Career Style: Affordable Suiting
Mar 14, 2011
When you work in a professional environment, suiting is an important part of your wardrobe. But when a mid-price suit like J.Crew can set you back $350+, it can be difficult to keep your suiting wardrobe current. This weekend, I was at the Pentagon City Mall making some returns when I saw the billboards for The Limited’s semi-annual suiting sale, and I asked myself, “I wonder if these suits are any good?”
I grade a suit in four categories: fit, fabric, style and quality. I was impressed with how some of the suits in The Limited fell into these categories. For the most part, the suits had creative, feminine styles and were made with fabrics that had good weight and feel. However, some of the styles were just over the top, and a few of the fabrics felt like burlap. As for quality, that is something determined over time, but to my eye the seaming and stitching looked as good as what you would fine at Banana Republic, and the styles were a lot more inventive than what you would find at BR. Think Nanette Lepore-light.