I Need Your Opinion! *AND* ‘Before’ and ‘Current’ Photos!

In July of this year, I got a new suit.  I had lost nearly 100 pounds at that point, and had a wedding to go to, so there was no way I could wear my old suit.  I ended up at Men’s Wearhouse, where I left with this snazzy number:

I had a great time at the wedding – a dear friend from high school was the bride – and felt great in my new suit.  Then, a few months later, I had another wedding – another friend, who was also my former roommate.  I took the suit back to Men’s Wearhouse (free alterations for life!) and had it taken in in all sorts of ways, as I had dropped another 25 pounds or so.  I got the suit back a few days later, and voila!  I looked good at another wedding, and got all sorts of compliments:

Which brings us to the present.  I have a third wedding next weekend – another great friend and former colleague – and so I headed back to the Men’s Wearhouse to get it taken in again, as I’ve lost around 25 pounds since the last time I wore it (and about 50 pounds since I bought it!).  As I stood in the alteration nook-thing with the mirrors on 3 sides, I was given the unfortunate yet exciting news:  this suit couldn’t be altered anymore.  I had lost too much weight.  The main problem was in my shoulders – tailors don’t mess with shoulders, and they needed to be brought in.  They could have shortened the collar and brought in another seam in the back, but the suit wouldn’t look right – all the proportions would be off.  Plus, doing all that work would constitute a suit “rebuild” – which is not a free alteration – and would cost a cool $130 or so, without factoring in the pants!

The manager was telling me all this with a ‘I’m-so-sorry-we-can’t-help-you’ tone in her voice, but I know I was beaming from ear to ear.  Yeah, it kinda sucks that I only got to wear that suit twice, but it’s also pretty awesome that I only got to wear that suit twice.  The manager asked if I was planning on losing more weight (yes), and then took my measurements so I had my correct size, and suggested I buy a suit elsewhere, where I could get one cheaper.  I liked that idea.

Yesterday, I hit up four discount-type retailers (T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, Burlington, and Sears) and decided instead of buying a suit, I would buy a sportcoat and a nice pair of pants.  I came home with one pair of dress pants, and 2 sportcoats.  And now, I need your help! Which of these sportcoats do you like more?

Option #1: ($105, marked down from $175)

It has a subtle gray pinstripe:

Option #2: ($85, marked down from $180)

It has a slightly-less-subtle blue and gray pinstripe:

I’m leaning towards one more than the other, although now that I see both photos, there’s not really a huge difference.  I won’t tell you which one I’m leaning towards, because I want your opinion!  Leave them in the comments section!

Oh, and also, I will be wearing a tie to the wedding (just didn’t feel like putting it on), and and FYI about the pants, which I really like:  They were $15, marked down from $68!

One last note about sizes – the new pants have a 40″ waist.  The old suit pants were 50″ (!).  Both sportcoats are 48 Long.  I can’t find the tag in the old suit jacket, but I’m pretty sure it was a 54 Long or a 56 Long.  Nicely done, me!

Keep it up, David!

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22 Responses to I Need Your Opinion! *AND* ‘Before’ and ‘Current’ Photos!

  1. maya says:

    i like the second jacket!

  2. Jen says:

    I vote for option #2. Snazzy!

  3. Option #2 all the way – the blue stripe makes the look!

  4. Kerianne says:

    Alright, I’m going to buck the trend here and say #1. It seems to fit a bit better in the shoulders and the arms aren’t as loose – therefore more likely to fit longer as you lose more weight. Plus, the tone-on-tone stripe will be more versatile with different colors of pants and shirts.

    Having said that – you look great in both. Sooooo proud of you!

  5. Logan says:

    Go to Jos. A Bank. They are practically giving suits away right now.

  6. Jacque says:

    Option 2. One because it’s cheaper two because I like the subtle blue which can be accessorized with a wider variety of ties!

  7. Olga says:

    Option #2 – looks better on you {in the pictures, anyway!! 😉 } it’s cheaper, and, yeah, the stripes totally make it!

  8. stefiajane says:

    number 1 for me, although i like both, and i’m a sucker for a bargain.

    great news they couldn’t alter your suit anymore – it sounds odd writing that but it won’t be long before you can invest in a suit that will never need to be altered x

  9. annie says:

    I vote for #1- I think its more versitile w/ shirt /tie combinations. That said, Jacket #2 fits you slightly better but maybe thats just the camera. Either way, you look handsome.

  10. Tracy says:

    I think you look better in #1. The fit looks more tailored. May just be the way you are standing. Perhaps you should do this again with multiple pics of each.
    I really like the fabric of #2, it’s got interest.

  11. Karen says:

    I remember thinking you looked great at the July wedding, and you look just fabulous now! For the new outfit… I like #1. But maybe it’s just because you’re smiling so nicely! I also think the subtle stripe looks less corporate. But you’ll look great either way, IMO. Nice bargain hunting on the pants!!

  12. Kristy says:

    I like option #1. Subtle is less exciting but more versatile! You look great in both!

  13. Laura says:

    First, you look fantastic in both. I personally like the pinstripe of #1 the best! Classic and sophisticated. Not so much a fan of the multi-stripe including blue of #2.

  14. Laura B. says:

    It’s a difficult pick because you look truly fantastic in both!!! And I know that the bride is beyond excited to give you a gigantic hug in whichever one you choose. 😉 But if I have to cast a vote, I’ll go #2.

  15. Ashley says:

    They both look great, but I like the blue in number 2! Congrats on not being able to get your suit altered again. Total NSV!

  16. Mom says:

    Tough choice – No. 1 doesn’t look at all gray in the photo, but in the up close pic I think I like the subtle stripe. Don’t think I’m fond of the blue color in the no. 2 stripe, but it may look more youthful. And….it might be fun to “wing out” a little in a cheap coat.For investment, I would pick more classic stripe. Good shopping – I’m proud of you and you will look fantastic in either.

  17. Mom says:

    p.s. Did you happen to try on a dark brown color coat? Might be interesting to have a sport coat that is entirely different than your eventual investment suit color.

  18. I’d say Option 1 as I’m not a huge fan of the blue in he 2nd one 🙂

    Looking good! 🙂 and what a luxury problem… can’t take the suit in any more…

  19. David says:

    Thanks so much for all the replies! I’ve gotten comments from family and friends, long-time readers, and a bunch of new readers too (or, at least, new commenters – I don’t know how long you’ve been lurking)! Everyone that’s checking my blog out for the first time: Welcome to Keep it up David, and I hope you enjoy and come back.

    So far, as of 9:45pm PST on Thursday, between these blog comments and a few votes on Twitter, I have 11 votes for Option 1 and 9 votes for Option 2. I’ll see if I get any more votes overnight, and then post an update on all this madness tomorrow.

    Thanks again for stopping by and giving me your opinion – I really do appreciate it!

    -David

  20. Rebecca says:

    Number 1 for sure. It’s the one I’d pick if my husband was debating ;0).

    Great job on needing to buy a new suit!!!

  21. #2…the bolder stripes make you look thinner and taller. Not that you need to look more thinner or taller! You look very handsome in both. Love it!

  22. Sarah says:

    Is it too late to vote for number 1?

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