Picked up a Zegna tie as well as a Yves Saint Laurent. Available if anybody's interested.
I'm chalking up the universal lack of response to PURE JEALOUSY (except my homie ChetBakerSings)....
...and my response to extreme insecurity on my part.
So, I was texting back and forth with another forum member today, each of us at different shops and he said he found a nice topcoat, to which I responded by complaining that a decent topcoat was the only article of clothing I had yet to find. Literally, right after texting him, I stumble upon this....
Awesome looking, great shape, certainly. But then I open up the pocket to see this...
Aside from a slight amount of discoloring near the neckline (which I think my amazing new dry cleaner will be able to get out anyway), it's pristine. Lining is great, outside is great. Amazing. It fits me perfectly in the chest, though the sleeves are definitely too short, but I'm going to beg/plead/bribe my tailor to get it to work. N/A.
Thanks, they're deep burgundy. Previous owner put a shit ton of wax on them, and they were caked with black spots all over. After several days of elbow grease, this was what I ended up with.
Hah, yes, that is what I meant. I am aware.
Ok, re. my first thrift pic: I know that first photo I posted was a pretty terrible fit, and I stated so, even delineating some of the grossest errors. In retrospect I maybe shouldn't have posted it, but I did. I think the piece has a little (or more) sentimental value because of the circumstances in which it was purchased (with gf, etc...), and because of that I couldn't make myself either spend money on a super-stained item or pass it on to someone else in that condition, and I couldn't toss it without wearing it at least *once.* So now it's been worn and I will probably get rid of it at some point, unless some 36S wants a very cool, unwearably stained jacket.
Re. my second thrift pic and other thrift pics generally, I largely agree with Hans, on all counts. I am still building my wardrobe and am therefore missing several staples. I have one dated-looking flannel navy suit whose jacket I sometimes use, but it's not that versatile. Aside from that and a couple of suits I can't wear in an everyday work situation (or as SC's), I don't have much staple wise. Part of that is my size and part of that is my price point -- I can find things in my size or things I can afford, but usually not both. Hence, whatever I do find that fits I tend to pickup. I enjoy the challenge of trying to make things work. This is especially true of vintage pieces and loud patterns, and I'm perplexed by some people (more so in waywrn) who are of the opinion that a vintage piece needs to be paired almost solely with other things of similar vintage lest it should look out of place -- I think if done well, it can be integrated otherwise. I accept and appreciate those challenges, and it's nice to share one's own and to see others' efforts toward that end.
As for fit and tailoring, I am just now starting to take stuff to the tailor. It's always still a cost-benefit analysis for me, and I have to think about this when buying stuff, but all the items to tailor piles up... I agree if people are not aware that things need to be tailored or are oblivious to what needs to be done then they might be gently reminded, but I suspect others (as with myself) wish to share an item even if they know it doesn't fit so they can show how they *would* wear it well if everything were indeed tailored properly. I am definitely not seeking advice here for fit, or anywhere else really since I already know the problems, but I welcome feedback on other aspects of combination / pairing. Hans' suggestion is a good one, that people state if they want feedback so that unnecessary space not be wasted on beating dead horses. If it is agreed that only impeccably tailored items be pictured lest our aesthetic sensibilities should be offended, then I (and 60%, was it?) of the posters would and ought to refrain from sharing. I don't think that is the case, but I suppose it's nice to get a better sense of what is acceptable here.
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Ha, no Brioni label (actually, is this typical for topcoats? It doesn't look like there was ever one), though there is the signature "made in Italy" neck label - but I figured this was enough to get the astute readers of this thread to "climax."
Speaking of staples, PM sent!
Here's the stuff I've picked up over the last couple weeks and haven't taken pics of
A Corneliani navy flannel blazer sized EU46 I found a couple weeks ago
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A Nordstrom Harris Tweed with no size but looks like about a 36-38
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