This post has stuff about LGBT and a previous relationship. My perspective has changed
This weekend the wife and I went to a big company party. It was a big to do with thousands of people in attendance. Since it was a formal party, I thought I’d get a suit — I wanted to make a good impression and whatnot. So I went over to Men’s Warehouse and got myself a nice sport coat, pants, and shoes.
I’ll have you know that this was only the second time in my entire life that I’ve worn a suit/tux. The other time was at my wedding. So I’m pretty stupid when it comes to the rules of suit-wearing, fashions, and pricing. This is what I learned in the process:
- Never button the bottom button on any suit jacket, evar. This is some funny tradition about wearing suit jackets. It also makes it more comfortable to sit.
- Suit jackets are not designed for comfort. They are designed to give you just enough room to shake hands, gesture a little bit, and no more. You can’t put your arms over your head in a jacket. You’re not supposed to be able to.
- Always match your socks to your pants. I’m such a dork. I’ve been matching my socks to my shirt for years. Now I know…
- Your pants should fall over your shoes a little bit, but when they’re right, and you’re wearing good shoes you’ll still see a little sock.
- Visible stitching on a jacket is _more_desirable because it represents a higher level of craftsmanship. Because of this fact, it is also more expensive.
- They’re expensive—I ended up spending around $450 for mine. Same with a co-worker. You should expect to spend about that much.
- Your wife/girlfriend will almost certainly know WAAYY more about suits that you do. You should basically let her call the shots. I got to choose how many buttons I wanted on the jacket ;)
- You can wear a sport jacket with jeans. This is the added benefit of getting a sport coat. If you want to look casual but classy go this route.
- A pinstripe suit is a casual suit. You don’t just wear it unless you wear suits on a daily basis. Basically it shouldn’t be the only suit you own, as cool as it it looks.
- When you go to buy a suit, dress nice. Wear dress socks and a t-shirt (under a dressy shirt) so that you can try on everything that you need in order to make a good decision.
- Navy looks the same as black but the salesman knows the difference; Navy matches with gray.
All in all my experience was very positive. And I looked pretty darn good in that suit too!
Image by Gayle Gorman