So, I'm just curious whether we learn from this board, and, if so, what we tend to learn most? I'm trying to put a "Top Ten" list of the best things I've learned from this board, of which I've been a member for about four months. (1) Jantzen Tailor -- I learned of the existence of Jantzen Tailor, which I consider to be the single most important thing I've learned here. I now have a collection of very nice dress shirts (or, at least they are being made right now) that actually fit me well. Incidentally, I stumbled across this board doing a google search for "dress shirts with smaller wrist sizes," because I was sick of my cuffs being too damn big. (2) Basics of suit construction -- I learned that, via the pinch test, you can tell a fused suit from a canvassed one; I learned that full canvas construction really is the first thing to look for in a suit purchase. (3) That with shoes, you get what you pay for -- I now know that finding a pair of $400 on sale for $185 is a much better purchase than finding a $150 pair on sale for $100. (4) The difference between quality and name -- I now know that Armani Collezione makes crap, and that therefore that my budding suit wardrobe is much better made than my uncles, who always prided himself on being the stylish one. (5) W.W. Chan -- Soon to be, perhaps, the maker of the majority of my great suits. (6) That rich people dress in poorly made/ill fitting clothes -- yes, A. Harris, I can now tell a fused suit just by looking at it. (7) Sales -- This board spreads sales info like wildfire. It has allowed me to dress 30% better for the same money. (8) How to shine shoes -- and that you should shine them regularly. Stupidly, I always thought shining shoes ruined them (like painting them). (9) That you should put as much effort into sportswear as you do tailored clothes -- though I think it is insane to buy jeans for $200, I now see the value in grabbing some PDCs for $65 as opposed to Gap jeans for $40; however, I still think that Banana Republic makes some great stuff for the money. (10) That you are better off buying good stuff in smaller quantities than bad stuff again and again -- enough said.
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6/28/04 at 12:46am