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post #16 of 65
I wish I could trust myself to keep track of a nice umbrella, but I lose them at an astonishing rate. So I just order cheap ones a half dozen at a time off Amazon.

I think Lands End knits are pretty nice, although they don't have great color selection. But for a basic black or navy, it's a good deal. They also go on sale pretty often.

The big spending category I just can't get into is watches. Also I don't wear cuff links very often so I only have a couple of (pretty cheap) pairs.
post #17 of 65
RD-
I used to think the same way with socks until I discovered the joy, beauty, and durability of Bresciani. They're really expensive, but worth it IMHO. I've had some pairs as long as two years now and never any problems.
post #18 of 65
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

I wish I could trust myself to keep track of a nice umbrella, but I lose them at an astonishing rate. So I just order cheap ones a half dozen at a time off Amazon.
 

 

I have taken the opposite approach. I used to lose my cheap umbrellas all the time. However, once I bought an expensive one, I magically became much better at looking after it!

post #19 of 65
It's possible I'd do the same. Just don't know it I want to bet $300 on it. The problem is even if I can remember when sober, I'm never too many nights away from drinking a bunch on a rainy night. After enough scotch, no umbrella is expensive enough to penetrate your consciousness.
post #20 of 65
Which brings me to another category I don't spend that much on...occasionally if I'm celebrating with a friend I might splurge for something more special, but I am perfectly happy drinking Laphroaig.

I can't really taste the difference between $15 wine and $150 wine either, so cheap stuff it is.
post #21 of 65

The best cheap jacket hangers come from Ikea -- at least, they're better than the Container Store. The only shoe trees I see at DSW are the kind where the back half is just a stick, rather than a filled-out heel.

 

The best hanger I own comes from the Sheraton Hotel in Rochester, NY, where my great-great-uncle apparently stayed sometime during the '40s. He had an enviable reputation for stylish dress and fair dealing, but he did wear cuff monograms, so the hanger theft isn't really a surprise.

post #22 of 65
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The big spending category I just can't get into is watches.

 

Oh yeah, forgot about them. I have one quartz & one automatic (Omega Seamaster & Longines Conquest Heritage respectively, so neither being particularly expensive as far as watches go) and that's all I need & want. The only other watch I occasionally think about buying (or rather, digging out from whatever drawer I've lost my old one in) is an 80s/90s Casio digital, purely for the retro fun of it with some casual outfits. The whole mechanical/engineering aspect of watches that some people really get into just passes me by; totally not interested.

post #23 of 65
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Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post

Oh yeah, forgot about them. I have one quartz & one automatic (Omega Seamaster & Longines Conquest Heritage respectively, so neither being particularly expensive as far as watches go) and that's all I need & want. The only other watch I occasionally think about buying (or rather, digging out from whatever drawer I've lost my old one in) is an 80s/90s Casio digital, purely for the retro fun of it with some casual outfits. The whole mechanical/engineering aspect of watches that some people really get into just passes me by; totally not interested.

Your watch hierarchy reminds me of mine:

Casio digital- a gift from my teen teen age daughter from the early 90s when I ran 20-30 miles a week

A Gold Seiko Quartz - for social events such as SF Meet-Ups.

An 18 carat Gold Omega Seamaster Deville Automatic from 1963- I am the original owner- I wear it a few times/ month
post #24 of 65
Cheap Item:

Woven belts which I wear with jeans. Mine come from Macys and are about $20.00.
They fall apart in about 9 months and I buy new ones. I am not intelligent enough to
see the difference in similar belts costing 4 times as much at BB. One of these days I'll buy
one at a much higher price to see how long it lasts.
post #25 of 65

Socks.  They never fit me properly, as I have very small feet, and no matter how much I spend on them, I wear through them quite quickly anyway.  I used to get my day to day socks at Old Navy, but theirs seem to have been largely discontinued, at least in Canada.  I'm now getting them at Winners, and have finally determined that Calvin Klein fit best, and are decent quality, lasting about as long as any others (longer than the Old Navy ones did) and they're more formal than Old Navy's.  I can normally get the CK socks at Winners for $12 or $15 for a package of three pairs.

 

Boxer shorts - I cannot fathom why a pair of boxer shorts, made of cotton, in general, costs more than $15, maybe $25 for high quality, lasting ones.  It might be one thing if they were really comfortable, but only a select few fit really well, and those tend to be the expensive ones like Joe Boxer and Nautica.  I buy whatever Winners has, that looks like about the right shape, and they are normally $10/pair or less, and that way, if it's not a good fit, I'm not out too much.  Bluenotes (again a Canadian only store; sorry everyone else) used to have great ones, that would routinely be on sale for $15 per pair, or 3 for $12.  I am not exaggerating.  But, they changed their cut, and they now are definitely cut for teenage boys.

 

I also buy my athletic type (underarmour and its multitude of variants) boxers at Winners, around the same price.  Reebok makes some great ones, and I'm also fond of Layer 8, and a new one I've just tried, called (I think) Degree 32.  Very supportive, which is critically important for all of the moving and jumping I do on the ice all day.

post #26 of 65
Pantharella socks from STP.

I must have about about 40 pairs (grey, navy, brown, tan)
post #27 of 65
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Pantharella socks from STP.

I must have about about 40 pairs (grey, navy, brown, tan)

+1

I love my Pantharella socks, but i only get them on clearance at Nordstrom Rack, about 30 pairs so far. Same with boxers, and undershirts...
post #28 of 65
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Which brings me to another category I don't spend that much on...occasionally if I'm celebrating with a friend I might splurge for something more special, but I am perfectly happy drinking Laphroaig.

I can't really taste the difference between $15 wine and $150 wine either, so cheap stuff it is.

On SF, the cheap stuff is still 5 times more expensive than what normal people buy. My cheap socks are $7 a pair.

post #29 of 65

I get undershirts from Marshalls or TJ Maxx.....shoe trees fro JAB....also, and this will get me ridiculed possibly, but I like the dress shirts and wool trousers from JAB as well.  I have other brands and many of them, but I frequently look at the "deal of the day" on the JAB site to see if I can score something on the cheap.  I often do.  I find both their executive and signature wool trousers to be good quality for the low price and I frequently grab them for around 40 bucks and the dress shirts for 20 bucks.

post #30 of 65

Not quite a thing I "won't spend on" but I have recently realized that spending upward of $450 on an OTR suit, is simply absurd.  MTM can be done for $600 at one local shop in town, and can be done in-shop at others (as opposed to sent out to a Montreal factory) for under $1000.  Basically, once you cross $500, you're only paying for a brand.  A bit off-topic, but just a recent discovery, that I'm sure isn't new to most people on here - let's not highjack the thread with a discussion of OtR vs. MtM.  I'm sure that thread rages on somewhere else ;)

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