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Help me create a wardrobe

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

How's it going everybody?  This is my first time posting in the forums, but I lurk whenever I get curious about something.
 

After browsing the "Official Affordable Swag Thread" thread, which was awesomely helpful, I got a certain takeaway which I wanted to post here and get some critique and maybe some advice as to creating the look in after; maybe some experience in certain brands as far as durability and fit, stuff like that.  I've always wanted to attain a certain look without throwing away a ton of money, and I want to invest time into putting together a respectable wardrobe, while at the same time sticking to the principle of less is more.  So without further ado, here are some of the takeaways:

-Raw denim is the best denim.  And it will last a toooooon of time longer than regular denim.

-Buy the sweet expensive stuff first, and then get to the smaller things.

-Create your entire wardrobe around certain colors, for example, green, brown, blue, and black.

-Get a job as an investment banker so I can buy the nice clothes :-P
 

A couple of questions have risen up though, namely, how do you guys typically wash your clothes?  Do the designer clothes last a lot longer?

I am looking to get this sort of humble, earthly, but well dressed and sharp look:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/230316968414194001/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/230316968416889330/

I also love all the James Bond sort of looks.  So typically when you want to nail a certain look, how do you do it?

 

BTW, 6', 160 lbs, regular/athletic build.

post #2 of 12
I will be more than happy to help you out a decent bit in a few minutes, but first thing is first. Raw denim will not last any longer than a pair of levis. You pay for te details not the longevity. I'll go into more detail in my next post but ima be busy for the next 30 min or so.

EDIT: do you already have a developed style btw? If you do fit pics would help, as would budget, what you have, and the climate you live in. If you don't have a personal style set yet, my advice is going to seam annoying to you (and I'm sorry for that).
post #3 of 12
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It won't?  I saw one user who bought Ironhearts in 2007 and still had them!  And between washing them once every few months, the heavy denim, and the selvage lining, I figured they would last forever.  I always put holes in the knees of my jeans, and I'm looking to invest in some clothes that will age like wine and last a few years.  Thanks for your reply though!

Respective Edit: I suppose I have a style, using the word style loosely.  I'm 23, wear Levis and black tees, with some American Rag shirts from Macy's and converse.  My outerwear is limited to a couple military influenced black jackets.  My day to day is just jeans and a shirt, really.  I'm very utilitarian, and I have to justify buying something expensive with longevity or something that would really be worth its salt in quality.  I live about an hour north of NYC with cold winters and hot summers, and my budget is flexible if the clothes are going to last a long time.  I've never had any designer clothes, so I really can't compare.  I'd say I'd like to keep the shirts under $50-70, the outerwear under $300, the jeans under $300, but these are only the prices I would be willing to spend on the stuff that will last years.  I doubt I will find anything annoying, any advice will be really helpful, actually.  I'm about to start asking gay guys from high school to help me go shopping.


Edited by awalkinthewoods - 7/20/14 at 6:39pm
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Originally Posted by awalkinthewoods View Post

It won't?  I saw one user who bought Ironhearts in 2007 and still had them!  And between washing them once every few months, the heavy denim, and the selvage lining, I figured they would last forever.  I always put holes in the knees of my jeans, and I'm looking to invest in some clothes that will age like wine and last a few years.  Thanks for your reply though!

What makes jeans like that last as long as they do is the heavier weight (more material to go though) and the style of wear. Because raw denim is washed rather seldomly it actualy gets less wear and tear than normally worn denim. If you were to wear IH and levis around the same weight the same way they would have a very similar life span.

EDIT at your EDIT: I'll respond to this in my full post, and those price guidelines are very reasonable.
post #5 of 12
Washing your jeans less does not make them last longer...
post #6 of 12
If you're hoping to dress like either of those two looks, it should be pretty easy. You just need to determine for yourself what quality is good enough, and how much money are you willing to spend on it? I'm not sure I'd recommend buying the "sweet, expensive" stuff first, especially if you're just starting to develop your style. It's a good way to waste money. This is what I mean buy deciding on quality. A more expensive item does not necessarily mean a better quality one. And there are times when there is no discernible difference between an expensive shirt, and a cheaper one. What you should be concerned about is, do you like the item in question, and how does it fit? Try to focus on fit first.

As for denim, nothing lasts forever. But you don't need to baby your jeans too much.
post #7 of 12
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Washing your jeans less does not make them last longer...

Not washing your jeans for 6 months will actualy cause a bit more wear and tear. However, washing your jeans every few weeks instead of after every wear (and not using the dryer) will darasticaly decrease the speed of your wear and tear.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post

Not washing your jeans for 6 months will actualy cause a bit more wear and tear. However, washing your jeans every few weeks instead of after every wear (and not using the dryer) will darasticaly decrease the speed of your wear and tear.

Are there people whow wash their jeans after each wear?
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Dr Huh? View Post

Are there people whow wash their jeans after each wear?
Outside of the fashion world for sure. Most of my buddies do. Other than my one buddy that is into raws they go at most 2-3 wears before a wash.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm one of those people, I do my laundry once a week and if I wore it, I wash it.  I assume you guys do your laundry a bit differently; how do you maintain your expensive sweaters and jeans without fear of blowing them out?  I mean, surely you don't hand wash all of your clothes, do you?  

post #11 of 12
If it smells, or if there are noticeable stains, or I've been sweaty, I wash it. But if not, I don't. None of my clothes are really expensive, but usually I just use cold water and hang dry. Sometimes I'll put sweaters in a bucket if I'm worried about them shrinking. But I'm not using a washboard, or anything. If I'm confident my shirts won't shrink, I'll use warm or hot water. In general, shirts need washing more often (well, not including socks and underwear).
post #12 of 12
Some random advice:

Focus on fit. Don't accept anything less than perfect unless it can be easily altered.

Work on developing your own personal style based on what you like and how you wear clothes.

Don't buy the expensive stuff first. Focus on bang for the buck, but don't buy a bunch of shit just because it's cheap.

There are always sales/deals to be had. Don't get sucked in.

Exercise self-control when it comes to buying. The slower you take things the happier you will be in the end. It helps to limit how much you read others' opinions about clothes on forums, blogs, etc. Allow yourself some time to reach your own conclusions.
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