Are you offering to visit my closet? Â
I have a pretty weird approach, I guess...I think of it as adventurous and conservative by turns; some would probably call it backwards. Â I bargain-hunt rapaciously and wind up with a pretty motley bunch of stuff ('scuse me; I meant to say eclectic
). Â Much of it is admittedly stuff that I don't have a clear vision for coordinating. Â For instance, there's a nice new canvased HF olive/black sports jacket with fine red windowpanes that's hung there unworn for a year because I haven't figured out what goes with it yet. I figure if I build up a library of well-constructed, classically-styled clothing, then I can go in and mine it for complete outfits the way Michaelangelo pulled a sculpture out of a big chunk of stone. Â I'm no Michaelangelo, so that takes some thought: it isn't something I can do 5 minutes before I have to head out the door. Â Instead, I have occasional spurts of inspiration resulting in one or two new viable combos, which I can then fall back on without worrying when I'm in a rush. I do things this way because I appreciate quality and can no longer abide "Men's Wearhouse"-grade stuff any more (thanks a lot, Andy & StyleForum.) Â If I had unlimited funds and could overcome my visceral distaste for the idea of spending $3000 retail on a new sports jacket/bespoke suit/Lobb shoes/etc., it would be easier to plan outfits first and then buy whatever is required all at once. Â On eBay and in thrift stores, you sometimes have to take what you find.