There's a lot of posts on how we generally maintain, refurbish and retain our expensive shoes. Some members are still wearing shoes they purchased 30-40 years ago and want to see pictures of "patinated" shoes. But with regard to tailored clothes, how long do you generally keep a suit, trousers, coat or jacket? When and why do you look at your expensive suit and then take it, kicking and screaming, to Goodwill? I'm not talking about a disaster (the nail in the door jamb or the leaky fountain pen) or weight fluctuations. Myself, I'm unduly sensitive to any signs of wear, particularly any shine on trouser pockets and seat, so my suits and pants regrettably last only about 5 years. Sometimes I feel I'm on a treadmill replacing like with like. I keep sport jackets and coats for much longer, say 15 years. What's your experience?
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7/31/04 at 1:44am