Purchasing a suit can be an expensive outing especially if you want one that is stylish and fitted to your measurements. When I went looking for a suit last month my options were to spend $400 and up on a custom tailored suit at a local establishment or shell out for big name stylish two piece at the local department store forgoing the elegance of a custom tailored solution. Thankfully before I purchased a new one I discovered that the handmade suit I picked up in Vietnam a few years back would make due as long as I didn't dish out any bear hugs at the reception. Since this isn't a long term solution and the airfare to fly back to Vietnam to pick up another custom tailored suit for $80 would outpace the savings I have been looking for an affordable tailored suit online.
I recently found Indochino, a company formed in 2006 which provides stylish custom tailored suits on the cheap by taking orders online and adding some DIY to the measurement process, a step which can be completed in your house in 12 minutes. What makes these tailored suits really interesting other than the wallet friendly price is that they aren't churned out in a factory but rather pieced together by well-trained and well-paid tailors in China making them in essence fair trade suits.
If your job requires you to wear a suit on a regular basis than I can't stress how much you should get a tailored suit. The difference between it and an off the rack one is enormous and will do wonders for your appearance, confidence and maybe even your bank account. $199 for the basic tailored suit is a small price to pay for looking good at your performance appraisal this fall.