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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. robbie

    robbie Well-Known Member

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    Also,Gq's big black book is better .
     
  2. sipang

    sipang Well-Known Member

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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.


    Not exactly a killer wardrobe though (not that Esquire selection is better -- but still...)
     
  3. Fuuma

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    I like those 5K=wardrobe thingies

    Uniqlo slim blue denim $40
    Dior Homme black 19cm $350

    J-Uniqlo slim black slacks $60
    J-Uniqlo slim grey slacks $60

    14XWhite Uniqlo tee $70
    14XUniqlo undies+socks $140

    Uniqlo v-neck knits (Grey, Red, purple) $120
    SNS Herning sea blue shawl collar $310

    Uniqlo black washed chambrey $40
    5XJ-Uniqlo slim white shirt $200
    Flathead blue/black winter heavy flannel $210


    Uniqlo black belt $20
    H&M checkered scarf $20
    Faliero Sarti Grey scarf $350

    Lad Musician grey suit $700

    ToJ black double-rider $575
    ToJ duffle in apple green $450

    Vass black boots (fuuma mto) $800
    German army sneakers $50
    White chucks hi $50
    RMW black chelseas $350


    Ok, done
     
  4. dragonxking

    dragonxking Well-Known Member

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    I can't even imagine all the things I'd buy with $5000
     
  5. Fuuma

    Fuuma Well-Known Member

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    What I would do:

    Acne slim black denim X2 ($300 or so)
    14 uniqlo white tees + undies ($210)
    RO black leather high collar $2500
    2XAnn gauzy knits ($850)
    Vass fuuma special $800
    MMM white sneakers $350

    When more cash would buy pricey long coat + blazers. I'm pretty sure I can do almost unlimited time with what I just listed.
     
  6. eightysixed

    eightysixed Well-Known Member

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    So, after spending $5,000, one opens up their closet to find only two shirts.
     
  7. XeF4

    XeF4 Well-Known Member

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    I could build a better wardrobe with $500.
     
  8. underwearer

    underwearer Well-Known Member

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    So, after spending $5,000, one opens up their closet to find only two shirts.

    lol that would suck...Id probably spend $2000 on shoes/boots, $1000 on a leather jacket, $1000 on a nice suit, and the rest some good jeans, tshirts, and random crap maybe a sweater and a pair of cheap shoes for my girlfriend.
     
  9. breakz

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    Not exactly a killer wardrobe though (not that Esquire selection is better -- but still...)
    I'm a pretty boring dresser, unfortunately. I was trying to illustrate one could do the same as Esq for much cheaper. Here's something just as boring, with slightly nicer shirts and jackets, which approaches $5k. Lots of brands that I like don't fit me, so I make some concessions to reality. $150 for random socks/underwear/undershirts black, blue APC NS - $330 random pair of shorts (like J.Crew or something) - $60 chinos in light grey and navy (Uniqlo, J.Crew etc) (work) - $100 =$480 Stan Smiths & Purcells - $110 Mark McNairy brown suede boots - $325 Mark McNairy navy suede bucks - $350 AE Park Avenues in black & AE seconds (work) - $475 =$1260 about 10 AA/Alt. A/Uniqlo tees - $70 couple of Epaulet shirts (one gingham, one flannel) - $260 one white point collar shirt (Ep or similar) - $130 Windmill Club tie - $60 5 oxfords @ Uniqlo (work) - $200 =$720 ToJ grey bomber with fur collar - $550 ToJ grey herringbone pea - $450 TaT suit - $450 =$1450 SNS Herning Stark in sea blue - $330 Ervell navy pocket sweater - $330 3 v-neck merino sweaters from J.Crew (work) - $150 =$800 two Uniqlo belts - $60 EG red twill scarf - $70 H&M or Zara scarf - $20 couple of knit hats - $50 =$200
     
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    darkdream Well-Known Member

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    $5000 is nowhere near enough for a wardrobe.
     
  11. hendrix

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    why do people keep recommending a navy blazer? i can't think of any situation where a tweed blazer or a suit would be better, depending on formality.

    people keep saying it's a staple, but i think i'd only wear it if i didn't have anything else. and since this is a $5000 budget, what's the point in the blazer?
     
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    In gq/esquire world, a blazer, tie and/or vest thrown into any casual outfit makes it insta-style.
     
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    I'm a pretty boring dresser, unfortunately. I was trying to illustrate one could do the same as Esq for much cheaper.

    Here's something just as boring, with slightly nicer shirts and jackets, which approaches $5k. Lots of brands that I like don't fit me, so I make some concessions to reality.

    $150 for random socks/underwear/undershirts

    black, blue APC NS - $330
    random pair of shorts (like J.Crew or something) - $60
    chinos in light grey and navy (Uniqlo, J.Crew etc) (work) - $100
    =$480

    Stan Smiths & Purcells - $110
    Mark McNairy brown suede boots - $325
    Mark McNairy navy suede bucks - $350
    AE Park Avenues in black & AE seconds (work) - $475
    =$1260

    about 10 AA/Alt. A/Uniqlo tees - $70
    couple of Epaulet shirts (one gingham, one flannel) - $260
    one white point collar shirt (Ep or similar) - $130
    Windmill Club tie - $60
    5 oxfords @ Uniqlo (work) - $200
    =$720

    ToJ grey bomber with fur collar - $550
    ToJ grey herringbone pea - $450
    TaT suit - $450
    =$1450

    SNS Herning Stark in sea blue - $330
    Ervell navy pocket sweater - $330
    3 v-neck merino sweaters from J.Crew (work) - $150
    =$800

    two Uniqlo belts - $60
    EG red twill scarf - $70
    H&M or Zara scarf - $20
    couple of knit hats - $50
    =$200


    You forgot an overcoat to go with the suit.

