Originally Posted by Schmiddy
I've been lurking here for several months, so I don't know why I felt the need to make this my first post. But...
I've learned a lot from this forum. My eye for quality clothing has improved dramatically, I've learned how to choose clothes that I like and find fair deals on them. I have also invested many hours of time to reading books and this forum, and many more in shopping for clothes that I want.
For those without the time or the finances to to what I did, Men's Warehouse is a very nice solution. It served me well for many years before becoming interested in finer clothing. While nothing there is excellent, a lot of it is acceptable; especially if you're just trying to look professional and aren't aspiring to be a fashion icon. Their sales people are helpful and understand the basics of coordination. My years of wearing Men's Wearhouse clothes never won me any awards, but I never looked like a slob (i.e. like many of my coworkers). I never bought anything overly fashion-y that hasn't stood the test of time.
I recently spent a week in Prague with an Englishman, a Frenchman, and an Italian- all very nice dressers. After wearing my finest, the only outfit that I wore that garnered compliments? 6-year-old blue Claiborne suit from MWH, white Brooks Brothers no-iron shirt, Altea tie, Cole Haan shoes. Junk clothes by anyone's definition but they fit me well, were well coordinated, and were well cared for.
Now that I know better, I'm happier with my Barbera suits and Borrelli shirts than the stuff I got at MWH. But there are a lot worse options out there for those who don't plan to make clothing their hobby/obsession.
I know I've got it coming... let the flames begin.
As you know from reading here, fit is the bulk of the game. You'll always look decent if the fit is good.
I guess the issue I'd take is whether you've received good value. Three $250 suits from MWH can't equal two $375 deeply discount BB/Corneliani/etc that the SF has enlightened you to, right?
Similar point with the shoes. My $125 close-out C&J are so much better than my J&M (CH-equivalent).
Same money, but you end up in a different place.