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Re-working my wardrobe (in progress)

post #1 of 14
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I've been reworking my wardrobe over the past year. All of the clothing below as bought new at a combination of ebay, stp, marshalls, tjmaxx, and filene's basement. If you see any holes and anything you think can be worked on, please let me know as I'm still building this from scratch (on a small budget). I've been enjoying reading the forum and picking up on tips over the past year or so (I lost my handle on the move).

suits and sport coats:

joseph abboud light brown/green herringbone suit new - $49.95
joseph abboud straw/light blue sportcoat new - $41.99
joseph abboud navy blue blazer new - $22.25
joseph abboud black check sportcoat new - $41.99

outerwear:

orvis barn coat new - $39.95
barbour quilted lightweight jacket new - $23.00

pants:

barry bricken tan canvas pants new - $35.00
scott barber canvas pant brown new - $45.00
scott barber canvas pant light brown new - $45.00
scott barber canvas pant black new - $45.00
seven jeans new - $19.95
levis jeans new - $29.95
dkny lightweight grey pants - $20.00
dkny lightweight striped black pants - $20.00

shoes:

orvis brown nubuck goodyear welted split toe new - $35.00
orvis boat shoes new - $20.00
cole haan black dress boats new - $49.00
land's end mock loafer maroon new - $19.99
ferragamo black soccer style sneakers new - $29.00

sweaters

lands end cotton new - $3.99
joseph abboud yellow cable wool new - $9.95
joseph abboud maroon cable wool new - $9.95
zegna cashmere/wool sweater new - $46.00

shirts

7 joseph abboud button down shirts new - $60.50
jantzen custom shirt new - $43.00
alex cannon cashual shirt - $5.00

ties/accessories

joseph abboud tie new - $7.00
joseph abboud tie new - $4.00
joseph abboud tie new - $2.00
joseph abboud tie new - $7.00
polo wool tie new - $5.00
joseph abboud pocket square - $4.00
joseph abboud pocket square - $4.00
joseph abboud pocket square - $4.00
zegna cashmere tie - $40.00
failsworth driving caps (2) - $18.00
perry ellis grey wool scarf new - $6.00
perry ellis green plaid wool scarf new - $6.00

total so far - $917.00
post #2 of 14
leaving aside shoes for now:

1 Solid Gray worsted wool or flannel suit
(optional: 1 Solid Navy worsted wool or flannel suit)

1 pair Gray flannel trousers
2 pairs Gabardine trousers in earth tones

3/4 length wool overcoat, gray or navy

corduroy trousers
post #3 of 14
I'd concur with PB: you definitely need a solid charcoal suit. Maybe a few more shirts? If you're limited in your budget, shirts are a good way to introduce a bit of variety into your day-to-day looks without having to invest in lots of different suits.
post #4 of 14
Given the limited budget you have, I'd say you did pretty good. I would concur with the last two posters though, more shirts are a must. I would concentrate on that, perhaps even over a charcoal suit right away though I suppose it depends on what you need all of this for.
post #5 of 14
ya, woah, 3 shirts is not enough.
post #6 of 14
What's the point in buying a charcoal worsted suit if everyone has one? Steal one.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by hobo
ya, woah, 3 shirts is not enough.

Sorry, you seemed to have read this wrong...I listed seven new shirts that I picked up. In total I probably have about 20 joseph abboud shirts in my closet. I'm still in the prcess of getting my jantzen fit down, but will be ordering some of those soon.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Someone did mention shoes, and I think that is an area that I would like to spend the bulk of my money...I think it is a good investment.

AE is a little to conservative, but I like the style of Aldens.

I will be travelling to England this summer and thinking of picking up some Grensons or Loakes in London. Any other thoughts? In a perfect world, I would like to pick up three nice pairs for about $600.00.

Do you get the VAT tax back when you leave England?
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by c55
I will be travelling to England this summer and thinking of picking up some Grensons or Loakes in London. Any other thoughts? In a perfect world, I would like to pick up three nice pairs for about $600.00.

Do you get the VAT tax back when you leave England?

I can't remember if there are summer sales, but during them, I've been able to get Crockett & Jones at Gordon Scott on Bond Street for under $200 a pair. Loake and Grenson are not the easiest to find in London, oddly enough. I have not been impressed with the lower Grenson and Loake lines, anyway, and think they're below AE and Alden.

If you're going to be there a while, you could have Pediwear deliver a few pairs to your hotel (shipping in the UK is free) and then simply return the ones you don't want. Perhaps more trouble than it's worth, but....
post #10 of 14
Any particular reason why Joseph Abboud is running roughshod in your closet?
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by edmorel
Any particular reason why Joseph Abboud is running roughshod in your closet?


His medium shirts and 40R sizing fits me really well.
He is also from my hometown, went to my college, and has a great story. Oh and there is an ebay seller that has a ton of his older closeout stuff really cheap.
I wouldn't buy anything from the newly designed label though, he is not involved at all anymore and the stuff is all from the orient and cheap at best.
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by edmorel
Any particular reason why Joseph Abboud is running roughshod in your closet?
lol.

your wardrobe is fine. how do you like the car?
post #13 of 14
To be so concentrated on one brand isn't ideal. Different brands, different styles make the wardrobe more interesting to you and others.

A merino wool sweater would be a nice addition. A silk casual shirt is prudent. Khakis and corduroys are always good to have. There are other possibilities, but this sounds like a rather youthful wardrobe and the budget is small.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant.com
A silk casual shirt is prudent.

prudent

adj 1: careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; "a prudent manager"; "prudent rulers"; "prudent hesitation"; "more prudent to hide than to fight" [ant: imprudent] 2: showing wise self-restraint in speech and behavior especially in preserving prudent silence; "maintained a prudent silence"

I'm not sure which one of these a silk shirt falls under?

Unless one is maintaining a prudent silence because his silk shirt does the talking for him? (I suspect it will say something like "Hi, I'm Ron Jeremy").

In all seriousness, I think that the silk shirt is damn tricky to pull off, especially with what looks like a trad wardrobe...
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