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post #96796 of 103463

I'm going to jump in in defense of having a lot of clothes, especially if they don't all "go well" together.

 

Think of it like having a bunch of records I guess, or even just a bunch of music in general.  You have the workhorse stuff that you're happy with wearing twice a week for a few years.  It works in most weather, most seasons, and it's not only what you're most comfortable in but it most likely fits some sort of expectations of your persona even.  This varies for everyone but it might be something like your jeans, boots, gats, your ToJ or  5-zip, whatever.  It brings you a certain happiness and peace of mind, but mostly it just works year round with any mood, and it will always be enjoyable for those few times a week you bust it out.  For me that might be like a Neil Young album or Boards of Canada or something.  Can go over a decade playing the same stuff and it's still a-ok.

 

But then you have some other things that you barely wear all year, but are definitely worth just hanging onto because when the time is right, nothing beats them.  It could be something like a Beach Boys album.  No way you'd want to listen to that regularly, but when everything syncs up and the time is right it's impossible to beat.  It's not something uncommon or even close to a #grail or whatever, and it might be easy to just want to get rid of because you barely use it, but when it all comes together there is nothing better.  For us SWD guys this might be a good suit, or it might be Regis' 5-zip he wears for a week a year, or it might be a raincoat.  It might be a ratty old graphic tee that you wear to one show a year or one party a year.

 

Lastly, you've got that thing you really struggled to find, now find yourself struggling to wear.  These are the things that fill up our closets and make us wonder weekly why we don't just spend the effort putting them up on B&S so that somebody else can enjoy them.  But there was a reason you bought it at one point, and there is a reason you haven't actually sold it (and it's not laziness).  It's because when the sun and the moon and the stars all align, and the weather is just right and you've got just the right occasion and inspiration strikes with you what to pair it with and you do, you feel like you can take on the world (and then subsequently take a fit pic and post it everywhere instead).  It might feel more "challenging" to you but that's only because you're letting it get the best of you.  This might be something like a certain Venetian Snares record for me, where I'm so happy to own it, even if I only play it 3 times a year these days.  It's just that those 3 times, when I'm all alone and in just the right mood that I can enjoy it as much as I did on the first few listens.  It won't get played when friends are over, or my parents, or really around anyone but my girlfriend, but it's still very special to me even if it collects dust most of the time.

 

It's my opinion that you'll start having the most fun with clothes when you make these ones your workhorses  instead, and I have a feeling that's definitely what happened with a lot of people that have gone deeper and deeper into more esoteric fashions.  This could be like Shah's polka dot pajama robe, or something like that. (Which I'm still mildly annoyed he sold, for these reasons entirely).

 

You might think I'll say something like the Tim Coppens rug jacket for me, but that thing gets a ton of casual wear and it's more like that boiled wool baggy Sage de Cret suit that I've only gotten a few wears out of.  My excuse is that this is entirely because of weather reasons and not for lack of trying :-P

 

So buy more clothes, and wear more clothes! Wear your rare grails as you would beaters and get some life into them!

 

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Or don't I guess, and just celebrate them when the opportunity arises.  I only offer the latter because lifestyle dictates a lot of this, and I remember what it was like to have my clothing severely limited for 5 days out of 7.
post #96797 of 103463
This has been a topic that I've really enjoyed reading peoples opinions on
post #96798 of 103463
@conceptual 4est That makes a lot of sense.

A lot of the time instead of getting rid of stuff I'll just store it out of sight in my "archives." That way I can have the minimal, focused rotation and satisfy weird OCD desires but can still access that stuff if the urge arises.


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easy fix: just remove all labels

bonus points: sew in new "ChetB" label on everything, voilá brand synergy

I may have done part 1 before smile.gif
post #96799 of 103463
I've sold so much shit over the years. No regrets.
post #96800 of 103463
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Originally Posted by conceptual 4est View Post

 

So buy more clothes, and wear more clothes! Wear your rare grails as you would beaters and get some life into them!

 

 

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Sounds like a soft sell for NMWA...haha, j/k. Your "more clothes" approach is more than reasonable. If you only own 10 MMM pieces forever or a sprawling clothing storage archive - ultimately, clothing here is a hobby and a hobby should be fun, no matter the approach.

 

However, I'd contend that this (growing a wardrobe) gets harder to do with a wife, a preschooler and toddler, all with whom I regularly negotiate space with. 

