Pals, I was in the city (Philadelphia) today for a haircut and took the opportunity to do a bit of window-shopping (didn't buy anything). These are pretty low/mid-range stores... Lord & Taylor. A pleasure to visit as it was in a nice old building. I was drawn to a line of shirts they were selling: Grant Thomas. They were discounted to $29.99 and seemed to be a sensible choice for an entry-level wardrobe. The collars were spread (which is so rare in shirts of this price range) and the patterns were very subtle and tasteful. I saw a rather nice blue herringbone. The buttons were plastic, and looked very plasticish, however. Banana Republic. Nice store as well, but there was an air of yuppishness in that place, as in all BR stores, that discomforted me for some reason. Their premium dress shirts came only in S, M, L, XL. They were ok for the price - about $68. I looked at the driving shoes I suggested to imageWIS in an earlier post. They looked pretty poorly made. J.Crew. The turtle-print tie was no where to be found (they only had the undiscounted ties on display). I think I'll look for something similar but with a single motif. I looked at their "haberdashery shirts". jcrew had the nerve to ask for $59.50 per shirt. However, these shirts were discounted to $35 each or 2 for $60. The fabric looked pretty normal (not as good as BR's) eventhough the tag said 100s two-ply cotton. Their driving shoe looked fairly nice (looked better made than BR's). Express. Their 1MX shirts were discounted to $19 to $29 - Â fairly nice lower-priced alternatives to the fashionable BR shirts, I thought. Polo Ralph Lauren. I know everything in the world of Ralph Lauren is fake "right down to the threadbare oriental rug" but I still love his stores nonetheless. Always very tastefully decorated, and I always love the music played in the store. Most shirts in the blue label range were discounted 30%. Everything looked good in the store. I was very tempted to buy something. Ralph is a marketing genius. (Some shirts which were marked 80s two-ply looked noticably better than J.crew's 100s two-ply -- can someone explain?) Brooks Brothers. Nice store too, but not as nice as Mr Lauren's. Their white-soled boat shoe looked well made. They had some nice books "How to dress as a gentleman", "Generations of Style", etc that I was tempted to buy. Their luxury dress shirts were discounted to $69.50 - some were really quite nice. I feel that Brooks Brothers is, in general, trying to project a less stuffy image to welcome a larger socioeconomic group of customers. United Colors of Benetton. Limited selection for men. Euroish. Nothing special. Old Navy. A fun store. I tried on some ribbed v-necks and some vintage-style t-shirts for casual wear. I didn't look good in them. I looked better in the Lacoste polo I was wearing, so I think I am resigned to wear only polo-shirts for the very casual occasions. Daffy's. I walked in ... and walked out. The clothes were ugly, and not even that cheap. The reason for the abundance of badly-dressed people in this country has been found.
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6/18/04 at 6:21pm