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post #31 of 64
Arch, I think more important in your first post than the detailed list is your expression of general satisfaction. People could suggest things that you "should have" but that depends on your situation. For example, you mention in your post that you no longer need suits for work.

You're never going to be "finished" because things need replacing, because the enjoyment of purchasing new clothes will probably not totally die, and because your tastes will change over time. But there's nothing wrong with feeling like there's nothing wrong, at least for now.
post #32 of 64
If you don't mind me asking an off-shoot of this topic..for those of you who wear suits daily (or 4 days plus a SC on Friday) - how many suits do you own, or how many are in your main rotation? I have 6 that I wear weekly or every other week (navy, charcoal, light grey, light grey stripe, navy stripe, navy subtle glen plaid) and 1 grey plaid that I wear about every third week. I worry that by wearing a few of them weekly that I'm going to shorten their life. If I could add something today, it would be a slightly bluer blue, a 2nd gray (in between light grey and charcoal), or a charcoal glen plaid (like Bond wears in Skyfall).
post #33 of 64
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If you don't mind me asking an off-shoot of this topic..for those of you who wear suits daily (or 4 days plus a SC on Friday) - how many suits do you own, or how many are in your main rotation? I have 6 that I wear weekly or every other week (navy, charcoal, light grey, light grey stripe, navy stripe, navy subtle glen plaid) and 1 grey plaid that I wear about every third week. I worry that by wearing a few of them weekly that I'm going to shorten their life. If I could add something today, it would be a slightly bluer blue, a 2nd gray (in between light grey and charcoal), or a charcoal glen plaid (like Bond wears in Skyfall).

Your suits' lives will be shortened by 1 wear each time you wear them. Wearing each once per week or once every two weeks will not change this.
post #34 of 64

I am still on my way, just got to the passable level, looking for a better tailor and going bespoke for the 1 suit I will need next month (but I had to go to another city). I now have a "something comes in, something goes out" rule but there is a lot of room for improvement still.
 

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Deets on the partridge? I presume MTM?


Don't know, it was a gift.

post #36 of 64
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Apart from the hobbyist mentality others have noted, there exists one important reason you will never truly be finished:

As life goes on your needs will surely evolve, as will your tastes. The changes may be subtle but they will induce new opportunities for acquisition.

This is true. At some point for most of us a one in one out rule makes sense. So if your tastes are changing, it's kind of like accelerating the rate at which you have to replace things due to natural wear and tear.
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Ahh..behold Mr. Ouroboros.
I see it as being both cannibalistic and suicidal but not infinitely so. The snake eats until there is no more snake, so he starves and dies. unless..unless his tail keeps growing at the same rate he eats.
post #38 of 64
Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

Does anyone here feel like they have "finished," or even may finish? Of course, those that do may have left the forum.

 

You may be right with that last sentence, though some might stick around because of a more general interest in clothes even if it's not applicable to their own purchases. There's also a number of people who only dress up nicely for work, so their interest expires as soon as they get their work wardrobe sorted to an acceptable level (which is really quick & easy to do).

 

The thing is, most of us don't buy new items from need. For most, that stops very quickly as the number required is very low (I got there years ago, replacing worn-out items excepted). I buy things because I like them & want them. The pace is limited by wardrobe space (I try to operate a 1 in, 1 out policy so most of my purchases are replacements of worn-out or ill-fitting stuff, albeit not like-for-like replacements), but I can't imagine wanting to never buy a new jacket again.

post #39 of 64
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I try to operate a 1 in, 1 out policy so most of my purchases are replacements of worn-out or ill-fitting stuff, albeit not like-for-like replacements ... but I can't imagine wanting to never buy a new jacket again.

Yeah, I like the 1 in 1 out idea.

In order to be "done," it is also probably pretty important to not go shopping or be browsing. Stupid stuff like mink gloves or scarves or pocket squares can be pretty tempting.
post #40 of 64
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I'm very close to the point where I have everything I need, and everything I might want would be redundant given what I have.

It would be a big accomplishment to be "done" buying clothing, shoes, belts, etc, and rerouting that cash to vacations and entertainment will be awesome. Right now the previously overlooked "knitwear" category is all that is getting attention.

Obviously, there are caveats, such as replacing worn out things, but this happens very slowly. And for me, there is also some functional limitation that helps: limited closet and drawer space in an NYC apartment. But even if I had a big walk-in, endless variations of sport-coats (etc) really wouldn't add anything after a certain number. I wouldn't functionally have any more options, since any additional item would be pretty similar to another.

Does anyone here feel like they have "finished," or even may finish? Of course, those that do may have left the forum.