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...Beach Boys album.  No way you'd want to listen to that regularly...

you lost me here
post #96802 of 103463
that's a great post 4est and i'ma let you finish but the beach boys are the best band of all time. the best band of all time!

no such thing as a bad beach boys album. i'ma throw on 20/20 right now.
post #96803 of 103463
rather thought provoking c4est, I'll need to reflect on that for a bit, thanks for sharing!

oh and is there no raf simons ss14 thread?
I searched and only found the js/rs shoppers thread, the rs/sr fw14 thread and fw12 thread, wanted to know how the outerwear fits for ss114
post #96804 of 103463
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Originally Posted by tgaith77 View Post

Sounds like a soft sell for NMWA...haha, j/k. Your "more clothes" approach is more than reasonable. If you only own 10 MMM pieces forever or a sprawling clothing storage archive - ultimately, clothing here is a hobby and a hobby should be fun, no matter the approach.

However, I'd contend that this (growing a wardrobe) gets harder to do with a wife, a preschooler and toddler, all with whom I regularly negotiate budget space with. 

FTFY
post #96805 of 103463
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Wear your rare grails as you would beaters and get some life into them!

This. I know people who kinda save their good stuff because they're afraid to mess it up or wear it out. If I have something I like I wear it every chance I get.
post #96806 of 103463
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This. I know people who kinda save their good stuff because they're afraid to mess it up or wear it out. If I have something I like I wear it every chance I get.

 

Don't think that's what he meant.  Like, I have a super bright, shiny floral Dries shirt that is totally ridiculous, but I only wear it in certain situations because it's pretty much the loudest thing ever.  I'm not saving it because I don't want to mess it up, but because it's hard to pull off / I feel like wearing something easy that I don't have to think about 5-6 days a week.  I have a number of things like that.

 

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post #96807 of 103463
well put spleen spirit
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I've sold so much shit over the years. No regrets.

I think this is fine, too. I've personally sold a lot here on B&S and ebay, mostly from my old days of BoO, Gitman, 21 oz denim sprees. It's a revolving door of trying stuff out, because honestly you will never know how much you'll like something until you actually see it on yourself and in the context of your lifestyle. For me, generally in order to buy something new I have to sell something, and in the end sometimes I wonder if I ever know what I really want. My closet is pretty small, maybe just about the size of what Regis typed out. But it can be a revolving door sometimes, and in that way it's really the opposite of minimalist (not to mention I dress like the gaudy dork anyways). I have since settled to a general "look", but still, even within the confines of that style there's much to be explored.

It's a lot of effort to buy and sell on the marketplace, always looking for that one thing, trying to battle lowballs, etc. But it's the only way I can shop with my budget, and I rarely am able to purchase something new at retail, though I wish I was able to to better support brands and shops that I like. I want to try so many brands out there, for example NMWA has picked up some great but obscure brands that I'd love to try. In the end you will probably have to play the marketplace at some point because you never know if that new brand becomes your next go to.
post #96808 of 103463
shocked re lemaire hate. his silhouettes are so beautiful...his fabrics are so good...puzzled.gif I guess if you're not into oversized stuff then alright but...
post #96809 of 103463
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shocked re lemaire hate. his silhouettes are so beautiful...his fabrics are so good...puzzled.gif I guess if you're not into oversized stuff then alright but...

lol @ people who love yohji but hate on lemaire
post #96810 of 103463
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well put spleen spirit
I think this is fine, too. I've personally sold a lot here on B&S and ebay, mostly from my old days of BoO, Gitman, 21 oz denim sprees. It's a revolving door of trying stuff out, because honestly you will never know how much you'll like something until you actually see it on yourself and in the context of your lifestyle. For me, generally in order to buy something new I have to sell something, and in the end sometimes I wonder if I ever know what I really want. My closet is pretty small, maybe just about the size of what Regis typed out. But it can be a revolving door sometimes, and in that way it's really the opposite of minimalist (not to mention I dress like the gaudy dork anyways). I have since settled to a general "look", but still, even within the confines of that style there's much to be explored.

It's a lot of effort to buy and sell on the marketplace, always looking for that one thing, trying to battle lowballs, etc. But it's the only way I can shop with my budget, and I rarely am able to purchase something new at retail, though I wish I was able to to better support brands and shops that I like. I want to try so many brands out there, for example NMWA has picked up some great but obscure brands that I'd love to try. In the end you will probably have to play the marketplace at some point because you never know if that new brand becomes your next go to.

My issue is that I love a lot of SWD stuff but pretty much can only wear it 2 days a week.
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