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Shopping spree

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by andrewcernosek, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. andrewcernosek

    andrewcernosek Member

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    I treated myself to some new threads this weekend. Thoughts? Especially the paisley shirt. I like it and my girlfriend likes it, but I want other guys thoughts. Also I want opinions on the other stuff as well :)

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  2. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Aka why "sprees" are bad. Looks like a trip to the outlet mall. The shoes look nice enough, though Bass is dubious. Guess is not quality clothing, and Express is bad quality. Return those shirts. Return the pink tie (don't buy house brand ties from low-end mall-brand stores). If the belt is from Express or Guess, return it. If the jacket is by Express, return it. Higher-quality versions of those items can be found elsewhere for little or no extra money. Socks quality hardly matters, but the purple socks probably are too loud for almost anyone's personal style. The other clothing would be better judged worn in pictures.
     
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  3. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    I'll admit that I didn't do a thorough analysis, but it just looks like a big pile of shxt to me. It looks like the "returns cart" at a bargain basement store.
     


  4. andrewcernosek

    andrewcernosek Member

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    I've always been under the impression that polo and express were nice brands... And express ties arent to cheap... at least for an 18 year old student... What is this equivalent to express yet so much better? Do tell. Also the brown shoes are cole Haans. But the cream are indeed bass
     


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    Also the purple socks are blue and pink striped :)
     


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    I think the previous poster was being a little harsh. There's nothing wrong with Express. I'd wear most of the items you brought except the shoes and the Paisley shirt.
     


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    Are you kidding me?
     


  8. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Polo isn't a bad. Express is bloody awful.

    I'd wear the seersucker shorts though.
     
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  9. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Even for someone who is 18, Express should be avoided if there are any decent alternatives available. J. Crew for example is better, though it's slightly more expensive. Where are you? (Oh, duh, it says "Houston.") How wide is the tie? Surely there is something better for about the same price. By the way, if the tie is meant to be worn with the pink, don't do that - too much pink (bright-colored shirt with bright-colored tie usually is bad).

    Cole Haan also is a dubious brand. What's your size, and how much did you spend? Again, there might be something better (more durable) for the same price. But for shoes that have already been worn, it's probably too late.
     
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  10. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Step 1: Return everything (you can repurchase later if you must)
    Step 2: Return here
    Step 3: Decide how much you want to spend and what exactly you want to buy
    Step 4: Listen to a bunch of guys, who, while they don't know you in any way, shape, or form, actually might have your best interest in mind, and having purchased many items of clothing themselves, devoted many hours to reading about clothing, and, well, really know clothing well, they may be able to help.

    Break

    Step 5: Buy what you can online (the tie, for example, can be had for higher quality at probably a comparable price).
    Step 6: Return to the mall and purchase more intelligently.
    6.5 If you don't find something you came in with the intention of buying, don't buy it.
     


  11. ChetB

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    ^ Good advice.

    Except for maybe the seersucker shorts, I'd return all of that. There are lots of guys your age here, with similarly limited funds, who make it work without shopping at Express. Spend some time exploring the forum before buying.

    Alternatively, If you're not looking to do much research or spend much time on this, then I'd say go somewhere like Uniqlo or Lands' End Canvas. The prices are in the same ballpark but the design is going to be better.

    For the record, I do like Polo quite a bit. Just keep away from Express :)
     
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  12. VinnyMac

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    Seersucker shorts are flat out ugly (unless you're a corny, middle-aged dad...in that case, they're appropriate).
     


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    I'm not a big fan and wouldn't wear them personally but thought they were the least offensive item of the bunch.
     


  14. VinnyMac

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    ...sort of like a half-eaten apple on a pile of shxt.
     


  15. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have some J. Crew seersucker shorts (actually not seersucker since they aren't puckered....I guess they are just pinstriped) that get a lot of wear. Boat shoes and a polo or ocbd.
     


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