Suits in fabrics that have relatively small, subtle checks or windowpanes are useful.  They’re versatile, because depending on the accessories you choose, they can easily be dressed up or down.  With a plaid wool tie and brown monk-strap shoes, as here, it’s a more casual look; with a small-patterned (“neat” or “foulard”) tie and black cap-toes, you can go almost anywhere but your own wedding.


Suit: Hickey-Freeman, thrifted, $20
Shirt: Luciano Barbera, bought secondhand online, $22
Tie: J. Press,  thrifted, $8
Pocket Square: Stein Mart, $9
Shoes: Crockett & Jones for Brooks Brothers, clearance, $180

Total: $239
At retail prices: Close to $2000

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4 Responses to Business Checks

  1. Looks sharp!

    Best Regards,

    Ulrich von B.

  2. Ibrahim says:

    I like the contrast of the tie and the suit, I would not have put those together myself, but it works nicely.

  3. Shaun says:

    How, once purchased, do you have your suits/sport coats/ shirts cleaned, so that they look like new? I just bought my first 3 sportcoats thrifting and I’m excited about them, but I feel like they need to be tailored and cleaned, but i’m not sure where to take them to get cleaned. TIA! Love your blog!

    • Jeff says:

      Shaun, I’d try to find the highest-end dry cleaner in your area. Maybe ask around at the nicest men’s store(s) in town where they recommend. Ideally, they should hand-press your suits and not machine press them or use an inflatable steam form.

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