M. CLOTHES – SUITS
My advice: This page may not be relevant if you don’t either: live in the CBD of a big city, work in the CBD, work for a big organisation, or go out a lot in the CBD. If you do any of those its likely to be relevant, if not maybe move on to another page.
Suits only look good on quads if they are significantly altered. So if wearing a suit makes sense for you then it is worth spending time working out how to get jackets and trousers altered so you can wear a suit well. This investment of time is likely to be very worthwhile if you work in the CBD of a city, or in the office of a big organisation and you want to get ahead. Likewise if you go out in the CBD a lot.
I had never worn a suit until I was about 40. This was mainly because I was opposed to them, being a bit of a country hippie, and because I rarely went anywhere that expected me to be wearing one. However, like everyone there was the occasional wedding or funeral where it crossed my mind that it would be nice. On these occasions I couldn’t see how I could wear them. I thought the jacket would flap about in my wheels, and look stupid.
Although I had thought this, it was never really a live issue for me because of my lifestyle and my location. However, when I moved to the city I began working and living in a place that expected suits, and the expectation got stronger as I moved up the organisational ladder.
So one day I got the courage up to go into a menswear shop and talk to a sales guy about my need for a suit, and my difficulty in wearing one. He said every guy that buys a suit has to get it altered in some way, sometimes in a major way, for example very fat guys. So he said the kind of alterations I would need could be done, and they have people who could do that for me.
He was absolutely right. I have been buying and wearing suits for 10 years now. The alterations people have no issues in doing the changes, on the contrary, you pay the money, its their job, they are happy to help.
In my experience what is needed to wear a suit successfully as a quad is to:
- get the jacket shortened. it needs to be shortened so that it just touches the top of the thighs at the front, does not get in the wheels at the side, and comes down far enough at the sides and back to cover the shirt but not so long that it scrunches up. In my experience that means about 8 centimetres all round, a little bit more at the front, and little less at the back
- get the sleeves shortened, about 10cm
- get the trouser waist expanded, and
- buy 3 or 4 button suits only, because 2 button suits gape at the top.
I mainly started wearing because I wanted to get jobs at the next levels up in my work. I had noticed that the people chosen to act in these roles tended to look the part. So I decided to turn myself into the type of person who has one of these jobs, thinking that would help me get one of these jobs.
As it turned out I was exactly right. That is how the world works in government, which is my experience, but it seems similar in the private sector.
Although it started as a work thing, I have also found suits to be very practical and versatile for my lifestyle as a CBD resident. I now tend to wear suits, or the jackets at least after work as well. I find they keep out the wind and rain, look good, and are well received pretty much everywhere I go. Obviously all that is because of where I live and how I live, and may not be relevant to you.
Rule number 13 – If you you want a job, become the type of person who has that job, if that means wearing a suit with pride then do it.