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How do I buy a suit?

suit styledWhen it’s time to purchase new suits, many SouthCoast men don’t know where to go, feeling their options are limited to the North Dartmouth Mall or dingy discount warehouses. Main Street Formals provides a superior alternative to both, offering a wider selection of choices at lower prices than our competitors.

Take me out to the mall game.
When you shop from a traditional suit retailer, you’re generally forced to select from the few suits in your size on the rack. If you’re buying a designer suit in season, expect to pay at least $200 more than what the suit is truly worth. How many times have you seen a $499 department store suit marked down to $399, then $299, then $199 after season?

Bargain basement buyer beware.
You might think that $189 discount warehouse suit is a real bargain, and in some cases, it actually is. But a growing number of discount chains now manufacture and/or import their own suits under private labels, advertising artificial savings off inflated retail prices. The suits are manufactured to look like quality garments at the point of purchase, with handsome tags and impressive Italian-sounding labels, but in fact, they are often very shoddy garments (bad fusing, saggy shoulders, etc.) that will not stand the test of time. Worse, they are usually poorly cut, requiring a significant investment in tailoring to make them fit correctly. Furthermore, these discount stores also often sell defective “factory seconds” that hardly make the right impression when you want to look your best.

Note of gratitude from former Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Rose.

Note of gratitude from former Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Rose.

What a tangled Web they weave.
Then you have the Internet. Consider yourself warned: There are a lot of Yahoos out there, and they all have websites and E-bay stores. We routinely find these retailers advertising suits with list prices of $1200, marked down to $399-suits that we sell for $149. Don’t fall for these gimmicks. If you’ve found a suit somewhere else and want to know if it’s the real deal, just give us a ring, and we’ll give you our honest opinion. There are some great deals out there. But as the adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true…. We’re not going to tell you there aren’t any reliable Internet suit retailers. Companies like Brooks Brothers offer excellent suits online, including convenient “separates” programs (coat and pants can be bought individually). However, that quality, styling, and convenience comes with a high price tag, and when you’re making that type of an investment in clothing, you need to be certain you know what you need in terms of sizes, fabrics, and cut. The typical man often lacks this expertise.

The Main Street difference.
So, how is Main Street Formals different? Simple: Our catalog program permits us to be “all things to all people.” You want one of those cheap discount suits? If you really want one, we can get them in more styles and sizes than the discount stores can. You want a top-of-the-line Super 140s wool suit with comfort-stretch armholes, French facing and pic-stitched lapels? We have those, too. How about something in between? No problem. Five-button urban-cut suits? Yep. Affordable on-site tailoring? Of course. Samples are available in-stock for customers to review the cut and quality of each line. The average turn-around time on the catalog program is about 10 days, from start to finish. If you want to buy your significant other a suit, but don’t know what to get him, we suggest a Main Street Formals gift certificate, so that he can select the style and size that he prefers. Don’t worry that he’ll pick something crazy; in our experience, when asked what sort of suit they want, nine out of ten men simply point to their wives and say, “Whatever she wants!”