Originally Posted by tubby34 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I was able to find a brown pair of shoes thrifting, Ironically after telling a board member through PM that I'm mostly looking for Black but wont pass a brown if I see them. They fit relatively well, and the imprint on the inside sole says they are an 11. Whether that's 11D or E remains to be seen.
Does anyone know what brand these are? I'm happy with them at the price I got them, but they need some TLC to look new. Time to learn how to do that as well.
The only identifying markers are the ones posted, but maybe someone will know where else to look. They are quite heavy, which is why I trusted they were of quality. Much heavier than any of the Steve Maddens, or Stacy Adams I've tried on in stores.
I passed on this suit and jacket? Did I recognize quality when I saw it? Trying to learn.
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HSM isn't really known for making quality garments. HF on the other hand has better quality but that jacket's gorge is pretty damn low aka out dated. Also, from the looks of it, it looks pretty boxy.
Let me guess, the Canali is unvented?
Originally Posted by mainy
not sure when it became a rule not to list price but, that's stupid, list it if you want to it's very informative
but, thrifting is just a shitty way in general to find specific things, IMO. i appreciate that you're trying to build a wardrobe from scratch on a budget, and it's doable, but i don't really think thrifting is the best way to do it - gasp. really this is a great way to end up with a lot of mediocre stuff that doesn't really fit you that well, unless you're thrifting in an awesome area like socal or something. if i were you i would identify the basic components i wanted in my wardrobe (IE, 3x khaki pants or whatever, shirts), find a brand that fits me well, and then go bargain hunting on ebay or sales. thrifting is a great way to round out your wardrobe, but you're not going to thrift a lot of staples. usually those are the things people wear into the ground. IE, you're in some ways more likely to find a pair of crazy two tone spectators in good condition than a pair of mint Park aves because people wear the piss out of allen edmonds. which is fine, if you want to end up wearing double pleated zanellas with an old ass zegna shirt with a beat up pair of allen edmonds, and I guess to some people that is an acceptable outcome since the "retail" value of all these items was really high, but ultimately you will look like a doofus
Originally Posted by GMMcL
Yeah, I just straight up disagree with Mainy and Klobber. My closet currently has 4 solid gray suits, 3 solid blue suits, and double that many each blue and gray pinstripe suits -- solid staples. All are dual or single vented, high lapels, most flat front and some with ticket pocket, and all are Samuelsohn or better. If "high end" means only Kiton, then yeah, but that's a function of not finding KITON very often. Did I have to pay a little more for some of these than the standard thrift store $10? Yes. Did I have to be patient and/or lucky? Absolutely. Did I find all of them myself? Of course not; everybody here's closet has the fingerprints of other members, but that's why we love the thread. Did I have to use Oxy on all the white shirts and many of the others? Yessir. But unless we're playing "troll the noob" and I missed the memo, I simply disagree with the notion you can't build a comprehensive wardrobe (including basics) via thrifting.
Wow, is everyone on this thread in a good mood lately? We are really giving helpful advices to new comers, now? That's pretty cool.
My limited experiences on thrifting is buy quality garments at good prices so you can trade with other members for items in your size. Know your measurements down to a T! Know this, you can get a high end suit/SC around your size for a decent price, maybe like $25 and prepare to spend about $100 to tailor it to your actual size. So before doing this, make sure you really like the fabric/pattern/style/ etc. I've yet to thrift any staple suits. I've got a bunch of loud SCs and odd trousers in my size from thrifting and trading. The only suit I've thrift in my size is my Prada 2piece which I need to loose about 10 lbs. for a better fit.
However, if you are in the market for some nice shirts that would normally cost you about $200 or so apiece, some ties and accessories, and some nice SW&D, you should be able to find some good items from thrift stores. I think the most important part of thrifting is you really have to enjoy the thrill of the hunt to fully appreciate this little thing of ours. Be patient and have fun!