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Feb. 25th, 2011

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....what would you buy? Outfit may include shoes, jacket, overcoat, hats, etc. You don't need to spend the full amount, but your upper limit is $1000.

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From:abz6598
Date:February 25th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Danner boots, Carhart pants and shirt, Filson coat/jacket and Filson hat.
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From:crasch
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
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Cool, thanks!
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From:abz6598
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
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Dunno why everyone assumes you were talking about a fancy suit....
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From:evelynne
Date:February 25th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
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First thing I thought of was a Pucci dress, but that's not enough for the dresses I like.How'd you come up with $1000?

Most likely I'd have a dress custom made that works with shoes and jewelry I already have.
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From:girlvinyl
Date:February 25th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I love Pucci too.
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From:crasch
Date:February 25th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying to solicit design ideas. The $1000 limit is arbitrary. What do you think would be a better upper limit?
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From:avani
Date:February 25th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
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For men, at least 2.5k (that's an off-the-shelf suit+shoes+shirt at Hugo Boss, which is a decent compromise between money and fashion effort). For women, it depends on their goals, but with a 1k limit you're knocking out most current dresses, especially for women who need alterations or get cold enough to need at least a shawl over said dress.
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From:evelynne
Date:February 25th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Design of/for what?

My initial reaction to FREE MONEY!! is that it's for something I can't/won't buy for myself or that has no practical value, which basically means something extremely distinctive (i.e., loud) and well-made like a Pucci dress. But if you're talking about spending $1000 on a complete outfit, that leaves so many possibilities I don't even know where to begin. :)

I sometimes read The English Cut, the blog of a Savile Row tailor of bespoke suits (where they measure you and design the suit precisely to fit you -- they create a pattern based on your measurements, rather than altering a commercial pattern). His prices start at $3600ish for a two-piece suit.
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From:crasch
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
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Historically, my attitude toward clothing has been very utilitarian. No outfit I've owned has ever cost more than $500. I would like to improve my personal style. Therefore, I'm curious how people would dress themselves given sufficient funds to wear their dream wardrobe.

If an entire outfit is too much, what about one element? For example, what shoes would you buy? What shoes do you like on men?
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From:evelynne
Date:February 26th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh! OK, that helps a lot. Well, I don't think people need that much money to look stylish. My brother shops mostly at Old Navy and he somehow he manages to look so stylish we tease him that he's gay. (His style is actually very low-key, but it does look well-put-together, which seems to be rare among straight guys.) He likes more expensive clothes too, but price doesn't seem to make much difference except that the more expensive clothes don't pill and wear out as quickly.

Personally, I like men best in casual outfits. I'm not fond of the dockers+polo uniform a lot of guys wear (Poindexter wears this to work). It's too stiff. I seem to like relaxed clothing on men. I'll try to find pics of outfits I like.
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From:crasch
Date:March 1st, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Cool, thanks!

I agree that one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to look stylish. However, as you say, more expensive clothing is higher quality and lasts longer.
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From:forestmaster
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
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$1000 for an outfit or several really doesn't get into what it would be for or the purpose. If you're asking to outfit yourself for spending a week in the outdoors in Siberia or Ethiopia, you'd get quite different results than asking about $1000 or $5K or $10K for an outfit or wardrobe to hang out with celebrities or fashion conscious people of whatever sort. I've seen programs on TV (ok, I don't watch TV most of the time, so clips of TV programs on the internet) about women who come in and get totally made over with more fashionable haircuts/colors as well as full makeup, jewelry and outfits. A lot of them look shellshocked and some look happy, but some I bet go home and scrub off the war paint, wash the goop out of their hair and slip back into something familiar that matches more with their own sense of self...

... I am reminded of a friend of mine that used to be a roommate. He got a corporate sharp haircut and looked good to my eyes, but it wasn't him. He's happier running around skyclad around a campfire in the woods with shaggier hair and a happier heart writing or teaching rather than working in a corporate environment.

...so you can gather opinions about what others might do with their money, but my question for you would be: improve your personal style as compared to who or what? I might suggest browsing catalogs or looking at runway pictures to see what strikes a chord with you and you could see yourself wearing... sorta like evelynne and her love affair with tweed.

Just a thought... and maybe what you're asking for is a starting point for places to look based on things that your friends like... agreed again with Evelynne's comment that you don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money to look stylish either.

