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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
Sensible. Practical. Sober. Bereft of social or forvm references. Insightful. Should I send a doctor? - B
Lol, thanks but I warn you, I will charge him for any sartorial advice.
post #482 of 538
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
I don't mind that people notice I'm "dressed up" but I do mind when they start puzzling over how I'm a male Imelda Marcos. I would like it even less if my clothes left them with the impression I was desperate to dazzle with my conspicuous consumption.

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Thankfully, hip hop stars seem to be fighting the good fight for us.

Doc, the only thing left for you to do is kop a pair of Air Yeezy and hang with the hip hop crowd. Resistance is futile.
post #483 of 538
My problem is that I am naturally careless and destroy my clothes not on purpose.
post #484 of 538
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
There's a difference, though, in standing out for being well dressed and standing out because of the volume, scope and conspicuous expense of one's wardrobe. I don't mind that people notice I'm "dressed up" but I do mind when they start puzzling over how I'm a male Imelda Marcos. I would like it even less if my clothes left them with the impression I was desperate to dazzle with my conspicuous consumption.

Thankfully, I am not in very good physical condition, so it balances out a bit.

Doc, you're not of the level of what you're worrying about. I understand your fears, and thats one of the reasons I've taken steps to tone down my wardrobe and improve the quality of the impression I'm giving.

Much like yourself, I dont like being gawked at, and did my best to remove those items from my wardrobe (spare a few i really enjoy).
post #485 of 538
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Originally Posted by Film Noir Buff View Post
It's good to pace oneself. I always thought I wanted a lot of the same immediately. Now I try to get suits, shoes etc, one at a time because I'm constantly evolving with what I want. That way, if I want a bold lining, I can see how that goes, rather than get half a dozen suits made with bold linings, only to realize I should have tried Y maker or color/pattern over X. No matter how nice something I get is and how few great makers there apparently are, there's always something new around the corner.

Even with shirts, I always try to include a couple different levels of casual so that if I ever had to stop, my wardrobe would be diverse enough for any contingency.

Always wait having finished one project or purchase before starting another one...
As we all tend to have definitive favourites or sartoria penchants, you could buy the same suit or pair of shoes instead of adding some variation to your wardrobe.

I try to restrict myself to one or two a yer to avoid to have the same cut or silohouette repeated too many times in my wardrobe...
Also buy the best you can afford instead of multiplying cheaper purchases. If you really want a certain tailor or brand ,wait and o for it instead of trying to curb your obsession with sartorial placebos.
post #486 of 538
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I try to restrict myself to one or two a yer to avoid to have the same cut or silohouette repeated too many times in my wardrobe...

I don't think I could mentally stand having more than one silhouette in my wardrobe. I'm a monogamist to the bone.

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Also buy the best you can afford instead of multiplying cheaper purchases. If you really want a certain tailor or brand ,wait and o for it instead of trying to curb your obsession with sartorial placebos.

This, I absolutely agree with this approach. In addition to getting what you really want, it also acts as a natural purchase retardent, forcing you to think more considerately about your next purchase.
post #487 of 538
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post
Also buy the best you can afford instead of multiplying cheaper purchases. If you really want a certain tailor or brand ,wait and o for it instead of trying to curb your obsession with sartorial placebos.

This is excellent advice, and a common pitfall for me. The best acquisitions in my wardrobe have been those I regarded as indulgences that were not at all a bargain at the time of purchase. I think the reason for this is that when I'm making such a substantial investment I do it without compromise.
post #488 of 538
the right bargain works, but they're rare.
post #489 of 538
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post
This is excellent advice, and a common pitfall for me. The best acquisitions in my wardrobe have been those I regarded as indulgences that were not at all a bargain at the time of purchase. I think the reason for this is that when I'm making such a substantial investment I do it without compromise.

I have done it so many times..I really wanted something and bought something else because it was on sales or cheaper . I have always finished buying later the product I had in mind the first time costing me even more money.

It is better saving and waiting to get what you really want even if you get used to great quality and cannot wear anything else.
post #490 of 538
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Originally Posted by Film Noir Buff View Post
It's good to pace oneself.
Amen!
post #491 of 538
I am in the middle of a painful wardrobe purge at this moment.

Too many thing which are not quite right, and too many thift / online purchases (which is unavoidable to some extent in NZ cos there is bugger all decent stuff in the shops here). Today I dumped Crockett & Jones monks (sob), Angus Westley vintage 3-hole lace-ups, and some nice pebble grain derby brogues, along with 3 suits, and 3 sports jackets.

Better to have quality than quantity, and be more selective about new acquisitions. Part of it is experimentation i suppose, but easy come easy go. Trim it down to just the good stuff.
post #492 of 538
I wanted to revive this excellent thread in order to conduct a little experiment - how few clothes can you get by on if you really put some thought into it.


Let's assume that because there are few garments involved they are custom made or made to measure.

Take summer. let's have two suits, a lightweight navy and a lightweight sand/bone. Give them both three patch pockets.

You can wear the two suits (2 outfits) the navy jacket with the bone pants and the bone jacket with the navy pants (4 outfits). Add lightweight grey worsted pants which can be worn with both jackets and you have six summer outfits.

Now add white, blue and white striped, pale blue and end on end blue shirts, half a dozen ties - three solids in navy, brown and grey, two neats and a reppe stripe and you have a lot of combinations.

Footwear - loafers in black, dark brown and tobacco suede plus captoes (for winter) in the same or preferably dark brown suede rather than tobacco for winter.

Winter: Take one mid weight navy cashmere blazer and one grey hearringbone or subtle houndstooth/shepherd's check sport coat.

To these add light and darker grey flannel pants, cavalry twills in bone and navy (the sort of slightly lighter washed out cavalry twill coupled with a navy blazer, pale blue shirt and black shoes looks amazing) and cords in tan.

Wear the above shirts and shoes and then add a couple of cashmere turtlenecks in navy and grey. Mix and match everything.

Add two heavier suits in navy and mid grey.

Total: Four suits, two sportcoats, a few shirts, pants, ties, shoes and knits.

Very minimalist but adequate for most if restraint is key in your life - a word unknown on WAYWN.
post #493 of 538

One overcoat.

 

Three pairs of shoes. Midbrown suede captoe oxford. Brown leather captoe oxford. Black captoe blucher.

 

Five shirts: White shirt, oxford cloth spread color. Blue shirt, oxford cloth, spread collar. Another blue shirt, spread collar. White shirt, blue pin stripes, spread collar. White shirt, slightly wider blue pin stripes, spread collar.

 

Five pairs of wool pants: three gray, one mid brown, one camel. All four season.

 

Five jackets, all with two patch pockets: navy fresco, mid blue fresco, brown fresco, some sort of blue jacket with a pattern. Some sort of brown jacket with a pattern.

 

Ten ties: Mid brown knit, green knit, navy knit, brown grenadine, green neat, brown neat, burgundy neat, brown base striped, green based striped, brown wool

 

Four squares: white linen, cream based wool-silk print, blue based wool-silk print, burgundy based wool-silk print

post #494 of 538
Sounds good. No need of suits?
post #495 of 538

Nope; if I did, I'd definitely have black balmorals in there with some different ties and probably a second white shirt. Just goes to show that:

 

a) each such list needs to take individual needs into consideration (obvious)

b) each category is dependent on the items in other categories (slightly less obvious, way cooler)

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