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post #16 of 123
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Do you know how often I find 6-4 DB suits in my size (36)? NEVER. Plus, it is like 60% off retail: Attolini 3
That third suit you posted is gorgeous. EXACTLY the kind of peaked lapels I like...gorge even with the shoulder-tops, minimal "belly", paired with chalk stripes.  If I ever get a WW Chan suit made, I'm using that picture as a template.
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I was just thinking of the purchases I've made this (calendar) year, and projecting those costs over the rest of the year, and... Let's see, carry the one... Jesus. What the hell am I thinking?. It really adds up. I miss college, when one suit and a handful of ties/shirts augmented a glorious array of two pairs of jeans and a LOT of t-shirts/polos. And to think I was excited I was starting a new job where suit or jacket/tie are required. Ugh, and I need new shoes...
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(imageWIS @ 25 June 2004, 10:56) Do you know how often I find 6-4 DB suits in my size (36)? NEVER. Plus, it is like 60% off retail: Attolini 3
That third suit you posted is gorgeous. EXACTLY the kind of peaked lapels I like...gorge even with the shoulder-tops, minimal "belly", paired with chalk stripes. If I ever get a WW Chan suit made, I'm using that picture as a template.
And it's only $1800. (Losing control of self-restraint) Jon.
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I was just thinking of the purchases I've made this (calendar) year, and projecting those costs over the rest of the year, and... Let's see, carry the one... Jesus. What the hell am I thinking?. It really adds up. I miss college, when one suit and a handful of ties/shirts augmented a glorious array of two pairs of jeans and a LOT of t-shirts/polos. And to think I was excited I was starting a new job where suit or jacket/tie are required. Ugh, and I need new shoes...
I would love to wear a suit to the office everyday; I look so dapper in them. Luckily, with the career I am going to pursue, I will have to wear suits everyday. But, I am not going to spend another $5400 on 3 suits (that I don't need now), regardless if they cost around $12,900 retail. Jon.
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For those of you who not wish to tell anyone what you spend on clothes, I have IMO the best answer.......Never more than I can afford, and never at the expense of my family (for those of us who are married and have children). Classic
post #21 of 123
Too much given that I haven't started working. But my wardrobe isn't large at all. I sold tons of stuff that I didn't like anymore on eBay. I raised close to $1000. I actually sat down and did an inventory. Items marked with an asterisk* are those that I do not own yet and plan to acquire by the end of the year, or those that no longer fit me and need to be replaced. Suits (2): Charcoal, Navy* Shirts (24): Jantzen (13), Gala (2), Dunhill (3) Slacks (4): Navy, Bankers grey, Charcoal*, Navy* Chinos (2): Navy*, Stone* Chino shorts (2): Navy*, Stone* Polos (6): Lacoste white, Lacoste navy, Ralph Lauren navy, Ralph Lauren aqua, Le Tigre maroon, Oxford Univ navy, Perry Ellis navy Jeans (2): Levi's, Old Navy* Shoes (5): Captoe Black*, Captoe Brown*, Lacoste Sneaker, Zegna Sport Sneaker, Sandal* Sweaters (1): Brioni Roma Cashmere Navy Fleece (2): Oxford Univ Navy, U2 green Casual Jackets (3): Emporio Armani Black, DKNY Beige, Old Navy Brown Suede Belts (5): Zegna black, Italy black, Banana Republic dark brown, Banana Republic brown, U2 cotton*
post #22 of 123
Around 6 000 USD for 6 mounths. 27 shirts = 2 200 USD 4 suits = 1 900 USD 1 pair of shoes = 600 USD 5 cashemir sweaters = 700 USD 2 pairs of cufflinks = 300 USD Braces and ties = 200 USD
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Around 6 000 USD for 6 mounths. 27 shirts = 2 200 USD 4 suits = 1 900 USD 1 pair of shoes = 600 USD 5 cashemir sweaters = 700 USD 2 pairs of cufflinks = 300 USD Braces and ties = 200 USD
And I wonder why you live at home and never travel. Honestly, unless you are either in the fashion industry (in which case a constantly chaning wardrobe is practically a job requirement) you have made too many purchases over the last 6 months. 27 shirts, for example, means that, assuming that you don't wear any of your older shirts, each of the shirts an average of about 7 times. And it's unclear what you need 5 cashmere sweaters for. I know Paris, and it is not that cold in the summer months. Also, if you can't even afford rent, I doubt that you are in a job where a $600+ pair of shoes (on discount, I imagine, from what you have posted about your love of a bargain) would be seen to be a credit to you. Sorry - seems excessive. I'm not an advocate of the frugal life, but really - at least save some money to go eat with your friends, take a trip, or even kick in fair rent to your parents.
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Around 6 000 USD for 6 mounths. 27 shirts = 2 200 USD 4 suits = 1 900 USD 1 pair of shoes = 600 USD 5 cashemir sweaters = 700 USD 2 pairs of cufflinks = 300 USD Braces and ties = 200 USD
And I wonder why you live at home and never travel.  Honestly, unless you are either in the fashion industry (in which case a constantly chaning wardrobe is practically a job requirement) you have  made too many purchases over the last 6 months.  27 shirts, for example, means that, assuming that you don't wear any of your older shirts, each of the shirts an average of about 7 times.  And it's unclear what you need 5 cashmere sweaters for.  I know Paris, and it is not that cold in the summer months.  Also, if you can't even afford rent, I doubt that you are in a job where a $600+ pair of shoes (on discount, I imagine, from what you have posted about your love of a bargain) would be seen to be a credit to you.  Sorry - seems excessive.  I'm not an advocate of the frugal life, but really - at least save some money to go eat with your friends, take a trip, or even kick in fair rent to your parents.
