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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Senior member

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    OK, so in appreciation of Dig et al mustering the brass to step up on the stage, I present my own fit pix. This is what I am wearing to work (27 and windy today, following a hot 85 last week, go figure New England weather), no special outfit (or special photographer, hahaha) for this post. Keep in mind anyone who wears jackets/blazers/suits to my office get laughed out into the street unless there's a VIP guest or special occasion that merits such...so I take it as close to suit-dom as I can without going there.

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    Shirt, J Press (salvation army)
    wool pants, eddie bauer (salvation army)
    wool sweater vest cardigan thing is BB main line (outlet/clearance)
    shoes, alden (swap from dahl5yankees)
    tie, BB (Boomerang's)
    cufflinks, I think they're acrylic, heh (St. Vincent de Paul thrift)

    Are the French cuffs out of control formal for the outfit, or passable? Lame, or interesting? GIve me unvarnished opinion (except on how much the photos suck because that's a given, I concede that out of the box).
     
  2. Typhoid Jones

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    ^^^ Hey! Is the tag cut on that BB tie? If so, I think I've seen that tie on the rack at the Boomerangs in Central Square!

    (PS - I think that there's a small stain / mark on it, though.)
     
  3. Digmenow

    Digmenow Senior member

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    Needs moar pics!

    Okay first, the pictures do NOT suck.
    You are correct regarding the French cuffs. They need a coat but I get your reluctance given your work situation. Before my company installed the new dress code requiring me to wear a black shirt, I had gradually eased my way up to full suits without eliciting a comment from anyone because they had simply gotten used to seeing me in tie and jacket, etc. I'd suggest you do the same if you are so inclined.

    I really enjoyed wearing high quality clothing and now I'm in the process of finding similar quality items that will meet this new code of dress.

    Enough about me. If you will be wearing ties on a more regular basis, you'll need to retrain yourself on shaving habits (as I had to as well). What was fine for daily open throat shirts and tees won't cut it here. No straggly throat hair dangling over the collar and tie.
    Give your knot one more tug to get it a bit tighter and the dimple should deepen. Snug it up over the button, too.
    The vest also needs to be under a sport coat or worn more casually at home,etc. It's cool though. I'm jelly.
    Aldens look fine.
    Can't see the break on the pants but it looks pretty close to no break at all and I really like the look.

    Overall, I'd say lose the vest and add a jacket (solid navy SB or blazer) for an excellent look.
     
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  4. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Senior member

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    Jeez, I got me a thrift stalker, hahahahaha!

    Every time I show up in Cambridge...I'm gonna start asking likely suspects: "YOU Typhoid Jones?" Until someone reports me.

    Guilty as charged on the BB tie. I left the Zegna behind too because of a little snag in it -- probably like you did too. That and it was brown (I already have, like four brown Zegnas...no one wants them so us thrifters end up soaking up the slack). Now that I squint there is a little gray spot toward the bottom (I wasn't wearing my reading glasses when inspecting) that I am pretty sure will come out with some judicious water and light tamping :)

    Thanks for the comments Dig. The pants have the normal medium break, it's just the "leaning to take your own pictures thing" that created that appearance.
     
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    speaking of Boomerangs, the one in JP has gone down hill significantly since I first started thrifting...
     
  6. TheWGP

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    harrumph, two stores this morning. one was crazy - 48 people (I counted) lined up for opening at the one where it was half-off day. :eek:

    odd story: this older guy asks me HEY ARE THESE SHOES NICE?! as I'm looking at the shoes - turns out he has these Bruno Magli double monks that I passed on last week because a) they were $55 b) they put the theft tag through the leather :fu: and c) THEY WERE DIFFERENT SIZES - one was an 11 and one was a 12. I pointed that out to the guy and he's like ... oh, okay, I guess that'll be all right anyhow! Turns out he was buying shoes... for his son... who wasn't even there. He also asked if some Giorgo Brutini shoes were "those shoes the young folks wear" and I did my best to keep from busting out laughing. Poor guy... there were no quality shoes in the building or I would have helped him find something.

    Anyway, stories aside, middle-of-the-road haul, not worthy of pics:

    George Foreman sandwich griller for $2 (keeping)
    Recent BB sport shirt, L, for $1 - I figured at that price I can make a couple bucks on the bay with it to pay for gas.
    Left a Patagonia polo - doesn't seem to be worth much and it was definitely not as nice as the fleece jkidd showed me awhile back!

    Next store (deserted since it's nearby the other one) was better, though unfortunately higher priced:
    Recent BB Made in Scotland "greens" shetland sweater, L
    Joseph Abboud... for Bergdorf Goodman?! SC - 100% cashmere. IIRC it's a 42L, cream/beige herringbone of some sort. Never picked up JA before but what the hey.
    Made in England grey v-neck cashmere sweater with a stain for a particular trading buddy
     
  7. capnwes

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    I had to leave the shoe area last night when I heard a guy getting so excited over a pair of GB's with Dr Scholls inserts. Then his mom called over from the next isle, "Call your brother and ask him if he wants these designer pants. Look can you believe I found these?.. they're Nautica!!"
     
