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November 1, 2007

My Great Adventure To Dress Like A Grown Man...At A Discount

I have had a problem over the last year or two. I really haven't talked to many people about it. It was kind of embarassing.

I didn't own a suit.

Oh, I had older suits. They were about 6 years old, and if I tried them on, it would be like this scene from "Tommy Boy":

Going to a gym will do that to you, I probably gained about 40 pounds in the last six years and wasn't the 180 pound beanpole anymore. I had been putting off getting a suit for simple reasons.

Laziness was a reason, i'm not a big fan of clothes shopping. Also, spending lots of money on a suit for something that i'd wear maybe once a year was a second reason. I wear jeans & polo shirts to my office, Most of my casual/work wear in my closet is by Kenneth Cole, Hugo Boss, Banana Republic and J. Crew.

I had no more excuses, because there was a wedding coming up and I needed a suit. It is this Saturday and I kept putting off my suit shopping until Wednesday.

I had two choices for getting a new suit. One, which was inspired by my buddy Chris was to get a kick-ass suit that i'd just wear for those special occasions. I was thinking i'd go to Brooks Brothers, drop a boatload of cash, but know that I got myself something which makes me look like a million bucks at weddings, funerals and job functions. My only angle against this is that i'd hate to spend lots of money on a suit like this and never wear it. I certainly could understand if I was in a job where i'd meet clients and need a great suit, but I don't.

So choice Two was go to a discount store. I was a bit leery of this, only because I didn't want to look like a schlep with a bad suit. So, I asked around the office over the last few months, basically pulling aside co-workers who looked sharp and asked them, "Where did you get your suit?"

It seems like everyone answered the same thing: "Syms"

I didn't know Syms. I knew of Men's Warehouse. But I figured i'd give Syms a try, at the store located on Trinity St., near the World Trade Center.

The store is old-school 1970's feel. I don't like stores like this. Yes, i'm a product of my generation, I like shiny crisp stores, not uncle Bert's love shack with taupe paint-job and shaggy green rugs that smell musty.

But, in all fairness, I have to say they have quite a good selection of brand-name merchandise at a fraction of what the retail costs.

I picked up a really sharp double vented, three button, 100% wool, charcoal Calvin Klein suit for $300 (Reg $495). A white and blue shirt by Ben Sherman for $40 each (reg $80), a new Polo belt for $19 (Reg $40), tie ($12), and tailoring would cost ($8 for the cuffs on the pants) & had a coupon I got in the main for Sims for $100, which was extra sweet. Total cost was about $419, but $319 with the coupon. I'd like to thank our customers from Halloween Night for making this possible.

Afterwards, I knew I needed shoes to go with my suit. I really wanted something simple, and was, believe it or not, inspired by what Tom Cruise wore when I was reading the Superficial. So I walked over to a store that an ex-girlfriend introduced me to, which is Century 21 Department Store. Grabbed a really great pair of black Kenneth Cole "Be Cool" Oxford cap shoes for $90 (reg $180).

I'm headed to Mad One Jack's for a haircut, the tailoring should be done by tomorrow, and i'm getting the Ben Sherman shirts laundered by Saturday morning.

Then i'm off to attend Tiffany's marriage.

Posted by Furey at November 1, 2007 12:07 AM

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