New Suits! New Shoes! I’m Broke!

With my new job–and career–starting next week, it’s come time to re-up on the work wardrobe, as I’ll be wearing a suit just about every day (which is not exactly my favorite, but what are you gonna do?). So I did a little clothes shopping–also, not exactly my favorite activity–and the results were mixed.

With Liz there (thankfully) to help make some decisions, I wound up buying two new suits (plus alterations), two belts, six shirts and as many ties. So that when Liz and I got to the cWith my new job–and career–starting next week, it’s come time to re-up on the work wardrobe, as I’ll be wearing a suit just about every day (which is not exactly my favorite, but what are you gonna do?). So I did a little clothes shopping–also, not exactly my favorite activity–and the results were mixed.

With Liz there (thankfully) to help make some decisions, I wound up buying two new suits (plus alterations), two belts, six shirts and as many ties. So that when Liz and I got to the counter and saw the total ring up, my head almost exploded!

Originally, I had picked out three suits, but the price sorta had an impact on my decision.

Suit #1: $299

Suit #2: $299

Suit #3: $599

Well, when I saw that $599 hit the scanner … which pushed the total to over $2,000 … my world got woozy. It got very warm … and faded to black.

When I was trying on suits, they were all in the $200-$300 range, and as I tried on about a dozen different ones, I must have missed the price tag on the one suit that was $600! It’s a heckuva thing to see that kind of price tag pop up–as you’re about to pay–but thankfully logic prevailed and I canceled that third suit (and it’s alterations), which brought my total bill down considerably. But I also made a separate trip to buy two new pairs of shoes, so in the end, my bank account is still whimpering.

I’m not used to this. I’ve pretty much always been a jeans and t-shirts kinda guy, and would go shopping every few years, and be able keep the tab to a few hundred dollars. Now, I know I’m moving up in the world a little, but forking out this kind of money on work clothes has made me a bit light headed. (Although, if there’s any consolation, I may be broke now, but at least I’ll look good! At least Liz says so).

So if there’s any lessen to be learned here, it’s … get ready to bite down and swallow hard when the work wardrobe needs replacing. And I’m certainly not saying it’s better to look good then feel good, but if you’re gonna look good, I’m not sure feeling good comes with it.

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