1. Buying made more sense than renting. Nate has one of those jobs that actually requires suits on a regular basis and this purchase would definitely pay for itself. A tux, although I love them, wasn't even in the running for our Sunday morning event (in JULY).
2. He wanted grey. I wanted him to go for a more youthful modern or slim fit. So... modern grey suit it was.
3. After doing a little online research, I found that Macy's is a favorite among budget-savvy suit buyers. Men's Warehouse has great sales as well, but they tend to benefit men that choose to buy more than one suit at a time. Places like JCrew and Express also popped up on wedding forum lists, but we decided that a department store might have a better selection of styles and sizes so checked out Macy's first...
4. And we found a perfect suit.... that was too short! Not only was the "perfect" suit too short, but almost every suit in the entire store was too short. He literally had one tan suit to try on out of the hundreds available (and it was awful)! I like to tell Nate that he has a runway model body. He's the same chest and waist size as the mannequin above, just stretched a bit taller. After getting his size measured at the store, I went home and Googled away searching for something he could possibly wear. The pickings were really slim (JCrew doesn't even carry his size at all!) and the few suits in his size that we could find were either the wrong color or "old man..." until I gave Macys.com a chance... and found a suit that sold in separates in his sizes! Thanks to our in-store trip, I knew to wait until that Wednesday to use a friends and family discount to bring the total to 50% off.
And, for a total of $232, Nate's new wedding/ work suit:
Yes, I *forced* him to take a picture in it before heading off to work.
While Nate will be picking out his own tie (he made sure I made a point to say that), I'm wondering if we can help him along in the decision-making process. Here are a few Photoshopped color options based off of our "watermelon sunny day" color scheme:
I went ahead and added in a darker blue for some non-Easter-egg variety.
Which color direction would you tell him to go in?