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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by A Harris, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    When I first started building my wardrobe, I was determined that it be complete - that I had one each of all the basics. Sort of a Bernhard Roetzl (Gentleman book) approach.

    In the last couple if years I've taken a different approach, selling a lot of things that were basics in a classic wardrobe, but which I never wore. Instead I find that I tend to buy many variations of a single item that I like to wear. Examples for me are navy blazers/sportcoats, grey flannel trousers, grey flannel suits, green ties, dark brown cap-toe shoes, or on the casual side, good fitting jeans and black t-shirts. (I'm not quite as conservative as that sounds.)

    What are the items that you tend buy multiples of??
     
  2. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Well-Known Member

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    My stated reason: I dress only for myself, so I'll buy what I like.
    Scary reason: I'm endlessly buying the same items, because I want to be the best-dressed man of 1965.
    Real benefit: My wife has no idea of how many clothes I have-because they all look the same.
    My list:
    Alden black and suede tassel loafers (5-6 pair)
    Hermes navy ties (15-18)
    Gray flannel trousers: 6 pair
    Bergdorf MTM BD blue royal oxford shirts (maybe 15)
    Bergdorf MTM blue spread collar FC end-on-end shirts:7-8
    White Charvet cotton handkerchiefs: 7-8
    Two-tone silk knot cufflinks: 25 or so
    Navy blazers (flannel and supers;SB and DB):5-6
    Polo shirts (cotton or cashmere; LS and SS-all lisle type like Smedley-from Barbera,Agnona, Sulka,Loro Piana)-at least a dozen-many navy or white
     
  3. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    I forgot blue dress shirts. I probably wear those 4 times as all the other colors combined.
     
  4. Brian SD

    Brian SD Well-Known Member

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    Does it count if it's what I want to buy, not what I actually buy (because of financial restraints)? White dress shirts. I dont know why but I feel like I should have 1000 of them. Also, black suits. I feel like I should have 1000 of those two, although many would argue otherwise. And monkstraps. At least 1000. 2000 preferred, however.
     
  5. shuman

    shuman Well-Known Member

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    A Harris...I would love to see photos of your wardrobe. Our tastes sound very similar. Any specific brands you prefer over others? Fits? Etc.
     
  6. jasonpraxis

    jasonpraxis Well-Known Member

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    For one of the same reasons that I wore a lot of black as an angsty teenager: when all your clothes look alike, putting together an outfit is easy. [​IMG] White dress shirts and paisley ancient madder neckties. Lately I've been on a mission to buy good quality versions of the cheap ties I wore in prep school. Edit: 3/4 length black coats. There are, for some reason, four in my closet.
     
  7. ernest

    ernest Well-Known Member

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    Navy suit = twice twice the same

    Leather gloves = twice the same

    Sneakers = twice the same

    Cashmere jumper = twice the same

    H&K white, blue shirts = 5 white, 4 sky, 3 blue

    Strap for my Boucheron watch = twice the same
     
  8. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Well-Known Member

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    For suits -- I normally look for variations on dark greys. But this isn't quite what you are talking about, I think (because my variation is in color/pattern, not detailing).

    I buy a lot of dark v-neck cashmere sweaters -- I have bought four of those over the past 3 months. Brown cap-toe shoes I like multiples of. Pinstripe shirts -- I find variation in base and pin color, but like a certain fabric and width of stripes.
     
  9. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you there, I must have at least 6 icy blue shirts, haha.

    koji
     
  10. AJL

    AJL Well-Known Member

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    boots and monkstraps, 4 pair of each & more on the way...

    Always seem to have at least one black leather coat/jacket, starting back around 1973 or so. Not so much a multiple item, as something I am never without at least one of. Currently have 2 button down car coats, one is textured leather w/ camelhair lining from Mr. Sid's, Newton, and the other's a smooth napa Zegna w/ cashmere lining. nice.
     
  11. Drinkwaters

    Drinkwaters Well-Known Member

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  12. LA Guy

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    Jeans, first an foremost. I wear them all the time, and wear them out quickly. Sneakers next, because I often can resist a fresh pair. Then t-shirts and casual jackets, the former because one can never have too many, the second because I subscribe to Giorgio Armani's theory that the jacket is the backbone of a man's wardrobe.
     
  13. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

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    -blue royal oxford shirts
    -tan silk shirts
    -gray flannel trousers
    -white, tan and blue sea island cotton dress shirts

    Will
     
  14. drljva

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    Black Sport Coats
    - Kiton 3B (Cashmere)
    - Isaia MTM 3B (Super 150s)
    - Zegna Sport 3B
    - Bespoke DB

    Navy Sport Coats
    - Purple Label 3B (Cashmere)
    - Brioni MTM DB
    - Isaia MTM 3B (Super 150s)

    Black Slacks
    - Bespoke (several pairs)
    - Oxxford
    - Incotex (several pairs, including cashmere)
    - Zegna
     
  15. Kaga

    Kaga Well-Known Member

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    Quite simply, a good pair of socks --
    black cashmere
    Various sea island cottons
    Cotton lisle
    Wool/cashmere
    Wool/silk

    as I don't want to caught out if a pair wears out/gets separated.

    End-on-end blue shirts and white shirts from a particular maker of great comfort and quality.

    Calida t-shirts

    Edward Green shoes (well, ok, multiple pairs of the same model is more of a dream still - I am not Jun Kawana)

    I _wish_ I had picked up more Denime jeans, they are great.

    Sea Island and merino knits from John Smedley.

    bespoke lace jabots, green silk cloaks with gold braiding, brocaded redingotes.
     
  16. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    I usually buy my clothing in multiples, it goes with my philosophy of semi-simplicity. what I try to do is have everything match, so that I don't have to think about what I wear every day - once it become part of my wardrobe it should all fit in.

    so, when I get a suit, I usually end up with several identical with slight differences in the fabric (3 identical cut gray DB suits, or 3 identical cut 3 peice SB suits, for instance), for shirts my every day shirts are all ocean blue, identical. my "dress shirts" are all made the same way with different fabric, white colars and white french cuffs, the ties I wear are all midnight blue with simple stripes, dots or crests, my shoes are all black boxcalf churches.
     
  17. LA Guy

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    More general interpretation.
     
  18. norcaltransplant

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    I wonder how much of this phenomenon is attributed to upgrades in one's wardrobe. Most of my pants are from Banana Republic, since I can find them easily in small sizes and at a steep discount (no more than $30 for wool/linen, $20 for cotton). My trustworthy and still serviceable BR slacks have been joined by Incotex, Paul Smith, Donna Karan Collection, Hugo Boss Baldessarini and Black label, and Barney's House Label over the past two or three years.

    Redundancy:
    -Charcoal slacks
    -Khakis (trying to hold back in the past year)
    -White Dress shirts (..But I NEED a point collar white button down with button cuffs. And yes, its different from the semi-spread white buttown down with button cuffs. French cuffs are a whole different matter altogether).
    -Black Captoe dress shoes, shoes in general.
     
  19. drizzt3117

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    For me, it's:

    silver ties (I have like 8)
    french blue or similarly colored shirts (6-8)
    blue blazers (4-5)
     
  20. mistahlee

    mistahlee Well-Known Member

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    Favourite eyeglass frames, including prescription Ray-Bans. [​IMG] Â It's certain I'll break or lose them in time.
     

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