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Old 07-15-2011, 02:08 PM
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Funeral suit recommendations

I do not own a suit. Last year I dieted and lost around 40 pounds. The two suits I owned (and hoped to never have need for) no longer fit, so they are gone.

Unfortunately, both my gf and I have close family members who will die in all likelihood during the coming year. Before I knew my gf, I would just no-show for funerals. She expects me to go and, hate it though I do, I will go for her.

So I need to buy a funeral suit. It will be worn to a few funerals and will receive no other use. Any recommendations?
Old 07-15-2011, 02:11 PM
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Any dark suit will do, and can be used for other purposes if any should arise. For that matter, you can probably get away with a sport coat/tie/slacks combo, which can also be worn elsewhere.
Old 07-15-2011, 02:13 PM
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Black suit, black silk tie. White shirt. I've seen black shirts recommended but I'd think you would look like you were going out somewhere. Black dress shoes.

Congratulations on your weight loss!
Old 07-15-2011, 02:15 PM
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Mmm, I have never agreed with the black suit thing. Charcoal.
Old 07-15-2011, 02:22 PM
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Thanks for the advice so far, but where should I buy it?
Old 07-15-2011, 02:23 PM
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I agree with Zsofia. Charcoal/dark grey is appropriate for a funeral, but much more flexible for other occasions.
Old 07-15-2011, 02:29 PM
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Thanks for the advice so far, but where should I buy it?
Keep an eye out for Men's Wearhouse sales. They will do 50% off sales on their suits every few months. You have to pay a bit on top to get them tailored and all that but a good suit is worth paying a few bucks for. I got a great suit from them, along with a couple of dress shirts and ties for under $500. Spendy, if you're not used to paying that for clothes, but it will last you forever and will be wearable for numerous types of occasions, not just funerals.
Old 07-15-2011, 02:33 PM
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it will last you forever and will be wearable for numerous types of occasions, not just funerals.
I can guarantee I will not wear this suit anywhere but a few upcoming funerals.
Old 07-15-2011, 02:50 PM
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Can you rent a funeral suit, like you can rent a tuxedo? Once I had to fly somewhere because a close family member was really ill and I wondered what I'd do if there was a funeral (fortunately not though). So I wondered if you could go to a tuxedo shop and rent something appropriate.
Old 07-15-2011, 02:57 PM
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I can guarantee I will not wear this suit anywhere but a few upcoming funerals.
Eh - I assume you're a youngish guy. Am I right? If so - you really can't guarantee this. You could need a job, and end up interviewing someplace that requires a suit. You might find yourself taking the girlfriend out someplace particularly classy. And so on.

Buy a suit. Seriously - a cheapish one is fine, at least to start with. But you should own one.
Old 07-15-2011, 03:04 PM
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Eh - I assume you're a youngish guy. Am I right? If so - you really can't guarantee this. You could need a job, and end up interviewing someplace that requires a suit. You might find yourself taking the girlfriend out someplace particularly classy. And so on.

Buy a suit. Seriously - a cheapish one is fine, at least to start with. But you should own one.
You assume wrong. I am old (53), own my own business, and wear what I want when I want. Except, apparently, funerals, where I'm willing to bend for the sake of my gf.

I take my gf all kinds of classy places. Unless they won't let me in as I'm dressed. In which case we go somewhere nicer where I have some pull.
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You assume wrong. I am old (53), own my own business, and wear what I want when I want. Except, apparently, funerals, where I'm willing to bend for the sake of my gf.

I take my gf all kinds of classy places. Unless they won't let me in as I'm dressed. In which case we go somewhere nicer where I have some pull.
In that case, this might work for you.
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Just go to JC Penny or the like. You can put together a full black-suit ensemble for under $100. It will be shit, but you're only going to be wearing it a few times anyway.
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Interesting to get to be 53 years old and not a have a suit.

Jimmy Buffet would be proud of you!

Can you tie a tie?
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Black suit, black silk tie. White shirt.
Appropriate for funerals, and any time you just wanna look cool.

The classics are always cool.
Old 07-15-2011, 05:34 PM
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I agree with Zsofia. Charcoal/dark grey is appropriate for a funeral, but much more flexible for other occasions.
I'd add navy blue into the mix. Unless the lighting is really good, a lot of people will see it as black, anyway.
Old 07-15-2011, 06:00 PM
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Thanks for the advice so far, but where should I buy it?
Arrive early, head around back, and get one off a dead guy.
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I used to have a black suit from Men's Wearhouse which I used for several funerals -- it was under $200 (USD) and was a nice suit. Unfortunately, I went whoring in it and it was tore to shreds within five years, plus too small even when I could have put some Joad patches on it.

For a grandmother's funeral, recently (2+ years ago), I went to a retail outlet store called "The Rack" (owned by the WC company Nordstrom) and bought a (very!) nice Calvin Klein OFR striped suit -- not my style, but what, a tuxedo and sports coats are the only thing I have in my closet. Not my style, but a nice suit.

Subdued colors, no yellow ties, no bowties, and you're good. Maybe sneakers, I don't know, but if it's your family, they'll understand (and shake their heads slowly)

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Old 07-15-2011, 07:48 PM
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If you have no need for a suit, wear a navy blue blazer and dark pants. I wouldn't buy a suit just for funerals, unless, perhaps, it was for my parents, wife, or kids. Brother? Blazer.
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In that case, this might work for you.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:57 PM
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Go to an outlet store. You can get something high quality for the same price as what MW will rob you for.

Actually, you know what? Screw it all. Get some black bedsheets, a few garbage bags, some dark Under Armor and make a futuristic TNG-style getup. If it catches on you'll be the next Versace.
Old 07-18-2011, 09:35 AM
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Interesting to get to be 53 years old and not a have a suit.

Jimmy Buffet would be proud of you!

Can you tie a tie?
Of course I can tie a tie. Buncha different styles. I've had a shitload of suits during my lifetime. Styles and waistlines change, so the leisure suit goes to Goodwill. There have been times when I had a boss that required a tie for work.

I worked hard, now own my own business. Owning your own business is an unholy pain in the ass at times, but I can write my own dress code. And it specifically says I can wear whatever the hell I choose.
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Why do you have to wear a suit to a funeral? A nice white shirt and a decent pair of pants should be enough.
Old 07-18-2011, 11:00 AM
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Why do you have to wear a suit to a funeral? A nice white shirt and a decent pair of pants should be enough.
I agree. However, my gf has axed me to wear a suit. She asks very little and gives very much. Maintaining my flexibility. In fact, if not for her wishes I would not attend the funerals.
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