- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
Ladies love talking about how excited they are about their dresses, so I wanted to brag a little about my suit. Please pardon the length of my pseudo-blog post.
Previously I had ordered a suit from Indochino. It arrived a couple months ago and, while the color was great and I got it altered just right so that it fit wonderfully, it just was not right. I ordered a cotton suit, not knowing that there was really a difference between a cotton and a wool suit, but instead just focusing on the color of it (a very light grey that is hard to find in wool in a generic men’s store). Turns out, there is a huge difference between a cotton and a wool suit, as plenty of people can tell you (if you know to ask).
So I had a nice fitted cotton suit of a good color that was just stiff and didn’t look at all as I wanted it to. But I spent a few hundred on it and that was what was in the budget and I was gonna just go for it, even if it wasn’t perfect. However, my Fiance and a few others kept insisting that I should feel great on my wedding day, a sentiment I understood, but there was no room in the budget for a second suit, and even if there was, I had a hard time finding the right color the first time around. How would I find another one?
My Fiance and one of my groomsmen and I decided several weeks ago to go out looking one weekend just to see what was out there. We went in a few stores and, while we found some great fitting wool suits, nothing was in quite a light enough grey. Finally, as I had just about resigned myself to my original suit or cutting things from the wedding to find money for a new, but darker suit, we decided to stop in at a local custom clothier. After looking through a ton of fabrics, we found what looked like the perfect color of grey fabric in a super fine wool. Cautiously I asked him how much it would be for a whole suit made of that. I knew the answer wouldn’t be pretty. And, as one expects for a custom tailored suit, it wasn’t. It was a couple thousand. A fun dream, but as we left, I begrudgingly accepted my reality.
Somehow, though, standing outside that store, my Fiance and my friend were able to convince me that, as absurd as it sounded, and as far away from reality as it seemed, I should get that suit. That couple thousand dollar suit when I felt nervous about finding the money for a second suit of only a couple hundred. I could keep the cotton suit (because it would be nice to wear on a fun summer day), but I should throw all caution to the wind and do the thing that only brides really do, and all-out splurge on the most expensive suit I could find. My friend had recently taken out a small loan with his bank to pay for appliances in his new home and couldn’t I do the same for this? And, anyway, everyone has been talking about how amazing my Fiance looks in her dress, and wouldn’t I feel strange standing beside that beauty in something that only made me feel ‘okay’?
So I did it. I got a loan from the bank (!), marched in to that place yesterday (!!), and got measured for my new suit. As a guy who likes to be thrifty and reasonable, it felt a little weird at first, but I could not stop smiling yesterday as he measured me and made notes and pinned things. I even got a discounted sale price due to the time of the year, and I was able to use that money to get a shirt made as well. Hell, he even said that if I wanted to bring in a piece of the blue fabric that we got from FI’s sash, he could have a tie and pocket square made of the exact same color. I’ll probably go back and have this done in the next couple weeks.
So all I really have left at this point is to find is some shoes. I’ve got my eye on some, and though they’ll probably come from DSW instead of being bespoke, I’m incredibly excited that they’ll be worn with the finest pieces of clothing I’ve ever worn in my life, and a suit that I’m thrilled to be able to wear to my wedding.