Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Pink22m, Nov 30, 2004.
I forgot to join the chorus. I also regret spending money on Armani clothes.
i regret the first MTM suit i ever had made. my main concern was fit and it didn't occur to me that i should request a certain gorge height. i received a suit with a rather low gorge and that one detail really ruins the suit for me. $500 down the drain.
I regret even learning about gorge height. That knowledge ruins tons of suits for me now, while before I was blissfully oblivious to it.
l regret spending thousands of dollars on Versace couture clothing at full retail. l have now grown out of most of these clothes. l have thousand dollar shirts and trousers that are collecting dust. l will never buy such expensive stuff again, this forum has taught me to buy at wholesale.
Another regret was last year. l bought a pair of Church's at 60% off, the shoes are alittle tight and they are collecting dust in the closet. l will never wear those shoes again.
A-@#%$ing-men, j. Â What IS the proper gorge height, exactly? Â Can we quantify "Awful 80s Armani" vs. classic vs. "fashion forward" (I'm assuming we're currently at something of a high gorge extreme)? Â Perhaps in terms of inches between the notch center and intersection of sleeve and shoulder seam? This can be tough to gauge when looking at a picture of a suit on a hanger. Â I can recognize when the gorge is "crazy low", especially if it's in conjunction with other excesses, but this is the thing I'm still most nervous about when bidding on an eBay suit or jacket.
Wow, where to begin...probably a Jones New York suit that I bought at Syms in NJ, the place that I thought was what I now know (or hear) Filene's to be. Fits like the cardboard box my TV came in. Or the sportcoat from Rubenstein Bros. in New Orleans that, well, fits like the box my TV came in, but at least has great fabric. Ugh, $700 or something just on those two non-winners.
Hmm, worst purchases for me... quite a few of them, mostly cars though. Of clothing purchases, I bought a H&K checked shirt, when I got it, I was like WTF?
Strange, I bought an H&K checked shirt on ebay and it arrived with a weird wax or plastic spot melted into the pocket and also it was like a 15-1/2" x 38" or something. I, too, was like, WTF?
Still sitting in my closet from a couple years ago now. Luckily it was only $12 or something.
Mine was cheap too, and apparently perfect, but I was just like WTF was I thinking when I bought this, as I will probably never wear it... maybe I will post it here and someone else will want it.
Ben Sherman. What was I thinking?
1. Worst purchase was when Neiman's put a group of Hermes sport shirts on sale for $25 a piece and I only bought two. It was a bad purchase because I should have bought one in every color.
2. In the 1970's I bought brown polyester slacks with a no-roll waistband.
eBay: Two fake Fred Perry polos. Ugh. Retail: jcrew black shoes, couple years ago. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but they are some giant shoes (thick rubber sole, misshapen moc-toe) and they fell apart. Wouldn't have been willing/able to spend more than $100 at the time, though, so I guess I couldn't have done much better anyway. Thrift: It's ok to screw up at thrift stores, I think. For every $2 I spend on something I eventually give back, I spend $2 on something I wear a lot. Ok, the member's only jacket was funny, but not particularly wearable. I like standing at the door, shaking my head, and pointing to the tag. Lessons: selective eBay purchasing, nothing from the far east. No shoes from J Crew, and selective otherwise. Thrift store I still spend on stupid things, so I've learned nothing.
Wow. Â I am the third person in this thread to list a Jones NY suit as my biggest mistake. Â Mine is a four-button, black sharkskin number. Â Try to top that. Â Â To be fair, I bought it before Style Forum existed.
A 4-button jacket -- My God man, what were you thinking.
Worst for me, I think, was a purple linen Gianfranco Ferre blazer. It was marked down to next to nothing from @$450. I bought it in about 1991 -- I was able to wear it maybe 3 times in 12 or 13 years before I finally donated it. Basically only wearable in the summer with a dark tan with a shirt that somehow muted the purple, at night, with a moderate gin & tonic buzz. Would be much more fitting to wear to a joke "disco" night party than anything else.
About 5 years ago, I'm still in High School. Me and my friends end up discussing how cool it would be to find some "Gator" polos we had when we were kids. One of us knew they were made by Izod and the search began.
Eventually me and another friend finally found them. Now they were called Lacoste, and they were pretty expensive. As I was transitioning from Urban baggy clothing to more fitted clothing at the time, I bought my $110 Orange checkered Lacoste dress shirt too big. I don't wear it anymore because its too big and also because its Lacoste. I lost my taste for Lacoste when it blew up a year or so after that and everyone knew about it.
Easily my most regretable purchase.
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