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The Contentedness thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by hendrix, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. tgaith77

    tgaith77 Senior member

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    I've done this, actually for the past few years. I have columns for each years' purchases, then greyed out the items that I would eventually sell/ get rid of. It's really revealing when you have most everything you own written down in front of you, to see what you can easily weed out/ what you actually use. I've gone from over 200 items (excluding socks, tees, accessories, etc.) about 3 years ago, to right around 60. [​IMG]

    So much better to have a small wardrobe with Dries, OG Lang, Ervell, Schneider, than a closet crammed full of garbage...
     
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  2. *#..

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    I found out about superfuture from lurking hypebeast, as kids were into nike sbs and jordans. At the time, I was just a private high school kid who wore a uniform 5 days a week. I didn't have many clothes for going out (1 pair of gap jeans, some band t's/hoodies, a few threadless shirts), and whenever free-dress days came, I felt out of my element. The other kids didn't dress well either, but I wanted to dress better. If I wanted to spend money on clothes I liked, I knew I had to buy the good clothes or it would be a waste of money. I was taught that if you used something all the time, then the high price is justified. My friends may give me crap about how I spent $300 on a pair of shoes or $100 on a shirt, but I'm not the one who consistently buys crappy clothes that get thrown out a year later.

    Anyways, I lurked superfuture a bit, but didn't really like the vibe people gave off in photos of themselves. I did like how selvedge denim faded compared to my gap jeans, which was the catalyst for me getting into more high-end clothing. I'm pretty laid-back and optimistic, and I wanted my wardrobe to complement my personality. More and more lurking led me to find out about styleforum and more clothing brands. By nature, I'm very thrifty, and I don't believe in budgeting a lot of my money on clothes. I'm the complete opposite of an impulse buyer. When I see something I like, I give myself some time to think about it and see how it would fit into my wardrobe. I look for reviews and read anything I can before purchasing, even sending an email to the retailer. I've tried on so many things and know the measurements of all my clothes, which gives me an intuitive understanding of how items I don't own will fit on me. I know that if I miss out on something, there is always another piece of clothing that I would like to have or it may even be found in BS another time. I've gained this knowledge from years of lurking, and seeing the things other posters wear in their fit pics. This way, I minimize errors, and in turn save money in the long run to spend on more clothing pieces I'll enjoy. I can't remember the last clothing item I bought that didn't meet my expectations.

    Case in point, I keep going back to my apolis x context x styleforum shirt jacket. It's the item of clothing I wear the most, aside from my selvedge denim. The jacket fits well, looks sharp, a great conversation starter, and the best part is I got it secondhand for less than a third of the retail price. I remember seeing the thread when it first came out, thought it looked awesome, and then 3 years later, I end up purchasing it off BS.

    The way I view my wardrobe, I see it as another hobby and something I hope to complete, in a sense, as I save/work for more money and as clothing brands release their collections. I enjoy managing things, seeing what holes I have in my wardrobe. I have the basics down, so I'm ready for any social situation that may come, and now I'm zeroing in on the smaller things I'm missing from my wardrobe. The apolis collab filled the void I had for a lightweight jacket (got tired of wearing hoodies), and now I'm looking for another jacket to add some variety. In another 6 months - year, I'll be in the market for another pair of jeans to wear in. The best part about my wardrobe is I'm very pleased with the purchases I've made, and no longer worried about how bad my clothes look.
     
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  3. ghdvfddzgzdzg

    ghdvfddzgzdzg Senior member

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    The flexibility of the bomber is one of the reasons I wear it so frequently. I can do, and do all the time, the SF uniform--white T and everything--but it actually gets the most compliments when I wear it in business environments on top of a button-down with gray or navy wool pants. I've thrown a tie on with that look too for that George HW Bush steez:

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    The other reason I wear it so frequently is its weatherproof nature.

    from the toj gallery:
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    And the VTG:
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    The VTG is less flexible as a staple; you kind of shape an outfit around it. It does do well in a variety of settings, and yes, I've worn it as a business casual item with a white shirt and gray slacks, but this thing does not fuck around. It demands a strong outfit underneath it. There's a lot it won't work with that the bomber will, like longwing bluchers, most cardigans, or ties. You do what it wants or your outfit will fail.
     
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  4. Bam!ChairDance

    Bam!ChairDance Senior member

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    For blue jeans, I've been wearing only my Helmut Lang skinnies for almost two years now. They're amazingly hard wearing. They fade at a glacial pace and develop holes even more slowly.

    Also, like three years ago, I bought a pair of Varvatos burgundy chukkas. Originally intended them for MC ish, but once I stopped working in places that called for trad formal wear, the chukkas just sat in my closet unused. So after a year of ignoring them, I busted them out again to wear with the sort of mostly-black-everything goth-lite stuff I'm doing now. Works really well. Burgundy + black is a winning combo.


    That's awesome. Though wait-- you've only been doing your formal/casual mixing thing for less than a year? Interesting
     
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  5. snake

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    I ought to do this too. There are probably things in my closet still new that I've hardly ever worn.
     
  6. hendrix

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    You know I never thought to try this. I always wore burgundy shoes with gray, navy or olive tones. I can see it might be quite nice with black. I'll give it a shot.
     
  7. hendrix

    hendrix Senior member

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    that's the other thing about this thread:

    Whenever I travel I notice quite a bit that, being limited in what I can take, I often have to make certain combinations that I never would have thought of. Often these work, surpisingly.

