- Feb 26, 2008
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(Tip: Because Ralph Lauren suits are made by a suitmaker, Corneliani; why not buy straight from the source?).
I think this is the important thing. Know what you're buying, and decide whether it's worth the price, regardless of the name on the label. If it's from Ralph, fine, but make sure you understand what you're getting for your money. H&M is perfectly acceptable at H&M prices, but not at, say, Prada's.3. Construction Counts. Generally speaking, be sure and look under the hood of whatever you buy. A Bentley is expensive because some chap put the thing together by hand, whereas some robot assembled the Kia down the road. The same goes for an Oxxford vs. Joseph A. Bank.
I think this is too much of a blanket statement. It's like saying "cashmere sucks" because cheap mall-shop sweaters pill. I'm no great fan of luxury cloths in general, be it in suitings or shirtings, but there's good and bad in everything.4. "Super" Sucks. A shitty fabric woven into Super 180s is still a shitty fabric. I'd rather wear a simple Holland & Sherry worsted than some no-name Super 180s any day of the week.
This is good advice. But I tend to have the opposite problem -- there are so many bargains out there that I rarely find myself tempted by the dregs of a sale. Instead, I am more likely to regret the expensive item that seemed so perfect -- just the thing! -- only to discover once it was too late that it wasn't so perfect after all. Most recently, I paid a significant premium for a sportcoat that was exactly the pattern I had been looking for. Only after I wore it once or twice, I concluded I didn't much care for the cut or fit. Ah well.5. Sales. Do not buy a garment on sale just because it's on sale. I've learned the following from experience: I would rather have one Hickey-Freeman in my closet for every five $300 pieces-o-crap I bought just because they were cheap. Sometimes you have to learn this one by experience, as it is difficult to resist an apparent "deal"; but, remember, the $300 piece-o-crap may look marvelous hanging in your closet, but you'll be quickly reminded of Paragraphs 1-4 above after a few wears. Trust me.
A recurring theme on this board is solicitation for advice on this, that, or the other. For what it's worth, the following are my general points of sartorial advice.
Everytime someone says "sartorial", God kills a kitten.
Is that God or the Marines?
Sartorial *infinity+1 (just in case).