Review: Five Four Club

I like a new set of threads as much as the next guy and with all of the subscription services that have popped up recently, I thought I’d give it a try.  There are many to choose from, but I decided on Five Four Club based on the value to cost proposition.  Their business model is that you receive 2-3 items each month for a flat cost of $60 but an expected minimum value of $120.

Well, I must not be in the target demographic.  Despite completing my profile and choosing classic as my style profile (as opposed to casual or forward), what I received left me speechless.

I received 2 button up shirts.  On the surface, I thought they looked alright.  But on closer inspection, here’s what I discovered.


A navy blue button-down?  Cool!  That’s classic right?  WRONG.


Same shirt.  Banded sleeves?  Slash pockets?  On a button-down shirt?  WTH?  Is this an oxford?  A rugby? A jacket?  Who knows?  You gotta be kidding me.

Second shirt.


Better.  Again, a classic look that I could wear to work or casual.

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Unfortunately, both shirts have this bizarre logo on the front pocket.  I can’t decide if this is a Harry Potter lightning bolt or an unfortunate acronym.  Either way, me no likey.

Now here’s the really bad part of this service.  You can exchange for a different size (and they do pay the shipping both ways), but you cannot return the items or ask for something different.  You get what you get.

Suffice to say that I cancelled my subscription the very day that I received the first shipment.  As I said, I guess I’m not in their target demographic.  Although, I can’t imagine any demographic wearing the button-down, rugby sleeved, slash pocketed, Harry Potter lightning bolt logo’d abberation that I received.  In fact, the customer service rep that I spoke with (who had chosen “forward” on his style profile) received the same item and shared my opinion.

In summary, Five Four Club = EPIC FAIL.

I’m off to Macy’s to do a little shopping.



The Closet Purge

Well, I’m close enough to my goal that we finally decided it was time to purge the closet and buy some new suits.  Frankly, a closet purge was probably in order even if I hadn’t lost weight.  But with my weight loss closing in on 65 pounds, it was long over due.

The “After” Picture

Carie and the girls always buy me nice shirts, ties, etc. for special occasions and it’s a shame to see much of this headed for Good Will, but I have no regrets.  I only hope that someone else gets good use out of some of this stuff.

We started the day at Don Rodgers Ltd.  It’s a clothing store in West Belleville where I’ve bought suits off and on over the years.  I’ve been wearing the last 3 suits that I can get by with, but even they are long past needing to be altered if not replaced.  I walked in the door and Rodger said, “Holy crap!  You’ve lost weight”.  Comments like that still bring a smile to my face, but not as big as the smile when he fitted me for a new suit and the jacket is 8 sizes smaller than I had been wearing.  Did you hear me?  I said, 8 SIZES SMALLER!

So, I’m kind of excited to have 3 new suits on order that will actually fit me well.  I still need to order some new shirts and I’m going to sell a few things on eBay.  The rest is headed for Good Will.

Oh, and I’m within 5 lbs of my target weight.