• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 5: Good Art HLYWD rosette courtesy of Self Edge

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 5th auction is for a custom Good Art HLYWD bracelet courtesy of Self Edge. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Help me spend a BR gift card.

Mentos

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
382
Reaction score
2

briancl

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2005
Messages
1,220
Reaction score
1
I had a BR giftcard for a long time.. I eventually just bought a bunch of socks. The fit and quality of BR stuff is really not worth the money, even when you've got a giftcard to offset the cost.
 

Ambulance Chaser

Stylish Dinosaur
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Mar 7, 2002
Messages
10,494
Reaction score
1,800
BR sells a beige moleskin topcoat (not pictured on website, likely to be in store, featured in GQ a few issues back) that is the perfect coat for early fall when you want an extra layer but it's not cold enough for a heavy wool coat. I would get that.
 

j

(stands for Jerk)
Admin
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Feb 17, 2002
Messages
14,914
Reaction score
98
None of those are a particularly good value, but I actually like them all. If you don't have a coat, get the Chesterfield.

BTW, I hate to say it considering how much I dwell on "real" or authentic stuff when it comes to leather, but I checked out this jacket and I actually really like it:

http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...799&pid=416566
 

EL72

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 11, 2006
Messages
6,860
Reaction score
4
I had the same problem with a $150 BR merch credit. For the life of me, I could not figure out what to buy and went several times to a store next to my house. I would stay away from their tailored clothing and topcoats. The coats feel stiffer than cardboard when you try them on. Boxers and socks are nice but I always get them on sale. Their chinos and some casual wear are fine too. In the end, I got some stuff for my wife as she likes their fit and women buy more disposable clothes and a pair of jeans for me that were marked down to $30 from $120.
 

DocHolliday

Stylish Dinosaur
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 21, 2005
Messages
16,118
Reaction score
1,112
I haven't seen the Chesterfield, but I was very disappointed with the quality of the Heritage line in general. BR offered a covert coat last winter that looked great on the Web site but absolutely terrible in person. And the Heritage stuff I've seen since hasn't impressed.
 

DocHolliday

Stylish Dinosaur
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 21, 2005
Messages
16,118
Reaction score
1,112
I picked up a surprisingly nice pair of BR gloves on deep markdown last winter. I haven't seen these, but they might be a decent choice, if you need gloves:

http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...d=433372&vid=1

Or you could visit the sales rack at your local store and see what you can find. Even if there's nothing you like, maybe you could flip some stuff on eBay.
 

hossoso

Coward and P*ssy
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Messages
7,805
Reaction score
173
I love that a BR gift card is considered a problem on this forum. I would spend it on socks and underclothes.
 

EL72

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 11, 2006
Messages
6,860
Reaction score
4
j, I tried on that jacket and felt the leather was very stiff.

btw Mentos, if you're interested in converting the card to some cash. I need a brown suede belt and am willing to pay $25 for this one. (size 34) http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...294&pid=416313
 

hossoso

Coward and P*ssy
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Messages
7,805
Reaction score
173
Wait..gloves are a good idea too.
 

Get Smart

Don't Crink
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Messages
12,234
Reaction score
227
Originally Posted by j
None of those are a particularly good value, but I actually like them all. If you don't have a coat, get the Chesterfield.

BTW, I hate to say it considering how much I dwell on "real" or authentic stuff when it comes to leather, but I checked out this jacket and I actually really like it:

http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...799&pid=416566


looks good on the site, not as good in real life.

I'd go with the Chesterfield too. but size down since everything there seems to run a full size large
 

Mentos

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
382
Reaction score
2
Originally Posted by Get Smart
looks good on the site, not as good in real life.

I'd go with the Chesterfield too. but size down since everything there seems to run a full size large


Yeah, BR stuff is huge. I'm a small-medium in most labels, but a BR small fits me like a tent. So the chesterfield might be out of the question, anyway...

The gloves are a good idea...

Someone out there apparently pays retail for BR stuff, b/c the good stuff in my size never makes it to the sale season.
 

j

(stands for Jerk)
Admin
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Feb 17, 2002
Messages
14,914
Reaction score
98
Originally Posted by Get Smart
looks good on the site, not as good in real life.

I'd go with the Chesterfield too. but size down since everything there seems to run a full size large

I saw it in real life and I thought it looked pretty good, actually. And I like stiff leather jackets, so...

Anyway, maybe you can get some gloves, some boxers and undershirts, and then buy some gifts.
 

drizzt3117

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Aug 26, 2004
Messages
13,141
Reaction score
10
Originally Posted by j
I saw it in real life and I thought it looked pretty good, actually. And I like stiff leather jackets, so...

Anyway, maybe you can get some gloves, some boxers and undershirts, and then buy some gifts.


Personally I like BR for certain things, like polo shirts with no logos, corduroy jackets, sometimes nylon windbreakers, and other stuff. JET thought that that M65 from them looked good, it was like $198 though. I checked it out last night and it was a cool design but the wool was really scratchy.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 28 3.6%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 137 17.4%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 257 32.6%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 124 15.7%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 69 8.8%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 47 6.0%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 23 2.9%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 21 2.7%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.2%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.9%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 8 1.0%
  • 100+

    Votes: 50 6.3%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
428,806
Messages
9,224,405
Members
193,629
Latest member
Blue_Bowtie
Top