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The End of the Sartorial Road

smittycl

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I think buying new clothes still brings me joy. The stuff I buy now is definitely more expensive than what I was getting 10 years ago so I really try not to go nuts (I'm also limited by the space available in a DC apartment). Long story short, clothes are fun.
Totally agree. Am taking a page out of @lordsuperb 's playbook and spending more on activities and travel vice tailoring now. I've had a bit of a head start and am just further down the road now.
 

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Consumerism can be a poison in high doses. Its always important to just be content with what you have sometimes. 99% of the people on this forum aren't walking down runways or modeling for brands so how important is it to be dressed immaculately?

I'll get off my soap box now lol
 

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Consumerism can be a poison in high doses. Its always important to just be content with what you have sometimes. 99% of the people on this forum aren't walking down runways or modeling for brands so how important is it to be dressed immaculately?

I'll get off my soap box now lol
I would say very, actually. I love to dress well for all the reasons that brought most of us here. Everything can be overdone of course.
 

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You never will reach the end. If you're really into clothing and tailoring, you will always find new interests and motivations and won't ever stop learning new things.
 

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Once you guys get tired of clothes i think tattoos are the next logical step.
I’m hoping the tat fad is fading. Got quite out of control.
 

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Probably never but I wonder how much nice tailoring I’ll actually wear once retired? I’ve covered most of the bases in both CM and casual and likely won’t need much unless I blimp out.
Your situation more or less patterns mine. It’s been a while since I’ve shelled out for any traditional CM items - suit / sport jacket / wool strides / business shoes / shirts / ties etc.

I was probably on a gradual acquisition reduction anyway due to saturation but the aftermath of covid has - like for many others - dramatically accelerated that reduction.

I started a new job a couple of months ago which has so far meant less business travel and more WFH. I’m not so ridiculous as to be poncing about the house in a blazer or a shirt, tie and silk dressing gown like Sherlock Holmes. I look at some of the gear I’ve collected and - like you - wonder how many more times they’ll get worn between now and retirement in the next ten years or less. I have one daughter so not much there that she’ll want to snatch, and a lot of what I have will not transition easily to a retiree’s wardrobe. I’m already slowly starting to list some stuff on eBay.

Sometimes I think about a certain item I’d like to own - maybe a houndstooth blazer in the perfect shade of dark blue and cream? - then I wonder where I’d wear it and how often?

I seem to have transitioned to spending an obscene amount of money on sunglasses which I can at least justify as a daily necessity year-round here in FL. But in all honestly the end of the road may be in sight and I feel the pull away from acquisition and towards just wearing and enjoying what I’ve accumulated already.
 

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