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Leather belts. Same problem as elastic, probably exactly the same, with degradation of elastin. They fail, and I am not confident I can tell by looking how long a used belt is going to last. Plus, all the used belts I see at thrifts in my area are clearly already worn out to the point that there would be no purpose to having them at all. I do buy belts new, online, but top out at about US $35.

I've never experienced this, even with my oldest belts. It occurred to me that in order to stretch, you may be wearing them too tight,....but then, why not just tighten by one hole once you find them loose? Or buy a thicker belt less prone to stretching?
post #47 of 65
I agree with many of the above posts, especially regarding silk knits, pocket squares, shoe trees, underwear and socks. Here are some others:

Driving loafers. They can't be re-soled and generally get beat up quickly. I buy a new pair at the end of each summer from whomever has the best sale, and then use them the following year. I won't pay over $125 usually.

Sandals. Never understood dudes who want to look like an out-of-shape Russel Crowe on the beach. If you think you need to wear leather sandals, you should be wearing close-towed shoes. Havaianas are great for the pool and beach.

Swimming trunks. Don't talk to me about Orlebar and Brown or Vilebrequin. I'm not summering on a yacht, so I don't need shorts that cost the same as a pair of Goodyear welted shoes. I buy RL and Patagonia on sale or Chubbies.

Rubber boots. Unless you're Royalty, you don't need Chameau boots. Seriously. I buy Bean Boots or Hunter can usually be found on deep discount.

There are likely others, but I'm in Summer mode.
post #48 of 65
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Re: the belt discussion - the thing I get with every belt, even thick hide, is that they eventually deform. Not stretching out, exactly, but they will loose their straightness and develop a slight curve/waviness, corresponding to how it fits around my waist. I'm not sure this is either avoidable or entirely unhelpful, as it probably makes the belt a bit more form-fitting/comfortable. But after a while, that kind of deformation must start to affect intrinsic strength. Having said that, I've not had a (good quality) belt wear out yet. When I owned a couple of cheaper leather belts (the really cheap kind probably made of leather fibres), I did get fraying as a result. But with proper belts, I haven't had that problem. I'm actually waiting for a couple to wear out, so I can replace them with nicer (IMO) Equus ones, but so far, they're holding strong.

post #49 of 65
This is a great idea for a thread. Agree with just about all of these.

Silk knits are definitely on my list. The ones from The Knottery aren't bad at all, and you can sometimes get them on sale--I bought three for ~$15 each about 6 months ago. They are my go-to sport coat ties.
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Received them today (fast delivery!); very happy with the quality, the width, and the appearance of them. The chocolate brown is exactly the shade I expected; the navy is a fraction lighter but still perfectly fine. I'll probably get a black and a dark green from them at some point too. The ties are branded Nick Bronson, who IIRC also supply lots of brands (and at an identical level to their own-branded ties as far as I can tell), so definitely a good deal to get them from KJ Beckett.

 

I bought a silk knit from KJ Beckett and agree that it is great quality for the price. They sell two kinds of knits there: one they brand KJ Beckett (which is the Nick Bronson), and another from Michelson's of London. I don't have any experience with the Michelson's of London ones, but KJ Beckett's website doesn't have a country of origin listed there, and the appearance in pics looks like it might not be as crunchy a knit as one might like. The KJ Beckett ones they advertise as made in Italy. Land's End, which others have mentioned, make great knits too, and they have a nice width (2.75, as opposed to my KJ Beckett which is 2.5), if a quarter of an inch matters to you.

post #51 of 65

I steal from kids outside of sneakerhead conventions, specifically those carrying size 9 foamposites. Everybody wins.

post #52 of 65
Good thread.
I find Lands End to have great deals on small accessories like belts.
post #53 of 65
I dread buying underwear and undershirts.
post #54 of 65
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Silk knits are definitely on my list. The ones from The Knottery aren't bad at all, and you can sometimes get them on sale--I bought three for ~$15 each about 6 months ago. They are my go-to sport coat ties.

 

Really? The Knottery make the worst ties I have bought. They look shiny and cheap. I won't be making that mistake again.
 

post #55 of 65
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Really? The Knottery make the worst ties I have bought. They look shiny and cheap. I won't be making that mistake again.

 

I haven't tried any of their "normal" ties and don't think I would, but the knits are nice and crunchy.
post #56 of 65
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Received them today (fast delivery!); very happy with the quality, the width, and the appearance of them. The chocolate brown is exactly the shade I expected; the navy is a fraction lighter but still perfectly fine. I'll probably get a black and a dark green from them at some point too. The ties are branded Nick Bronson, who IIRC also supply lots of brands (and at an identical level to their own-branded ties as far as I can tell), so definitely a good deal to get them from KJ Beckett.

 

I bought a silk knit from KJ Beckett and agree that it is great quality for the price. They sell two kinds of knits there: one they brand KJ Beckett (which is the Nick Bronson), and another from Michelson's of London. I don't have any experience with the Michelson's of London ones, but KJ Beckett's website doesn't have a country of origin listed there, and the appearance in pics looks like it might not be as crunchy a knit as one might like. The KJ Beckett ones they advertise as made in Italy. Land's End, which others have mentioned, make great knits too, and they have a nice width (2.75, as opposed to my KJ Beckett which is 2.5), if a quarter of an inch matters to you.

 

Yeah, I didn't like the look of the Michelsons for precisely the reason you mention. Just to clarify the branding thing: the KJ Beckett ones are self-branded on the website, but on the actual tie, they're tagged Nick Bronson rather than KJ Beckett.

 

FWIW, I'm wearing the navy one today.

post #57 of 65
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Yeah, I didn't like the look of the Michelsons for precisely the reason you mention. Just to clarify the branding thing: the KJ Beckett ones are self-branded on the website, but on the actual tie, they're tagged Nick Bronson rather than KJ Beckett.

 

FWIW, I'm wearing the navy one today.

 

Thanks for clearing that up, that has been my experience with the labels too. I wasn't very clear about that.

post #58 of 65
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Re: the belt discussion - the thing I get with every belt, even thick hide, is that they eventually deform.

Manolo LInt Tip (cuz I knows the FNB brothers are learning along, astounded by my wisdom)
Thread the belt the opposite direction so it wears the other side, yo!
post #59 of 65
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But then it's the wrong way round and I'd find that really weird.

post #60 of 65

Question for you guys, and hopefully this is an appropriate thread - where can I find an affordable plain white linen pocket square?  They don't fall within my typical clothing wheelhouse so I don't really have any idea where to look.

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