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Poll Results: Which would you wear?

Poll expired: Sep 21, 2012  
  • 22% (5)
    Phineas Cole
  • 77% (17)
    Men's Wearhouse
22 Total Votes  
post #31 of 47
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Originally Posted by celery View Post

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Again, this doesn't really define which industry you're in.
Let's say you're in IT and you're meeting with a software firm. Neither is the correct option as just about everyone will be wearing t-shirt and jeans. That doesn't make that particular business meeting any less important than let's say a negotiation between financial firms. I think the implicit assumption being made is that if you are in a CBD environment in the US, which suit do you choose?

No, let's use your own example.

If you were to attend a meeting with IT guys wearing t-shirt and jeans, and your only two choices were the ones presented, which one would you go with?
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post


I think the point is not whether you can get away with it in the confines of your office where everyone knows you already, but whether you would be comfortable wearing it to a meeting where you are hoping to consummate a significant transaction with strangers about whom you know absolutely nothing.

 

 

With respect, that wasn't the question. The question was about an "important business meeting" and nothing further was specified. You are assuming that this means something with a significant 'transaction' and with strangers. In my business, which is higher education, with strangers or with people within my organisation, I could wear this suit to an important business meeting, and what's more I would feel comforable and enjoy doing so. Eccentricity is fine. Personal style is fine. And given that I could, and if the choice was this artificial binary we've been given between this and the MW suit, there's no way I'd even consider the MW one.

 

I fully understand that others' contexts are different from mine and I've said that all along.

post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by celery View Post

Let's say you're in IT and you're meeting with a software firm. Neither is the correct option as just about everyone will be wearing t-shirt and jeans.

The number of firms that will look askance at any suit (because they are just oh-so-hip) is surely just as small as the number of firms that will not look askance at a crazy suit.

But yes, if you are in a different context then you are in a different context. It doesn't make the majority in this poll wrong. smile.gif
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post
It doesn't make the majority in this poll wrong. smile.gif

 

Well, of course not, because there is no right or wrong here, only the norms of particular social contexts.

post #35 of 47
Well if we want to go by majority rules . . .




I suppose his pants aren't in the red family.
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

Well, of course not, because there is no right or wrong here, only the norms of particular social contexts.

I agree.

However the internet believes that you were trying to tell us that we are, in fact, wrong:
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

... But I can't believe this is even a competition. You'd all rather have a brown something made of the worst fabrics, badly finished and that most likely fits like a sack if you're lucky? Just because of what - that it doesn't draw any attention to you at all?
post #37 of 47
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post


I agree.
However the internet believes that you were trying to tell us that we are, in fact, wrong

 

Well, okay that was an overreaction - it was late last night and I couldn't believe the 'debate' was so one-sided. Aesthetically, I would continue to argue that there is no competition between the two. But in terms of social 'rights' and 'wrongs', I wouldn't. Two different points.

post #38 of 47
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Originally Posted by StumpjumperE View Post

 

Business meeting??  There's no way I'd wear that abomination ANYwhere except maybe a halloween party.  

 

Hideous and ridiculous.


A freaking men.

post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

Aesthetically, I would continue to argue that there is no competition between the two. But in terms of social 'rights' and 'wrongs', I wouldn't. Two different points.

I agree.

Holy crap - two people just agreed about something on the internet.
post #40 of 47

But why wouldnt everyone run over to JAB and get two suits, 2 shirts, 2 ties, a pair of socks, a bonded leather belt, a sport coat, and a couple of shoe trees instead? I hear they have a sale going. Then you can look like the MW guy several times a week. sarcasm.gif

post #41 of 47
Thread Starter 
Sorry....JAB is a full step above Men's Wearhouse. The quality may not be much higher, but there is much more style and taste involved. I have had no problem recommending young men there for "starter" suits.
post #42 of 47
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Originally Posted by MrDaniels View Post

Sorry....JAB is a full step above Men's Wearhouse. The quality may not be much higher, but there is much more style and taste involved. I have had no problem recommending young men there for "starter" suits.

I think when it comes to suits and jackets, the merchandise at MW varies more than at JAB. At JAB, you just get the various JAB lines, and that's it. At MW, while they do have their house brands like "Versini" and whatnot, they do carry some halfway decent stuff like Jack Victor, at least in their more upscale locations, I'm told. I haven't been inside a Men's Wearhouse in years. Their solid-colored silk pocket squares were a good buy, I thought, but nothing else appealed.

However, when all is said and done, if (God forbid!) I had do all my shopping for dressy menswear at either JAB or MW, I would prefer JAB.
post #43 of 47
Thread Starter 
I have actually gotten some nice ties at JAB. I might consider buying shoe polish at MW.
post #44 of 47

That red suit made me think of the court room scene in "My cousin Vinny" 

 

 

post #45 of 47
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Originally Posted by dreamspace View Post

That red suit made me think of the court room scene in "My cousin Vinny" 

 

 

 

 

That, or something Prince might wear (only in purple, of course).

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