    I wear raw denim with either zip boots or CPs, but they'd probably also work with longwings, sleeker shoes etc etc.

    gray pants are work with navy shoes, but could and should be worn with pretty much anything.
     
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  8. hendrix

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    You must be one of the select few with a calf bomber - I think the guy who makes the bombers got pissed off with how difficult calf is to work with compared to lamb and only makes bombers in lamb now.

    That brown calfskin is the same as my moto. Such a great leather. The bomber is much more versatile in styling, I think. If I was to recommend a leather to a noob, it would have to be the bomber. Can be worn with anything.
     
  9. fps

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    I have a NDG waxed 'short parka' that has been a 3 season jacket for me since 2008; hell, I wore it last week on a nasty, Irish June day. I also bought a lot of ts(s) in FW 10 and while I've gotten rid of a bunch of it, I still wear one blazer at least once a week. It's just on the right side of grungy steeze at this point. I find myself getting rid of more and more and buying less and less.
     
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    i think this pic sums up what i wear the most sans shirt. i usually wear a ckc hidden placket shirt and im good to go.
    siki im silk/linen jacket from s/s 2011 is pretty versatile and i can mix it into different looks.
    silent polios pant. simple cotton poplin fabric with typical damir details like zipper pulls and asym cut at the back. love the high/long rise. its not so much of a drop crotch.
    ann d boots from fw12. at first i thought about returning them because they were a bit plain for my tastes but as i wore them more and more they developed some character and mesh well into my wardrobe. i realized not every piece needed to be a statement piece lol. the boots are a perfect height for me to boot-tuck (a little shorter than last iteration of the vitellos with wedge sole)
    i wear all these pieces throughout the year. well, siki im gets 3 seasons while the rest get 4
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    as for sneakers, first iteration of the mmm paints are my go to. coined OG painted gats by a few on SF :D
     
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  12. hendrix

    hendrix Senior member

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    Some interesting thoughts from Recent Purcases.

    I don't want to say "We should aim for satisfaction" because that ignores the fact that it's nice to buy new things. But is it nice to own and wear new things, too?

    Or is satisfaction more to do with the "completeness" of the wardrobe? This itself is an endless goal, IME.

    Keep in mind I'm not saying that we shouldn't buy new things, just that we can source happiness from what we already have.

    Agree? Disagree? Comments?
     
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  13. GoldenTribe

    GoldenTribe Senior member

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    If money doesn't make you happy, then you probably aren't spending it right (Google QuickView online)
    http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~dtg/DUNN GILBERT & WILSON (2011).pdf
    Elizabeth W. Dunn a,⁎, Daniel T. Gilbert b,1, Timothy D. Wilson

     
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  14. superego

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    Gonna get a little zen for a minute, but because I think it fits here...I'd argue that contentedness comes from the seeking more than the getting. I've been thoroughly satisfied with my Somet 003s, and sit here enjoying them as we speak, even six months after buying them, but I think the real contentment came from learning about what made the 003s great and in connecting with people to find that out, etc.
     
  15. Blackmaged

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    [​IMG]

    visvim kiefer nez perce nome

    say what you will about visvim, these are probably my most worn pair of shoes. subtle enough for the average person to not think twice about them, but goes beyond"another chuck-alike" status for me with some extra details and comfort to push them. kinda sad that they're starting to fall apart - although i was lucky enough to pick them up for a relative penance off B&S - but i definitely see myself wearing these to the ground.
     
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  16. zissou

    zissou Senior member

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    I think contentedness has little to do with clothing. Rather, feeling a need to continually purchase clothing (or whatever else) reflects discontent in some other aspect of one's life. I made many more clothing purchases when I was very unhappy with certain situations in my life. Now that I've resolved those problems, my desire to purchase has waned. I think I've bought maybe five articles of clothing this year? Although, I don't feel like I am in a state of flux as far as my taste is concerned, so that probably helps as well. And, well, maybe also the fact that I can no longer fit all of my clothes in my closet :embar:
     
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  17. hendrix

    hendrix Senior member

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    that's another good thing to know.

    I think it probably does reflect a state of discontent, but good to also temper that with the last couple of sentences. Many of us would hope that the copping is not in vain!
     
  18. hendrix

    hendrix Senior member

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    This article from a very readable MC blog articulates the main reason I started this thread.
    IMO you can't truly like a recently bought item until you've worn it in.


    Beyond the fact that clothes need to be worn in, is the fact that a wardrobe full of new items just looks bad.
     
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  19. hendrix

    hendrix Senior member

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    When not to buy

    i'll start with the obvious:

    1. When you can't afford the item.

    2. When you just want to buy something.

    3. When you are substituting it for something you like better.

    4. When you are following other people's opinions and haven't really thought about how it fits your own personal style.

    5. When you have to justify buying it because of a sale.

    6. When you have to justify buying it because of its "quality"

    7. When you have to justify buying it because it may sell out.

    8. When you just read a feature or article on the item or brand. This will blind you. selectism etc.

    9. When you want to post about it on the internet.

    10. When you are buying it because it's a "staple in the man's wardrobe". Seriously, I have no need for a "classic blue blazer, charcoal suit, 10 white shirts, Mac coat" etc etc. Figure out what your own staples are.


    please add to this list.
     
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  20. Blackmaged

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    great list hendrix, although i'm not as convinced about this one. are you saying it's not good to "upgrade"? i for one think that, at least for those who don't have their style quite dialed in, they should dabble using less expensive varieties as "gateway items" than starting out with the good stuff.
     
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