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Starting a new wardrobe - Should be fun and I hope you guys can help!


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Nov 27, 2012
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Been reading and watching from the bleachers for quite awhile now and basically I am about to get my feet wet in a big way. To me at least

So, here is my questions and my circumstances..

I am starting from square one and I am on a budget.. I wear bootcut jeans and cowboy boots with just about everything. Albeit they are diesel bootcut and handmade lucchese boots. I make a good living and have some money to spend but I am not gonna get carried away. I am big on quality and price. With that being said, my first purchase was two pair of Magnanni shoes one being a wingtip and the other a monk type shoe and a pair of straight fitting dark denim jeans. I considered this a must have and figured I could save money elsewhere. Now, I am looking at a list of things to buy and I am trying get down to the nitty gritty.

I work in an environment that does not require full suits.. In fact, not one person wears one soo I don't necessarily have a day to day need for one but me being me I would like to have some for you know occassions and I am not scared to look my best. Basically, the wardrobe I am building is based around the lifestyle of a person who doesn't "have to" dress up but is not afraid to stand out with particular items.

With that being said, I gave up many years ago looking for a sport coat to fit me. I thought that my body shape just wouldn't work. I am 5'8" about 170. Very athletic build with a long torso, shorter legs and about a 34" measured waist. Until just the other day and after countless hours of skimming this site, I went to my local nordstrom and tried on some sport coats. To my avail, I tried on some particular european brands that were full canvas and holy **** they looked sexy. I have been missing out and then I looked at the price tag and dropped my head and walked out.

So, I continued searching and found Kent Wang. I feel like his stuff is what I am looking for. I could talk for days here but I think his price point for what I am getting is whats up. I am actually going to meet him in the next week or so and or wait for him to get to Houston to meet me and here is my dillemma.

Where to start???!!! He has all these nice fabrics and I want them all. Should I buy a full suit first or two sport coats?? Should I stick to some navys with texture or the more expensive twills... Keep in mind I am going to be building my wardrobe around these sport coats. In a perfect world, I would want a navy, charcoal, navy pinstripe and grey suit. I cannot afford that in one she-bang. What would you guys do?? I think I am gonna go with two sport coats but will I be able to match up other trousers with these?? Which colors? What type of fabric will be the most flexible?? Should I steer clear of the lighter navys and stay with the darks??

Any suggestions will be greatful and just as additonal info below is the rest of my list: Feel free to comment on suggested brands etc.. As you can see, besides my sport coat issues - I have a whole new world opening up to me in pants because I have always worn boots.

Cordory pant - blue and tan
variety of chinos
Basic slacks as well as some with flair- i like john varvatos styling and topman in some of there pants but haven't tried them on yet
leather jacket
variety of online tailored shirts

Thanks guys,
Kyle S.

Thanks SF (a new me)

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Jan 18, 2011
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you are now venturing into dangerous territory. Get out while you can...Welcome to SF :D


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Start with one sportcoat and one suit, both wool, probably one solid charcoal and one solid navy, each single-breasted and two-button (for the body type described). However, it's best to start with a local retailer or maker, to get the fit right.

The post sounds mostly informative. The basic plan sounds wise enough.


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Jan 10, 2010
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I think you're in the right mindset.

A couple things to keep in mind:

1) Fit is everything. If you don't have the reaction you did when you put on those full canvas sportcoats, then don't buy it.

2) Whenever you try on something and it fits great, make note of the brand, model, and size. Then spend some time on the Buy/Sell section and you may come across what you want for a huge discount.

3) Take your time. Unless you are easy to fit and don't care about paying full retail, that's just a fact of life.

4) If you don't "love" it, don't buy it. It will save you a lot of money and time.

Go ahead and try on a bunch of stuff and develop your style and what fits. I think that's part of the journey. Just don't get discouraged at how long it takes to build the wardrobe.

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