I’m all for helping out and supporting a good cause, and with our uncertain economy and employment hardships across the board it is always nice to see certain companies rise to the occasion with a helping hand. This July, Men’s Wearhouse is launching its seventh annual National Suit Drive and encouraging consumers to donate their gently-used professional attire to help individuals who are trying to enter or re-enter the workforce.
The 2014 National Suit Drive aims to collect 150,000 pieces of professional attire (men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, pants, belts and shoes) to distribute to over 180 partner nonprofits that prepare men and women to enter the workplace through job readiness programs and workforce assistance. In return, Men’s Wearhouse will provide a coupon for 50% off a future purchase to each participating donor. Pretty nice deal if you ask me!
While those reading this may have their own suit or their significant others’ suits they can donate, you can also help the cause without donating from your own closets. Men’s Wearhouse will make a monetary donation of $1 (up to $20,000) to their National Suit Drive cause for every new Twitter and Instagram follower and each time the hashtag #giveasuit is used.
Every suit has a success story. Click on the link below to learn how this effort has truly changed lives –http://www.menswearhouse.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentAttachmentView?contentName=MW4ABTnsdSuccess.html&catalogId=12004&top=&parent_category_rn=&categoryId=&langId=-1&storeId=12751
Award-winning fashion designer and Men’s Warehouse Chief Creative Director Joseph Abboud himself has provided a list of tips from “The Ten Commandments of Interview Attire” to how men should dress for their body type. Always good to know when trying to look sharp and impress on that job interview or work related function
1- The most common style today is a two-button suit. If you only have a three-button suit, it’s time to go shopping.
2 -Flat-front pants vs. Pleated: Flat-front pants are now the standard, though pleats can help give a little extra room at the waistline. If you want pleats, go for the most discreet, least billowy option.
3 – A dated lapel style is the number one tipoff that your suit is older than you are. The width of your label should stylistically mimic the width of the ties you will be wearing.
4 – Fat ties are out, as are lapels as wide as a sail.
5 -Center Vent: As the name implies, the cut goes up the middle of the jacket. A Center Vent should lie closed when you are wearing your jacket, or the jacket fit is not right.
6 – Side Vents let you put your hands in your pants pockets without the jacket bunching up and allow the jacket to lie smoothly in the back when seated. Side Vents can also make a jacket appear slimmer.
All great advice here. I wish when I was a kid just starting out in the work force I had known about these things. I barely had the clothes on my back when searching for a job and must have looked pretty shabby back then. We all have to start somewhere, and Men’s Wearhouse along with celebs like Joe Manganiello are supporting those in need and helping to kickstart careers. Please take a look in your closet and see if there is anything you can offer. Many people can use a helping hand nowadays.