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Have You Costanza'd?

post #1 of 46
Thread Starter 
I ruined a shirt this weekend (it was wet and came into contact with a plastic shopping bag on the way to the laundry). It was not a favorite, so no terrible loss, but it immediately reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where George refuses to throw out a stained shirt because "The collar's okay. I wear it under sweaters."

Would You Costanza?
post #2 of 46
right now it stands 1:1:1.
I voted for no, never. Funny thing is, I just recently watched that episode and knew by just reading the title what you meant.
post #3 of 46
I have a white Brooks Brothers OCBD, no breast pocket, from ~1993 that can't be shed for a number of reasons. It has a black ink stain near one of the sleeve plackets. Unfortunately, I didn't know about Amodex at the time, so the stain set. Still wear it under sweaters and with rolled sleeves in warm weather.

I also have a MTM Brooks Brothers tattersall dress shirt with 2 small ink stains on the left breast. Haven't worn it in years, but it still hangs in my closet. I guess I'll relegate it to shine cloth duty one of these days.
post #4 of 46
Absolutely, I wear sweaters so often that a bit of ink or a worn out elbow doesn't stop a shirt from keeping its spot in the rotation.
post #5 of 46
I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short.
post #6 of 46
I thought this thread was going to be about dressing depending on mood.
post #7 of 46
I don't know if this quite what you mean J, but I have some 7-8 year old Eton shirts that I can't bear to discard even though I've gotten great mileage out of them. The collars and cuffs are reasonably worn, but I keep them in semi-rotation.
post #8 of 46
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short

I should have included a definition. That doesn't qualify. Here goes:

Costanza
verb
1) to retain and wear a badly stained shirt, esp. "under sweaters" when the "collar is okay"



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Originally Posted by why View Post
I thought this thread was going to be about dressing depending on mood.

If you want to start your own thread about how, if it were socially acceptable, you would drape myself in velvet, go ahead.
post #9 of 46
I figured we were to discuss shrinkage.
post #10 of 46
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short.

+1. I've got a blue and white striped Paul Stuart button down that I do this with.
post #11 of 46
I recently ruined a pair of Sutor suede loafers buy accidently using a brush with shoe polish residue to apply suede cleaner. I can't bring myself to chuck them

Edit - I didn't know this applied to shirts only.
post #12 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short.

I do this also for other varying reasons. Some shirts I'll only wear with certain suits because of shirt sleeve / suit sleeve length disparities, some I'll wear only under sweaters because the fit is loose, etc.

I have one shirt that I accidentally burned a hole through in an ironing mishap, but its too new to throw out so it's gettin Costanza'd too.
post #13 of 46
I thought this thread was about waiting for a suit (shirt/pants/etc.) to go on sale and then putting it in a different size section so your fellow 38 short thinks it has already been sold.

'What's this! It appears this suit has been misplaced! Nonetheless, I shall purchase it.....'
post #14 of 46
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Originally Posted by chorse123 View Post
I should have included a definition. That doesn't qualify. Here goes:

Costanza
verb
1) to retain and wear a badly stained shirt, esp. "under sweaters" when the "collar is okay"

I see. I'm not part of the Costanza shirt crowd then.
post #15 of 46
I have, lol.
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