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Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Apologies if this has been asked before..

 

For suits, shoes, other items if it differs: does rotating through your wardrobe, "resting items", and spreading out wears add to the item's life in "number of wears", or does it simply spread out the wears you'll get over a longer duration.

post #22922 of 31080
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Originally Posted by ryanginger View Post

For suits, shoes, other items if it differs: does rotating through your wardrobe, "resting items", and spreading out wears add to the item's life in "number of wears", or does it simply spread out the wears you'll get over a longer duration.
There's a fairly widely held belief that giving the item a day or more of rest in between wears will result in it lasting for more wears. This is particularly believed to be true with regard to shoes, although it's a pretty common belief with regard to suits, as well. There are several reasons offered for thinking this way, but getting into them would more properly be a matter for a thread of its own, and not simply a post in this thread, which lends itself more to relatively quick answers than to drawn out discussion.

However, I'm unaware of any statistically meaningful studies having been performed in an effort to nail down the truth or falsehood of these beliefs. Which is not to say that none have been performed - I could easily imagine a major shoe company, or the US military, or a state prison authority, or a grad student with an unreasonably large research grant - conducting such research. I'm just not aware of any such studies, right off the top of my head.

And, of course, even if these beliefs are, generally, true, it's highly likely that they vary greatly on an individual basis. The climate in which one typically finds himself, one's tendencies with regard to perspiration, the construction of the clothing item, and a host of other factors, could well result in the "day of rest extends the number of wears" idea being virtually insignificant for some people, and being enormously significant for others.
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 7/24/13 at 9:43pm
post #22923 of 31080
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Originally Posted by ryanginger View Post

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Apologies if this has been asked before..

For suits, shoes, other items if it differs: does rotating through your wardrobe, "resting items", and spreading out wears add to the item's life in "number of wears", or does it simply spread out the wears you'll get over a longer duration.
If you had a several cars you rotate through, would you ask the same question? I ask that because I think you're tricking yourself somewhat. Think of wears as mileage.

Definitely the latter and maybe a little bit of the former. If I wear my suit 100 days in a row, it'll be in bad shape. If I wear it 100 times in a year, it will be in slightly less bad shape, but the main benefit is from the fact I wore a not yet worn out suit over a longer period.

Law of diminishing returns applies. No matter how well you look after a rotated suit, it will hit a use by wear date.

Shoes are a little different because they benefit from a rest. The moisture from your feet can make them wear more quickly. Or so they say.
post #22924 of 31080

I have a quick question, does anybody know the brand of these shoes? I'm going to purchase a new pair of brown shoes soon and rather like these. 

 

post #22925 of 31080

Thanks for the responses guys. I understand the pure use piece, but the breathing aspect also makes sense to me. As for the car analogy, I'm sure we'd all agree that maintenance contributes to life, but would resting be considered maintenance or is it all in our heads. Perhaps a longer discussion for a different time. Cheers.

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The jacket seems fine. Of course you'll have to have the sleeves shortened. And next time tuck your shirt in.
post #22927 of 31080

Hello,

 

First time poster. I've been researching this thread and others external sources to find and answer but I haven't been able to come up with a good one.

 

Can someone explain to me what people mean when they refer to the "finish" of a shoe? My understanding is that that (and aesthetic style) is what separates a $350 Allen Edmonds shoe vs. a $700 Benchgrade C&J. 

 

Thanks!

post #22928 of 31080

I am new to styleforum and have read some of the primer forums. I am trying to find a good suit before my medical school interviews this fall. Can someone give me suggestions on where I can buy a tailored suit in the central florida area? I live in Gainesville, FL. My budget is 400-700 dollars. One of the primer articles mentioned Brookes Brothers, eHaberdasher, and suit supply. If i wanted to order one of their suits online, how would i go about getting it tailored after that?

 

Thank you!

post #22929 of 31080
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Originally Posted by Gatorman177 View Post

I am new to styleforum and have read some of the primer forums. I am trying to find a good suit before my medical school interviews this fall. Can someone give me suggestions on where I can buy a tailored suit in the central florida area? I live in Gainesville, FL. My budget is 400-700 dollars. 

 

Thank you!

 

if you have time and patience, people like suitsupply in that price range (I have a suit from them and am happy with it).  don't think they have a store near you but they have free shipping and returns - I think the strategy is to buy multiple sizes, keep what works, and return the others.  I'm sure there are other good options - that is the one that jumps out at me.

post #22930 of 31080
There are lots of Suit Supply items listed in the B&S forum right now, as an FYI.
post #22931 of 31080

What do you think of these shoes - to be worn casually (jeans, chinos, OCBD's)? The Alfred Sargent Bannister in milkshade suede. Now at 125£. 

 

post #22932 of 31080

I guess that could work. The idea of paying the cash upfront for multiple suits is not very appealing though. Could I get my measurements done around here and then give them the measurements?

post #22933 of 31080

I'm looking for a staple slim-fit light-grey wool trousers that can be worn with odd jackets and more casual pieces alike, budget $125 (I'm willing to go on eBay or play the sales game, so the trousers themselves may be in the $200+ range.) Any idea?

post #22934 of 31080
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I'm looking for a staple slim-fit light-grey wool trousers that can be worn with odd jackets and more casual pieces alike, budget $125 (I'm willing to go on eBay or play the sales game, so the trousers themselves may be in the $200+ range.) Any idea?

Check out Jcrew. Its slim fit trouser are very spot on for me. Epaulet trousers retail for about 200 and they are some of the best pants I've worn. Howard Yount is great as well, but its pants is on the baggier side compared to the EP walts. 

post #22935 of 31080

New to the tie game since my work is business casual. 

 

Is this tie worth 35 bucks? 

 

http://dappered.com/2013/07/bonobos-extra-30-off-sale-items-the-picks/ (scroll down to venetian tie)

 

I'm looking to build a semi lean collection, so something say...less than 10 ties. 

 

If not, can somebody steer me in the right direction. At what price point is the sweet spot to pay per tie? 


Edited by JezeC - 7/25/13 at 8:56pm
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