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Mistakes you made when updating your wardrobe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by amathew, Aug 23, 2012.

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  1. sliq

    sliq Senior member

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    HAHAHA this just made my day. gold.

    as an aside, cheaping out on tailoring. now i get all my clothes tailored; widening trouser waists, hemming up trousers/jacket sleeves, shirts, etc. emphasis is the FIT.
     
  2. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Buying a lot of skin tight clothes when I was young and fit.
     
  3. hugeevilrobot

    hugeevilrobot Well-Known Member

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    +1 to buying too much too fast.

    The single most important thing other than that is to find a good local tailor, especially if you are trying to save by thrifting/ebaying.

    Also, as others have said, find what you want and get that, rather than what is in the clearance rack. It's definitely cheaper in the long run.
     
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  4. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Amen, I have a tendency to buy new stuff, when in fact I don't wear the stuff I have to its full potential (or even as often as I should) because of little fit niggles that I'm honestly too lazy to drop off at the tailor.

    I recently decided to stop buying so much stuff and simply get more use out of what I have already.
     
  5. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Buying a barong in the Philippines and wearing it in Bristol, UK. Friends saying "What the fuck are you wearing Mike?"
     
  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not buying with a fully coordinated look in mind. It is too easy to get attracted to "pretty things", a nice pocket square, belt or shoes that don't quite go with anything you own.
     
  7. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    +1000000000000000000000000 to buying too much too soon.

    Even if you resell it, it's at a fraction of what you paid.


    The dreaded compromise for a good deal. <- never again!!

    When something doesn't fit perfectly, but since it's a great price you buy it anyways hoping it'll work. It won't. It'll just rot away in your closet.


    SF also can be a huge problem.

    What some people like, or what's considered by the rules might not fit you as a person. Take the time to develop your own style
     
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    lee_44106 Senior member

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    This is very solid advice.....except most people have no clue what a good "fit" is.

    There's many a clown walking down the street in his ill-fitting suit, thinking he has a perfectly fitting ensemble.
     
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    Ah, but you can always do a "sprezz" with that wonderful, outlandish, pretty item that matches nothing.
     
  10. musicguy

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    Since I was on a tight budget when I joined here it wasn't about buying too much too soon.

    My first post-SF purchases were great items and I still wear some of them. I still own the first 'real shoes' I bought using SF knowledge and wear them frequently, having been resoled once and reheeled twice. AE Lamberts.

    My advice for a newcomer:

    Don't go no break on your pants. When I first joined people told me to go NO BREAK on my pants and that I should insist that my alteration person hems them as such. I did this. I still own some of those pants and they look retarded when I wear them. Also, people will think you're wearing the wrong size pants. Instead just go for a slight break.

    Don't be too entranced by a brand. There are lots of very ugly jackets/suits made well by good brands. In the end, the only one who will know what brand you wear is you. Maybe some clothing nerds too.

    You won't find anything you like at Macy's. Just forget about the store. I spent a lot of money (at that time) trying to find a good fitting shirt made from nice fabric at Macy's. It was impossible. Just get MTM for shirts if you are somewhere near a weight/fitness level you are comfortable with for at least a bit of time.

    Properly fitting pants made a world of difference for me. I was lucky since the ultra slim Incotex and Mabitex fit me extremely well and I lived really close to a daffy's. Daffy's is going out of buisness so I can't offer advice for brands.
     
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  11. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Don't become a shoe collector.

    A rotation of frequently worn, high quality shoes....yes.

    shoe collecting.......that's bad.
     
  12. jrd617

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    +1. Takes a while to learn about fit and balance.
     
  13. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That isn't sprezz that is looking uncoordinated which is another mistake, by the way. A big one.
     
  14. wannabe

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    The biggest mistake I did was having a poor understanding of fit/proportions.

    Seeing good fits on Styleforum, imagining fits in your head, and trying on a jacket in a store are all completely different things. I was on the "tighter is better" train for a long time, and it took me a while to realize what was just too tight, as opposed to what fit well.

    I also state misunderstanding proportions to be a big mistake of mine. As a shorter individual, it's difficult to gauge how long my sportcoat should be, what my rise should be, etc. etc. I was lucky enough to have a tailor willing to accommodate changes in his work ad do multiple "fittings" for me.

    I think people who discover SF for the first time flock to buy a new wardrobe, failing to FULLY understand important concepts like fit. SF just sucks you in at first glance, haha :violin:
     
  15. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    This. You have to begin thinking in terms of numbers. Like :foo:

    For instance, I'm pretty slim and I've found that:

    -Shirt collar should be 0.5 - 0.75 inches bigger than actual neck
    -Shirt chest circumference should be 3 inches bigger than actual chest
    -Jacket should be 2 inches bigger than actual chest
    -Jacket length is dependent on ones torso/leg ratio. (Some people have longer torso,etc.) A good number for me is 30 - 30.5 inches

    Once you have a sense for fit, you can make more informed buying decisions on the B&S forum

    Good links:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/95049/s...to-actual-chest-measurement/0_30#post_1595791
    http://putthison.com/post/9394551419/three-basic-points-of-fit-waist-shoulder
    http://putthison.com/post/7215023321/collar-gaps-shoulder-divots-an-explanation
    http://putthison.com/post/19955659382/how-a-suit-jacket-or-sport-coat-should-fit-a

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/236057/balance-explained/0_30
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/44021/balance/0_30

    Most importantly:

    http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/Tutorials/AndrewHarrisEBayMeasurement.htm
     
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  16. stupendous

    stupendous Senior member

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    +1 more on buying too fast!

    I have gone through several upgrades, and am just now learning about REAL QUALITY clothes!
    There are a lot of things I have and, while most are decently made, I am going to take everything to a tailor to have them altered to fit better!

    Getting stuck on one brand is a double edged sword as well. You find something that fits, and then you don't look at others that may fit just as well, or even better.

    Being a bargain whore! This is one of the toughest things for me! Buying stuff just because it's cheap, or on sale! I visit family in the states every year, and used to go hog wild at outlet stores. Now it's more of piggy wild :D....just this summer, I purchased less quantity and more quality. Still ended up with more stuff than most human beings need, but also came back with quality items, and filled out some gaps in the wardrobe!

    Take your time, LEARN, define your own style, and always, ALWAYS, buy the best quality you can afford! More of what most have said on this thread!

    Great idea for a thread, by the way!:slayer:
     
  17. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    Shit, no one tell Gerry Nelson
     
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    RDiaz Senior member

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  19. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    When I first started buying suits I went exclusively with single vent jackets for some reason. None of those suits are still in my wardrobe.
     
  20. ShelterIslandMike

    ShelterIslandMike Well-Known Member

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    When I upgraded, I started to read this forum and several others. I took as my bible the suggestion that fit was the number one item for my clothes.

    What took a lot of time was finding a tailor with whom I could work. At first, I thought I would just do what the tailor wanted, since I thought I knew nothing. After a while, that was not working. I did not like my own look or feel comfortable in my own clothes.

    For some reason, most of the tailors in my neck of the woods want me to wear my trousers too long, with a crumpled up look. I want a medium break, and the last time I had my pants hemmed, I had to go back to the tailor twice before she got it right.

    The tailors also want my jackets a bit too tight. I want them fitted but with room for movement. I do not want to feel restricted after dinner. It is only a slight difference, hardly noticeable to the outside world, but very important to me and the way I feel in my clothes.

    The only real mistakes I made in buying were quick purchases of shoes, on the road, when I needed something immediately. I will not throw the shoes away or thrift them, because I am too cheap, so they keep popping up in my rotation.
     
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