It was back in late August of last year that we sorta, kinda, halfway shopped for Mr. Road Trip’s suit of choice for the wedding. We looked, found out some info, thought we knew the direction we were going in, and then promptly let it drop. By June of this year I was getting pretty antsy to get some decisions made, so we set out with the goal of not coming back without a suit purchased. I was armed with all sorts of discount offers (it being two weeks ’til Father’s Day—perfect suit-buying time, by the way) and sale info, and we ended up needing not one bit of it.
Our first stop was back to Men’s Wearhouse (which could have been called Men’s Mad-house, this day), and what to our wandering eyes should appear but pretty much the perfect suit for our midday nuptials.
Pronto Uomo Vintage Two-Button Notch Lapel Suit | Image via Men’s Wearhouse
While a suit rental usually comes with everything needed, they didn’t have anything other than the black or white shoes for rent, so we opted out of that, as well as the tie as we were finding nothing there that we liked with this suit option. Before we could scoot out of there, smugly satisfied that our errand had gone so smoothly, they had to do some measurements and such, and this time I did manage to get pictures!
Mr RT and our very dapper sales associate, Joshua
After this it was all over but the tie, right? We went through so, so many men’s departments at the mall that afternoon looking for a tie. Purple was not a colorway easily found, and when we did, it was frequently paired up with grays and blues—not what we were going for—and usually in the $60 range. T’s office is fairly casual, so spending $60 on a tie we weren’t all that crazy about wasn’t all that appealing.
Finally, on our way to the car, we stopped in one last, little shop, the kind of shop where all sales are final and you never know what you might find. What we found was pretty much the perfect tie-and-pocket-square combo for $20. Sold!
Accessories done! (The background checks on the tie are brown, even though they look a little gray in this photo.)
Add to that Mr. Road Trip’s recent acquisition of a new pair of brown dress shoes and he’s officially good to go.
While we had seriously considered purchasing a suit for him, he really wouldn’t have gotten much wear out of it, so renting made more sense at this stage of the game. I know there are some very dapper grooms among the hive, ones that are deeply invested in their celebratory threads, but I have to say I’m kind of glad Mr. Road Trip isn’t one of them.