If your wardrobe is too large, you end up looking worse. - Page 33
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.
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).
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.
I don't think I could mentally stand having more than one silhouette in my wardrobe. I'm a monogamist to the bone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)