Men's Wearhouse is definitely the place to go for suits and sportcoats, and the like. I've bought two suits from them (a Clarendon four years ago, and a Gavenchi (sp?) for my wedding (Sep. 1), about a month ago) and the experience was great, both times. They're very well-informed, carry good stuff, and have excellent guarantees/etc.

JC Penney, etc. are good places to look for extras like shirts and ties, but I'd keep the suit/coat shopping to someplace like Men's Wearhouse. JC Penney's suits tend to be cheap and don't fit well, as a good example.

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Old 08-21-2002, 11:10 AM   #10
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Men's Wearhouse is definitely the place to go for suits and sportcoats, and the like. I've bought two suits from them (a Clarendon four years ago, and a Gavenchi (sp?) for my wedding (Sep. 1), about a month ago) and the experience was great, both times. They're very well-informed, carry good stuff, and have excellent guarantees/etc.

JC Penney, etc. are good places to look for extras like shirts and ties, but I'd keep the suit/coat shopping to someplace like Men's Wearhouse. JC Penney's suits tend to be cheap and don't fit well, as a good example.

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Exactly. I wouldnt suggest shopping for a suit at one of the cheaper places. I was just suggesting them for shirts, ties, socks etc. You can find good deals on nice stuff there if you look for it.
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Old 08-21-2002, 12:18 PM   #11
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[redobs]I agree with Nate. I've been wearing shirts & ties since high school, and I get all my basic stuff like shirts, ties and socks at places like Filene's Basesment and Marshalls. They're usually very small blemishes, if any. Just look over them very carefully. As far as suits go, I would buy a suit from Filene's Basement, only because I know what size I am and what to look for. If you have no idea, definitely go someplace where they have someone to fit you. [redobs]
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Old 08-21-2002, 12:26 PM   #12
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I've had good luck luck at K+G mens store. They have everything you would need there and at resonable prices. But thats just my 2 cents.
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Old 08-21-2002, 12:35 PM   #13
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If you need a suit, Brooks Brothers has guys working there that can get you into really good, perfect fitting stuff. You won't have to wait and hour to see someone (like the dept stores). They have sales twice a year and that's the best time to buy...otherwise, you may be in the $1k area. I bought my last one there and hit the sale and openned a charge accout to bring the price down further.

Filene's has good stuff, but you do have to do a bit more work on your own. I've gotten good stuff there on sale too. If you stick with names that you've heard of, you won't go wrong....Evan Picone, Bill Blass, whatever.

If you want to REALLY spend some money....fly to Aruba....there's an Armani right in the shopping center downtown .

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Old 08-21-2002, 12:59 PM   #14
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Go to Lujon's in Worcester. Its not cheap (I paid $800 for two suits) but the stuff is top of the line and they will make sure you look great. Its none of this buy it off the shelf and it almost fits crap... he tailors the length to you.
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Old 08-21-2002, 01:10 PM   #15
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I got promoted recently at work. I will now require shirt & tie. I don't own jack for shirts & ties. So where do you all think the best place is to buy from? I'm not looking for a $2000 Italian suit. Just decent quality at low prices. Sears? JCPenney? Mens Warehouse? Syms?
Pete -

You dont sound like a "Shirt & Tied" type person. Yeah the advice you received here is good, but I suspect you are going to be one un-happy "penguin". Time to start looking for a new job.
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Old 08-21-2002, 01:20 PM   #16
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Pete -

You dont sound like a "Shirt & Tied" type person. Yeah the advice you received here is good, but I suspect you are going to be one un-happy "penguin". Time to start looking for a new job.
Do you normally charge for this kind of career advice?
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Old 08-21-2002, 02:58 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the feedback! Like I said, I don't want to spend a million dollars. Yet I don't want to buy the clothes at Building 19. Might check out a JCPenney first. I don't need the sport coat. Just shirts & ties.

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Pete -

You dont sound like a "Shirt & Tied" type person. Yeah the advice you received here is good, but I suspect you are going to be one un-happy "penguin". Time to start looking for a new job.
Haha. I'm not a shirt & tie person at all. But if more money is involved in the job, then I can swing it I guess.

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Old 08-21-2002, 03:27 PM   #18
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Oh, well then hell, go anywhere. If you don't need the suits, it doesn't matter. JC Penney has a good selection, and frequent sales. I'm sort of a fan of 100% cotton shirts with no stupid little buttons at the tips of the collar. Solid cotton's a little tougher to find than the cotton/poly blends, but they're out there. I don't have a problem finding my size though, I'm a 16-16.5/34-35 and that's pretty regular.

I haven't found great tie selections at JCP though.... Try Filene's for sure, maybe Men's Wearhouse. Anyplace, really... even airports. But those are usually far-overpriced. But hey, some people pay $150 for an ugly tie just because it has "Italy" inside, so....


Oh. Skip Aruba. They might have good deals on Armani but it's a rotten place to visit.

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Old 08-21-2002, 03:52 PM   #19
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If you have a K&G Menswear go there! I got a beautiful Perry Ellis suit for $99, marked down from $700!!! I thought it may have been blemished or a second, but there's nothing wrong with it!

All their stuff seems to be quality and there's alot of it.

You said you can wear polo shirts, so Old Navy has alot of those, the store I work at has them for 2 for $19.99

Other then that I have alot of luck at JCPenneys and Filenes.

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Old 08-21-2002, 04:02 PM   #20
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OH! If its just shirt and tie then filenes or JCPenney is fine. I thought you needed the full getup...
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Old 08-22-2002, 08:31 AM   #21
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Pete -
You dont sound like a "Shirt & Tied" type person. Yeah the advice you received here is good, but I suspect you are going to be one un-happy "penguin". Time to start looking for a new job.
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Old 08-22-2002, 01:43 PM   #22
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Go to Syms on Route 1 in Norwood. They'll hook you up.
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Old 08-22-2002, 03:14 PM   #23
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Oh, shirts and ties only.

Burlington Coat factory. You'll spend more time finding stuff you like, but it'll be cheap. Ties are easy to find.

Another place for shirts.....believe it or not....Wal*Mart.

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