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What's the longest you've gone between buying an item and wearing it?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ianiceman, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    I got a silk jacket for a steal, fit me very well, but I hadn't a clue what I would wear it for. I wore it to a dinner party at a friend's house recently and I just remembered it had been unworn in my cupboard for three years. There must be other stuff that has yet to make it into the rotation yet or was bought for an occasion that has yet to occur - is this aberrant among SF regulars or a regular occurrence?
     
  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    My heavy duty CG parka is going on 10 years with only 4 wearings in that time.
     
  4. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    something like 60% of clothes that are purchased on impulse never get worn. I believe the females have an even more dramatic statistic.
     
  5. Spode

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    Something like this. I bought a jacket on impulse and didn't wear it for a long while. When I was going to wear it I noticed a small hole in the back and by then so much time had passed that I couldn't possibly get a refund.

    So, if things like that count it's almost a year now. I'll never wear it, unless I can make it a part of an outfit for a masquerade or something ;)
     
  6. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Several months: I bought an evening dress from Gordon Yao in Hong Kong in spring in preparation for the next winter's black tie functions.
     
  7. chet31

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    Good topic. I have a few items I have "saved" for a special occasion, and of course, that occasion never comes along. My wife gave me an athletic top 20 yrs ago that I have never worn, always the wrong colors for any team I've been on, but cool as a stand alone piece. But I'm sure that sometime soon, the perfect occasion will come along ...
     
  8. sparrow

    sparrow Senior member

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    why not today? fit pics[​IMG]
     
  9. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Bump for a good topic.

    In some cases, is fit the reason the items remain never worn, or are those items gotten rid of quickly?
     
  10. Blackhood

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    For me, it's often about liking the item, but not how it would fit within your wardrobe. For example I got a great pair of tweed trousers, but ultimately it took about 7 or 8 months before I could work out how to wear them and not look like I was in costume.
     
  11. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Same for me as for Blackhood. I have a great piece and I got it for a great price. I could resell it for break even, but I would have a tough time replicating the piece in the future. So I am hesitant to sell it, but I also am not convinced that the piece fits into my lifestyle very well.
     
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    Quadcammer Senior member

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    I'm going on 6 months for a suit i bought that required some tailoring. Been too lazy to go to the tailor. Schlepping suits into the city is a pain.
     
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    landshark Senior member

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    I bought a red striped seersucker suit once in late September. I waited until the following May to wear it.
     
  14. CutandSew

    CutandSew Senior member

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    Ralph Lauren Purple Label Suit...brand new with tags and baste stitching still intact. 11+ years and counting. I really should sell it.
     
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    GothamRed Senior member

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    What size? :)
     
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    Years....
    I have shirts/sweaters/shoes/etc NWT's that are unworn.
     
  17. red81

    red81 Senior member

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    my wife has had stuff for 5 years (since we've been married) that still has price tags on it. god knows how long she's had it before i met her.
     
  18. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    6-ish months, when I happen to get something for cold weather at the tail end of the season, and vice versa for warm weather stuff. This has happened a couple of times, typically as a result of ordering something late in a season and it not being finished until the weather's already turned, so then it just has to wait. When this happens, I usually manage to sneak in one or two wearings anyway, but sometimes the weather just isn't appropriate, and in that case it simply has to wait. I don't think it's a particularly bad thing; gives it time to percolate through the unconscious mind as being part of your wardrobe, so outfit ideas can assemble themselves there... [​IMG]

    I can't imagine holding onto something for years on end without wearing it (unless it's a duplicate item, bought to insure against it not being made in the future. I've done that a couple of times with staple stuff, but since I've worn the original I don't think it's in the spirit of the thread). I don't get buying something you'll never wear; might as well flip it. Then again, where I live has limited wardrobe space, so I can't have lots of unused items around.
     
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  19. GothamRed

    GothamRed Senior member

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    This happens to me often, as I tend to shop out of season.


    [​IMG] this is partly why I tend to shop out of season, makes me really think about whether the particular item is really worth it, or perhaps just a passing fancy.
     
  20. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    2.5 years and counting. Some of it I got at a low price, with the intent to alter, but I never got around to it. Others are just too nice for me to bring myself to wear. That's why I don't make impulse buys anymore. I'm very thoughtful about my purchases now. I'd rather keep those few $k in my bank account.
     
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