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Bradford

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So my in-laws are apparently wanting to get me something as a graduation present and brought up the topic with my wife last night. They were thinking that perhaps I needed some interview or work clothing.

Now, to be honest, they don't know that I belong here; I rarely see them when I am dressed up; and my mother-in-law apparently doesn't pay attention to my casual clothing selection.

Anyhow, my Mother-In-Law (M-I-L) suggested that they could get me a Macy's gift certificate so I could buy some interview clothes to which my wife responded that I probably have enough clothes... apparently the conversation went something like this:

M-I-L: "Does he have a blue suit? They say you need a blue suit for interviews"

My Wife: "He has a blue suit, I think he actually has two." (She was close, I have 3 blue suits)

M-I-L: "What about a gray suit, he needs a gray suit?"

My Wife: "He has a gray suit."

M-I-L: "He should have a blue blazer"

My Wife: "I'm pretty sure he has a blue blazer" (She's right, I have 3)

M-I-L: "He could get some dress shirts, I read an article that men shouldn't wear colored shirts to interviews, they should only wear blue or white shirts."

My Wife: "Brad has lots of dress shirts, but he only wears white or blue to job interviews"
Quite honestly, while I appreciate the thought, it sounded like a pretty funny conversation and I'd really rather have a gift certificate to a bookstore or something and leave the clothes decisions to me. Plus, as I told my wife, if they're going to get me a gift certificate, make it for Nordstrom not Macy's so I at least have a decent selection. What am I going to get at Macy's, a Donald Trump tie?
 

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Pick up some sweet Alfani shoes and blazers
 

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Originally Posted by Bradford
So my in-laws are apparently wanting to get me something as a graduation present and brought up the topic with my wife last night. They were thinking that perhaps I needed some interview or work clothing.

Now, to be honest, they don't know that I belong here; I rarely see them when I am dressed up; and my mother-in-law apparently doesn't pay attention to my casual clothing selection.

Anyhow, my Mother-In-Law (M-I-L) suggested that they could get me a Macy's gift certificate so I could buy some interview clothes to which my wife responded that I probably have enough clothes... apparently the conversation went something like this:



Quite honestly, while I appreciate the thought, it sounded like a pretty funny conversation and I'd really rather have a gift certificate to a bookstore or something and leave the clothes decisions to me. Plus, as I told my wife, if they're going to get me a gift certificate, make it for Nordstrom not Macy's so I at least have a decent selection. What am I going to get at Macy's, a Donald Trump tie?


that's pretty funny.
 

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Originally Posted by Bradford
What am I going to get at Macy's, a Donald Trump tie?


They have a pretty good selection of kitchen things in their household section.
We got some Le Creuset cookwear at a sale a little while back...
 

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Originally Posted by academe
They have a pretty good selection of kitchen things in their household section.
We got some Le Creuset cookwear at a sale a little while back...


werd. Its about the only thing one can buy there.
 

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1) It's the thought that counts
2) Perhaps you might consider how you normally dress when you are with them
 

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When they changed marshall field to macy's here in Chicago, customer traffic really slowed down beyond anyone's estimation. REALLY slowed down. I hadn't been there in about six months, But I was in there the other day with my toddler because they (oddly) have a nice selection of quality toys on the fourth floor (I think) and it was a good rainy day thing to do. On the way out, I figured I'd go back to what used to be their designer area, for old times' sake. Man oh man. Not a pretty place for a SFer. Macys State Street is quickly becoming worse than the Herald Square location in every conceivable way.
 

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So bascially, you have learned that your M-i-L thinks you are a slob.
 

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Your M-I-L sounds very helpful.
 

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When one's loved ones, or semi loved ones, buy one items of clothing it's one of life's perennial problems. When it comes to casual choices my wife is fairly good, I'm wearing a peach colored cotton knit sweater she bought me with stone chinos and pink narrow striped shirt at the moment and it looks pretty good. Generally speaking though in law choices are fairly disastrous. Mine figured this out years ago and generally give me gift certs at solid stores so it's not a problem. The sooner you get yours in this mindset the better.
 

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My aunt recently bought me these two ribbed t shirts that a 60 year old italian in florida would wear to dinner
ugh
 

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I've convinced relatives to give me gift certificates to places where I actually shop, such as Brooks Brothers.

Edit: It is nice that your MiL is concerned about getting you something you'll appreciate.
 

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Originally Posted by thinman
It is nice that your MiL is concerned about getting you something you'll appreciate.

Yes, a job!
 

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