When Mike and I first started working, it was during the dot-com boom, and dress codes everywhere were loosening up. Everyone – even corporate Lockheed Martin – was trying to emulate the cool, Silicon Valley start-up vibe, and most of us (the young engineers, anyway) all wore jeans. My typical work uniform was jeans, stilettos, an oversized, un-tucked button-down…topped with a ponytail, haha.
Predictably, this didn’t last. Not only have corporate dress codes smartened up in the past few years, but on a personal level, Mike changed jobs and now wears a full suit – and tie – everyday.
Creating a suit wardrobe from a closet full of jeans and bad khakis has been, uh, challenging. Our favorite places to shop for men’s suits is Nordstroms, and the anniversary sale (which starts THURSDAY WOOT WOOT) is – hands down – the very best time to shop for suits.
Mike’s fav? Hugo Boss. They’re expensive, but these things last. Mike is a suit power-user: he travels in them, skateboards to work in them, tosses them on the floor of our bedroom, couldn’t find an iron with both hands and a map, and has, on occasion, thrown the jacket over a nail to “hang” it.
Drives me nuts.
All things considered….these suits hold up pretty well.
Mike hates this picture. “Babe. Too much Zoolander.”
suit: BOSS Huge/Genius Trim Fit Navy Wool Suit (size 38 for reference)
shirt: BOSS Slim Fit Geometric Dress Shirt (size 15.5 for reference – Mike prefers the spread collar to the button-down collars)
tie: old – but this tie gets a ton of play. Mike uses these cotton (or chambray) ties to lighten up a navy suit for summer. Here are a few similar ones:
iphone case: this leather one
skateboard: all of our boards come from Casualties in Marquette. xo
Shop Mike’s Fav Suits and Blazers
Let the countdown to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale….BEGIN!!
A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! Mike is looking forward to restocking – we’ll see you soon. And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated!!
ps. Mike wants me to mention that he isn’t totally sold on the gray sportcoat at the end of the boutique. I like it. We are at an impasse.