I must be the exception to the rule here but I've only been thrifting 2-3 months and i'm finding tons of staple clothing that fits me, maybe i'm just insanely lucky though.
White shirts -BB, Canali, etc
Blue - JPress, BB, Hickey, etc
Staple Suits - Canali, BB, Zegna
Shoes, I'm up to about 6 pair of dress shoes in like new condition Mostly Allen Edmonds, but also Church and Alan McAfee.
Since when does staple clothing need to be Loro Piana and Brioni clothing. An average Joe who normally spends $100's of dollars at Macy's or JC Penney could go to a Goodwill and get the same stuff or better for a fraction of the cost. In just about any Thrift Store you can find some decent quality Jcrew, Banana Republic and JOS A Bank. Not to mention a plethora of Bostonian and Hanover shoes.
This whole conversation stemmed from a guy who is wearing Mike Piazza jerseys. Do you realy think he needs to be sporting Edward Green shoes and Loro Piana? I'm sure if he could get a couple nice JOS A Bank suits, 3-5 BB or JCrew shirts, some ties, a couple Bostonians, and a few pair of pants he would be stoked. And he could get all that for well under $100.
Post of the day award goes to Mainy.
I have never ever ever ever found in many years of thrifting the following:
- Staple black or brown shoes (not loafers) in good condition from a high end brand and not in a crazy size.
- A solid Navy / Charcoal staple suit from a high end brand that was not horribly outdated or trashed.
- A solid white shirt from a high end brand (I will further say "solid anything" in high end shirting).
Thrifting is not a way to build a wardrobe from scratch - it is a good way to collect a bunch of crap that you will never wear. Mainy hit the nail - it is for rounding. Despite finding lots of stuff occasionally, last year I only kept only 11 thrifted pieces out of hundreds I found. I have a poor keep rate and am very fussy.
If I had to rely on thrifting for my wardrobe, I would be campaigning for public nudity in San Francisco since I would have no clothes to wear.