Originally Posted by Meis
+1 on this. They're hard to destroy (for the most part) and you can get a lot of mileage out of them. Ex- a nice leather jacket.
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IMO knits are kind of iffy on joining the above. You can generally go cheap on some knits (basic Vs and crews) and then occasionally grab some more interesting knits.
Though on the other hand this. It's easy to go plebe on everything else if you can find good options for them. It works great for mellow b/c he can get away with uniqlo for pants and buttondowns... but that isn't true for alot of people.
I'm yet to find a cheap option for either... the closest being H&M for cheap dress shirts.
I'd sort of add jeans to the list, inasmuch as you can get a good amount of mileage out of a good pair of jeans, but that's also me being kind of a denim nerd. Also, you can potentially go mid-market (APC) or cheap (Uniqlo) if the cuts work for you and you find the denim and details acceptable.
I can't stand H&M dress shirts. Every shirt I've bought from them had super-low armholes and short sleeves, so I'd have to buy an L just to get the sleeves long enough (although they'd still shrink after a machine dry). Also, the collar always seems to warp on me after washing and drying.
Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty
Plebe + tailor = your plebe shit fits perfectly.
If all you care about is fit, I (mostly) agree. You're still going to have differences in drape, patterns, and materials, and some cheap stuff is so awful from the get-go (see: H&M dress shirts) that it's not worth it.
Originally Posted by nicelynice
man, i love the way these looks, but i hate that thin shiny leather, looks plasticky. had a sweet pair of Dior boots that prolly looked just like this new, but were dinged up and creased to the point that I thought they might have been rip-offs
Shiny boots + rubbing alcohol + spray bottle --> win. Strips the lacquer right off, and you can keep the leather from getting messed up by conditioning it as soon as it's dry (not that you'd necessarily want to do this to an expensive pair of boots).
Originally Posted by mike868y
what is sf's opinion on ringer t's?
They almost always make you look younger than you are (or like you're trying to look younger than you are).