Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. heldentenor

    heldentenor Senior member

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  2. ridethecliche

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    Well that explains the tweed. Be sure to get suede elbow patches.

    Actually, if you buy used stuff, look up some daks jackets. I have one with amazing suede details. It's my pub jacket since it has a hole in the shoulder that I stitched up but it also got soaked in beer so there it is.

    Edit: I spoke too soon. Just tried to mess with one of my coworkers with my hand in a patch pocket of a different jacket. Heard a rip and noticed that I just ripped the stitching by one of the vents. Guess I have another repair to do this weekend. Oy.
     
  3. AJL

    AJL Senior member

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    Easiest way to avoid this scenario is to walk away from SF. No joke. This place is a powerful enabler, all these tasty resources available at the click of a mouse, and all our well-dressed internet friends here to inspire us and point us in the right direction.

    it's just a few quick steps from need to want to hobbyist/collector.

    And now back to your regularly scheduled kopping.
     
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    Critique please. Wearing this with suede Chukkas and belt, dark indigo jeans.
     
  5. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Eh, it depends. Plenty of people on here dress well and are reasonable about it. I've spent far more money than I ever have before, but I'm okay with being a bottom feeder and waiting for deals. It's the mentality that only the best is worth it, that's silly.
     
  6. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Yeah, I might just do that. Perhaps I'll just start posting/reading less. It's a good resource, but seeing awesome things that you'd like to have on a daily basis does not help the long term planning at all.

    I don't need to have the perfect wardrobe right now, or even a couple of years from now. What I have right now isn't bad anyways. Most of it is fully canvassed and fits well, so there's no immediate need. I have 12 pairs of shoes, 25 shirts, and 25 ties, so that's more than enough for now. I should be happy with what I have instead of coveting the latest hype shoe or tie maker.
     
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  7. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    I think you can still appreciate nice things without feeling the need to have them. It's a good lesson to learn in our capitalist culture.
     
  8. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    @noodles , are you at least still reading SF? Would hate to see you miss out on the NMWA restock of the navy birdseye Formosa (announced today) during your break.
     
  9. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    I can confirm he did not miss out.

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    I want to make so many oodles of money (technical term) but I quite enjoy my quality of life at my job.
     
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    Glad to hear. My first thought when I read about the restock was . .. that's so Noodles to be talking endlessly for months about getting that suit when it is restocked and then to take a time out and miss news of the restock.
     
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    kulata Senior member

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    Fight the covetousness with a monthly budget and discipline. But keep posting, your insights and fits are helpful to a lot of people.
     
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    The big D word. Not advocating SF exodus here, but it does pay to occasionally step back and take stock of what you already have and what (if anything) more you really need at the moment. Oh, and maybe smell the roses. I say this from the perspective of one who is currently on a bit of a binge in an attempt to shore up/up the quality level of some staple (and some maybe not so staple) items. But then I tend to be a binger (not so much with booze, thankfully), and am hoping to let up off the gas pedal soon. Since I am the one driving, I should have control of this vehicle, right? :embar:

    As for budgeting, that's for sissies. And organized, responsible people.

    Speaking of binging and staples , who wants to recommend the "ultimate" staple fabric for a 3 season navy/dark blue SC? Hopsack is one, what are some others? Alternately considering the possibility of a blazer suit, so that might alter fabric selection somewhat. Looking for something with some depth and visual interest, but versatile enough to wear to a slightly more casual wedding or similar, in the case of a blazer suit. @Claghorn I know you are an advocate of the blazer suit, interested to hear your take.

    Thoughts?
     
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  14. YRR92

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    That, I'll agree with.

    I like your posts, MF, but you may need to walk away from a method of interacting with SF: it's very buying-focused. What I see from a lot of posters is a heavy focus on the stuff they've just bought, or are just about to buy.

    Now, I don't buy much stuff, so my interaction with it is mostly either:

    1. Daydreaming about stuff I can't afford.
    2. Working with what I have (an activity that mostly takes place offline, admittedly).
    3. Researching stuff I can afford and might buy (rarely).

    I'm lucky that I don't have more money to spend on clothes, because I'd buy some pretty useless stuff (in my case, ironically, that would be what you wear to work). I do think there's the Stitches approach, where a lot gets bought and a lot gets sold, but there are reasons why that might not work for somebody, and there's the Foo approach, where you buy increasingly hard-to-get clothes.
     
  15. New Shoes1

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    Reading Monkey Face's posts and the various responses has been interesting to me because I recently came to a similar conclusion that I need to take a break. I have a new pair of shell boots arriving today and a couple of Luxire shirts in the works, but decided it was time to sit back and focus on enjoying wearing my clothes and not make any additional purchases for awhile. With 15 pairs of shoes, 4 all season suits and one flannel suit, 10 pairs of trousers, 3 navy blazers, 5 odd jackets and more shirts and ties than I can count, I came to the conclusion that I've got my basics pretty well covered. I also looked at what I was buying recently and concluded it was no longer about staples, but, instead, mostly niche items or looking to upgrade items where the original was perfectly adequate. Something about the fact I was branching out beyond the basics really bothered me. Yet, it is so easy to read the WAYWRN posts, see items that you want and get an itchy trigger finger when that item is on sale. I decided that cold turkey was the only way to go because there is always that next item at the top of your list.

    I'm actually looking forward to this time out and then seeing if I have a different, more measured attitude regarding clothing.
     

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