Suits (No, not the television show)
Those darn things you have to wear to your cousin’s wedding, to church, to your great aunt’s funeral and more.
So many guys hate wearing suits, maybe because your subconscious mind relates suits to events that you dislike attending. Nevertheless, a well tailored, or simply well fitted suit is a must for anyone. A great 3 piece suit is like the PB & J of the fashion world. Sure, you can spend $10 per slice of bread, have fresh strawberry jam made and flown in from magical strawberry land, and peanuts ground right in front of you by the man who planted and tended them. Or you can buy a loaf of wonder bread for a $1 and throw some of your grandma’s jam on there and some walmart peanut butter and it’s still a PB & J.
Still, the saying dress to impress holds sway.
So, who are you trying to impress? Is it the guys, a woman (is she your wife, girlfriend, or the solid 10 you see at the gym.) Do you know what is important to them so you can impress them?
If it’s your wife, I’m sure she wants you to look good and stay under budget. (then you can spend more money on her) 😉
Therefore, for those of you who can’t tell the difference between a J.Ferrar and a Brioni Vanquish, don’t worry. (By the way those are suit brands) Most people around you can’t tell the difference either. Now of course there’s a couple thousand dollar difference between the two brands but if you’re like me, you’re wiser with your money than to spend $40,000 on a suit.
Can you tell the difference? The answer might surprise you.
Sure there are different fabrics, stitching, tailoring standards, patterns, etc. But fit is king. Let me repeat that, FIT IS KING! You can make a $100 suit look like a $1000 suit if it’s fitted properly. And the opposite is true as well. If you buy a $1000 suit and it’s not the correct size it may look like you went to the Salvation Army or your grand dad’s closet.
So, here is some advice. And I know you don’t want to hear it, shop around. Do some research. It will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. When I need a new suit quickly I know I can go to Kohl’s, JcPenney, or even Burlington Coat Factory and spend under $150 for a three piece suit. Now, that being said, I have worked hard to shape my body to fit these manufactured suits and they look fitted. Not everyone has that ability and to you I apologize, I know how that feels. So I learned to tailor my own clothes. That has been the real money saver for me. But we’ll save that discussion for another day.
Jackthreads.com is another good option for suits, they are almost all slim or ultra slim fit. Which doesn’t work for me. I thought I had chicken legs already but even my legs are too big for some of their suit pants. But they do have an amazing return policy!
The moral of the story is this, you can get a great suit for under $200 easily. Find a neighbor with a sewing machine and learn to tailor yourself or just find one and pay them for their time. The number of compliments definitely will make it worth your while.
Happy hunting boys!