    In gq/esquire world, a blazer, tie and/or vest thrown into any casual outfit makes it insta-style.

    Hell yeah.

    Blue blazer (shirt optional, since you only own two and they're both in the hamper), a pair of loose but not baggy, fitted but not tight Diesels and a pair of Cole Haan loafers and you're good to go wherever.
     
  14. westinghouse

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    My watch alone costs more than $5k.
     
  15. Nouveau Pauvre

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    My watch band alone costs more than $5k.
     
  16. Captain Winky

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    Well, if we're playing the "what I'd buy" game then here are mind:

    $5k, have to buy at retail:

    Rag & Bone RB23 raw ($275)
    Rag & Bone RB15 Shiny Indigo ($225)
    Naked & Famous Weird Guy Indigo ($125)
    Zara shirts (6 @ $60, $360)
    Zara merino sweaters (3 @ $60, $180)
    Banana Republic fitted Ts (I need a M/Tall, 6 @ $20, $180)
    C&J brown lace-up ($550)
    C&J black chelsea ($625)
    Z-Zegna suits (I like the fit/style and the classic colors can double as odd jackets/trousers $2,300)
    Zara mid-length wool coat ($250)

    $5k, can shop dept. store sales/discount stores/discount sites like BF, Yoox:

    Rag & Bone RB23 raw (yea, still love these $275)
    Helmut Lang raw (about $100 on Gilt from time to time)
    Notify coated denim (about $120 on Yoox)
    Corpus washed jeans (about $100 on Gilt from time to time)
    Naked & Famous Indigo (still a good deal, $135)
    RLBL shirts (6 @ $80-110 on Gilt/RL sale, $600ish)
    Same BR Ts (6 @ $20, $180)
    Same sweaters but from end of season sale ($ 3 @ $40, $120)
    Prada Sport lace-up walking shoe (quality not great, but comfy and only about $250 on Yoox)
    Ferragamo lace-up in brown ($300ish on sale at any dept. store)
    Varvatos pull-on boot in black ($250ish on sale)
    Mainline Zegna suits (2 @ about $800, $1,600)
    Theory blazers (2 @ $125ish from Gilt/Off 5th, etc)

    I think both my lists are under budget and better than what was given in the mag.
     
  17. deejaysoy

    deejaysoy Well-Known Member

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    Someone needs to give Esquire a Gilt Groupe invite.
     
  18. Kill_switch

    Kill_switch Well-Known Member

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    Well, if we're playing the "what I'd buy" game then here are mind:

    $5k, have to buy at retail:

    Rag & Bone RB23 raw ($275)
    Rag & Bone RB15 Shiny Indigo ($225)
    Naked & Famous Weird Guy Indigo ($125)
    Zara shirts (6 @ $60, $360)
    Zara merino sweaters (3 @ $60, $180)
    Banana Republic fitted Ts (I need a M/Tall, 6 @ $20, $180)
    C&J brown lace-up ($550)
    C&J black chelsea ($625)
    Z-Zegna suits (I like the fit/style and the classic colors can double as odd jackets/trousers $2,300)
    Zara mid-length wool coat ($250)

    $5k, can shop dept. store sales/discount stores/discount sites like BF, Yoox:

    Rag & Bone RB23 raw (yea, still love these $275)
    Helmut Lang raw (about $100 on Gilt from time to time)
    Notify coated denim (about $120 on Yoox)
    Corpus washed jeans (about $100 on Gilt from time to time)
    Naked & Famous Indigo (still a good deal, $135)
    RLBL shirts (6 @ $80-110 on Gilt/RL sale, $600ish)
    Same BR Ts (6 @ $20, $180)
    Same sweaters but from end of season sale ($ 3 @ $40, $120)
    Prada Sport lace-up walking shoe (quality not great, but comfy and only about $250 on Yoox)
    Ferragamo lace-up in brown ($300ish on sale at any dept. store)
    Varvatos pull-on boot in black ($250ish on sale)
    Mainline Zegna suits (2 @ about $800, $1,600)
    Theory blazers (2 @ $125ish from Gilt/Off 5th, etc)

    I think both my lists are under budget and better than what was given in the mag.

    why the fuck do you need so many jeans?
     
  19. milosz

    milosz Well-Known Member

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    for $5000 I could get a sweet Esquire and a Deluxe Reverb and then some jeans

    I'll take a Danocaster Lake Placid Blue/rosewood Esquire and a Swart Space Tone Reverb ($3k total)
     
  20. Captain Winky

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    why the fuck do you need so many jeans?

    Pretty much all I wear, be it work, hanging out or going out. Suits are for occasions only (as well as interviews and mandatory court appearances).
     

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