Originally Posted by AndroFan
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....
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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.
Originally Posted by tonylumpkin
I've seen other Brionis that had nothinng else but this labeling. Sometimes you have to settle for a shot of the train going into a tunnel and use your imagination.
You're right, this is an awesome find and should have garnered more attention. Sometimes things slip through on here depending on the quantity being posted and the quality at the time. This was a great find!
Re: the tag...I've never found a Brioni overcoat, but I think Eazy did not too long ago and he brought it home to find out it was a Brioni as well. Maybe they're from the same time period where they didn't label them overtly. I'm not too sure.
Originally Posted by CesarC
Hah, yes, that is what I meant. I am aware.
Ahh, I figured as much but I thought I'd throw it out there just in case you weren't aware!
Originally Posted by CesarC
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.
"Nobody messed with it. It looks fine."
There's a candy corn in this one.
Well, they can't all be winners, can they?
- Bad Santa
I think everyone that has posted a picture has sometimes been off on something. I wouldn't worry about it, if you take a look at some of the long-time posters in WAYW, you'll see that some of their pictures haven't been great and way off the mark on others. It happens to everyone.
Originally Posted by CesarC
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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I understand the issue of finding the right size and then the time and money to get it to the tailor. It can add up quickly and I would be willing to bet that a lot of us here have a significant pile of things that need to go to the tailor, but haven't for any number of reasons. Unfortunately, I'm as guilty as anyone else and therefore my advice is limited. The only thing that I've done is limit what I bring home or how often I go out to find things. I will only bring home things guaranteed to sell and not things that I could wear IF I had (insert tailoring job) done. When I have my pile cut down to a reasonable level, I'll allow myself to bring new things home.
I'd also suggest that you should trade/sell things that you aren't using. Save the money and, if necessary, pay more for a staple item. It's hard to find certain sizes in staples as they're the items people most often use. They are often found in less than wonderful condition. There are exceptions, such as Grendel posting a great Corneliani blue jacket in a 36 recently. I'd take a look at eBay and keep an eye out for things that will be the correct size and that you'll wear often. Brian has done a great job of building up a wardrobe by having things to trade, selling things to pay for things he wants and watching eBay for the magical size/brand/condition.
Eazy just mentioned that he got rid of a ton of stuff that didn't fit right. We all do that...settle on something. It's hard to realize that if you leave something behind that you're torn over or you'll "wear it sometime,"
but there will always be another item that you'll find. You might miss something on eBay or buy something in a 38 instead of a 36 and if you had waited, you'll find the exact thing you wanted.
Stick with it and you'll be able to build quite the wardrobe. I don't know about others, but I'm only about 50% of what I want. A lot of culling and cleaning to do, but part of the fun is the hunt for everything.
As far as fit pics, I would like to say that even though not everyone is looking for advice, sometimes we need it. There have been a number of times that I thought something worked/fit well only to hear it from others that it doesn't work as well as I had thought. It's often a lot better to have others edit your written work as they'll be able to find mistakes that you can't see. I'm happy to keep fit pics on the "fun" level here rather than serious if that's how everyone feels. It's a hobby for me, though, and I'm happy to hear about both the good and bad as far as fit, color and combination. I'm really here to learn!
Originally Posted by rayxlui
After two weeks of studying, I decided I deserved a little thrifting adventure. Went a little overboard picking up things I normally wouldn't have, but it's been so long.
Celine of Paris, RT Carmel, Lanvin, J. Press. Dude, the Robert Talbott Carmel is freaking legit. Feels thick and nice.
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So many cool/interesting things in there that I don't know where to begin, so I'll just say awesome!
Originally Posted by Samuel Smith
Wow. In the 10 months I've been here this is the best the thread has felt. There was a few months Where I was worried. But whoa I think we are really getting to a place of tight community and fellowship. I'm drunk as fuck ...
Is this the online version of being drunk and saying "You're awesome, and I want to tell you all about it..."
Originally Posted by Ken P
Am I supposed to be picking up theory? Pass on it all the time...
Originally Posted by jamiebryant
I always leave basics and the MADE IN CHINA pieces behind.
I guess it doesnt matter if its for yourself but if you're looking to flip...Theory is VERY hit or miss.
I've only picked up one Theory item and it was for myself. Made in China, but I'm happy to have it and it's gotten more use than I would have expected. I don't know a lot about flip value.