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The $5,000 Wardrobe

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by el es dee, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. el es dee

    el es dee Well-Known Member

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  2. bluemagic

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    "Just?"

    To be fair, if you already totally know your preferences, a nice wardrobe containing Engineered-Garments-priced stuff can be had for considerably cheaper than $5,000. The problem is knowing your preferences. I think that is the real cost of getting into clothes.
     
  3. Max Biggavel

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    $140 for jeans? #peasantstatus
     
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    I think that even if you know your tastes, and shop on sales/with discounts, it would be hard to start from scratch and spend much less. Especially if you want suits. Three good suits, even on sale, can run you almost that much.
     
  5. oneeightyseven

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    I can make a waaayyy better list using SF B&S..just sayin'
     
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    Unless you are wearing those blazers everyday, $1300 is just dumb. Go to h&m, and buy a couple of $100 blazers, they fit well, and at 1/13th the price, leave way more budget to work with.
     
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    i wish I had $5k to spend on a wardrobe. I'd use it on drugs and video games, instead.
     
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    That is a horrible list.
     
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    Spending over 25% of your clothing budget on blazers = stupid. Especially if you are building a wardrobe and only have two shirts.
     
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    That is a horrible list.

    +1.
     
  11. Teger

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    if I had $5,000 to spend I think I'd go on a vacation to europe
     
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    for $5000 I could get a sweet Esquire and a Deluxe Reverb and then some jeans
     
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    $140 for jeans? #peasantstatus

    Well, to be fair, the article is like 3 years old. Diesel hasn't made jeans that look like that with that back pocket design for even longer.
     
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    You can't buy anything with 5k.
     
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    I hope those Cole Haan loafers look great with those Diesel jeans, since there are no shoes other than those and black balmorals.

    Trying to build a casual and formal wardrobe in the same breath and with $5000 is stupid unless you know exactly how the person is going to allocate the time. If they are a business man and wearing suits 5 days a week, you can delegate $4000 to more formal clothing... 2 MTM suits and maybe 1-2 cheaper ones (H&M/Zara, tailored) for ~$1600, 5 MTM shirts $500-600, 1 pair nice dress shoes 2 pairs cheaper (maybe allocate $500 and get something a pair of AE then 2 Florsheim/whatever) 5 slim ties from anywhere basic, shouldn't be more than $200... Then maybe two wool sweaters from Jcrew $70. That's $2900... Pocket squares, shoe trees, socks, undershirts, etc. bump it to $3000.

    I'm already way better than Esquire for $2000 less, I'm also bored so fuck it, buy rick/margiela leather for 2k off ebay because you's a baller. There is my business wardrobe.
     
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    The problem with takin style advice (or any advice, for that matter) from publications like Esquire with such a large reading audience is that writers inevitable have to water it down in order to appeal to and be accessible for the majority. Regardless, I agree with other posters that its entirely possible to build a presentable wardrobe for work and otherwise for under 5 grand.
     
  17. robbie

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    the $5000 wardrobe or "please buy this shit, the companies mentioned pay our rent."
     
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    "Just?"

    To be fair, if you already totally know your preferences, a nice wardrobe containing Engineered-Garments-priced stuff can be had for considerably cheaper than $5,000. The problem is knowing your preferences. I think that is the real cost of getting into clothes.


    if you had 5 grand to spend, you would build a wardrobe of "engineered garments priced stuff?" [​IMG]

    think outside the lumberjack box
     
  19. breakz

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    You can get a decent casual wardrobe for damn cheap. Assuming business casual job and t-shirt/jean casual style, you're looking at

    Jeans: Uniqlo/Levis ($60-80)
    Tees: Alt. A, AA, Uniqlo, Hanes, whatever ($30 for 4-5)
    Shirts: Uniqlo/J.Crew/AA for $50 ($250 for 5)
    Sneaks: Purcells, Smiths, Chucks for $40-50
    Shoes: two or three AE seconds for work or whatever ($450-500 for 3)
    TaT suit ($450)
    2-3 mid-layer sweaters/cardigans at J.Crew ($100-150)
    Slacks or chinos: three from Uniqlo/J.Crew for $150
    Peacoat, overcoat, blah w/e ($200 for Schott)

    Done for $1600, no more than $2k if you want APCs, Epaulet/ToJ shirts, or nicer shoes. You have a basic wardrobe; take the remaining $3k to travel around the world and show it off.
     
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    if you had 5 grand to spend, you would build a wardrobe of "engineered garments priced stuff?" [​IMG]

    think outside the lumberjack box


    I think he meant pieces priced similarly to EG, not the aesthetic itself...
     

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