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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. The Noodles

    The Noodles Senior member

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    Self Imposed Limits
    Suits: $2,000
    Shirts: $300
    Trousers: $400
    Ties: $150
    Shoes: $800

    I seek quality over quantity.
     
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  2. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Does anyone actually prioritize quantity (for quantity's sake)?
     
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  3. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    ^^^^

    Yes. Everyone who wants lots of crappy stuff please raise your hands ...

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  4. kulata

    kulata Senior member

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    Just waiting for walmart to start selling suits
     
  5. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    I wonder what Vox's or Foo's limits are... surely they put the pocketbooks of us mortals to shame [​IMG]
     
  6. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    For me....

    Self Imposed Limits: none that I'm aware of.

    Edit: just to make clear: there are certainly limits, but they are not self imposed [​IMG]
     
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  7. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Beats me on all counts. A few times I've paid more than 100 USD for a tie (including shipping), but that's the closest I get to any of these in any category.

    For whatever reason I find myself less excited about things the farther they get from my torso. By the time I get to my feet I find myself averse to large cash outlays, however much I might admire a beautiful pair of shoes.

    Cheers,

    Ac

    P.s.: Noodles, you didn't mention belts, which is what started this. I'm guessing around $10,000?

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  8. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    I'm not sure what mine would be exactly, but here is what I'm in the process of obtaining:

    Suits: ~$6,500 (I'd probably draw the line right above here, though)
    Shirts: ~$1,150 (same here)
    Shoes: ~$4-5,000 (could conceivably spend a bit more)
    Ties: $150 (although I could see myself spending more and probably will at some point in the future)
     
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  9. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    And just like that a Jos. A Bank banner is hovering over this thread. Next time, let's try "Starbucks is the supermodel of coffee shops."
     
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  10. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    Totally random, but you're now at 3,333 posts (caught the corner of my eye).

    You should totally pull an @Manton move and just edit that one post for the next while. 3 is a cool number [​IMG]
     
  11. jcmeyer

    jcmeyer Senior member

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    Trust fund, eh? Nice.

    ;)
     
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  12. losrockets

    losrockets Senior member

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    Fun game. I mostly lurk because I'm mostly broke and about to start medical residency in a year so here are my current limits and also what I think I'd be willing to pay while in residency/soon thereafter:

    Suit: $400 ($600) - I just don't wear suits enough to justify spending more. Would like to be able to purchase fully canvassed eventually. Even when I'm a practicing Psychiatrist I imagine I'll wear an odd jacket and trousers on private practice days more often than a suit. And it's just more practical when bouncing between private clinic and county hospital to be able to take off an odd jacket and not worry about damaging a matching set of pants.
    Jacket: $300 ($600) - Most I've spent RTW is around $280 on sale, I usually buy on Yoox or Ebay. Living in TX I would like to eventually have a fresco jacket made and that'll break the budget but I'd still try to shoot for sub-$800. I feel like I have a ton of options in this price range, both new and used.
    Trousers: $100 ($100) - Lots of thrifitng and ebaying going on here for pants that usually retail north of $200-250. The most I've ever paid was $70 for a pair of Luciano Barbera gray flannels. Been pretty fortunate. Wear my trousers hard and frequently so I don't want to pay much more as I think regardless of quality I'll be going through them rather quick. Have a big collection already including lots of Corneliani for PRL w/ forward pleats which suits my frame and tastes nicely.
    Shirt: $45 ($100) - Basically I'll move up to Kamakura but I'm in TX. It's hot. I know these will get worn out quick no matter what because I'll do quite a bit of walking outdoors.
    Square: $30 ($40) - Eh. I like the Drakes squares I've gotten on sale. Don't feel a need to go above that really and don't wear squares that often
    Tie: $40 ($80) - Pretty happy with what I can get at these price points on Styleforum/Ebay/places like the Knottery
    Shoes: $300 ($450) - The most I've spent is $435 on a pair of NIB cordovan RL Marlow wingtips $460 on new #8 shell Alden boots. I try to buy new and I've generally been happy with options at this price point. Moving away from AE to Carmina because they're just more comfortable for me
    Socks: $8 ($15) - Lands End used to have great merino OTCs, looking for another cheap supplier now
    Belt: $30 ($70) - I have one AE full grain belt and it's incredible. Willing to pay for more belts like this, it just makes such a huge difference in how things feel as the day goes on.
     
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  13. sebastian mcfox

    sebastian mcfox Senior member

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    Wat
     
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  14. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    LOL. More like someone who doesn't quite trust me handling our funds [​IMG]
     
  15. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    Does she give you an envelope every month marked "clothes" with a certain amount of money which you have no control over inside? [​IMG]
     
  16. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    [​IMG]
     
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  17. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I struggled with this decision for an entire minute before realizing achievements lose their luster with time. It's time to start working towards 4,444.

    Okay, I also wanted to echo the other comment asking WTF about the $1,100 dress shirts. The only way I can fathom this is if the shirts are delivered by a beautiful woman that shows up at your door wearing nothing but the shirt. She only stays an hour, but leaves the shirt for you.
     
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  18. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    Hell, maybe that's why they cost so much, but at this point I'm unaware of that service. [​IMG]
    Maybe it's been too long since the threads about the $1,000+ dress shirts for you guys to remember
     
  19. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I think a lot of people, while they don't explicitly choose quantity over quality, do see diminishing marginal returns at some point. If I upgraded from Hemrajani to Savile Row, I would have a much smaller wardrobe.
     
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  20. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Noodles, haven't you spent more than those suit maxes already?

    I think max for me =

    Suit - 2.5k
    Jacket - 1.5k
    Pants - 350
    Shoes - 700
    Shirt - 175
     
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