Time to stock up...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by alaaro, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. alaaro

    alaaro Senior member

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    I just got a new job, and need to buy a bunch of clothes. My current job allows me to dress down somewhat, and I usually wear khakis with polos or sport shirts. I need to wear dress pants with dress shirts now, with the occasional full on suit/tie.

    Anyway, I need to stock up on dress pants and shirts, and was wondering to maximize quantity without breaking the bank. Nothing too extravagant, I was thinking of the "brooks buys" on BrooksBros website, they have 3 dress shirts for $150, or something along those lines? Any other suggestions? I was thinking maybe JosABank also, even though its not as nice as BB.

    Thanks in advance.
     


  2. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    When I made the most recent transition from student to....non-student fully employed person(?), I found a Perry Ellis spread collar shirt that I liked at Ross and loaded up on 10 or so at $19.99.  Five years later, I have shirts from more expensive and more fashionable makers, but I still wear the shirts from Ross, especially when I need to look presentable at a rubber chicken dinner and run the risk of spilling may spill pasta sauce on myself.

    Why not check out your TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Ross?

    Bic
     


  3. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Bic -- you just bought some freaking Ed Green shoes and your telling this guy to wear Perry Ellis shirts from Ross?

    If you ask me, the best buy (meaning good deal, reasonably available without looking too hard, and good fit) are the Polo Andrew shirts and the Polo Phillip shirts (the latter being better). Pretty decent fit -- not horribly baggy. Pretty good fabrics, and attractive if slightly uninteresting patterns.
     


  4. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Second on the Philip, nay on the Perry Ellis. Almost every garment I've bought from them has fallen apart in some way, though I did like most of them initially, style- and material- wise.
     


  5. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    Ha ha ha.  I need to cut corners somewhere to pay for those shoes.

    The poster asked about quantity, not quality.  On occasional visits to the US since then I have seen Perry Ellis shirts that I wouldn't touch, but I must have gotten a good batch back in '98.  I did not mean to imply that I recommended Perry Ellis today. I am not familiar with Polo Phillip.  Heresy though it may be, I bought some all cotton, plastic button, white shirts from Marshalls with "Regis" in the label way back when, too. (Again, if shirts are still sold under the Regis label, I am not expressly or impliedly recommending them.)

    I stand by the concept that a good mix of very high quality and low quality is important.  I just bought a pair of E. Greens, but that won't stop me from wearing my leather soled JC Penny captoes and my "Regis" deluxe on days when we move furniture in the office.

    Bic
     


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    JLibourel Senior member

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    Costco often has rather nice woolen slacks for $30 or $40, and their button-down shirts are a steal at $12.99. I am assuming that your new job is "coat and tie," but not necessarily "suit and tie." Good buys in ties are almost alway to be had, so your only major expenditures would be for shoes, sport coats and, perhaps, suits if needed.
     


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    Sorry, maybe I should have been more specific. The quality line I was looking at was at like a baseline of JosABank, or maybe even BrooksBros, but wanted to see comparables that I can stock up on. Good idea on the Marshalls/Ross thought for Polo, etc. I was thinking maybe Syms also. I'm not trying to slouch it up here though, I want to get a fair amount of clothes for not a lot, but I also want good brands.
     


  8. Ambulance Chaser

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    I third the recommendation of the Polo Phillip dress shirts.  The cut is fairly slim, and the patterns are pretty nice.  The cuffs are way too big, but that is a simple fix by you or your dry cleaner.  Filene's Basement (Connecticut Avenue and Mazza Gallerie) are selling them for $34.99.  This is DC tax-free week (no sales tax on items under $100, ending on Sunday), so I recommend going there ASAP.
     


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    If I may add...Dont go overboard. Get what you need and not more as if your financial status changes with your new job you are gonna want to upgrade to better quality as you are able.

    Especially if you frequent these boards.

    JJF
     


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    I have a few of the Brooks Bros. wrinkle resistant shirts they are great if your work will require you to travel. Nordstrom dress shirts are also nice. Great deals on quality name dress clothing can be found on sierra trading post, good for individual purchases not building an entire wardrobehttp://www.sierratradingpost.com
    good luck with the new job.
     


  11. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I would try the discounters. Look also for Ike Behar at TJ Maxx/Marshall's and I understand frequently is found at Filene's et al. I would consider it above Bank and at least on a level with Brooks. If you're looking to stock up I would say hold off until the post-Xmas markdowns come where you'll be able to stock up everywhere on the cheap. Try the discounters now, look at the retailers after Christmas, which isn't long to wait.
     


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    I visited a Stein Mart recently while on vacation. While they didn't have anything I needed, I did see decent buys on a number of RL items; they were selling for less than at a RL outlet a few miles away. For store locations: Stein Mart
     


  13. Bic Pentameter

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    I'd agree not to go overboard...Your finances, tastes and probably body shape, will change.

    You may also wish to consider Jantzen Tailor. Although the waits are long, I think most would agree, they are worth it.

    Bic
     


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