Buying a pair of jeans online? Yeah, jeans seem like pretty safe territory. Buying a business suit online? Seems like a pricey uncertainty, unless you know what to look for.
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Several of the tips in the suit-buying roundup put together by Dealnews you're probably already aware of, like the importance of having accurate measurements before ordering clothing online, or making sure the store has a liberal return policy. Other tips are less obvious to the average consumer, like this bit of advice from fashion writer Michael Lubarksy:
"Many of those unknown names are actually made in the exact same factories of Valentino and Ralph Lauren," Lubarsky says. Their design may be slightly different, but you're getting similar workmanship if not the same fabric quality, he explains. A suit from a lesser-known designer can cost around $US200, a savings of more than $US1,000 from a well-known designer brand.
Aside from being willing to try a less-than-famous brand, the other important thing you can do is make friends with your local tailor. A nice suit picked up for a couple hundred can turn into a fantastic suit that looks like it was much more expensive with some minor work by a tailor. Have you ever bought a suit online? If so, we'd love to hear about it in the comments. Buying a Men's Suit Online: Tips from the Experts [Dealnews]