The $5,000 Wardrobe

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  1. Earnest Hemingway

    Earnest Hemingway Senior member

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    The problem with takin style advice (or any advice, for that matter) from publications like Esquire with such a large reading audience is that writers inevitable have to water it down in order to appeal to and be accessible for the majority. Regardless, I agree with other posters that its entirely possible to build a presentable wardrobe for work and otherwise for under 5 grand.
     
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    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    the $5000 wardrobe or "please buy this shit, the companies mentioned pay our rent."
     
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    sq4you Mid-level baller

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    "Just?"

    To be fair, if you already totally know your preferences, a nice wardrobe containing Engineered-Garments-priced stuff can be had for considerably cheaper than $5,000. The problem is knowing your preferences. I think that is the real cost of getting into clothes.


    if you had 5 grand to spend, you would build a wardrobe of "engineered garments priced stuff?" [​IMG]

    think outside the lumberjack box
     
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    You can get a decent casual wardrobe for damn cheap. Assuming business casual job and t-shirt/jean casual style, you're looking at

    Jeans: Uniqlo/Levis ($60-80)
    Tees: Alt. A, AA, Uniqlo, Hanes, whatever ($30 for 4-5)
    Shirts: Uniqlo/J.Crew/AA for $50 ($250 for 5)
    Sneaks: Purcells, Smiths, Chucks for $40-50
    Shoes: two or three AE seconds for work or whatever ($450-500 for 3)
    TaT suit ($450)
    2-3 mid-layer sweaters/cardigans at J.Crew ($100-150)
    Slacks or chinos: three from Uniqlo/J.Crew for $150
    Peacoat, overcoat, blah w/e ($200 for Schott)

    Done for $1600, no more than $2k if you want APCs, Epaulet/ToJ shirts, or nicer shoes. You have a basic wardrobe; take the remaining $3k to travel around the world and show it off.
     
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    Earnest Hemingway Senior member

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    if you had 5 grand to spend, you would build a wardrobe of "engineered garments priced stuff?" [​IMG]

    think outside the lumberjack box


    I think he meant pieces priced similarly to EG, not the aesthetic itself...
     
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    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    Also,Gq's big black book is better .
     
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    You can get a decent casual wardrobe for damn cheap. Assuming business casual job and t-shirt/jean casual style, you're looking at

    Jeans: Uniqlo/Levis ($60-80)
    Tees: Alt. A, AA, Uniqlo, Hanes, whatever ($30 for 4-5)
    Shirts: Uniqlo/J.Crew/AA for $50 ($250 for 5)
    Sneaks: Purcells, Smiths, Chucks for $40-50
    Shoes: two or three AE seconds for work or whatever ($450-500 for 3)
    TaT suit ($450)
    2-3 mid-layer sweaters/cardigans at J.Crew ($100-150)
    Slacks or chinos: three from Uniqlo/J.Crew for $150
    Peacoat, overcoat, blah w/e ($200 for Schott)

    Done for $1600, no more than $2k if you want APCs, Epaulet/ToJ shirts, or nicer shoes. You have a basic wardrobe; take the remaining $3k to travel around the world and show it off.


    Not exactly a killer wardrobe though (not that Esquire selection is better -- but still...)
     
  8. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    I like those 5K=wardrobe thingies

    Uniqlo slim blue denim $40
    Dior Homme black 19cm $350

    J-Uniqlo slim black slacks $60
    J-Uniqlo slim grey slacks $60

    14XWhite Uniqlo tee $70
    14XUniqlo undies+socks $140

    Uniqlo v-neck knits (Grey, Red, purple) $120
    SNS Herning sea blue shawl collar $310

    Uniqlo black washed chambrey $40
    5XJ-Uniqlo slim white shirt $200
    Flathead blue/black winter heavy flannel $210


    Uniqlo black belt $20
    H&M checkered scarf $20
    Faliero Sarti Grey scarf $350

    Lad Musician grey suit $700

    ToJ black double-rider $575
    ToJ duffle in apple green $450

    Vass black boots (fuuma mto) $800
    German army sneakers $50
    White chucks hi $50
    RMW black chelseas $350


    Ok, done
     
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    I can't even imagine all the things I'd buy with $5000
     
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    What I would do:

    Acne slim black denim X2 ($300 or so)
    14 uniqlo white tees + undies ($210)
    RO black leather high collar $2500
    2XAnn gauzy knits ($850)
    Vass fuuma special $800
    MMM white sneakers $350

    When more cash would buy pricey long coat + blazers. I'm pretty sure I can do almost unlimited time with what I just listed.
     
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    So, after spending $5,000, one opens up their closet to find only two shirts.
     
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    I could build a better wardrobe with $500.
     
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    So, after spending $5,000, one opens up their closet to find only two shirts.

    lol that would suck...Id probably spend $2000 on shoes/boots, $1000 on a leather jacket, $1000 on a nice suit, and the rest some good jeans, tshirts, and random crap maybe a sweater and a pair of cheap shoes for my girlfriend.
     
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    Not exactly a killer wardrobe though (not that Esquire selection is better -- but still...)
    I'm a pretty boring dresser, unfortunately. I was trying to illustrate one could do the same as Esq for much cheaper. Here's something just as boring, with slightly nicer shirts and jackets, which approaches $5k. Lots of brands that I like don't fit me, so I make some concessions to reality. $150 for random socks/underwear/undershirts black, blue APC NS - $330 random pair of shorts (like J.Crew or something) - $60 chinos in light grey and navy (Uniqlo, J.Crew etc) (work) - $100 =$480 Stan Smiths & Purcells - $110 Mark McNairy brown suede boots - $325 Mark McNairy navy suede bucks - $350 AE Park Avenues in black & AE seconds (work) - $475 =$1260 about 10 AA/Alt. A/Uniqlo tees - $70 couple of Epaulet shirts (one gingham, one flannel) - $260 one white point collar shirt (Ep or similar) - $130 Windmill Club tie - $60 5 oxfords @ Uniqlo (work) - $200 =$720 ToJ grey bomber with fur collar - $550 ToJ grey herringbone pea - $450 TaT suit - $450 =$1450 SNS Herning Stark in sea blue - $330 Ervell navy pocket sweater - $330 3 v-neck merino sweaters from J.Crew (work) - $150 =$800 two Uniqlo belts - $60 EG red twill scarf - $70 H&M or Zara scarf - $20 couple of knit hats - $50 =$200
     
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    $5000 is nowhere near enough for a wardrobe.
     

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