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post #16 of 31
Yeah, I have to join Classic's and gregory's side here. I've gotten to the point where barrell cuffs bore me to tears, and the french cuff with jeans look is one I enjoy. I wish I could answer the main question but I blur the line between dress and casual shirts so much that I couldn't tell you which was which.
post #17 of 31
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While it may cause concern among the fashion experts, I wear dress shirts, even those with french cuffs, with jeans on weekends and or after work.  I have received many a compliment on this.
I wear french cuffs with jeans as well too.  This is definetely acceptable behavior.
post #18 of 31
I was going to start this as a new thread, but I figured I'd give it a shot and see if anyone bites here: If you budget, how much do you normally set aside a year for clothing? Whether it be a percentage of gross income, percentage of net income, or actual figures? (And do you actually stay within budget?) Heck, even if you don't budget, how much do you end up spending? There are some on this board with quite extensive wardrobes, and I'm wondering exactly how much goes with that.
post #19 of 31
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I was going to start this as a new thread, but I figured I'd give it a shot and see if anyone bites here: If you budget, how much do you normally set aside a year for clothing?  Whether it be a percentage of gross income, percentage of net income, or actual figures?  (And do you actually stay within budget?) Heck, even if you don't budget, how much do you end up spending? There are some on this board with quite extensive wardrobes, and I'm wondering exactly how much goes with that.
I don't know if I'm sick or overly obsessed or what, but I spend ALL of my free spending money on either clothing or watches. I no longer buy electronics/cds/dvds etc. I spend all my free money going out with friends or my girlfriend, or on clothing and accessories.
post #20 of 31
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Originally posted by VersaceMan I don't know if I'm sick or overly obsessed or what, but I spend ALL of my free spending money on either clothing or watches.  I no longer buy electronics/cds/dvds etc.  I spend all my free money going out with friends or my girlfriend, or on clothing and accessories.
Neither sick nor obsessed.  The money belongs to you, and provided it was obtained legally, you are entitled to do with it anything you damn well please.  If buying clothes and accessories is your passion, then, I say: go for it.
post #21 of 31
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I don't know if I'm sick or overly obsessed or what, but I spend ALL of my free spending money on either clothing or watches.  I no longer buy electronics/cds/dvds etc.  I spend all my free money going out with friends or my girlfriend, or on clothing and accessories.
Hey, at least you're not blowing it all on computer games and drugs.
post #22 of 31
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Originally posted by VersaceMan I don't know if I'm sick or overly obsessed or what, but I spend ALL of my free spending money on either clothing or watches.  I no longer buy electronics/cds/dvds etc.  I spend all my free money going out with friends or my girlfriend, or on clothing and accessories.
Neither sick nor obsessed.  The money belongs to you, and provided it was obtained legally, you are entitled to do with it anything you damn well please.  If buying clothes and accessories is your passion, then, I say: go for it.
Awesome answer (you too Alias.). I'm 19 and currently in the process of building up a wardrobe, so I can justify a lot of the spending (and its not like tens of thousands of dollars, I get good buys on clearance racks, second-call places, and ebay). It really is my passion, both current fashions and classic styles. Nobody seems to understand it (friends and family), they just see me as vain and don't see that I do it because I feel my best and most confident when I'm looking sharp. Plus, I'm a very organized and efficent - for lack of a better word - person, so dressing sharply is my way of expressing that. I think when a person is well-dressed it presents not only confidence to others, but also a sense of competentcy and self-pride (though not necessarily vain-ness).
post #23 of 31
Quote from Rayk: "The money belongs to you, and provided it was obtained legally, you are entitled to do with it anything you damn well please." Amen. I'm not involved with any kind of drug-dealing, most of my free money comes from my own enterpreneurship: a small ebay business I've been doing selling clothing and watches. It provides me with a lot more money than I'd make working retail like all the other kids at my college.
post #24 of 31
I guess I've averaged buying about 5 or 6 per year over the past four years.  Hopefully, I'll have a reason to buy some more at the end of the school year, as I'm applying for a job with the U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice during the summer.
post #25 of 31
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VersaceMan, NavyStyles; IMO your comments certainly leave the impression that you are "clothesminded", with a committment to your futures. Keep up the good work and hope you achieve your goals. Just out of curiousity, who are your favourite shirtmakers?
post #26 of 31
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VersaceMan, NavyStyles; IMO your comments certainly leave the impression that you are "clothesminded", with a committment to your futures. Keep up the good work and hope you achieve your goals. Just out of curiousity, who are your favourite shirtmakers?
Classic, Thank you, that was a compliment that made me extra happy to hear. As far as shirt makers go, I haven't had a chance to inspect 'the greats' close up (Lorenzini, Borrelli, Kiton, Brioni) but I'm sure they would win the award. Being young, I prefer a more stylish shirt (and maybe not Kiton-quality) to one that is made with the utmost quality (and more conservative). That said, I love some of Etro's and Paul Smith's shirts, the more toned-down yet unique shirts. It would be foolish for me to drop $200 on a shirt right now when a cheaper one will do just find. When I wear an untucked dress shirt, I stick with Banana Republic or Express' 1MX shirt for solids, and something along the lines of an Armani Collezioni or Versace Classic for patterned shirts. I usually wear a shirt for two or three years before it gets worn out or I'm sick of looking at it, so it doesn't pay to blow a lot of money on a single shirt. Express and BR offer fairly decent quality shirts for the price. I like them because they are slim-fitting, come in a wide range of colors, and have added stretch. I'm wearing them untucked so they fit perfectly. As far as wearing the shirt tucked-in, ala office attire, I'll definately order a bunch from Jantzen when that day arrives for me (get a real career going). I'd go 'custom' rather than RTW because I have yet to find a OTR shirt that fits properly. I take a small or medium in the express shirts, but would need an XL to get the correct neck size (17" neck, 38R suit, 31" waist, 35" sleeve).
post #27 of 31
As far as numbers go, I've probably purchased 20 dress shirts, 5 sweaters, and 5 others (longsleeve crewnecks, v-necks, a unique henley-style) over the past two months.
post #28 of 31
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Express and BR offer fairly decent quality shirts for the price.  I like them because they are slim-fitting, come in a wide range of colors, and have added stretch.
I'm a big fan of Banana Republic's dress shirts because of the slim fit and stretchy material.  I find that they usually have spectacular prints.  I also like Kenneth Cole's shirts, which typically have the same slim-fitting stretch design. Any suggestions for notable brands when I go on my shirt shopping spree later this year are quite welcome.
post #29 of 31
Recent "conversation'" with my sister: 'Are all those shirts to sell?' 'No, they're mine' 'You're not a rational, you're an irrational' - said with a 'you're crazy' look on her face :-) (A Kiersey reference for those familiar with typology) So yes, I buy a "few" each year...
post #30 of 31
Hell, I'm 21 and yet to graduate from college (although I'm 24 credit hours away from getting a B.S. in Accounting.) and I'm starting on my wardrobe now. I just got a two-button navy suit for job interviews. I think what I need next is a good blazer. A recent Polo ad sparked my interest. Like Ralph Lauren or not, the ad that inspired me (a dude with horn-rimmed glasses wearing a blue-white striped shirt, a pink sweater, and a navy blue blazer) was perfect with its coordination. I mean, hell, even the pocket square and watch wristband matched to everything else, although to be extra picky, the watch metal could have been gold to match the blazer buttons. I can just imagine how expansive my wardrobe can get once I finally land a job. Who needs a car anyways?
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