My objection to the lists is that they exclude origin, vis Pantherella is bad value if purchased in a high-priced department store, but at 12 bucks per at Sierra Trading Post, I think it is fine. All my "worst"s are excellent choices, but are overpriced. A lot of my choices are based on careful reading of the forums, not personal experience. outerwear- best: Barbour, particularly from the discount site I recommended worst: Burberry, Loro Piana tailored- best: Castangia worst: Brioni or Kiton unlmited money: fly to Sardinia and get fitted at Castangia shirts- best: Land's End, Mr Harris (Philadelphia), Jantzen worst: Borelli. Battistoni. unlimited funds: Charvet bespoke, because what the Hell trousers: best: Land's End, any good local bespoke tailor with the best fabrics worst: Mr Bill's khkakis, because in the end, I think they are overpriced for what they are unlimited funds: why do I even have to get dressed? leather belts: best: Alden worst: anything over 100 dollars, anything Hermes, anything "custom" unlimited funds: I am sure there are lots of great belts, but I was just so impressed by the quality of the Alden neckties: best: Seigo Katsuragawa and Duchamps from Tiedeals worst: anything over 80 dollars, anything "custom" unlimited funds: I don't know, its just a tie....those Duchamps look mighty nice... socks: best: Pantherella from Sierra Trading Post and Shipton and Heneage, Eddie Bauer (for boot socks) worst: anything over 15 dollars per unlimited funds: Paul Smith shoes- best: Alfred Sargent premier, Knightsbridge and country, Crockett and Jones hand grade, Albaladejo worst: Lattanzi or Santoni RTW, any bespoke shoe unless necessary unlimited: Edward Green RTW or Green, Lobb or Cleverly bespoke But the initial question raised was, what is the best value, and MY answer is that the best value is the item that eliminates your particular weakness and hides it. I, for example, have a short rise and a thick neck. These two facts, plus my overweight of now 25 pounds, have collectively made me dress dumpier than I am. My custom shirts from Harris and Land's End were well worth the effort and expense, as will my Land's End pants be when they are finished. I also think that if one puts on TOO many fine showy items, one makes the unattractive impression of a dandy rather than someone who is stylish. So one expensive item that looks fabulous, a stunning coat or a fabulous pair of shoes for example, represents excellent value I think.