So my big post is pretty much what I was expanding on before, you really dont need alot, nothing wrong with having a really nice, well edited but small wardrobe. Honestly, I've sold and traded so much stuff to get to this point, its the best way to go.General / Budgeting:
Ok guys this the hard thing. When you find out about all this you spend money like crazy and then just sell it all. DONT DO THAT. Figure out what you like, read alot of blogs, go to stores to see stuff (dont buy) and read alot on here, ask people questions etc etc. Dont just kop randomly and 'find your way' its really expensive - let me tell you.
Save your money, and buy items on the sales. Go in and kop.Pretty much only spend money on full price items if they are MTM / MTO - never available on sale. Plan out some kops - i.e where things are available and get things ready for the kop. Dont go into the Sales thread and be like "GUYS I NEED SNEAKS WHAT SIZE AM I IN CP'S AND ALSO WERE ARE THEY AVAILABLE AT 90% off OK??" Plan things out abit.
I stick to colours: White / Grey / Charcoal / Black / Navy / Blue
I suggest people do this, pick some stuff to work with, or an aesthetic direction you like, and stick with it. If you have infinte money you can buy a massive wardrobe but this is all about an affordable kitup, so you need to make sacrifices.Wardrobe Choices
Outerwear: I stand by what I said before. A nice leather jacket i.e Bomber, and a nice Overcoat, like a peacoat, mac coat, fishtail. The ToJ fishtail is really nice and its cheap for what you get IMO. If you can, get outerwear with a removable liner, that way you get way more out of it, having it for the hard winter and a good part of autumn / spring. Dont go overboard - essentially, you can have as much outerwear as you want but you wont wear all of it so whats the point (the point is stick to a budget!)
Denim: APC / Uniqlo is the best way to go. I have APC, but for my next lot will probably just get Uniqlo MIJ raws in black and indigo. Two pair is all good, would probably get a pair of black overdyes too, or black waxed at some point.
T's: Alternative / American Apparel isnt too bad, but I love my Hanes Beefy T's and they are like a couple bucks each, just buy 10 and get new ones everyear or twice a year, whatever. You dont really need nice T's? I have some Paetrov T's and some Geller Seconds, MMM AIDS T's too, but I mostly wear White Crewneck Hanes T's anyway. Also they have like four kinds of melange grey / charcoal / ash or whatever, so you can get a bunch of white ones and a couple grey ones too.
Shirts: My advice is go MTM. Go here: http://www.cottonwork.com/
- Its like 60 bucks a shirt for THE PREMIUM fabrics, you can get cheap ones if you want. Mother of Pearl is cheap too. Otherwise, uniqlo oxfords / flannels / shirting are so cheap, go down to 20 bucks on special, one bill = five shirts, thats pretty good IMO, and not going to get any better. Use suddenlee to order if in the U.S and use a proxy if you arent.
Pants: If on a big budget, I would look at MC B&S and get Incotex / Mabitex, can get nice pants for 50-80 bucks, wool ones abit more. You dont really need alot, I would say a pair of khaki's (Uniqlo Vintage Khaki's are awesome and I have a pair, only like 50 bucks) and a wool pair or two, say a flannel pair and a woolen pair, but also, check suiting because that could be replaceable.
Suiting: Cheap MTM. Thick-as-Thieves is a good choice, few other cheap MTM outfits around. Get a conservative slim cut, i.e Two Button Jacket (Or Three Rolling Two) Notch Lapels, No shrunken fits etc and get an EXTRA set of pants (you can wear as seperates and this is probably the best way to go IMO) I would get a charcoal worsted - can wear to interviews, can wear to funerals, can wear on dates, seperate jacket goes nice with the black raws / white t / black boots combo.
Knits: I have fifty + knits, ranging from mohair, alpaca, shetland wool, lambswool, carded wool, cashmere, cotton etc etc. I can tell you this: B&S and eBay are great places to pick some stuff up in this space. Also, I'll post up my handknit maker, cost me around 250 - 300 for a handknit shawl collar robe in a nice navy wool. I would look at Smedley, as Jet said, its quite nice. Albam is also good. Ervell is nice, but you'll need to get on first sale to get the good ones. Our legacy is great as well, price point is much better then APC. Its not really neccessary though to have nice knits - IIRC Fuuma didnt have any for years, and he had a nice wardrobe. SNS herning is good too. Id get some basic cardigans, a crewneck pullover and a handknit. Would (sadly) do me fine.
Shoes: My best advice is this: Save money. Save up, get some nice boots / shoes off B&S / eBay. Your going to have to pay for them. Get topys put on them. If your looking for good deals and want to save some money, have a look at some Redwing Postman Oxfords and / or the Chukkas, they are nice and cheap too. I would probably have say 3-4 pairs of nice shoes. I'd go: Derby laceups, Sidezips, Chukkas. You could double one of those i.e two pairs of chukkas or something if you wanted. Crockett and Jones are nice, and then below that, grensons are quite good and like less then 200 bucks in some cases. Driveslowk used to have the grenson derbies IIRC, they look great (have handled in person entire line and its pretty good cost / product ratio IMO) I like the Crockett Jones Tetbury, its a nice chukka boot. Can wear that with your suit, with black jeans and a T, etc etc.
Sneakers: I agree with Fuuma here, you dont need nice sneakers to have a nice wardrobe. The leather chuck taylors are good, vans are played out IMO. Kopping CP's on sale is a good idea, same as MMM when you see them in your size. The thing is, the good sneaks will go at retail. I would just kop white leather chucks and worry about nice sneaks at some other point. Nike AF-1's are a good buy too, same as Addidas Sambas and original German Army Trainers - just put good laces in them lol.
So end would look like this (example of me doing it)
Leather A-2 Bomber
Wool Fishtail Parka
+ Button out liner
+ 2 x Trousers
5 White Shirts
1 Black Raw
1 Indigo Raw
1 Khaki Pants
1 Black Derby
2 English Black Chukkas
1 Black Sidezips
2 White Converse Leather Hitops
Would be damn nice, and a great place to start. You could get this over 2-3 years IMO. Just take your time guys! Pick things up slowly and dont rush out and buy heaps of crap.
If you want me to expand on anything I will do, just ask.