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sounds like you need a corduroy suit. 

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Thread Starter 
On a different note, but a good GNAT non-sequitur:

I made a lot of poor purchases when I first joined SF, ties included. But oddly enough, two of my most worn ties are my first purchases from an SF affiliate: a couple Howard Yount pointed end knits, one navy and one tobacco brown. Both are easily in my five most worn.

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Butchy, if you want to stave off the inevitable, start creating odd challenges for yourself. Wear the same tie with three different outfits in a week. Go an entire week without gray pants. Expand the animal prints beyond your undergarments.

Not that there is any reason to postpone the inevitable. SW&D looks like tons of fun. Particularly the avante garde stuff.
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

SW&D looks like tons of fun.

 

It's not. Well, it can be as long as you don't fall too deeply into it. My mistake was trying to do what everyone told me to do, especially with the concept of taking "interesting" pictures, and I just ended up looking like a doofus. I prefer the simplicity of CM pics and the clarity that goes along with it. On the other hand, it does bring a different perspective to clothes that can be a breath of fresh air after all the "rules" and traditions yammered on about here.

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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?

Yeah, fast approaching that point. Started out with Jos. A. Bank in 2007 when I first had to dress like an adult. Have since graduated up to the good Italian stuff and closet is full. Trying to hold myself to a "one in, one out" rule to avoid clutter. Plenty of ties, too many sport coats, etc. I usually give unwanted suits to some of the younger guys at work. They, of course, encourage me to continually upgrade. patch[1].gif

Takes a it of the fun out of it but I don't want to be a collector. Now I just check eBay or SF B&S periodically and don't shop for much unless I absolutely need something.
Edited by smittycl - 8/20/16 at 8:10am
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

It's not. Well, it can be as long as you don't fall too deeply into it. My mistake was trying to do what everyone told me to do, especially with the concept of taking "interesting" pictures, and I just ended up looking like a doofus. I prefer the simplicity of CM pics and the clarity that goes along with it. On the other hand, it does bring a different perspective to clothes that can be a breath of fresh air after all the "rules" and traditions yammered on about here.

I was speaking more to the clothes and less to the subforum, but it is funny how strongly SF has shaped the vocabulary with which I discuss clothing.
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Yup, same.
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

I thought it might pass, so I've been waiting to see, but I think I can say definitively that I'm at a stopping point with tailored clothing. I still enjoy wearing a jacket and tie and participating on SF, but I haven't bought anything in a while, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I'm in the difficult position of knowing enough now to be mildly dissatisfied with much of what I have, but realizing that I can't really justify spending the money or time necessary to make the next step up.

Anyone else hit this stage?

I'm pretty close to there. I have probably three pieces of tailored clothing (2 odd jackets, 1 suit) that I would like to replace with something that I actually wear and one suit that either needs replacement or major surgery, but I'm happy enough with everything else I own and with my overall wardrobe size. My last experience with moving has also inspired a bit of minimalism, where I want enough clothes to have some variety and to be appropriately dressed but little more. My plan for 2016 was initially 1 in 1 out plus 1 new purchase for tailored clothing, but that's changed to 1 in 1 out and, other than a few things that are suboptimal and just take up space without getting worn, replacing things only as they wear out. I might buy the occasional new tie or square, but that's pretty minor.
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Trousers is where I now concentrate most of resources. First they have a faster burn rate then jackets - I especially have problems with crotch area. Second, their influence on overall fit is sometimes underestimated, imho (I even think they are more important to good fit then the jacket). Third, they typically don't break the bank :-)
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A few more thoughts on the current question.

 

(1)  I must say that discovering Luxire through SF has, for better or worse, encouraged an incremental upgrading of my shirts and trousers that I otherwise would not have pursued and which I expect to continue, although I haven’t ordered anything from them for several of months.  

 

À propos  ‘streetwear’.   Luxire also makes it possible for customers to play designer (with results both good and bad depending on the customer) and I suppose that if unlimited funds were available and if I was into ‘streetwear’ (which I’m not) the temptation to acquire some unique pieces might be irresistible.

