My best guess is that the wardrobe building -- both casual and work stuff -- is going to cost around $4000. Â 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 Â 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.