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Suit problem ..

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Well-Known Member

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    What do you guys do with suits that you are tired of wearing?
    Let's say the suit is in fine condition, but you just do not wear it any more. You always busy picking other suits over and not giving this particular suit the attention it deserves. How do you over come this problem? Would this problem be worse as your suit collection grows?

    Another issue. Holt Renfrew is having sales event, I do not know how long it last, but I saw this wonderful 2 button dark brown based with different shades of brown/hint of orange stripes Canali suit. I loved the fit and all, and looked stunning when I tried on. Reg. Price is $1800 CAD but sales price is $1000CAD. But my worry is, what if above problem happens? ahhh ... what a sweet looking suit that was.
     
  2. demeis

    demeis Well-Known Member

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    Me personally i don't have this problem but if your not wearing a suit why keep it? Why not try and sell it here or on ebay instead of having it sit in your closet and collect dust.
     
  3. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Well-Known Member

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    This only happens to me when I purchase an item that is of considerably increased quality over the rest of my collection. I used to have everything Brooks Brothers. My only suit was a navy chalkstripe, lots of BB French cuff shirts, etc. I bought a Zegna suit and some Zegna and RLPL shirts, and now the BB's never come out of the closet. It isn't just quality, but also styling and fit, and the BB's just don't fit, look, or feel the way the Zegnas do. I love the look of a navy chalkstripe suit, but I won't be wearing one until I can get a good deal on a Zegna or better.
     
  4. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Well-Known Member

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    Ah, the classic wardrobe problem. If you buy new stuff on a regular basis, you will always have newer items that you want to wear much more than the older items (even if they are totally classic and in fine shape).

    How to solve this dilemma? I have no idea, other than to just stop buying new clothes entirely.
     
  5. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Well-Known Member

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    What a terrible suggestion.
     
  6. benchan

    benchan Well-Known Member

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    Well, it does not apply totally in your case, but it may work. I once read an issue of Esquire that suggests men should try experimenting "mix and match" the jackets and pants of different suits. It may give you a different perspective on the older suit you are having.
     
  7. johnw86

    johnw86 Well-Known Member

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    Rotate. Make up a calendar and schedule days with those neglected, but still wearable suits hanging so lonely in your closet. [​IMG]
     
  8. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Well-Known Member

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    1. Sell it on eBay. I don't because I have found it to be hassle.

    2. If you live in NYC, there's a mens consignment store, Gentlemens' Resale on E. 81st St. bet. 1st and 2nd Aves. It accepts gently used or unworn clothes. They are particular, and they are not a thrift store. There are a couple of other consignment shops with mens departments, but these other stores are predominantly for the women (God bless them.). I have consigned clothing there.

    3. If I cannot sell it at Gentlemens' Resale or if it is too worn, there are a number of worthy thrift shops in the area.

    4. Give it to a worthy friend or relative or a person of modest means who would enjoy it. E.g., your maid might love it for her husband or son.
     
  9. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Well-Known Member

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    Participation in this forum makes you upgrade constantly-there's so much reinforcement to buy Ed Green, Kiton, Brioni, etc., and the devil with the cost. You'll never trash your new Brioni suit, until it's falling apart (I read your post about it). So buy less and buy better. You might begrudingly wear the suit that is in disfavor on snow days. If not, I'd follow Son of Brummel's advice. Do a good deed with it-give it away and smile about it.
     
  10. kidkim2

    kidkim2 Well-Known Member

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    Am I the only guy who has the opposite problem?  New suits, sportcoats, shirts, shoes--and, especially, ties--have to "marinate" awhile in the closet.  I look them over from time to time, hold them up next to different accessories, squint, scratch my head, and finally, months later, shoehorn them into the rotation.  If I knew why the devil this should be, I could die happy.

    Once they make it over this hurdle, they're in for life.
     
  11. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    Kidkim2, I think I'm a bit like you in this respect. I may wear it once or twice, but I'm always a bit worried about taking the new off it.

    Son of Brummell, how is the shopping at that consignment store? What do they stock and how are the prices?
     
  12. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Well-Known Member

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    As someone already pointed out, reading this forum means learning more-- which likely means upgrades when you can afford (sometimes even when you can't..)

    If you're looking to get something back from suits or sportcoats you don't wear anymore, several ebay sellers will accept consignment, and give you a cut of the total selling price. I've done this for three or four items, and simply shipping it to the seller has exempted me from any hassles, but keep in mind they will only sell high-end stuff.
     
  13. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Well-Known Member

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    I've got the same problem. Maybe it's generational (my mother kept canned food in the cupboard unopened in case of famine)- a form of "thrift" (if you keep it unused, you'll never have to buy new). Soon you're in Imelda territory-ties with tags on them linger in your closet but you're still buying new ones, just to keep busy in your hobby. Be strong-clip the tag. And, yes, you and I, Mike, will always be able to buy new ties, gray flannel, Alden, etc.
     
  14. marc237

    marc237 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely not my problem. I am the direct opposite - it may stem from growing up very poor. Whenever I received new clothing as a kid, I would immediately change into the item and would wear it instead of what I had been wearing. When I was under 12, I would often wear the new item to bed at the end of the day (as long as not shoes or a coat) - my mother knew that I could not be persuaded to change into PJ's that night.

    I no longer wear my new clothes to bed, but I cannot wait to wear as soon as practical. After a time, they join the rotation with the rest of the stuff. As to thinning the heard, my older, less desired, clothes are donated to thrift stores.
     
  15. gorgekko

    gorgekko Well-Known Member

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    Emily Post is rolling over in her grave at this suggestion :)
     
  16. arvi

    arvi Well-Known Member

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    until now i never thought of myself in the same vein as imelda marcos..it gives me reason to pause and question my own over consumption and closet with still tagged shirts and ties. but if i clip the tags i can't reurn them after not wearing them for months after purchase [​IMG] due to limited closet space i sometimes break down and give older items to maid ,sonsinlaw, or charity ..unless i have some emotional attachment [​IMG]
     
  17. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    I give old suits to AmVets.
     
  18. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    I just donate the stuff away. but, if you see that you are getting rid of a lot of stuff, maybe it should slow you down in terms of getting new stuff.
     
  19. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Well-Known Member

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    You're not alone, as I'm trying to buy a new Borrelli buttondown sportshirt today, only because I just clipped on the tag on a  very similar year-"old" Barbera. My wife asked me why there were so many new Alden shoes in boxes in back of the closet. I didn't tell her I already had several of the same style out that I was wearing and the shoes in boxes were in "storage". It seems that I always "need" something new, which is made easier by the availability of the internet(as opposed to the ease of onsite shopping in NYC). Don't know whether I'd like to be "finished" with all these purchases but suspect it can't happen.
     
  20. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Well-Known Member

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    It is quite possible to get bored of one's clothing even if it's bespoke.

    A banker friend of mine was a customer of Morty Sills who was a well known tailor in NYC ("Sills of Cambridge"). He started with Sills in 1970 and had about 30 suits and sportscoats. He got rid of them because he got tired of them.

    By the way, the banker didn't gain an ounce of weight. He has always been the same weight and is rail thin.

    He has no guilt or remorse about giving away his Sills wardrobe. I guess that he figures that it was one phase of his life and that he is on the next phase.
     

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