After careful deliberation about where I was going to shop, I decided to go to Men’s Warehouse today and buy a new suit for interviews. I had a pretty good experience with them when I bought a suit in Florida, and Max rented his tux there last year. Since then, I have mainly survived on sport coats and my old suit, which is showing it’s wear.
I had already seen that everything was 50% off, but I wasn’t sure if that just put it at the normal price, like some places you go. The moment I walked in, I had a helper. I wouldn’t get his name until the end, but I believe it was Dean. Dean showed me exactly where my size was and allowed me some time to look through the suits on my own. When I showed him one I was interested in, he replied, “That suits not for you.” I was both amused and annoyed. I had to know why, and he told me it’s fit looks tight, or something to that effect. He picked me out a couple: one dark gray Calvin Klein and another that was light colored for summer from Perry Ellis. I kept looking a the Perry Ellis. It was different than my usual suits and it felt great. But in the end I opted for gray suit, which was also more expensive. And while it was the most I spent on a suit, it wasn’t $1,000 or anything crazy like that. I wish I had that kind of money to spend.
After I tried on the suit for altering, I came out to find four different shirts and 4 matching ties from which to choose. Men’s Warehouse is notorious for doing this, but they also do a great job. And everything is priced so differently that you have to pay attention. I walked out with a new shirt and two new ties. And it all went on the credit card.
Early in our conversation, I asked if the suit could be ready by Monday. Dean told me yes, but as I was checking out, he asked if May 2nd would be OK. I panicked. Had he misunderstood me? I told him again, and he did recollect the conversation. All of a sudden Monday was OK. And I am already worrying whether or not it will truly be there when I go back on Monday. I am planning to rent Max’s tux while we are there, so that gives us another reason to go.
I am excited about wearing it. I remember when I last bought a suit it gave me a added confidence. I hope this one will do the same.