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Re: the minimum wardrobe query, my general rule is to take the number of times you need to wear an item per week (e.g. suit, odd jacket, dressy odd trouser, casual odd trouser) and add 1. That's the number of said item you want to be wearable each season. So it depends on climate and willingness to compromise with "year round" fabrics. With shirts and ties, I think 10 each is a good minimum to allow some variety. This assumes minimal to no seasonal substitutions.
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Originally Posted by velomatt View Post

Is this thread specifically for Noodles related advice, or is it open to inquiries from the populous?

I'm curious what the minimum viable business wardrobe is for you guys? Just quote this post and fill in your own numbers.

# of suits (with breakdown by color):
# of wool trousers (with breakdown by color):
# of other pants (with breakdown by color):
# of blazers (with breakdown by color):
# of shirts (with breakdown by color):
# of ties (with breakdown by color):
# of shoes (with breakdown by color):

Other essentials?

Many thanks.

You will have better luck here if you produce your own list and open it up to (constructive) criticism.

Or if you are more of the masochistic variety, read the entire thread. You'll learn more about Noodles than you ever dreamt possible...
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Regarding shirts: How much do you like to do laundry? I hate it, so I have a million shirts. I taught an entire semester's worth of classes (wearing a suit each time) without washing a single dress shirt. After I was done teaching, I washed them all and put them back into their spots ready for next year.
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You will have better luck if you produce your own list first and open it up for (constructive) criticism.

Or if you are more of the masochistic variety, read the entire thread. You'll learn more about Noodles than you ever dreamt possible...

 

See below. Issue is, I have a lot of stuff that is long in the tooth, and I'm trying to decide which items to replace and which to just toss.

 

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Re: the minimum wardrobe query, my general rule is to take the number of times you need to wear an item per week (e.g. suit, odd jacket, dressy odd trouser, casual odd trouser) and add 1. That's the number of said item you want to be wearable each season. So it depends on climate and willingness to compromise with "year round" fabrics. With shirts and ties, I think 10 each is a good minimum to allow some variety. This assumes minimal to no seasonal substitutions.

 

Sounds like a reasonable rule.

 

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Originally Posted by velomatt View Post

My current wardrobe

# of suits (with breakdown by color):  1 navy blue w/ red check, 1 light grey, 2 charcoal grey, 1 brown (Probably too many suits for the amount I wear them.)

# of wool trousers (with breakdown by color): 2 grey, 2 brown/tan (I feel like this is a weak spot, they don't fit well, and I don't wear them as much as I'd like)

# of other pants (with breakdown by color): several pairs of chinos in khaki

# of blazers (with breakdown by color): 1 tweed thing, 1 brown, (yes, I know I need a blue one)

# of shirts (with breakdown by color): 2 white, 10 in various shades of blue (I just have a hard time buying white shirts for some reason), 10 in other colors

# of ties (with breakdown by color): 20+, 18 of which contain blue in some amount, most in major amounts.

# of shoes (with breakdown by color): 1 black, 1 dark brown, 1 walnut brown.

 

Other essentials?

 

Many thanks.

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Regarding shirts: How much do you like to do laundry? I hate it, so I have a million shirts. I taught an entire semester's worth of classes (wearing a suit each time) without washing a single dress shirt. After I was done teaching, I washed them all and put them back into their spots ready for next year.

 

You can't do that in the climate where I live... :uhoh:

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I taught an entire semester's worth of classes (wearing a suit each time) without washing a single dress shirt. After I was done teaching, I washed them all and put them back into their spots ready for next year.

 

Woah...

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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

Regarding shirts: How much do you like to do laundry? I hate it, so I have a million shirts. I taught an entire semester's worth of classes (wearing a suit each time) without washing a single dress shirt. After I was done teaching, I washed them all and put them back into their spots ready for next year.


I work at a university. So the big question, how many actual class sessions were there? Typical for us is 18 class sessions, but we're on a quarter system.

 

So depends on the class....  still, those shirts from the start of the semester would have been funky by the end.

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You can't do that in the climate where I live... uhoh.gif

I taught last during Winter semester (it was cold), but it's fine in the Summer as well. I bring in a week's worth of clothes on Monday and change into them before class. I set the AC nice and cold.
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I work at a university. So the big question, how many actual class sessions were there? Typical for us is 18 class sessions, but we're on a quarter system.

So depends on the class....  still, those shirts from the start of the semester would have been funky by the end.

14 weeks, classes on TuTh, and no funk at all. nod[1].gif Perhaps I'm blessed with great hygiene... or a shitty nose.
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Sounds like you're off to a pretty good start, assuming the jackets and suits fit you well and are of decent quality and so on. You could always lay out your ties and take a couple shots of like 5 at a time to get opinions.

Pants seems like the place to start, though, velomatt.
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Psa for guys in SF. The new off Saks 5th has buy one get one free on suiting and they have basic Isaia there. Light grey, charcoal, navy, and black. I scored the navy and charcoal which were holes in my wardrobe for under $2000 total.
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Psa for guys in SF. The new off Saks 5th has buy one get one free on suiting and they have basic Isaia there. Light grey, charcoal, navy, and black. I scored the navy and charcoal which were holes in my wardrobe for under $2000 total.

I don't see Isaia listed here:
http://www.saksoff5th.com/mens-apparel-suits

Are they a private label maker for one of the Saks house brand lines??
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By the by, for guys who wear a 38 (lots of us, if I recall correctly), it's like Christmas over on B&S.  Ring Jacket, Eidos, and Formosa suits and jackets for substantially less than retail.  Not sure whether I'm happy or sad that I'm completely tapped out right now.  

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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post
 

Assuming a 5 day work week with a "suits required" dress code:

 

4 suits (mostly solids)

6 shirts (4 light blue, 2 white)

2 pairs of shoes (1 black captoe oxford, 1 brown brogue wingtip)

6 ties (sober stripes, pindots, and solids)

2 belts to match your shoes

1 white linen pocket square

 

All else on your list is expendable.

 

This would be my absolute minimum.

 

What about odd trousers for wearing with just a shirt and tie?  Or short-sleeved shirts?

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