I remember my first day working at Men’s Wearhouse. There were suits that wrapped around each corner of the store and the first though that came to my mind was “this is a lot, I’m lost, and thoroughly confused”. I wore a 3 button suit at least 2 sizes too big. My slacks were pleated and let’s not even mention the shoes. I didn’t know what a proper fit was, what colors were appropriate, or even how to tie a tie properly. Now let’s fast forward about 3 years and 30 suits later. In those 3 years, one thing I can say is the majority of men I have worked with were just like me 3 years ago. We are not truly faced with the challenge of purchasing and wearing suits until we are men. Sure, we were handsome as we can be on Easter saying our poems in the suit mom bought us. We even looked better at our elementary school graduations where some clip-on tie and slacks was all we needed to be dapper young men in the making. However, the true challenge happens when you have graduated college and you have a huge interview with the accounting firm we previously interned for. Mom and dad can’t help us on this one, it’s time to be a man and for starters, purchase your first suit. Fortunately, I was mentored by my store Manager, James Murphy, who had a plethora of knowledge in mens garments and his wardrobe was even more impressive. He showed me the ropes and molded me into the well-dressed man that I am today. However, everyone does not possess this privilege and must find their own way.
I created this blog in order to help all of the men who were just like me, lost and confused. It does not take thousands of dollars to create the proper wardrobe. All you need is the confidence to take that extra step in your appearance, a solid foundation of the basics in suits, and the will power to step out of your comfort zone and explore what suit is best for you. What you see on TV and Magazines is not necessarily what is best for you, just merely ideas or starting points to direct you on the right path. Everyone is a sharp dresser on the inside, it just takes a little initiative and guidance along the way. I intend to give that initial push without being too overbearing. This is the man’s easy guide to being well dressed…The Will Sams Way.