Okay, full retail is the way to go, trusting the advice and guidance of the big guns. Well, let's see how this season's big guns do. Below is what the stores' gurus recommend followed by my grade and comment. Michael Macko for Saks Fifth Avenue Michael Bastian Fine-Gauge Cashmere Sweater Price: $650 Grade: C "I loved his sweaters with reverse intarsias that say 'Don't Forget' or 'Fabulous.' " Uh, yeah. The Fancy White Shirt from Elie Tahari Price: $228 Grade: B Okay for what it is, I suppose. Prada Sport Boot Price: $890 Grade: F It's a $900 Prada hiking boot. Theory Peacoat Price: $575 Grade: A On their terms, no particular argument. A slight update of a classic piece. The Mariner Cap Price: $85 Grade: B+ I actually like it pretty well, but I don't see many people wearing it on a long term basis. Tommy Fazio for Bergdorf Goodman: Thom Browne Suit Price: $4,300 Grade: F I want to drop $4k+ for a suit with a shoulder patch? You have got to be kidding me! SPURR Denim Price: $325 Grade: B Honestly, I don't know enough about high end denim to grade this adequately, but I have a hard time with $300 denim anyway. Bamford & Sons Herringbone Overcoat Price: $2,395 Grade: A- It's a lovely coat, and classic in design. The real question is construction--is this actually made in England? Regardless, it's a far better choice than the Browne suit at any price. Two-Tone John Lobb Cap-Toe Shoes Price: $985 Grade: B+ No argument with the label or quality, but that style is not a classic choice by any means. However, if someone is adding to his wardrobe and wants it, I have no argument with it. Gossuin White Button-Down Shirt Price: $295 Grade: C Are those snaps on that thing? The shirt that is pictured is not a button-down, anyway, it's a button-up. This is a shirt that will date itself badly in a year, but if you've got money to burn have at it. Bergdorf Goodman House-Brand Hat Price: $195 Grade: B+ My knock on it is the pom-pon on top, but I don't have a big problem with this hat. I have a hard time seeing a grown man walking down the street in NYC wearing it with that ball on top, though. Tom Kalenderian for Barneys New York Juicy Couture Rabbit Fur–Lined Parka Price: $825 Grade: C+ We're not starting well, here. The coat isn't offensive, I don't suppose, but at the end of the day you've spent over $800 for a 'Juicy' rabbit fur coat and you're a man. Three-Ply Cashmere Turtleneck from Malo Price: $950 Grade: A Okay, I'm accepting the shocking price as the price of much vaunted 'retail'. If you buy it you might feel like you paid too much, but you wouldn't be kicking yourself for it. Jean-Michel Cazabat Short Riding Boot Price: $595 Grade: A-Someone who buys this will have lovely and classically styled boot. I confess ignorance as to contruction, which might hurt the grade significantly. Lanvin Floppy Bow Tie (and 'formal' wear) Prices: Cotton hand-pleated tuxedo shirt, $765; cotton trouser, $1,060; bow tie, $245 Grade: F Your chance to look like an idiot at the Oscars. Leonello Borghi Fur Bag Price: $1,390 Grade: F You're a man and it's a fur bag.