April 25th, 2007


I’m not what you’d call a “clothes horse.” I dress for comfort. I feel best in jeans and T-shirts. I realize this does not make a person “hot” or “desirable,” but I’m okay with that. I prefer the comfort, thank you very much.

Circumstances conspired against me, however, and I needed to get a suit. I have a couple of suits (proof), but they no longer fit me because they have shrunk. *cough* So tonight, with the help of my friend Lee, I went suit shopping.

For those unaware, I offer this bit of knowledge: suits are expensive. I had no idea. Lee tried to prepare me for it, but I was sure he was talking “really expensive” suits. Nope. He was talking about your basic good quality suit.

Men’s Wearhouse happened to have this 2-for-1 deal, so really, I shouldn’t complain. It was strange for me, though, to walk out of there with nothing to show for my payment except a receipt. They’re tailoring the suits for me, so I need to go back and get them.

So now I need your help picking out a tie. I spent enough on the suits that I didn’t feel I could spend any extra on a tie right now. Maybe later. We’ll see how this goes. So here is a picture of the best of my bad lot of ties:

Hopefully you can see the colors well enough. I don’t have a picture of the suits, but for now imagine a charcoal gray as you’re making your choice.

I thank you in advance for your help, as this sort of thing is way beyond my sphere of comfort.

Thanks for your help, Lee.


EDIT: Someone hated all my tie choices so much that they PayPaled me some money and said “Get yourself a new tie.” That, my friends, tells you volumes about my taste in clothes – it engenders such strong feelings in others that they have to help fix it.

(Thanks, anonymous donator. I’ll try not to let you down!)

14 Comments on “Help!”

  1. wendles says:

    Hmmmm. This assortment screams "Sears 1990 Spring…no, no…Fall Collection".
    Just bite the bullet and buy a new one. Macys is still having a big sale, so I'm sure you can walk out with something nice for <$30.

  2. MadMup says:

    Ouch. I can't believe you didn't like the Batman tie, Wendy.

  3. TheBon says:

    What color shirt are you wearing? Plain white? If so I'm going to cautiously suggest C. with a follow up by G. When you get your suit, lay it all out together. I think you'll be surprised by how easy it is to tell if it's wrong.

  4. BNick says:

    I still wear F on rare occasions, but it's not something I'd pick out if I were tie shopping today.

  5. brent says:

    I don't know, but for my money, nothing says "1987" like a knit tie with a square bottom. Something to think about.

  6. Lorelei says:

    It really depends on the color of the suit, the color of the shirt AND the occasion you are attending.

    Example: If you are applying to work at Marvel comics, you would wear the Spiderman tie. But if you are going to an interview at DC Comics, you most certainly would want the Batman tie. See?


  7. brent says:

    It just dawned on me why you need to buy a new suit. Kidding aside, I would stay away from D and H. C would be good for the occasion, you can't go wrong with very conservative in this setting. I would also think that it would blend in nicely with the crowd that you're "runnin' with".

  8. Dana says:

    C is by far the best choice. Seriously you need to update the tie collection…

  9. Coach C says:

    I to have a couple of "ensemble" ties still in my collection – although the only time I can wear them is when my wife goes out of town.
    The best way to find out what ties to purchase is to watch Sportcenter on ESPN. Don't worry, you only have to look at it for 5 seconds to see what they are wearing.
    This may sound harsh, but if were an employer, I don't think I would hire anyone who wore a "theme" tie.
    "C" is the only one worth keeping -even if you wear it every day.

  10. MadMup says:

    I feel I should maybe mention at this point that I had no intention of wearing the superhero ties. They were included for humor's sake… and for sadness' sake, as it shows I own superhero ties. :$

  11. Josh says:

    Always go with a white or light-blue dress shirt. Your shirt shouldn't be darker than your suit.

  12. The Big Guy says:

    You can borrow one of my ties, dude. Please it would my pleasure. I am happy to serve. ;-)

  13. ZiggyTQuirk says:

    I disagree with Josh partly. Yes, shirt needs to be lighter than the suit, but if the suit is grey that opens out to very pale colours too. Light pink and grey work brilliantly, but you have to be able to walk like you're NOT wearing pink. Be a little tiny bit more creative than the white and … good stuff will happen. BUT ONLY IF YOU FORWARD THIS COMMENT TO 1,298 PEOPLE WITHIN NINE SECONDS.

  14. G-Knee says:

    You looked nice on Sunday…right up to the tie.

    I agree with Wendy…it's time for tie shredding.

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