What SF approved item is your vote for the biggest waste of money ?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    I totally get this.
    In reality, most people just don't dress up outside the office.
    So, wearing a PS can really start to call attention to yourself.
    It goes from sharply dressed nonchalance to trying too hard.
    I have a few basic PS's and have barely ever worn them, except to the most formal events.

    Either way, for something 80% jammed in a pocket, I can't imagine spending more than a few bucks on it.
    Good call.
     


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    NORE Senior member

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    Allan Edmonds. (note the period)
     
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  3. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    I suppose you have a point here. I think it's reasonable to pay £20-£30 for a PS with a really nice design, but when I see ones selling for like £60 I just think: "seriously?"

    I mean, that's as much as some people spend on a suit :lol:
     
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  4. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    I bought a few basic PS's from tiebar when I first started on the clothing re-evolution.
    I think they were $5-$8, based on size.
    I assume they are poly, and am just fine by that.
    Considering I never use them, it was a smart price/vendor from which to sample a few...
    http://www.thetiebar.com/categoryPages/Solid_Pocket_Squares.asp#

    I mean, wait, just use a free paper napkin from the salad bar. Goes great with collar tape.
     
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    :puzzled:
     
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  6. LaymanX

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    I'm in Toronto, and I'm seeing more and more people wearing PS's now. At least in the Finance district.. mostly plain white linen with a Presidential fold for now, but I'm hoping this trend will continue to grow! As for 'confidence' in pulling off a pocket square, whenever I have any doubts I just remember Alan Flusser stating that PS's aren't optional when wearing a jacket. For some reason, that always stuck with me.

    I have some cheap Club Monaco PS's, and I have some nice hand rolled Robert Talbott ones.. I can't go back to the cheap linen ones now that I got hooked on nice silk folds.

    Where I cheap out: socks (just buy nice patterns that are versatile and have some color) and for some reason, pants. I want to start upgrading to Incotex-grade pants, but keep delaying it in lieu of other wardrobe components instead.
     


  7. musicguy

    musicguy Senior member

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    I didn't get that either...

    I say +1 for expensive socks. I'm fine with grey heather from H&M for nearly all circumstances. Black for (semi-)formal wear.

    Definitely disagree with the slim fitting pants and pocket squares though. I wear both nearly every day.
     
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  8. MyOtherLife

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    And note the second 'a' . Damn those knock-offs.
     


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    I was replying to Manofstyle85's "What are you doing here?" reply to my earlier post which went "$1000 slick leather soled shoes. Absolutely no benefit for me at all in having these in Xilinhot. Also no need for a suit and tie, as I don't work in banking and finance, real-estate or for the government." I took that he seems to think that MC is just about these types of attire and nothing else.

    It's true, suits, ties and and expensive shoes are just not relevant to my situation, location, lifestyle and interests. i.e. they are 'SF Approved' items that I would not spend(waste) any money on. I'm NOT an executive and I don't live in the big city. I suspect many of the suit and tie aficionados of SF live in places like New York and have office or executive type jobs. I'm not really interested in much of the SW&D type gear either, e.g. designer sneakers.

    BTW one can't even buy a decent suit or expensive shoes in this city.

    Hopefully this clears up any misunderstandings. :)
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    Or Apple products :devil:
     


  11. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Actually 'Apple' products are readily available here...
    [​IMG]
    ...just not the Apple of Cupertino.
     
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  12. Reevolving

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    The pants are totally worth it. Especially if you find them on discount. The unique designs stand out from the generic looking pants everyone wears. My Mabitex's ran $30 to $50. 1 year in, they are going strong, but the wool has started to pill. So, just don't expect the wool pants to last "forever" as per the common SF myth to justify spending $150+ on (used) pants. Just make sure the slim cut works for you. Let's just say I will never wear khakis again.
     


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    Alden. The cordovan is decent, but the poor quality control is disappointing. Current demand is outstripping their ability to make their wares properly, it seems.
     


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    Expensive collar stays.
     


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    I understand the point of view. One cannot expect much western sartorial relevance living in an eastern communist country. There are more important concerns driving the reasons why 80% of the population live in abject poverty.

    My biggest waste has been through the procurement of shoes. I have not yet found a fit that compares to the comfort of my Keens.
     


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