A while back, I mentioned that I hadn't bought many suits for the past couple of years and it was time to load up the closet. Now I thought I'd bring everyone up to date on the past month or so that I've been buying suits on e-bay. 3 great suits, 1 Ok suit and 1 mistake. The three great suits include 2 by Oxxford (charcoal glen plaid and a navy pinstripe) and 1 by Brooks Bros. ("Hand Tailored" label, charcoal with narrow-set pinstripes). The Oxxford suits cost $160 and $150 respectively. The Brooks Brothers was $120. The OK suit is a solid medium gray flannel by Hickey Freeman ($80). The mistake is a navy Hickey Freeman ($60)--it came with an incredibly high waist. If I wear it I'll look like the old guys sitting outside the drugstore in my hometown. Alterations cost me about $180 total (jackets and trousers let out, sleeves taken up and down--the Hickey Freeman suits came from someone who had incredibly short arms). So, my total investment is $750, my closet is restocked, and my wife hasn't been too upset.
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12/4/04 at 2:00pm