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2011 Clothing Insights / 2012 Clothing Plans

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sixth_Sense, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. v8 muscle

    v8 muscle Member

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    2011:
    -Begun to realize how crappy my wardrobe was
    -Started reading SF

    2012:
    -Swap out ill fitting clothing
    -Buy a nice pair of dress shoes
    -Upgrade my basics and build up a good set up staples to wear
    -Learn about fit, quality, brands, etc.
     
  2. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    This is awesome. Agree 100%. You're a Melbournite? Do you ever post in the Australian Members thread?
     
  3. Texastyle

    Texastyle Senior member

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    2011:

    -I finally realized how sloppy I looked wearing t-shirts and jeans.
    -Started reading SF and began to learn the basics.
    -Bought my first "nice" suit and finally got 2 sport coats.
    -Learned that wearing square toed shoes was one of my worst sins and finally bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds (walnut strands).
    -Finally moved on to ties made of something other than silk.
    -Put in an order for a navy suit.


    2012:

    -Try to learn about jeans
    -Get a light grey suit.
    -Suede cap toes
    -Build up my very small tie collection
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2012
  4. Hadrius

    Hadrius Active Member

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    As a college student I don't need to dress up. I don't need 6 pairs of slacks. I don't need 4 pairs of dress shoes. I like wearing better clothing, but I have no time period in which I need to replace or buy shit. This means that I can fill my closet slowly, with quality, well fit pieces. If shirts don't fit, send them back. I have one spare, and don't need more than that for now.

    Essentially, my clothing goal boils down to starting anew. Throw out all the shit, replace it slowly. With good stuff. And once I get 2-3 of each article, stop. I don't need more than 3 of anything right now, and if I stop buying at 2-3, I can wait, see how I like it, and continue from there rather than spending a lot on stuff I don't end up enjoying.

    2011- I learned why dressing well is important, and how badly I'd been executing.
    2012- throw out everything. Start anew. Get 2-3 of everything, stop and wear it.
     
  5. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    2011 lessons were mostly about fit:
    - I really have a true 36 chest, not a 37 so I can't ever get away with buying 38, however cheap, and hoping it will look okay - it won't.
    - I really am Small, so I can never get away with buying R, etc. etc.
    - Oh, and don't try to be funny in SW&D.

    2012 plans:
    - Don't buy (m)any more shoes, I have (almost) exhausted my wife's patience on this matter.
    - Save for very particular pieces that I want that fit perfectly, don't just go for things that are 'near enough'.
    - Save for a bespoke suit or two.
     
  6. tone76

    tone76 Senior member

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    My first full year in the pursuit of sartorial enlightenment. I still have a long way to go, though.

    2011 Clothing Insights
    - 3 SF-Approved pairs of shoes (2 x AE, 1 x Church's)
    - Trying to hone the (near) perfect MTM shirt fit via MT .. 3 attempts so far, getting closer but I still feel I'll need another 1-2 shirts to get it right
    - Removal of as many non-natural fibres from my wardrobe as possible
    - Almost complete renewal in my tie rotation, along with a general increase in tie numbers. Purge of particularly vulgar ties and/or those of non-natural fibres.
    - Kept a log of shirt/tie/suit combinations to make notes of my favourites
    - My first 2 proper pocket squares!
    - Developed an excellent relationship with a good tailor
    - Discovered the joy of B&S in the acquisition of some proper suits for not a lot of money
    - I also appear to have lost about 20lbs. (was 44L, now 42L).

    2012 Clothing Plans
    - Nail my perfect MT measurements. Actually, just get to learn my fit better in general.
    - Grow my collection of staple shirts (may have to go RTW for these)
    - Grow my collection of staple ties (grenadine, wool knit, repp stripe, plain etc)
    - Grow my collection of pocket squares
    - I need at least 2 sweaters and/or vests.
    - Replace at least 2 suits I've lost too much weight for, probably with staples from B&S and in better brands than those I am replacing
    - At least 1 new pair of SF-approved shoes. Am tossing up between a pair of dark brown shoes (probably AE Fifth Avenues) or a pair of black ones (i'm really liking the look of Church's Westbury).
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  7. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Flannel suit in navy houndstooth
    Flannel suit in gray (plain or white overcheck)
    Donegal sportcoat
    Camel overcoat
    Cream silk dinner shirt
    1,000 chambray dress shirts in cream, pink, lavender and light blue
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why not make it 1,001?
     
  9. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    More is definitely better. The chambray from Will at ASW is fantastic.

    Plans for this year:
    2-3 pairs of shoes
    new briefcase/messenger bag
    more custom shirts
    try bespoke trousers
    save for another watch
     
  10. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How did everyone do? I still haven't quite nailed trouser fit, and will be likely be doing another round of closet cleaning soon, but I think I've made good progress on all of these, as well as gone off on many other tangents of course.
     
  11. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I was surprised to see what I wrote a year ago, and pleased to see that it all came to pass. :slayer:
     

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