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Reading Monkey Face's posts and the various responses has been interesting to me because I recently came to a similar conclusion that I need to take a break.  I have a new pair of shell boots arriving today and a couple of Luxire shirts in the works, but decided it was time to sit back and focus on enjoying wearing my clothes and not make any additional purchases for awhile.  With 15 pairs of shoes, 4 all season suits and one flannel suit, 10 pairs of trousers, 3 navy blazers, 5 odd jackets and more shirts and ties than I can count, I came to the conclusion that I've got my basics pretty well covered.  I also looked at what I was buying recently and concluded it was no longer about staples, but, instead, mostly niche items or looking to upgrade items where the original was perfectly adequate.  Something about the fact I was branching out beyond the basics really bothered me.  Yet, it is so easy to read the WAYWRN posts, see items that you want and get an itchy trigger finger when that item is on sale.  I decided that cold turkey was the only way to go because there is always that next item at the top of your list.

I'm actually looking forward to this time out and then seeing if I have a different, more measured attitude regarding clothing.

Sounds like a terribly grown up and measured approach. Good luck in your resolve.

I have yet to find the impetus to curb my acquisitory activities, but then it sounds like you have more of the staples covered than I (but then I have a fair amount of stuff I need to haul out of my closet and post up on B&S).

Indeed, there is that mindset of "oh, here's something really great that I really need, and after this I'm all set" until the next something really great that you really need comes along. There's always a shinier penny, or some shit like that.
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As for budgeting, that's for sissies. And organized, responsible people.

Speaking of binging and staples , who wants to recommend the "ultimate" staple fabric for a 3 season navy/dark blue SC? Hopsack is one, what are some others? Alternately considering the possibility of a blazer suit, so that might alter fabric selection somewhat. Looking for something with some depth and visual interest, but versatile enough to wear to a slightly more casual wedding or similar, in the case of a blazer suit. @Claghorn I know you are an advocate of the blazer suit, interested to hear your take.

Thoughts?

 

A new career that requires the wearing of a suit everyday + finding SF =  a bad combination.  

 

Unfortunately I'm having to be a sissy and really plan out my purchases which sucks as I just want to binge on buying a bunch of stuff.    Ahhh the struggle of trying to be responsible husband and father and just getting what I want NOW :(   

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Speaking of binging and staples , who wants to recommend the "ultimate" staple fabric for a 3 season navy/dark blue SC? Hopsack is one, what are some others?

This may sound dumb, but which three seasons? I wear hopsack in the summer (pull it off in the sun, put it on in the air conditioning), but it looks a little off in winter to me.

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I have 4, thanks G-d, and who knows what the future holds, and 130k would be a sweet sweet game changer. My kops would be off teh charts.

No need to reply but I wonder how you are able to kop what you do if $130k would be a game changer.
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No need to reply but I wonder how you are able to kop what you do if $130k would be a game changer.

When I figure out the answer to that, Ill let you know.

Anyways, without saying what I make, 130k would be a game changer. If I make 55k thats well more than double and if I make 110k thats still another 20k a year, over a grand extra every month.
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Happy Friday!  As kulata mentioned, I hope too many people aren't going to walk away from styfo; your advice has been really appreciated!  But I certainly understand the need for moderation. Speaking of suggestions ;)

 

I'm looking at replacing my too-big brown corduroy from last week.  What do you think of these eBay options?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111521037266

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281504551080

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261660372704

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151468603824

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/201219985087

 

All should fit much better length-wise.  My favorite is the red check, but it looks overly used, and the shoulders measure 2" larger than some of the jackets I've seen fit well in the back (maybe a good thing since people thought stronger shoulders would be better?).  Measurements on the last one seem to fit me best (including longer hem), but only has single vent and I'd prefer patch pockets.

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I thought this forum is about style particularly MC or CM or whatever it's called. Why are people interested in other members personal lives and finances? How does that help anybody dress better?

@JIMB pass on all of them.
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@JIMB hard to suggest something when measurements are critical and you don't know what works for you. I'd suggest finding your size before you start dabbling on ebay. It's easy to sink a ton of money into icky stuff (like some of what you linked there).

 

I like the one with patch pockets, but don't like the buttoning stance at all, nor do I like the lapel. 

 

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No need to reply but I wonder how you are able to kop what you do if $130k would be a game changer.

 

You're supposed to be the genius!


