Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    I dont disagree with that at all. But you are not a person trying to build a tie collection. You can buy whatever tie you like if you feels the kop is justifiable from a financial standpoint. So, should a tie that you love but would not pay 150 for, is available for 75, kop away. However, a person trying to get started on a tie collection should shy away from that. If what he wants/needs is on sale, awesome, but passing on a tie that he "needs" for a tie he likes more, that happens to be on sale, but is less of a staple, is a mistake for most beginners imo. Great gif. I am so happy that you posted one knowing your disdain for gifs and jpegs. Also, money does enter the equation for me. Just not in the same way as most people with similar incomes.
     


  2. jrd617

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    I bet I could build a great starter collection of ties right now if I tried searching eBay.

    But like stitchy said, most people starting out don't have that knowledge. They'll probably buy a bunch of junk that they regret purchasing
     
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  3. kulata

    kulata Senior member

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    Realest ish written here in a while.

    Everybody buys junk till they acquire taste and there is no escaping this. My 2 cents
     


  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is what matters. It's not where you buy or what you spend, it's the knowledge and discipline you have when you make the purchase.
     


  5. jrd617

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    If I had more hours in the day, I could open up a for-profit eBay hunting service... I have so many damn saved searches to leverage
     


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    Excellent, excellent post, sir. Well executed and full of very good information. You've come so far since you started posting here.
     
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  7. ridethecliche

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    Lol. I spend a pittance on tailoring. All these alterations would still be required had I bought something off the rack as a lot of places don't fix sleeve/pant length or have enough waist suppression.
    I did. I showed up dressed like I was in the pic with noodles. It was on a saturday conference hosted at my institution and there were people wearing khakis and polos there. I got atleast a half dozen 'nice jacket!' comments from other presenters!
     


  8. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Wanna send me a nice PM?

    :p
     


  9. in stitches

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    Its not about about where you purchase. Its about what you purchase and why. But maybe that is what you are saying. :)
     


  10. jrd617

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    Indeed

    eBay is like a thrift store on steroids. A new person might buy a lot of stuff he'll never wear just because the stuff is cheap
     
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  11. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Also, in discussing the virtues of retail v. alternatives, let's not forget that this thread was founded to help a guy who splashed out too much money on expensive mistakes at Neiman.
     


  12. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    Very true indeed.
    I wanted to look nice but I thought becoming a brand-whore would solve everything. I didn't think of fit or style. It stemmed from not having the knowledge on what to buy and how to wear and assuming name brands were the only way. I got to SF with some unrecoverable damage but it saved me a whole bucket load of cash.

    I think I counted like 15 ties and 1 Isaia suit returned for full refund at NM.
     


  13. jrd617

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  14. Ambulance Chaser

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    What was wrong with the Isaia suit? :confused:
     


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    If I recall, it was too short.

    Isaia's cut has really gone downhill. the older stuff that shows up on ebay has a nicer cutt @comrade will agree with me
     
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