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Most useful thing you've learned on StyleForum?

post #1 of 121
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When i came here a year ago or so, I was a complete noob, so there are many great things I have learned.

However, the most important thing I learned is that khakis are not dress pants. I was always afraid to buy wool dress pants because I thought I had to dry clean them after every wear. Now that I learned how to properly care for wool dress pants, and where to find ones that fit me well at decent prices, it changed everything for me.

I went from wearing bland black or khaki dockers to having a nice collection of wool dress pants in many different colors. It opened up so many options for coordinating with different shirts, shoes, and belts and overall a much better look. The drape and comfort are so much better too.

So, what is the best thing each of you learned here?
post #2 of 121
Shoes can make or break an outfit.

Stick with your own style, just refine it.

Lesser quantity quality always outweighs and outlasts a lot of mediocre garbage.
post #3 of 121
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Lesser quantity quality always outweighs and outlasts a lot of mediocre garbage.

So true - I learned this the hard way. When i first got interested in dressing well, I literally bought like 20 shirts off of ebay, mostly pretty inexpensive and kind of trendy with bold stripes. I soon learned the error of my ways and resold them again. Once I got over the slight sticker shock of good clothing and shoes, I realised that the benefits far outweigh the expense. You can't put a price on feeling comfortable and looking good.
post #4 of 121
Don't scam an SF member on eBay.
post #5 of 121
This is such a truism that I hesitate to say it, but it's true: FIT, FIT, FIT. I can go and buy a $2000 Brioni sport coat off the rack from Neiman Marcus. If it does not fit, it will look worse that a mid-market SC that does fit. Unfortunately, fit is the hardest part to get right. It's easy to just gravitate to the respected brands, but a lot harder to get them to fit in a way that brings out their full potential.
post #6 of 121
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post
This is such a truism that I hesitate to say it, but it's true: FIT, FIT, FIT. I can go and buy a $2000 Brioni sport coat off the rack from Neiman Marcus. If it does not fit, it will look worse that a mid-market SC that does fit. Unfortunately, fit is the hardest part to get right. It's easy to just gravitate to the respected brands, but a lot harder to get them to fit in a way that brings out their full potential.

+1000000000000

Most of the stuff I thought fit me well was way too big.
post #7 of 121
1.There's always more to learn historically.

2. Spend wisely if you're going to spend -and you're going to spend.

3. Balance oppulence / restraint.
post #8 of 121
Don't eat the yellow snow!
Also..a good tailor(alterations) is as important as a good doctor!
post #9 of 121
I've only been on here like a week.

So far, the most useful thing I've learned is that there's some cat up in Westminster MD (Elio) who apparently makes fantastic MTM stuff, and I'd never heard of him or English American at all before logging on here.

I'd heard of a few of the operations that deal with him (i.e. Tom James), but I didn't know the factory itself was so close to me and that you could just go straight there.

Seems like there are a lot of DC people on here. Needs regional sub-boards.
post #10 of 121
Fit is everything.
post #11 of 121
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1.There's always more to learn historically.

2. Spend wisely if you're going to spend -and you're going to spend.

3. Balance oppulence / restraint.

yea...buy once cry once.
post #12 of 121
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post
Shoes can make or break an outfit.

Stick with your own style, just refine it.

Lesser quantity quality always outweighs and outlasts a lot of mediocre garbage.

All great points. And penny-wise, pound-foolish for sure.

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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post
This is such a truism that I hesitate to say it, but it's true: FIT, FIT, FIT. I can go and buy a $2000 Brioni sport coat off the rack from Neiman Marcus. If it does not fit, it will look worse that a mid-market SC that does fit. Unfortunately, fit is the hardest part to get right. It's easy to just gravitate to the respected brands, but a lot harder to get them to fit in a way that brings out their full potential.

Totally. More specifically, I learned what the "professional" standard for a good fit was. I've always been concerned with fit, I just didn't know many of the historical finer points prior to SF (and AAAC before SF, and the books of which both made me aware).
post #13 of 121
the proper way to eat spaghetti.
post #14 of 121
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the proper way to eat spaghetti.

post #15 of 121
brand awareness: knowing what's out there beyond the usual mall luxury/other readily available options
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