A $100 Suit Versus a $500 Suit

Imagine walking into a big department store, on the hunt for a new suit.  You find the right section and start searching for your perfect suit. Quickly, you have 5 suits thrown over your arm to try on later. Maybe a shop assistant is helping you as well. What you realize pretty quickly: All of the suits have very different prices. Many look the same. You wonder: What's the difference?

Comparing suits

So you start comparing. Fabric. Brand. Thread count. Fit. Style. This list could go on forever. There is another problem: These suits look nice now, but they may fade quickly or the fabric wears out. In order for you to not conduct this endless examination in the future, I have sent a 500 Dollar suit and a 100 Dollar Suit into the boxing ring.

Each suit has been worn 100 times. Both have been dry cleaned. They each are basically the same style, a modern fit that most men would opt for when buying a suit. Both of the suits are navy blue. And, both feature several inner pockets and a silk lining.

The Difference

Here comes the first obstacle: The more expensive suit’s label is faded to a degree where it’s unreadable. So as much as I would love to compare the difference in fabric, I literally can’t. This also rules out comparing the thread count. Let’s get right to the touch of the suit itself. When touching the 500 dollar Model, it feels silky and relatively thin. The 100 dollar suit has a very soft and robust feeling to it at the same time. This is because it’s made of a blend of wool touch fabrics that are wrinkle-resistant and lightweight.

The Similarities

Even though our warehouse version is 5 times more expensive, it features many of the same details that the 100 dollar suit encompasses. Both come with a notched lapel and a pocket flap. Both are double-vented, which makes them comfortable to sit in. A slight difference is noticeable when it comes to the stitching, but this just depends on personal preferences. The 500 dollar suit stars a more conventional, uni-color stitching, while the hundred dollar suit comes with contrast fusing.

Why the price difference?

Fair enough, we now have a comparison. But we still don’t know why there is such a vast price gap between different suits. Research shows that there are a few factors by which prices are determined. A suit that can appeal to many people is normally more affordable, because it has a more general cut to it. The keystone markup makes an enormous difference as well. And obviously, people are generally willing to pay more for a label that is currently popular, no matter the quality.

All this tells us that it is definitely worth it comparing prices when it comes to suits and not necessarily buying the most expensive product.

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