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!