Give a suit. Change a life. Lend a hand. Men’s Wearhouse 2014 National Suit Drive.

“True Blood” star, Joe Manganiello spotted entering Madison Avenue’s Men’s Wearhouse in NYC to donate a suit for the 7th annual National Suit Drive on June 25, 2014.

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 –

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.

1907694_10152522945407453_5506738179641284990_nAll 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.

32 thoughts on “Give a suit. Change a life. Lend a hand. Men’s Wearhouse 2014 National Suit Drive.”

  1. Hmmm, Hubs just came home tonight and said that he needs a few new suits for work. We have to see if the ones he has are worth donating. Perfect timing for this post, Phil.

  2. Great idea! Thanks for posting this, Phil. I’ve been retweeting and liking and will spread the word. I love this kind of project where we can all easily join in! Time to go and clear out the closet!

  3. This is such a great idea Phil. It was hard enough getting started when I lived at home without bills. Thanks for spreading the word!

  4. Phil – great post! Just in time for summer job interview season. I remember interviewing way back when and I wish I had someone or something that told me what was cool and not cool…. I must’ve been a pocketful of uncoolness back then….. And maybe even today! I saw the commercial last night and wished I had a suit to donate. Take care and have a great week.

    1. Hey Clay!

      Thanks. I remember being in that same boat when starting out. I have some old suits in my closet that need to be donated this week!

  5. I love the companies and places that do this for those who can’t afford to dress for an interview. We have a womens’ clothes closet for this express purpose, so they can dress for success.

    1. Hey Mary!

      More clothing companies should do this kind of thing to help out. So many people just need a little boost to get started in life.

  6. Oh no! I love the Gordon Gekko look, but seems like it’s quite passé these days? Anyway, what a great initiative! I’ll be sure to hashtag and retweet:)

  7. Wow, this is a cool thing. I’ve not heard of this before.

    I have learned that my husband’s suits are probably out of style. He doesn’t like the flat front pants or the single vent jackets. Or the peg leg pants. I guess he won’t be trading in any of his suits.

    Thank for sharing. I’m going to check out these links.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. What a great idea and good way to give back. I’ve never heard of something quite like this before. Good on Men’s Warehouse for doing this.

    BTW did Men’s Warehouse eventually merge with Jos. A. Bank?

    1. Hey Guy!

      It is a great way to help support those in the community starting out. Surprised there is nothing like this across the pond over there.

      Yes, those two companies did merge.

  9. Just getting caught up from the Jersey shore with the family, but although delayed, really love this Post Phil. What a fantastic initiative and your business attire tips are a great addition with lots of good content information. Well done, and for a very important and valuable cause.

    1. Hey Peggy!

      I am due for a Jersey Shore trip. Point Pleasant. Seaside Heights. Love it.

      Thanks for the love. I was happy to post this for them.

  10. This is such a good cause! Very cool find here, Phil. Going to RT. Hope it helps a lot of people. We have a few charities like this specifically in Chicago, but they are usually for just for women. I think it’s great this is a charity both men and women can gain from.

    1. Hey Jean!

      I appreciate the RT and support! I am surprised that more men’s and women’s clothing chains also don’t do this. It’s a great cause.

  11. I only wear suits when there’s a diploma, wedding cake, coffin, or subpoena involved. At one time (the 80s) I usually had 30 and over 200 ties, no mas, hombre, no mas, it’s the casual life for me.

  12. I need to go through and see if I have anything that would be worthy. I’m not sure if I do. I am a big fan of Men’s Wearhouse. In my lengthy unemployment, I went there when I needed attire for interviews and such. They are always so helpful and understand things well. Their advice is always on.

Feel free to comment! We all have opinions!