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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok, so I have $257.75 to spend and I want a few items. Help me decide what is the best for me. I am high end preppy with a taste for nice denim (Earnest Sewn and two brands you would consider questionable, Diesel and 7), Lacoste polos, Polo polos, Sperry topsides, long sleeve button downs, driving mocs, New Balances and life. I don't have a pair of driving mocs anymore and I like the ones that J Crew makes and the ones that Hush puppies make, especially since I can't afford Tod's or Gucci. I also don't have a cable knit sweater and being that I go to school here in Philadelphia, I am thinking I need some. I just lost some weight and lost my ass, as well as some chest weight and therefore, my button downs and Lacostes look a little big on me. With my $257.75, what should I get? The items in question are:

1) http://www.scoopnyc.com/Product.aspx?iPID=6801&iCID=127

Winter is approaching, but they are a staple in my wardrobe

2) http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108071
Perhaps nicer than the hush puppies?

3) http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108030
Love it and will use it a lot because the winter is approaching and Philly is cold

4) http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108038
I like this button down and others like it a lot

5) regular lacoste polos

Could you help me out by picking what you like the most and also what you think I could use the most. Thanks a lot.
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by dhinggok
1) http://www.scoopnyc.com/Product.aspx?iPID=6801&iCID=127

Winter is approaching, but they are a staple in my wardrobe

Absolutely not.

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2) http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108071
Perhaps nicer than the hush puppies?

Pretty much, no.

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3) http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108030
Love it and will use it a lot because the winter is approaching and Philly is cold

That's not bad, although I'd be inclined to look at the LP made cashmere sweaters.

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4) http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108038
I like this button down and others like it a lot

There are a lot better button down and dress shirts than J Crew, say, on ebay?

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5) regular lacoste polos

That'd be what I'd look at, since you can't really buy them at a discount anyways, and they're the most versatile thing you posted.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by dhinggok
1) http://www.scoopnyc.com/Product.aspx?iPID=6801&iCID=127 Winter is approaching, but they are a staple in my wardrobe 2) http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product...atId=cat108071 Perhaps nicer than the hush puppies?
If you are deciding between the two loafers, i would choose the second link. However, loafers imo are quite hard to match with casual clothes. I normally wear mine with trousers. They also come in tan and white but under a different brand, exactly the same design. edit: Just looked at the WAYWT thread, and cultpop looks pretty good in his loathers with jeans that are bunched at the ankle.
post #4 of 13
I say forget about the loafers and buy some lacoste gear.
post #5 of 13
what is with all the hate on loathers in this board :P?
post #6 of 13
A lot of folks just loaf loathers. Personally, I like a lot of loafers, but don't wear driving loafers. I choose the cable knit sweater (maybe one in a light color and one in dark? the "vicuna" looks nice), though I'd want to check out the blend they're using in person before buying.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by swooc
what is with all the hate on loathers in this board :P?

I think most trad people think loafers are too casual and many streetwear people think they're too old looking, I personally don't wear loafers unless they're pretty flashy to spice up a look heh.
post #8 of 13
cultpop's loafers are an example of them being done right. They have to have some real interesting qualities to them to pass as wearable. Regular loafers tend to look out of place in pretty much every situation that I can see.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by drizzt3117
I think most trad people think loafers are too casual and many streetwear people think they're too old looking, I personally don't wear loafers unless they're pretty flashy to spice up a look heh.

Actually, most people who would classify themselves as "trad" (i.e. folks who post on the Ask Andy Trad Forum) wear loafers all the time (in fact, they're probably the only folks you'll find who advocate the wearing of loafers with a suit). However, the loafers are generally of the Alden variety, so are not what most would consider trendy or flashy. As one who wears them (though I stay away from the tassles), I prefer the term "classic."
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
okay folks, so do you like these mocs instead?

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2885285/...o=2376166&P=14
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by dhinggok
okay folks, so do you like these mocs instead?

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2885285/...o=2376166&P=14

Not really. Do you have a particular aversion to buying off of eBay or YOOX? I doubt you're going to find anything that is widely approved here unless you are willing to move away from J. Crew, Nordstrom, etc.

On the other hand, there are very few people on this forum who are so into the preppy aesthetic (Dusty, CharlesRogers might be the only ones I can think of off the top of my head), so expect that even though you may find something you and your friends are into, we won't be turned onto it here.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by shoreman1782
A lot of folks just loaf loathers.




Anyway, so loafers aren't good these days? Hmmm. I was just looking at getting a pair of AE's Milfords to wear with maybe some charcoal flat front wool pants and a leather sport coat or regular sport coat with a dark colored sweater? I thought that would look pretty cool. Maybe I'm getting old and trad?
post #13 of 13
If you don't have a lot of sweaters and you live in Philadelphia, I would buy a lot of sweaters. As a Junior Trad I wear one pretty much every day of late fall and winter.

As far as loafers, I like the way they look but I agree they are hard to wear without making you look old and they don't always lend themselves to being worn with jeans. As a rule driving shoes are better than penny/Venetian, and suede is better than leather. Probably don't want to wear suede loafers in winter though.
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