Is this really a thing? If so, punk rock has really gone downhill since my time.
Unless you invest a great deal of thought on the front end, making rash decisions is part of the learning process; doesn't matter if it is clothes or cars. The magnitude of that error is what separates the level of foolishness.
I agree with most of what's been said in this thread so far but just wanted to point out that (thankfully) most of us mature over time. Our style changes in a direct correlation with changes in lifestyle, responsibilities and world view - the most dramatic of which tend to happen in a man's 20s as 30s as he gets a proper job, starts a family, buys a house etc. (at least one of which still applies to most people).
So what you wore (or drove) 20 years ago, though it might have looked good at the time and suited your life then, often no longer fits who you are today. Just because you don't wear those skinny jeans and cuban heeled boots anymore - or drive a cool old car that broke down every second week - doesn't mean buying them in the first place was a rash decision or they weren't the perfect choice at the time. I have some stuff (which for whatever reason I never get around to donating or selling) which I wore quite a bit when I was younger, but it just isn't "me" anymore. I actually think of it as someone else's wardrobe.
Conversely, I can't imagine wearing the 'old man' duds that I wear now when I was 20.
This is why I find iGents' attempts at 'permanent style' and MC uniforms so absurd. You can no more have a permanent style than you can a permanent lifestyle - which is only possible if you don't grow as a person (e.g. Foo - literally and metaphorically).
Is this the self help groupie thread where we make a circle and confess to each other about our bad spending habits?
After accumulating quite a few pieces of clothings during 2008 downturn, I am now much more austere in terms of the number of purchases. But I must confess that I did splurge on bespeaking a pair of JLP shoes just last year.
I am a big admirer of a well thought out wardrobe with interchangeable pieces. I think in the most recent Men's Ex issue, they had an article of making a unique month long look book using less than 30 pieces of clothing, including accessories. There were three suits, three pants, three jackets, 3 pairs of shoes, etc. I would love to modify my wardrobe to that level.
The worst that could happen to anyone's style is to become a clothing trader like many on SF; constantly buying and selling his own 'inventory' to fund the next purchase.
A perfect example of thinking which does not necessarily occur at the outset of dressing well. Sometimes it doesn't occur at all. I think that is where they voracious consumption of SF etc. lead people astray.
SF is, to me, a particularly interesting example.
Whilst there are some SF members who do like to refer to the "iGent hype cycle", there's still a large insistence on SF that most of the discussions on SF are about style, not fashion, with the idea that style is more permanent, or classic, as opposed to fashion, which is ephemeral and fleeting.
Nonetheless, despite this idea on SF of style being more permanent, there are regular bouts of enthusiasm over certain brands or certain styles of clothing. This seems more common with shoes than with most other items of clothing, but you still see it with certain companies that make jackets, suits, shirts and so on. So, every now and then there'll be a frenzy over Santoni, or Ferragamo Tramezza, or Edward Green, or C&J, or John Lobb Paris, or Carmina, or Meermin and so on and people will be ordering two or three pairs or more.
So, even though the general idea of style (grey trousers, navy jacket, sky blue or white shirt) might be more permanent, there are still definite shifts or trends present on SF and when the general body of members on SF latches on to something it can be quite a feeding frenzy for a while, until the hype around that item dies down and the next big thing is identified.
Patience is a virtue and a severe lack of it is a large part of the problem. The recently minted clothing nerd is like the virgin in the whorehouse.But thinking before you leap allows you to avoid - partially or completely - that typical initial progression from schlub to iGent that we all invariably go through to some degree where you buy the discounted "approved brand" in the non-staple colour, or slightly weird pattern because it is "a Brioni, a Attolini, a brand that ends in any vowel. Avoiding these pitfalls allows you to build a flexible wardrobe at any age.
Patience is a virtue and a severe lack of it is a large part of the problem. The recently minted clothing nerd is like the virgin in the whorehouse.
That Patrick06790 dude gave some of the greatest thrifting advice ever when he advised that you'll leave empty-handed 9 out of 10 times.
As I type wearing a 20+year old sweater, I am well aware that clothing can last a long time and there is no rush to amass anything.
On the cull front, I'm very big on forcing myself to endure bad purchases and use them as a continual reminder of the mistake so that it does not get repeated.
But it's dark out now. The sun will never come back.Re: Fashion vs. Style / Timeless vs. Trendy.
I still get shot down when I talk about lapels getting thicker and button-point dropping back down off the sternum.
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It's more possible that lapels disappear entirely than stay at 2" or whatever. And I'm pretty sure people will tire of their bellies sticking out from under coats rather soon.I still get shot down when I talk about lapels getting thicker and button-point dropping back down off the sternum.
I only read the first post, but boy is that this thread in a nutshell. Newb unhappy about buying a black Men's Wearhouse suit, because the net dislikes black, tries mathematical shenanigens to justify spending 2/3 his clothing budget on a used Kiton suit because of its "impact."Why are there no spreadsheets in this thread like over here?