What’s the difference?
I’m not talking about Dr. Dre’s 1999 hit song (a classic by the way).
Actually I’m talking about why you might pay thousands of dollars for a suit when you could get a seemingly comparable one for 1/10th of the price.
Of course owning a Tom Ford or Musika-Frere suit comes with a certain level of prestige.
Some men consider it a status symbol, like wearing a Rolex.
Is that really enough to justify the price tag?
Especially when nobody EVER looks at the label on the inside of your clothing.
And if you’re decked out in logos from head-to-toe, we need to have a conversation.
So how do you justify paying that much for a suit when you have other options like Topman, Suit Supply, and Zara for a fraction of the price?
That’s what we’re going to explore today!
Here’s what the difference between a $300 and a $3,000 suit is…
Is It Just The Brand Name?
In some cases it might be.
Having a well-known name with little to back it up aside from its popularity is occasionally used to justify a higher price tag.
Any level-headed man knows that this isn’t a good enough reason to spend as much as 10 times more for a suit.
This is especially true if you’re paying a premium price for something that doesn’t fit your body type properly.
I’ve decided to breakdown the difference between a $300 and a $3,000 suit by focusing on the following three factors.
Construction Of The Suit
The art of tailoring is an ancient one that dates back a few centuries.
With that in mind, there’s countless traditions that go along with designing a custom suit.
The attention to detail that goes into a bespoke suit is often what leads to a higher price point.
Being able to detect any imperfections and tailor the suit to your specific measurements is a time consuming process.
That’s why on average it takes between four to eight weeks to have one custom suit made.
After receiving the “rough” draft of it, they take your measurements again with the suit on and make any necessary adjustments if required.
A custom suit should basically fit you like a second skin.
If you don’t really care about that, would rather save money, and get your suit sooner rather than later, then take the fast fashion route.
This means heading over to the mall and buying your suit at a store like Zara or Topman.
Though there’s a noticeable difference in the quality, they do fit great and are always up to date on current trends.
The Materials Used To Make The Suit
Arguably the easiest way to tell the difference between a $300 and $3,000 suit.
This one’s so obvious because it’s in plain sight.
You can see and feel the quality of a well-made suit — it’s even more noticeable after trying them on.
The fabric of a suit is very important!
It determines how long it will last, how breathable it could be, and whether it’ll hold its shape over time or not.
Suits on the lower end of the price spectrum are usually made out of polyester, cotton blends, and synthetic materials.
They’re much easier to produce in mass quantities.
This means that retailers have healthier profit margins which allows them to charge lower prices.
As a consumer that’s very appealing!
On the other end of the spectrum we have premium quality suits mainly being made from 100% virgin wool.
The beauty of using wool is that these suits will last longer and gives designers more freedom to create unique patterns.
Wool is more difficult to source since it does require more labour and isn’t synthetically manufactured.
In the long run it is worth the extra money since a wool suit will last longer, is water resistant, and will keep you warm while remaining breathable.
My advice is to invest your money WISELY.
If $3,000 suits aren’t in your budget, then be ok with taking the more economical approach.
Keep in mind that you will have to replace them more frequently since the quality might not keep up with your demands.
In the long run this could potentially cost you more.
This article was an especially fun one to write.
It feels like I was learning just as much as I was sharing this time around.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read it!
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