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Purchases you regret?

post #1 of 96
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Me: Botticelli sneakers at full retail few months ago. It's not that I don't like them, but they're a bit too tight, leaving bloody cuts on my feet..
Versace stretch material casual pants (Pre SF)..disgusting I just found out. Haven't worn it once.

I have few more of these brand-whore items that are just hanging in my closet for no reason...SF changed my life I suppose.
post #2 of 96
A Donegal tweed suit that is a bit too light for my taste. I bought it over a year ago but still haven't worn it.
post #3 of 96
A pair of Diadoras in size 12 when I needed a 13. Worst months of junior year ever.
post #4 of 96
Purchases...

Some Johnston and Murphy shoes, all of them fell apart quickly, company didn't do anything to help other than offer me some free socks and ask if I was a mechanic and was walking in oil all day (soles on one pair split in half)...won't be buying them again

Every Rolex I have bought....like the concept of a "modern classic" but never once felt they were worth what I paid, and every time was under the impression that resale would be better but ended up losing alot of money selling watches I didn't like, and not stylistically but rather based on in my opinion poor quality control.

Montblanc....even at heavy discount they seem like a poor choice when I compare them to my other pens, namely Namiki and Pelikan. My wife bought me two which I adore but the fountain pen of the pair just doesn't write well at all.

Joseph Banks wrinke free shirts...cuffs always fall apart, good thing is they are cheap.
post #5 of 96
A bespoke suit (my first and only), I picked a shade of blue a touch too light, wore it once, and never again. Fabric looked great in a small swatch, was overwhelmingly ugly in an entire suit. And about 75% of my ebay purchases.
post #6 of 96
Funnily, for all the admonitions here that bargain hunting is a sure way to sorrow, I tend to regret the stuff for which I've paid the largest premiums. Maybe it's because I'm so certain it will be the perfect item and my expectations are too high. Or maybe I let impulse get the best of me. When bargain merch doesn't work out, I can usually get my money back pretty easily. When I've paid top dollar for that "ideal" item that turns out to be not-so-ideal, it's a sunk cost.
post #7 of 96
I tend to forget the price regardless, as long as its something i really enjoy. I rarely have a purchase i regret now, but my most regretted is a black Varvatos USA suit that i paid $600 for from nordstroms.

The salesman who sold it too me is a great guy, but i think he gets the hint now that i've worn everything but that suit when strolling through nordys.
post #8 of 96
Camper boat shoes. Ended up getting them a half size too small, since Camper doesn't do 1/2 sizes. Feet are full of ouch. Should have gotten Quoddy.
post #9 of 96
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Originally Posted by Mathew J View Post
Purchases...

Some Johnston and Murphy shoes, all of them fell apart quickly, company didn't do anything to help other than offer me some free socks and ask if I was a mechanic and was walking in oil all day (soles on one pair split in half)...won't be buying them again

Every Rolex I have bought....like the concept of a "modern classic" but never once felt they were worth what I paid, and every time was under the impression that resale would be better but ended up losing alot of money selling watches I didn't like, and not stylistically but rather based on in my opinion poor quality control.

Montblanc....even at heavy discount they seem like a poor choice when I compare them to my other pens, namely Namiki and Pelikan. My wife bought me two which I adore but the fountain pen of the pair just doesn't write well at all.

Joseph Banks wrinke free shirts...cuffs always fall apart, good thing is they are cheap.

chit man, even the house brand mens wearhouse shirts are better than the jos a banks ones
post #10 of 96
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post
I tend to forget the price regardless, as long as its something i really enjoy. I rarely have a purchase i regret now, but my most regretted is a black Varvatos USA suit that i paid $600 for from nordstroms.

The salesman who sold it too me is a great guy, but i think he gets the hint now that i've worn everything but that suit when strolling through nordys.
What did you not like about the jv usa suit? A few models are actually cut well, just not constructed well of course.

My regrets are a plenty but I usually unload them here or on ebay (regarding purchases I made and past the window to return or exchange) so even at a slight loss I'm not burdened by it.
Those items I can't sell here and always regretted are these:

Full price Mani suit. 500 bux
Wore it to a couple weddings and a dozen interviews which got me a couple jobs including my current before I tossed it (mothholes from my last residence) so I guess it was worthy in that respect.


Gstar black mcarthur shipmate jeans 200 retail
Not that they're any bad but I could have gotten them WAY cheaper. That was when I was a denim newbie. 200 dollars for a made in PAKISTAN jeans. Well, I did wear them like 30 times so I guess it wasn't too bad.

Cole haan wingtips from gilt. Wore them once. They are hell on feet. Paid 200 sold them here for half that.



What else..



So many people stories I hear about their bespoke suit purchases ending up being regrets. Even their 2nd attempts or a try with another tailor. Goes to show how much bespoke is overrated here and rtw is underrated.
post #11 of 96
A charcoal BB suit. Was looking for a staple and after my two Chan suits, was just underwhelmed.

A seersucker BB suit. Not sure what I was thinking.
post #12 of 96
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Originally Posted by sho'nuff View Post
So many people stories I hear about their bespoke suit purchases ending up being regrets. Even their 2nd attempts or a try with another tailor. Goes to show how much bespoke is overrated here and rtw is underrated.
I respectfully disagree. It's possible that you only see the negative side, because people need to vent. So far, my bespoke purchases were very very good. I so happy with them, that I plan to have a lot more in the future. I have a non-average body, and rtw doesn't fit me. (6'3" height, 27" waist and 40-41" chest) All rtw shirts and to less extent jackets, make me look bad, while all bespoke items make me look amazing. The difference is huge. You just can't find shirts and jackets with 13-14" drop. Even to match my height, it's quite a challenge. Also, my arms and neck are long. I get tons of compliments when I wear bespoke. It may be quite different for more average bodies. PS I only go bespoke for shits, jackets and suits. For trousers, I've found a number of stores that make rtw that fits me well. --trajan
post #13 of 96
A brown plaid PRL suit by Corneliani that I bought on B&S. The checks are a bit loud for work and I haven't found a single occasion that I've been game to wear it. Also had a suit MTM in India in a hurry. Fusing turned to bubbles, suit had to be altered twice to fit, just a complete and utter waste of fabric.
post #14 of 96
A black suit. Not so much because it is 'frowned upon', but for the simple reason that it is really hard to make it work with anything other than a white shirt. Sure, it can be saved for weddings/funerals, but in my earlier naivety I had hoped it would be more versatile. Earlier this year, before a run of summer weddings, I bought a very light beige pair of brogues, thinking they would look great with one of my natural linen suits. When I tried the combination I thought I looked a little too much like I should have been the groom. I've consigned the shoes to the cupboard with a 'one day they'll come good', but inside I know I'll never wear them again. Also, the classic Gucci 'horsebit' loafer. They were on a very narrow last and I stupidly purchased them online without trying them on. I think I managed a few, sore wears, but one of my worst ever investments. Then I should have eBayed them but gave them to the local charity shop instead.
post #15 of 96
  • Diadora cycling shoes & Adidas Stan Smith sneakers. Neither 'breathed' and my feet sweat something horrible. I threw both pair in the trash so no one else would have to suffer after me.
  • All shoes that were a half size too small (and there were many)
  • Square-toed shoes (several pair/mfr's)
  • Shirts made from synthetic fabrics. Most are in the trash where they belong.
  • Cheap umbrellas made in China. 100% failure. 100% loss of money.
  • Late 1970's I bought some 'Platform shoes'. 4 months later no one would be caught dead in them.
I think that's about it. Lesser foolish purchases gave me experience so not all was lost.
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