Buying mid-price men's clothing in Dublin.

pingin

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There's a family event coming up soon and I need to buy some clothes for it. I hate shopping for clothes as I never know what I want or what suits me. I hate going to the big shops because there's never anybody to help you.

My budget is not too big. Can anyone recommend a mid-price men's shop in Dublin where you can actually speak to staff and get advice?

Thank you.
 

Buddyboy

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The first thing you need to do is tell us what your actual budget is. One persons not-too-big budget can be another persons extravagant budget. And the second thing is to give us an idea of what you need. Is it shoes, socks, belt, suit, shirt, tie or just trousers and shirt?
And finally, if you have the time, and based on the answer to the second question above, let us know what you already have. For example, if it's a high-end wedding and you don't have a suit, or if it's casual and you already have a nice shirt/tie but need something to go with it.

And also, what's "soon", is it before or after Christmas (sales possibilities may change the answer you get).

And almost forgot, your age. a 20 year old will have a very different idea of style/value to a 50 year old (me )

Have faith, I believe there are a lot of sartorially savvy subscribers to this site.
 

Pugmister

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Not a bricks and mortar store but in terms of price and quality you will be hard pushed to surpass suitsupply. Shipping is quick and returns and customer service are excellent. The customer service through whatsapp are very helpful regarding sizes
 

pingin

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The first thing you need to do is tell us what your actual budget is. One persons not-too-big budget can be another persons extravagant budget. And the second thing is to give us an idea of what you need. Is it shoes, socks, belt, suit, shirt, tie or just trousers and shirt?
And finally, if you have the time, and based on the answer to the second question above, let us know what you already have. For example, if it's a high-end wedding and you don't have a suit, or if it's casual and you already have a nice shirt/tie but need something to go with it.

And also, what's "soon", is it before or after Christmas (sales possibilities may change the answer you get).

And almost forgot, your age. a 20 year old will have a very different idea of style/value to a 50 year old (me )

Have faith, I believe there are a lot of sartorially savvy subscribers to this site.
Hello Buddyboy,
It's a christening and I'm the godfather! It's next week. I was thinking in terms of trousers, shirt, jacket and tie. I need to update my wardrobe anyway, so this is a good excuse.

My budget is around €200–300.

I'm in my mid fifties and a bit overweight!
 

pingin

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Not a bricks and mortar store but in terms of price and quality you will be hard pushed to surpass suitsupply. Shipping is quick and returns and customer service are excellent. The customer service through whatsapp are very helpful regarding sizes
Thanks Pugmister. I'll have a look at that too.
 

noproblem

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If you were in Galway I'd give high recommendation to Corless Menswear at the top of Dominic St (I think). I see you're in Dublin so why not go to one of the suit hire places, I find them brilliant and they usually do a lot more than suits, etc.
 

pingin

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If you were in Galway I'd give high recommendation to Corless Menswear at the top of Dominic St (I think). I see you're in Dublin so why not go to one of the suit hire places, I find them brilliant and they usually do a lot more than suits, etc.
Good idea noproblem. Never thought of that. Thanks.
 

bcol1

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If you were willing to travel to Carlow, there is a shop called Detail Menswear, you'll get a 3 piece suit, shirt and tie for just under 300. More casual wear too. Great staff and service, we got suits there this year so I'd highly reccommend them, they did any alterations too. Not connected, just satisfied customer.
 

odyssey06

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I shop in MS myself but I think the OP is looking for some fit guidance etc and at least in Dublin you wouldnt get much of that i.e. personal attention from staff.

Maybe Best menswear - they would be mid price range and you would get more shopping assistance.
This will give you a idea of what they have.
And if you have One4All vouchers you are trying to off load bring them too!
 
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garbanzo

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Paddy Sheary’s in Clarendon St. He’s my go to man for stuff. He’s excellent and the quality but more importantly the fitting is always done really well.
 

Blackrock1

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Unless things have changed he would be out of the ops budget no ?


Paddy Sheary’s in Clarendon St. He’s my go to man for stuff. He’s excellent and the quality but more importantly the fitting is always done really well.
 

lledlledlled

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I would second the above recommendation for Best Menswear. Also try Diffneys.

Both have multiple branches and are great in terms of advice and quality vs price. Like any service, you'll get better attention if you call during off-peak periods.
 

Buddyboy

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NoProblem's idea is a good one (hadn't thought of it myself either).
If you only need a suit for the odd occasion, e.g. twice a year, then renting one could be a good idea. It would be a lot cheaper, you get a very good fitting/measuring/recommendation service, and you could just buy the shirt and possibly tie if you need to.
 

noproblem

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NoProblem's idea is a good one (hadn't thought of it myself either).
If you only need a suit for the odd occasion, e.g. twice a year, then renting one could be a good idea. It would be a lot cheaper, you get a very good fitting/measuring/recommendation service, and you could just buy the shirt and possibly tie if you need to.
Believe it or not you can get the shoes and shirt/tie with the hire suit and better still they keep your size on their books. Helps you stay in shape.:)
 

pingin

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Hello everyone,
First of all, thanks to everyone for the replies and the great suggestions. I'll follow up on all of them in the future.

In the end I discovered that Dehenhams have a personal shopper service. I made a booking with the Blackrock branch and went there yesterday afternoon. Emma was the personal shopper and she couldn't have been more helpful or patient. She even had an outfit ready for me when I arrived.

I got a shirt, jacket, two pairs of trousers (even though I went in for one pair!), a belt and a pair of shoes for €244. The shoes were reduced in price. The style was more daring than what I would have chosen myself but that's not a bad thing as I tend to be too conservative. Very happy with the price and the service. I would highly recommend Debenhams personal shopper service.
 

Buddyboy

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Great result pingin. Having two pairs of trousers with one jacket is always a good idea, the trousers will wear out faster than the jacket in any suit.
A suggestion, after you wear the suit, hang it up in the bathroom while you are having a shower. It's much better for the fabric than dry cleaning. If you have, or know someone with a garment steamer all the better.

Who knows, this could be the start of a daring new wardrobe.

And Debenhams normally have a rail or two of clothes greatly reduced in price. I have picked up the odd shirt or trousers pretty cheaply. Just make sure you need it and it fits, not just that it is cheap.
 
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