Buying a new suit as a surprise for my husband-don\'t know what I\'m doing-HELP!!

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

<h4>lavenderstone:  Make sure it is returnable for a full refund. There is no such thing as a suit that will fit perfectly without some alterations. Not all 42″ chest jackets fit the same. Not all  36W pants fit the same. At the very least the pants will need hemming.</h4>

I would just take him shopping a week or so before, let him try on and pick the suit, leaving time for alterations before your anniversary, then pick it up and go out for dinner on your anniversary.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think the best thing to do is make him a certificate for one suit, up to $X, and put great cute-ass graphics on it.  What’s your budget?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

lavenderstone:  I know my FH’s size and even the suits he usually buys but I would never try and buy him one without him there.  They all fit differently.  If your man is anything like mine, he won’t tell you he doesn’t like it and it’ll hang in his closet and hardly be worn and be a waste of money.  I’d do the gift certificate and take him shopping to buy him a suit 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

lavenderstone:  You could go to a costume store, or thrift store, and get a little boys suit to wrap it in.  Or a cheap thrift store suit, in about his size, if it’s cheap enough to buy for just a gag.  Then you could put the certificate in the inside pocket.  Also, I would totally design it lie the opening sequence of mad men, or Casino Royale.

For $500, he may be interested in looking at The Black Lapel.   I’ve heard good things, but can’t vouch personally.  I just know they are in that price range, and much better than indochino, by all accounts.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d get a gift certificate and let him pick out his own.  You could have a few selected that you like for him to try on.  But suits are hard, and need to be tried on.

Post # 8
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Newbee

If you’ll take some advice from a man, don’t buy the actual suit. Speaking from experience, even knowing his sizes,every suit fits and looks a bit differently depending on material, cut, brand etc.

My suggestion if you want it to be a complete surprise.  Take him out for lunch, preferably in a location with a suit store near by. Go for a walk after lunch and walk him right into that store and play dress up. Have him try on a bunch of suits in your price range and let him pick the one he feels best in (i’m sure you know how to manage your guy to get the suit you think he looks best in as well)

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

lavenderstone:  Suits are ALL about the fit so I think it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll be able to buy him the perfect suit without him there to try on the jackets.

That said – you could buy one that’s fully refundable with the idea that you’ll go back to the store together.  Or you could plan a day outting at a nice store to buy it together.

 

Post # 10
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Newbee

Oh, and I’m not sure where you live, but keep an eye out for deals. I just went suit shopping for my wedding suit and lucked out that the store was having a buy 1 get 1 free sale.

I got $1200.00 worth of suits for $600.00. One for the wedding one for business. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

lurkinggroom:  Even at that, it’s only one store, so I’d still recommend going with the home made gift certificate type thing.  For my masters graduation, my sister and brother in law gave me a do it yourself leather jacket kit.  It was cash in cute envelopes, and it was hilarious.  They did write copyright on it so if you use it you’ll have to pay them a royalty, or something 😛

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Or…. Try Indochino.com. That’s where my husband got his wedding suit from. You input exact measurements, choose colors and fabrics and 4 weeks later he has a perfectly fitted custom made suit. 

It worked for us!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Oh and it fits your budget.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

Having worked in a men’s clothiers store in college, I have to echo the idea of a gift cert (made by you for any store) or a refundable suit. 

The first things I always asked- single or double breasted? Do you already have shoes, a shirt, or a tie you plan to wear or is this to coordinate with something in particular? This should determine the color options of the suit… Do you have a preference on lapel width?  Material preference?

Other tips (all based on what I saw)… slim guys look great in one buttons, guys with a little more weight esp in the belly should go for at least two. Younger men tend to prefer narrow lapels and a jacket split in the middle of the bottom in the back. Older fellows tend to go for the “panel” in the back and wide lapels. If all else fails, a nice French cuffed dress shirt beats an ill-fitting jacket. 

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