Here's a quick (estimated) description for a sense of scale. I don't think I have tons of stuff, but I think I have every box/variation checked with only this number of items, which is likely very small compared to what a lot of people on here have:
5 sportcoats
1 topcoat
1 cashmere bomber jacket
4 suits (no longer wear suits to work)
25 shirts (1/3 pure business, 1/3 mixed use, 1/3 pure pleasure (linen / patterns etc))
10 pants (2/3 work)
20 ties
5 belts
12 shoes (work)
3 shoes (pleasure)
20 t-shirts
20 polos
15 underwears (identical)
15 undershirts (identical)
3 jeans
2 chinos
3 shorts
3 pocket squares
30 pairs socks (mostly identical, wool)
2 heavy cashmere sweaters
4 light cashmere sweaters / shirts
1 heavy knit cashmere suede front button front jacket thingy
1 cashmere hoodie

Oddly enough, the one thing that I am still on the look-out for is what many on this forum suggest as one of the first to acquire - a navy blazer/sportcoat.

I don't understand the concept of being done. I will always want to upgrade a couple of this and get new stuff on general principle. But your list looks great!
post #41 of 64
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Here's a quick (estimated) description for a sense of scale. I don't think I have tons of stuff, but I think I have every box/variation checked with only this number of items, which is likely very small compared to what a lot of people on here have:
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5 sportcoats
1 topcoat
1 cashmere bomber jacket
4 suits (no longer wear suits to work)
25 shirts (1/3 pure business, 1/3 mixed use, 1/3 pure pleasure (linen / patterns etc))
10 pants (2/3 work)
20 ties
5 belts
12 shoes (work)
3 shoes (pleasure)
20 t-shirts
20 polos
15 underwears (identical)
15 undershirts (identical)
3 jeans
2 chinos
3 shorts
3 pocket squares
30 pairs socks (mostly identical, wool)
2 heavy cashmere sweaters
4 light cashmere sweaters / shirts
1 heavy knit cashmere suede front button front jacket thingy
1 cashmere hoodie

Oddly enough, the one thing that I am still on the look-out for is what many on this forum suggest as one of the first to acquire - a navy blazer/sportcoat.

One thing I notice is that my wardrobe is much more seasonally specific than yours. For example, I have 5 sportcoats (3 for summer and 2 for winter). I have 4 polo shirts (2 long sleeve for the winter, 2 short sleeve for the summer). Although I have a number of sweaters, I didn't use them much last season because I could dress more easily to the weather.
post #42 of 64

Not sure you can ever be done as some clothes are disposable items in the long term. I am new to this forum and to higher quality menswear, so I am not in this with any quantifiable goal in mind, more just to make more informed choices when  I identify something I need.

post #43 of 64
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One thing I notice is that my wardrobe is much more seasonally specific than yours. For example, I have 5 sportcoats (3 for summer and 2 for winter). I have 4 polo shirts (2 long sleeve for the winter, 2 short sleeve for the summer). Although I have a number of sweaters, I didn't use them much last season because I could dress more easily to the weather.

My list was intended to be a cursory estimated representation of what I have, for sense of scale. That way readers could be informed of whether I think I am "done" with 200 shirts or with 25 shirts, etc. Brevity/austerity are a virtue, but my weakness is that I lack frugality - I want the nicest stuff. Despite a fairly limited collection compared to what many of the big shots here possess, I think what I have is numerically sufficient.

I didn't go into detail on materials or seasonality etc. Since you bring it up, then yes, a critical component of being done is being able to address any given situation with a diverse set of solutions from your wardrobe. I think I have satisfied that requirement. I can show up to any event in any weather and be well dressed. And I could dressed several different ways due to the diversity and versatility of what I have.

So for a peak at how my stuff stacks up, I probably have 6 or so wool pants of various weights, in grays, slate, and navies. In addition to ultracasual chinos, I have a few pairs of cotton pants light/dark blues, and I have linen or linen/silk pants in white, blue, and peach (or salmon or something, idunno). I have cashmere shirts and sweaters and jackets in every weight (wool would be just as good, but I got the cashmere bug). I have cotton shirts and linen shirts. I have two linen/wool sportcoats, one wool/silk sportcoat, and wool sportcoats. Etc etc.
post #44 of 64
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I try to operate a 1 in, 1 out policy so most of my purchases are replacements of worn-out or ill-fitting stuff, albeit not like-for-like replacements ... but I can't imagine wanting to never buy a new jacket again.

Yeah, I like the 1 in 1 out idea.

In order to be "done," it is also probably pretty important to not go shopping or be browsing. Stupid stuff like mink gloves or scarves or pocket squares can be pretty tempting.

 

The trouble with 1in/1out is that you can "cheat" its limitations by accelerating turnover to compensate for the fix on quantity. Still, it works for me.

post #45 of 64
I feel I'm pretty much finished and have been for a couple of years now. I really don't want for anything. I order a handful of shirts and buy a few ties every year, but that's about it.
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