 

(2) Thinking about some of the broader issues raised by sugarbutch’s post made me notice how one’s sense of what constitutes a ‘gap’ in one’s wardrobe can change over time.   Years ago it would never have occurred to me that the fact that I don’t own a pair of moleskin trousers constituted such a gap.   Recently, however, I acquired a lovat tweed windowpane jacket.  It’s quintessentially English—highly structured, almost military in design (the Aldershot maker in question described itself as ‘civil & military tailors and outfitters’).   Now, I’ve got a pair of cream corduroy trousers which would work perfectly fine with the jacket, but cream moleskin would be an even more traditional pairing (I was already thinking along these lines when I decided to buy the jacket).  So at some point I may splurge on some Dugdale moleskin trousers from Luxire.   This is how the acquisition of one item can create the perception of a ‘gap’ elsewhere in the wardrobe.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac


Edited by Academic2 - 8/20/16 at 5:37pm
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I initially used Hemrajani for MTM shirts, before I really knew what I wanted. I tried Spoon and Modern Tailor, too. I then tried Luxire, and I haven't looked back. The end of the useful life of the first rounds of shirts coincided with my trial of Luxire, and I've since replaced everything. But even there it's been more than a year since my last order. I'll probably need to replace 2-3 shirts within the next six months, though.

I could stand to both thin and expand my tie selection, but it's comprehensive enough that even if I don't have what I would consider the "ideal" tie for an outfit, I can get close enough that I'm not inspired to buy a new tie.
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Speaking of gaps in ones wardrobe, I'm getting to the point where I am comfortable with the number of suits I have, but I am wondering if there are any glaring omissions from the list below. I'm recalling the popular thread(s) from a few years ago that listed the clothing deemed essential for a well-dressed man's wardrobe.

SS:
Navy Minnis Rangoon 9oz
True blue hopsack 9oz
Tropical wool POW 8oz
Grey sharkskin 9/10oz
Light brown linen/silk 9oz
Tan linen 11oz

FW
Grey flannel 11oz
Navy birdseye 11oz
Navy chalk stripe flannel 12oz
Minnis houndstooth flannel 12oz

All season:
Midnight navy dinner suit
Edited by sebastian mcfox - 8/20/16 at 5:40pm
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Originally Posted by sebastian mcfox View Post

Speaking of gaps in ones wardrobe, I'm getting to the point where I am comfortable with the number of suits I have, but I am wondering if there are any glaring omissions from the list below. I'm recalling the popular thread(s) from a few years ago that listed the clothing deemed essential for a well-dressed man's wardrobe.

SS:
Navy Minnis Rangoon 9oz
True blue hopsack 9oz
Tropical wool POW 8oz
Grey sharkskin 9/10oz
Light brown linen/silk 9oz
Tan linen 11oz

FW
Grey flannel 11oz
Navy birdseye 11oz
Navy chalk stripe flannel 12oz
Minnis houndstooth flannel 12oz

 

It would be nice to have a flannel PoW check, but I'm not sure you need one.  What color is the Minnis houndstooth?  

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It would be nice to have a flannel PoW check, but I'm not sure you need one.  What color is the Minnis houndstooth?  
It's the Minnis 0656 black and white houndstooth
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Originally Posted by sebastian mcfox View Post

Speaking of gaps in ones wardrobe, I'm getting to the point where I am comfortable with the number of suits I have, but I am wondering if there are any glaring omissions from the list below. I'm recalling the popular thread(s) from a few years ago that listed the clothing deemed essential for a well-dressed man's wardrobe.
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SS:
Navy Minnis Rangoon 9oz
True blue hopsack 9oz
Tropical wool POW 8oz
Grey sharkskin 9/10oz
Light brown linen/silk 9oz
Tan linen 11oz

FW
Grey flannel 11oz
Navy birdseye 11oz
Navy chalk stripe flannel 12oz
Minnis houndstooth flannel 12oz

 

 

How many days a week do you need to wear a suit?  Could be relevant.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Everyday - mostly CBD with a few non-CBD days thrown into the mix (ie tan linen on Friday)
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