  8. GMMcL

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    Ok, in celebration of Thrift Thread Thirty Thousand, I've done Thrift Fit x2. I upped the rules: Everything here was thrifted by me. Outfit #1: Suit: Bespoke Dunhill, made in England, dark gray glenplaid with burgundy/purple overcheck (Samuel Smith: On second look at this suit, the overcheck is closer to the purple you're looking for. PM me!) Shirt: TM Lewin Cufflinks: Handmade by me Tie: Hickey Freeman Collection woven. Purple is vibrant; pics don't do it justice Shoes: Garavani hand made oxford blutchers Total cost: [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][/SPOILER] Outfit #2: Suit: Paul Stuart by Samuelsohn, solid blue flanel, winter weight Shirt: CT Sea Island Cufflinks: Handmade by me Tie: Italo Ferretti (again, pics don't do it justice; this tie kicks ass) Shoes: Cole Hahn captoes Total cost: [​IMG][​IMG][/SPOILER]
     
  9. grendel

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    Some Abboud stuff is very good. I've got one that's a navy with pale blue windowpane in a cashmere blend that feels great. Wish it were my size but it's something like a 46L
     
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    I think we need to see the cufflinks you made
     
  11. LooknGr8

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    Love the ties GMMcL.

    And for the record, the Aldens for which I swapped, I sent Dahl5Yankees stuff in return I thrifted myself! :slayer:
     
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    .... I thought literally every pair of pants in a thrift are as nice as nautica? :confused:

    Even in Omaha we get nautica stuff overflowing :laugh:
     
  13. Typhoid Jones

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    Hey! My wife and I went to NH yesterday with some friends who own a vintage store to hit up a couple of places and came up with something a little different. Not really a clothing-related find, but it was cheap:

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    ^^^ Sorry about the glare.

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    ^^^ It appears to be a genuine rubbing of Emily Dickinson's head stone. She is buried in Amherst, MA - not too far from where we were in NH. In any case, I'm pretty sure it's real - I don't think that there's a big enough market for this kind of thing to motivate the Chinese forgers... but I could be wrong.

    ^^^ Lol, true. There's actually a bunch of SF and other people involved with forums / online operations in the area that I see around. Some I know, some I don't. But the ones I've met are mostly cool and all definitely interesting. It's a small (online) world.

    ^^^ That Boomerangs is sooo hit-or-miss. OK once in a while - meh, the rest of the time.
     
  14. capnwes

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    That Italo Ferretti tie is sick!!

     
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    ^^^
    Because I could not stop for death; he kindly stopped for me.

    Great excuse for an E. Dickinson quote:D
     
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    I'd like to see them again with the shirts swapped. But that's just how I roll. :satisfied:
     
  17. AndroFan

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    Thrift fit. This is my confidence go-to suit. It's (what I think to be) my best fit, but also happens to be the highest quality suit I own and I feel like a million bucks in it. The fabric is indescribably soft...really head and shoulders above anything else I've found (honestly, I think it's a bit nicer than the RLPL I recently got).

    EDIT: Oops, just noticed and fixed the pocket flap.
    EDIT 2: Upon reflection/re-education, this is a terrible ensemble. Thanks for the link Dig.


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    Suit: Zegna Napoli Couture
    Shirt: Lands End MTM (courtesy toscano_adotatto)
    Tie: Hermes
    Shoes: AE Park Ave
    PS: No-name silk (courtesy toscano_adotatto)

    All thrifted

    Would love some tips on what kind of tie I should wear with this suit/shirt, as I get the feeling there might be too much color action going on. Also, shirt sleeves are too short and I'm going to have to get rid of it (this was the first time I've worn it and didn't realize until after I'd already picked the outfit out/put it on). Also, the PS might be too "matchy" with the tie...I originally picked out a gold tie that would have contrasted well against this PS but decided it was too much with this ensemble, and didn't have time to pick out a new PS. I probably would have gone with a silver/olive green pindot PS instead...would that have been a better choice? Would love feedback.
     
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  18. Digmenow

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    Pretty casual shirt for a pretty serious suit. This is one of those times where I think the boring yet reliable solid white or light blue shirt works best. A 'star' tie like that needs a stage on which it can shine. I think I'll withhold opinion on the PS until another fit gets posted with it. The suit looks great.
     
  19. AndroFan

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    Hmm, thanks for the insight. I'm just struggling to find a situation when this shirt feels right, I guess. The shirt was actually what I was experimenting with in this outfit. Maybe a solid navy or solid gray suit with a solid gold/other light color or solid navy tie, respectively? Thanks again.

     
  20. GMMcL

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    +1. I did the same damn thing. Initially folks asked if I had a meeting, and I would either make some excuse or just say "no, but I look good!" Eventually it just became my thing. And I started a trend: Now people wear blazers and occasionally ties.
    Ask and you shall receive. All made by me (of mostly non-thrifted materials); each one has a mate.
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    And just for completeness: They all go in this, also 100% made by me of Brazilian Cherry and Walnut. The stuff that's in there in this pic is the rest of my collection -- some ebyayed, some very strategic retail (good sales, I promise!)
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    EDIT: Andro: I could live with the shirt with that suit (it's a stretch, but crazier things have happened) if you wore a solid color tie -- maybe navy. Or stripes, but that's just how I roll (see thrift fit pic #1).
     
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