^^^This may be my favorite animated gif I have seen posted on this thread!
Re. thrifting a wardrobe. This is the kind of debate that I like on here. Much better than guns or the efficacy of using the USPS supplies for padding your ebay sales, lol.
I’m also going to disagree with Mainy and Klob. I’ve been thrifting for a year and a couple of months and I can say that roughly ½ of my closet work wardrobe comes from thrifted/traded items. 2 things about me: 1) I wear suits 4 out of 5 days a week and have a common size 40-42R and 9.5D in shoes 2) I am in an area (DC) that throws out a lot of good stuff. (Not, Great stuff, that is LA ) Also, DC is a company town where my wardrobe style is predominant, I guess. Maybe that’s why I’ve been lucky.
I am gradually thinning out my “old” dept store wardrobe. I can safely say that my kickass stuff comes from thrifting. I have staple WW chan, BB golden fleece (x2), Hickey Freeman, Oxxford suits and a couple of other brands that I can’t remember. Funny that I’ve never found an outlier summer linen/cotton suit or those winter thick suits at a thrift in my size but have had more success finding staples. (full disclosure: I do have a dept store CK linen summer suit, bought new).
I’m all about building relationships through trading. Ticks me off when people want ebay prices for stuff they found at a thrift. Or they say, well, that Zegna is selling for $150 so I can let you have it for $140. Dude, you just paid $25 for it! But I also know that some of you use thrifting to put food on the table. So not judging. I’m seriously thinking about putting all my finds in the thrift/trade thread. All the stuff I post is pretty much available if it’s not my size. Maybe I’ll just post the keepers in this thread.
Much less success finding SWD stuff. But with my work not a big priority. Maybe because young guys don’t die off as older dudes. Or, old dudes retire. A typical stop involves me checking out the suits and shoes 1st then going to pants then casual stuff, jeans, etc where SWD usually is.