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Ugh... Storm ruined my wardrobe. Rebuilding on a super tight budget. Suggestions?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Not looking for any sympathy. The hurricane flooded my apartment dumping dirty water on just about everything. Just moved in and didn't have renters insurance yet so I'm trying to research my options. I'm not complaining because some people lost their lives and homes. My loss is pretty insignificant in comparison and I'm praying for those who are trying to rebuild.

I spent the last 5-6 years carefully building my small but respectable biz casual wardrobe and now most of it is going to have to be trashed. I have been able to salvage 1 pair of black CJ Loafers, trusty black chuck taylors, about a 8 custom shirts from various sources, 2 pairs of dark denim, 2 pairs (beige and black) banana republic chinos.

My suits, the rest of my shirts, all of my pants and sweaters are f*cked beyond cleaning or repair.

My question is...based on what I'm working with, what would be the least expensive way to at least make it through the fall/ winter? After moving, my budget is super tight but due to working in a fairly high profile position, I need to get back to looking presentable ASAP. I'm thinking a few jackets (ebay or thrift maybe), a trip to the tailor and some inexpensive sweaters could help me stretch what I have. Any other suggestions? Shops, brands, links etc...

Sorry for rambling guys. I blame the starbucks and stress.
post #2 of 10
Honestly, just go to Uniqlo and purchase the bare essentials if their clothes fit you.
post #3 of 10
Indeed, Uniqlo is gonna be your friend here for basically everything but shoes.

Shoes are a harder matter. I suppose you could look on ebay for used allen edmonds.

And obviously, get used to wearing the same stuff a few times a week.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I've never done uniqlo but I've been looking ever since they opened up the online shop earlier this month. I'd assume they fit me. I'm a pretty standard size. Usually 42L so I guess that would be an L or XL over there?

Thanks.. and yea shoes are going to be the tough part.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Uniqlo stopped shipping due to the storm.
Just my luck.
post #6 of 10

Sorry to hear about the bad news my friend.

 

Try:

 

www.Myhabit.com

www.Gilt.com

 

 

Both discount sites, just hop on em' when the sale opens, you should be able to pick things up here and there at a good discount and try to rebuild your wardrobe.

 

If you have a little bit more financial wiggle room, Nordstrom and Neimans just started their sales...

 

My buisness trip to NY also got cancelled.  Best of luck with everything. Cheers.

post #7 of 10
Just out of curiosity, does home owner's insurance cover something like that (to a reasonable level of compensation)? I couldn't imagine if all my things were suddenly ruined. A lot of those purchases were predicated on the fact that I would get many years of wear out of them.
post #8 of 10
Probably not, insurance doesn't normally cover damage caused by natural disasters as far as I know.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Just out of curiosity, does home owner's insurance cover something like that (to a reasonable level of compensation)? I couldn't imagine if all my things were suddenly ruined. A lot of those purchases were predicated on the fact that I would get many years of wear out of them.

Nope. Unfortunately not.
I'm having some success w/ Ebay and thrifting. Never noticed how much my wardrobe meant to me until i lost it lol.

Thanks for the advice guys.
post #10 of 10

If you are in NYC, sample sales is a good way to go. 

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