Suit problem ..

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    What do you guys do with suits that you are tired of wearing?
    Let's say the suit is in fine condition, but you just do not wear it any more. You always busy picking other suits over and not giving this particular suit the attention it deserves. How do you over come this problem? Would this problem be worse as your suit collection grows?

    Another issue. Holt Renfrew is having sales event, I do not know how long it last, but I saw this wonderful 2 button dark brown based with different shades of brown/hint of orange stripes Canali suit. I loved the fit and all, and looked stunning when I tried on. Reg. Price is $1800 CAD but sales price is $1000CAD. But my worry is, what if above problem happens? ahhh ... what a sweet looking suit that was.
     


  2. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    Me personally i don't have this problem but if your not wearing a suit why keep it? Why not try and sell it here or on ebay instead of having it sit in your closet and collect dust.
     


  3. hopkins_student

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    This only happens to me when I purchase an item that is of considerably increased quality over the rest of my collection. I used to have everything Brooks Brothers. My only suit was a navy chalkstripe, lots of BB French cuff shirts, etc. I bought a Zegna suit and some Zegna and RLPL shirts, and now the BB's never come out of the closet. It isn't just quality, but also styling and fit, and the BB's just don't fit, look, or feel the way the Zegnas do. I love the look of a navy chalkstripe suit, but I won't be wearing one until I can get a good deal on a Zegna or better.
     


  4. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    Ah, the classic wardrobe problem. If you buy new stuff on a regular basis, you will always have newer items that you want to wear much more than the older items (even if they are totally classic and in fine shape).

    How to solve this dilemma? I have no idea, other than to just stop buying new clothes entirely.
     


  5. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    What a terrible suggestion.
     


  6. benchan

    benchan Senior member

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    Well, it does not apply totally in your case, but it may work. I once read an issue of Esquire that suggests men should try experimenting "mix and match" the jackets and pants of different suits. It may give you a different perspective on the older suit you are having.
     


  7. johnw86

    johnw86 Senior member

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    Rotate. Make up a calendar and schedule days with those neglected, but still wearable suits hanging so lonely in your closet. [​IMG]
     


  8. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Senior member

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    1. Sell it on eBay. I don't because I have found it to be hassle.

    2. If you live in NYC, there's a mens consignment store, Gentlemens' Resale on E. 81st St. bet. 1st and 2nd Aves. It accepts gently used or unworn clothes. They are particular, and they are not a thrift store. There are a couple of other consignment shops with mens departments, but these other stores are predominantly for the women (God bless them.). I have consigned clothing there.

    3. If I cannot sell it at Gentlemens' Resale or if it is too worn, there are a number of worthy thrift shops in the area.

    4. Give it to a worthy friend or relative or a person of modest means who would enjoy it. E.g., your maid might love it for her husband or son.
     


  9. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Participation in this forum makes you upgrade constantly-there's so much reinforcement to buy Ed Green, Kiton, Brioni, etc., and the devil with the cost. You'll never trash your new Brioni suit, until it's falling apart (I read your post about it). So buy less and buy better. You might begrudingly wear the suit that is in disfavor on snow days. If not, I'd follow Son of Brummel's advice. Do a good deed with it-give it away and smile about it.
     


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    Am I the only guy who has the opposite problem?  New suits, sportcoats, shirts, shoes--and, especially, ties--have to "marinate" awhile in the closet.  I look them over from time to time, hold them up next to different accessories, squint, scratch my head, and finally, months later, shoehorn them into the rotation.  If I knew why the devil this should be, I could die happy.

    Once they make it over this hurdle, they're in for life.
     


  11. chorse123

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    Kidkim2, I think I'm a bit like you in this respect. I may wear it once or twice, but I'm always a bit worried about taking the new off it.

    Son of Brummell, how is the shopping at that consignment store? What do they stock and how are the prices?
     


  12. The_Foxx

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    As someone already pointed out, reading this forum means learning more-- which likely means upgrades when you can afford (sometimes even when you can't..)

    If you're looking to get something back from suits or sportcoats you don't wear anymore, several ebay sellers will accept consignment, and give you a cut of the total selling price. I've done this for three or four items, and simply shipping it to the seller has exempted me from any hassles, but keep in mind they will only sell high-end stuff.
     


  13. STYLESTUDENT

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    I've got the same problem. Maybe it's generational (my mother kept canned food in the cupboard unopened in case of famine)- a form of "thrift" (if you keep it unused, you'll never have to buy new). Soon you're in Imelda territory-ties with tags on them linger in your closet but you're still buying new ones, just to keep busy in your hobby. Be strong-clip the tag. And, yes, you and I, Mike, will always be able to buy new ties, gray flannel, Alden, etc.
     


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    Definitely not my problem. I am the direct opposite - it may stem from growing up very poor. Whenever I received new clothing as a kid, I would immediately change into the item and would wear it instead of what I had been wearing. When I was under 12, I would often wear the new item to bed at the end of the day (as long as not shoes or a coat) - my mother knew that I could not be persuaded to change into PJ's that night.

    I no longer wear my new clothes to bed, but I cannot wait to wear as soon as practical. After a time, they join the rotation with the rest of the stuff. As to thinning the heard, my older, less desired, clothes are donated to thrift stores.
     


  15. gorgekko

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    Emily Post is rolling over in her grave at this suggestion :)
     


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