Wow. A shout out for me?
Seriously, after a year's worth of hard core thrifting for myself and a few select family members, I've learned that the things that I REALLY want for my wardrobe are hard won despite a circuit of between 20 to 30 stores. I've had to come to terms with the fact that, as I so inelegantly put it a few weeks ago, there's a large contingent of diminutive folks who like to shop at thrift stores, have moved to my neck of the woods. Quality clothing in my size is rare. I have recalibrated my expectations regarding what I find acceptable. Early on here at styleforum, I was told that if an item was well made, looked good and fit properly, the label shouldn't matter. Using that philosophy, I've selected items that weren't necessarily brag-worthy but have helped me learn what works for me as well as what most assuredly does not. The occasional Kiton or Brioni shirt wouldn't get thrown out of the bed for eating crackers, however.
I find this approach refreshing - you see limited potential in your size, and rather than slum it out last minute bids on eBay, you keep yourself calibrated with picking whatever works. I would be kind of dissapointed if I found out you were the winning bidder on a likely thrifted Kiton suit for $700.
Well, I got a Banana Republic cotton sport coat with peak lapels the other day. I looked great in it, but I felt kinda iffy about it and was almost going to put it back on rack (I dont usually consider myself a brandwhore, but there is a chance I am teetering on the edge of actually being one). When I relayed my doubts to my wife, rather than agree with me, she flipped out and said she would ban me getting any high end gear if I did not take it. Well I took it, and worn it twice this week so far. In retrospect, she was right and I was putting brand before item. I will post pics of me in it, it looks pretty dang decent.
Indeed, I am listening to 2112 right now as I type this