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Have You Costanza'd?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chorse123, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I ruined a shirt this weekend (it was wet and came into contact with a plastic shopping bag on the way to the laundry). It was not a favorite, so no terrible loss, but it immediately reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where George refuses to throw out a stained shirt because "The collar's okay. I wear it under sweaters."

    Would You Costanza?
     
  2. Sander

    Sander Senior member

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    [​IMG] right now it stands 1:1:1.
    I voted for no, never. Funny thing is, I just recently watched that episode and knew by just reading the title what you meant.
     
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    I have a white Brooks Brothers OCBD, no breast pocket, from ~1993 that can't be shed for a number of reasons. It has a black ink stain near one of the sleeve plackets. Unfortunately, I didn't know about Amodex at the time, so the stain set. Still wear it under sweaters and with rolled sleeves in warm weather.

    I also have a MTM Brooks Brothers tattersall dress shirt with 2 small ink stains on the left breast. Haven't worn it in years, but it still hangs in my closet. I guess I'll relegate it to shine cloth duty one of these days.
     
  4. PinkPantser

    PinkPantser Senior member

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    Absolutely, I wear sweaters so often that a bit of ink or a worn out elbow doesn't stop a shirt from keeping its spot in the rotation.
     
  5. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short.
     
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    why Senior member

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    I thought this thread was going to be about dressing depending on mood.
     
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    Spatlese Senior member

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    I don't know if this quite what you mean J, but I have some 7-8 year old Eton shirts that I can't bear to discard even though I've gotten great mileage out of them. The collars and cuffs are reasonably worn, but I keep them in semi-rotation.
     
  8. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short

    I should have included a definition. That doesn't qualify. Here goes:

    Costanza
    verb
    1) to retain and wear a badly stained shirt, esp. "under sweaters" when the "collar is okay"



    I thought this thread was going to be about dressing depending on mood.

    If you want to start your own thread about how, if it were socially acceptable, you would drape myself in velvet, go ahead. [​IMG]
     
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    I figured we were to discuss shrinkage.
     
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    I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short.

    +1. I've got a blue and white striped Paul Stuart button down that I do this with.
     
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    maomao1980 Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I recently ruined a pair of Sutor suede loafers buy accidently using a brush with shoe polish residue to apply suede cleaner. I can't bring myself to chuck them [​IMG]

    Edit - I didn't know this applied to shirts only.
     
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    I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short.

    I do this also for other varying reasons. Some shirts I'll only wear with certain suits because of shirt sleeve / suit sleeve length disparities, some I'll wear only under sweaters because the fit is loose, etc.

    I have one shirt that I accidentally burned a hole through in an ironing mishap, but its too new to throw out so it's gettin Costanza'd too.
     
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    I thought this thread was about waiting for a suit (shirt/pants/etc.) to go on sale and then putting it in a different size section so your fellow 38 short thinks it has already been sold.

    'What's this! It appears this suit has been misplaced! Nonetheless, I shall purchase it.....'
     
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    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I should have included a definition. That doesn't qualify. Here goes:

    Costanza
    verb
    1) to retain and wear a badly stained shirt, esp. "under sweaters" when the "collar is okay"


    I see. I'm not part of the Costanza shirt crowd then.
     
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    I thought this thread was going to be about dressing depending on mood.

    I thought it was going to be about walking around the office doing nothing but staring intently at a sheet of paper, or am I getting my refrences mixed up?

    In answer to the OP, yes. My first, (and only) Sea Island cotton shirt has an inkstain right on the end of the left sleeve placket. I just can't seem to bring myself to toss it, so it ocassionaly gets worked in under a sweater. It's other purpose is to serve as an expensive reminder to not purchase overpriced RTW shirts at retail...[​IMG]
     
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    When I read the title I just knew this was gonna be about eating an eclair from the garbage.
    I regularly Costanza good shirts with sleeves that are a bit too short.
    +1 (and add aluminum stained pits because of my refusal to wear undershirts which make me look fatter about the waist)
     
  18. AdamInSF

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    My shirts are, for now, stain-free, but I would definitely Costanza any if they were irreparably stained. I have "Costanza'ed" a tie that has a stain and which I have yet to send off to Tiecrafters for repair.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have some much-loved shirts that are so well worn that they have to be worn under sweaters, but none with stains.

    If I kept one with an enormous stain, there'd undoubtedly be a Costanza twist in which some bizarre circumstance forced me to remove my sweater in public, to my complete humiliation.
     
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    You know what sucks? I've had two nice shirts get stains ONLY on the collar, making them virtually unwearable and un-Costanzable.
     

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