I'm attending a wedding in a week and have been told by a relative that I should bring a suit. I don't have a suit, haven't owned one in a long time. I'm needing to unearth my inner Italian to get some threads that work for this occasion.
Back story - at my brother's first wedding, I was woefully under-dressed and compared to my bro's tux the contrast was somewhat dramatic. At his second wedding, though I did a credible job of dressing for the occasion (lesson learned from previous botch) still the get up was a bit shaky and I had to make up for that with youthful panache.
Cut to the present. I'm attending my brother's daughter's wedding in Palm Springs. Weather is likely to be desert hot. Attendees are southern California upscale types who likely have summer weight suits in their closets, maybe 2 or 3. Who knows!
I shop at thrifts and Costco and it works for me. I just did a buzz through the local mall looking for something appropriate and spent more time crafting this post than my run through. It's looking grim, Mefi's. I had hoped to find a light weight sweater I could wear but it's the wrong season.
I have what composes my interview outfit
, a grey long sleeve Pierre Cardin shirt and neutral tie, plus some nice black pants. I have suede brown Clarke shoes, comfortable walking shoes. That's it. My dressy black shoes have been lost to the sands of time, though there's a chance I've got them stashed somewhere.
Budget-wise, I'm somewhat reluctant to go drop 2-3 hunnerd on a suit I'm likely to wear once a decade if that. If I could find a decent jacket in a thrift that's a possibility, but you never know when you'll find something decent that will fit properly.
I'm hoping the hivemind has faced this onerous proposition and will come up with a solution to help me channel my inner Italian here. Barring that I'll have to contact my niece, explain my predicament and see if I can negotiate a garment agreement that works for her.