Originally Published 2/12/12
One of the constant challenges with this website is pinpointing just what “affordable” means. It can mean drastically different things to different people. And right now, the economy isn’t helping. Young or experienced, straight out of college or long time member of the workforce, it doesn’t seem to matter. Plenty aren’t making enough to justify a $450 suit or a $300 watch. That doesn’t mean one day that won’t change, but until that happens, these suggestions should help the under $35k per year crowd maximize the style/cost ratio at a level they can afford.
The Suits: Overstock Hilfiger Trim, Michael Kors, or Kenneth Cole New York – $150 – $199
Overstock.com can hold some real gems for ultra-inexpensive suiting. You have to do a bit of checking in from time to time, but you should (should) be able to land a decent, 100% wool, two-button “slim fit” suit for between $100 and $200. Tailoring will be a must, and you might have to settle on armholes or a lapel you don’t like, but they’ll certainly get the job done....