X-poast from friday challenge
HAT AND SHOE DETAIL (Click to show)
Tie: Canova's Club
Hank: Put This On
Yeah, but he has "An Acute Style"...
Finally! It was every bit as entertaining as I imagined it to be, and on top of that, I agree with everything. I wish people would give feedback more often on this forum, instead of just the thumbs up. The rise of the thumbs is the downfall of this forum.
Best metaphor ever! I might just steal that one from you.
Most times the "thumbs up" says it all.
my response to stichys rant about not buying "cheap"
At the end of the day looking good will be expensive, but you can choose whether you want to spend a lot of money or a lot of time. With very little time but a large chunk of change one can possess a styleforum approved wardrobe with little fuss, but the opposite is also true.
For example, some may say one would would be better off just buying a couple of mercer and sons ocbds instead of the left over scraps at brooks brothers half yearly sales. In that situation you are paying around $200 and spending maybe 10 minutes googling mercer and sons and checking out our cart. When the shirts come you will look great, and overall it will be an altogether hassle free experience.
Not everyone has the luxury of paying retail though. It is my strong opinion that once you find an item you want (in this case an ocbd with traditional detailing, made in USA, unlined/unfused collar ect.) you can always find it for cheaper, it is just a matter of how long you are willing to spend looking. I was recently in the market for some new ocdb's myself, and being 18 I don't have $200 to drop on some mercer and sons, but penury is no excuse for looking sloppy and settling for sub-par products. So I set up multiple saved searches on eBay for OG brooks brothers ocbd's in my rather hard to find size (15.5 37) after about 2 months I found a couple of great shirts I dated to the 60s with put this ons nifty guide to brooks brothers labels. I spend about $30 in total but hours pouring over eBay listings.
Do my shirts look good? definitely. Did I pay less for them than the comparable mercer and sons shirt? fiscally yes, but at the end of the day no one got the better deal. ultimately the way you shop should be dictated by yours needs and situation, this does not mean you buy patchwork vest that are too small for you because it is cheap, but it might mean you look on eBay or at thrift stores, or on b+s for a while to get an odd vest that fit your body and your lifestyle perfectly, and if you feel you are getting diminishing returns from all of those hours of searching you may just have to pony up and pay retail or bespeak something (probably not a patchwork vest though...)
in conclusion I strongly believe one can look nice or "sf approved" at any price-point, baring some legwork and good taste.
But it kinda helps a lot if you are into "The Hunt"...
Thanks for the feedback! My boss has so far ragged on two different guys for not wearing ties today though, so I'm going to chart a safer course :)