In a happy accident, I stumbled across this suit in a consignment shop a couple of weeks ago on a walk to the hardware store for something I needed for a home project. It fits pretty well off the rack, but as you can see the sleeves are just a quarter inch or so too long to show any shirt cuff, as I prefer. Unfortunately, this suit already has working buttonholes on the cuffs, so the tailor would have to take the sleeves up from the shoulder, and that’s around a $100 operation. So now I have to think about whether $100 is worth it to me for a quarter inch. Of course, the fact that I got a $5K suit for $28 leaves me some room for investment.
Suit: Ralph Lauren Purple Label, consignment store, $28
Shirt: Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece, outlet, $45
Tie: Robert Talbott Best of Class, thrifted, $5
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy Aristocraft, thrifted, $15
At retail prices: As much as $5500