I do not travel as I do not like it. What a luck . I can spend this savings in nice garments. For severals years I have been looking for nice shirts. I tried MTM (between 70 euros and 120 euros), bespoke (around 150 euros), RTW (Dior, Lanvin, YSL, Nina Ricci) but was never satistied. When I started to work, I bought 8 poor MTM shirts (and little by little RTW shirts durinf sales) Now these shirts have too short sleeves (5cm missing) because I bought them to short and because they shrinked too much (my mother washed them at 40° and fabrics is not 2 fold) and used collars. So I can say I had no good shirt any more (if i had any time) when I discovered Jermyn street. I discovered english shirts 6 mounths ago and for sales price I guess they are great bargains and as I do not like a garment get used when I love it I bought in quantity. 67 euros per shirts for h&k, h&h or t&a is a bargain up to me. Now I have 30 nice shirts for work I can wear for WE too as I have no casual shirts. May be buying 30 shirts in 6 mounths seems too much but when you have only them it sounds different, isn't it? Do not worry about me, I have money to eat with friends a and to give money or gift too my parents ( I bought 6 shirts for my father 15 days ago at 44 euros instead of 180 euros&#33. Concerning shoes, 600 USD is only 500 euros, price of my master class of church's. What king of job do you need to wear 600 USD shoes? What kind of shoes should I wear up to you? I am unemployed so I need only sleeper for the moment. Even when I was working I could work in 50 euros shoes like 99% of people could in their job (I was in a derivative back-office). BUT I dress for the job I would like to have, not for the one I have. I hope I will have a good job in the coming 5 years and my feet will keep the same. Dressing is not only to give credit but for pleasure. Shoes I like are never on sales so I paid the full price. For my master class I made a little saving as I bought them 325 GBP and they are more expensive in France. I know Church's is not the best purchase for price but Crocket and Green do not fit me (hurt in the back) so I have no choice. Cashmere sweater were at 100 euros instead of 500/600 euros.... I should have be stupid not to buy them, do not think so? Sellers said me cashemer would not be on sales for next winter sales so I made bargain which I must not find in future. I will keep them 10 years. I can stay 10 years without buying as cashmere sweater. For 700 USD only. I bought sweater on January as I also live in Paris in winter mounths... If you think I bought too much you should have a look on my dressing and tell me what you think about it......... My dressing : 16 suits (10 never worn) 35 shirts (30 new) 62 ties 7 pair of shoes (2 never worn) 3 coats 2 rain coats 14 pair of cufflinks 14 pair of braces 6 pyjamas 2 belts P.S Is my english improving thanks to this site?
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P.S  Is my english improving thanks to this site?
YES. You are doing very well Ernest, l can [actually] understand what you are saying now. Congratulations. Keep up the good work son.
post #26 of 123
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Too much.
Same here.
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post #28 of 123
You know, now that I think about it, before purging my closet of old stuff and building my wardrobe for my post-student life (I've been building for about 3 months now), I bet I had spent under $500 the previous year on clothing. My best guess is that the wardrobe building -- both casual and work stuff -- is going to cost around $4000. Not too bad, though, because my spending will then severely taper off. Oh, and I'm not including gifts in that amount, obviously.
post #29 of 123
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My best guess is that the wardrobe building -- both casual and work stuff -- is going to cost around $4000.  Not too bad, though, because my spending will then severely taper off.
Will it? I guess at some point you'll be able to determine whether your  interest lies more or less solely in the practical aspect of "wardrobe building" or, like so many of the rest of us, you become obsessed with acquiring and consuming and collecting (far more than is practical or necessary). I must confess, I am somewhat of an anomoly here, as I do not work in an office, hence have little need for suits or business dress clothes in general. That is not to say I have no interest in suits & dress clothes (I've learned a lot from you guys and will employ some of that knowledge strategically to purchase a really nice suit or two & some sportcoats when the time is "right". Obviously, I'm in no rush.) Most of my spending therefore is on casual stuff and sportswear with some dressy stuff in the mix. Lately, thanks to you folks I have been bitten by the shoe bug and will soon have far more shoes than I have need of, with potentially additional pairs in the planning. To further illustrate my obsession vs. practical consumption (and further my personal narrative), not only do I not work in an office setting, I am in fact the co-owner of a small housepainting business in the Boston area and rarely wear even my sportclothes during the business day (think "whites", and not as Tom Wolfe would have it). I'm sure the mere thought of this has some of you breaking out in a cold sweat. To underscore what others have said, I spend far more than I should (and have less ability to justify my purchases than most). However I should add that, thanks also to this august forum, I now recognize that I need not (nay, should not) pay retail prices for the clothes I buy. In the past I would think nothing about popping into Needless Markup and paying $300 for a pair of wool trousers, and $200 each for a couple of Zegna cotton sport shirts and maybe $200 for a belt. Not that I would always pay full retail mind you, its just that now I see there are more options, and unless I see something that I "absolutely have to have", it seems foolish to pay full price.
post #30 of 123
I am a gentleman-hobo and I don't think I spend near enough on clothes. By my estimation, I am 2 pairs of C&J handgrades short of being able to go out in public. And my upcoming fall wardrobe is a mess, no jacketing planned at all.
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