Edited by ridethecliche - 11/21/14 at 11:16am
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Originally Posted by kulata View Post

I thought this forum is about style particularly MC or CM or whatever it's called. Why are people interested in other members personal lives and finances? How does that help anybody dress better?

@JIMB pass on all of them.

I generally agree, but if this makes a guy with a 50k yearly income realize there actually are people posting here with a 500k income, and there is no way to keep up with those guys as far as spending power goes, it could be considered a public service.

With that said, I think people should do whatever they want with their money, but sometimes it's a good idea to take a step back and consider whether you actually need another SC.

May sound dumb coming from someone who's just started up a new business venture, trying to sell clothes to people.
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I generally agree, but if this makes a guy with a 50k yearly income realize there actually are people posting here with a 500k income, and there is no way to keep up with those guys as far as spending power goes, it could be considered a public service.

With that said, I think people should do whatever they want with their money, but sometimes it's a good idea to take a step back and consider whether you actually need another SC.

May sound dumb coming from someone who's just started up a new business venture, trying to sell clothes to people.



It's so true though. I mean, someone like spoo drives a ferrari, many people here own multiple 5k+ watches and suits, etc.

 


The thing that I like about this place is that people are genuinely interested in helping others find what works for their price range. At times there is definitely some snobbery, but if I came on here today saying that I have 400 dollars for a suit and here are pics of me wearing 4 different suits in my price range, can people help me pick one, then well you know what... If I stated that's all I could do, then people would say xyz is a better option for a bit more, but of the ones you showed here abc is what looks the best.

 

I make less than 50k a year and will for atleast the next decade if you take loans and other expenses into account (i.e. med school if I'm fortunate enough to get in), but I feel like I fit in here because people have helped me get a sense of what to look for in terms of styling and details even though they know that I can't afford to dish out what they do and I enjoy this stuff.

 

That's what I like about this place. There are threads where all people do is post pics of every awesome new thing they just bought (and people buy a LOT of stuff). I tend not to frequent those threads. I prefer to stick to ones the discuss fit, style, combinations, tradition, etc. That's what I enjoy. At a certain point, with money not being an object, one can dress very well by buying all the best things and paying someone to fit them at a store. It's all the stuff surrounding that which I like.

 

Sorry if that was too verbose, but I just wanted to say that I don't feel left out of this place all that much in spite of what is most definitely a handicap on a kop-inducing forum. PandArts doesn't spend a crap ton of money on clothes either, but dresses pretty well. I like that!

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Let's face it, every single item we discuss in this thread is a luxury. None of them are necessities. Your buying habits should reflect that (oh I have some money to spare? why not?). Easier said than done, but after binging last year and actually stressing about the cost, I quickly realized that you can lose whatever utility your articles have given you pretty fast.

 

I think these forums are a great way to get ideas and to gain some new perspective. Going cold turkey isn't going to solve your issue, you'll just be back. As I think most of the more experienced members have noted: a couple of quality staples is worth far more than a wardrobe of middling products. Saving and working towards a great piece can be very rewarding.  

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@JIMB pass on all of them.

This
post #15418 of 37396
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Originally Posted by EFV View Post

I generally agree, but if this makes a guy with a 50k yearly income realize there actually are people posting here with a 500k income, and there is no way to keep up with those guys as far as spending power goes, it could be considered a public service.

With that said, I think people should do whatever they want with their money, but sometimes it's a good idea to take a step back and consider whether you actually need another SC.

May sound dumb coming from someone who's just started up a new business venture, trying to sell clothes to people.

I am an advocate of spending according to your means and priorities but I find it absurd for members to to ask how another member is able to afford whatever purchase he indulges in. It's a different matter if information is shared voluntarily. Prying into people's finances and buying habits is just crossing the line IMO unless they reach out for help then you refer them to a therapist or they join the no purchase club.
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Originally Posted by kulata View Post

I am an advocate of spending according to your means and priorities but I find it absurd for members to to ask how another member is able to afford whatever purchase he indulges in. It's a different matter if information is shared voluntarily. Prying into people's finances and buying habits is just crossing the line IMO unless they reach out for help then you refer them to a therapist or they join the no purchase club.

I wholeheartedly agree with this. I must have missed that someone actually asked about income. That's as bad as prying about politics, religion et c.
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Sharing pictures of today's arrival from Carmina.  The fit on the Soller last is incredible.  Love it.

 

 

 

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