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From:evelynne
Date:February 27th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I might suggest browsing catalogs or looking at runway pictures to see what strikes a chord with you and you could see yourself wearing

Yeah, this. I found some pics of those casual outfits I mentioned, but I was thinking, "Well, what if this isn't what Chris likes?" I can show you if you just want to see, but I'd look at catalogs, advertisements in magazines, and people on the street and save pictures and make mental notes of what you like. I have folders full of this stuff.

Personally, I have a hard time dissecting what exactly it is about an outfit that I like so that I can go replicate it. This is where ripping out pages of catalogs helps. I can sit there and look at every detail of an outfit and figure out what it is that appeals to me. A lot of the time it turns out to be styling -- I noticed that on men, I like it when their shirt is made of a drapey material (not that stiff business-shirt cotton/poly, unbuttoned at the top and bottom (with a t-shirt underneath), and the sleeves are rolled up. If you like that look, you can probably replicate it to some extent with what you've got at home. The other issue is often how something fits. Dockers apparently have several different fits other than the business pants I dislike (look at the difference between Dockers on JCP.com versus Dockers.com -- some of the ones on Dockers.com actually look sexy, like the guy in the K-1 Khaki in the rotating advertisement on this page). And with something like jeans there are a whole bunch of different fits. And then there is your own shape -- Poindexter is built so skinny that "regular" jeans look like "loose" on him. Once you're aware of these details that you like it'll be easier to find what you want.
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From:crasch
Date:March 1st, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I do sometimes peruse catalogs, and subscribe to a few fashion blogs. I'm also interested in what *you* like. While I do have my own tastes, I'm also open to experimenting with new looks, so I'm curious to find out what other people like (especially people who have as good a fashion sense as you do. :) ) So please don't be shy about sharing something, as long as you think it looks great.
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From:evelynne
Date:March 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thanks. I really don't think I have fashion sense but I know what I like!!

I have about 10 pics, but I'd like to see if I can find a few more. I tend to like very casual, relaxed, borderline unkempt looks. If you show me a guy all dressed up in his tux I'm ho-hum, but if you show me the same guy with his tie undone, top button unbuttoned, sleeves rolled, hair mussed, I'm much more interested. They seem more approachable and fun that way.

What fashion blogs do you subscribe to?

You know, there's an actor who reminds me of you a little bit, one of my favorite minor characters (Heath) on a show I love, "Greek". His name's Zack Lively but I can't find him wearing anything particularly exciting. But there's a series of photos of him here. I kinda like the short-sleeve-over-long-sleeve look and I like that he's wearing those string bracelets on his wrist.
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From:crasch
Date:March 1st, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

I agree, I wouldn't wear something that I didn't like. And, I do look through catalogs, and peruse some men's fashion blogs. But I also like to hear what my friends think looks good to them.
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From:avani
Date:February 25th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
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That might be enough for a decent, bespoke suit in Singapore or India. Otherwise, for a guy I'd get a suit from Bonobos (http://www.bonobos.com) and try to cram underwear, a shirt, and a pair of shoes into the budget. (a bonobos shirt and a pair of these: http://www.zappos.com/clarks-un-ravel-black-leather could get in if you get one of the less pricey suits)

Personally, I'd go nice lingerie (Cosabella: ~$100), AG jeans (~$160), shoes (~$200), well-fitted, fashion-forward jacket (Something like this: http://www.bluefly.com/Cole-Haan-espresso-cashwool-lambskin-trimmed-coat/cat20010/306439001/detail.fly ~$400), cute scarf ($50), socks/tights ($20), and a typical, off-the-shelf top in nice fabric (~$80).

Wow, that added up pretty fast. I'm frightened of adding up my outfits now, and grateful that I haven't really needed to replace my entire wardrobe since college :P
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From:crasch
Date:February 25th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Awesome, thanks! Any tailors in India or Singapore you recommend? What would you buy if your budget was $5000?
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From:avani
Date:February 26th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
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I would need to ask my father :) My grandfather was a tailor in Mumbai, and my family contacts his old associates to get shirts and suits made. The shirts are pretty crazy: you give them fabric and they go wild with it.

As for $5k, I'm guessing that much would be better spent on two full, interchangeable outfits, but otherwise +1 on the Saville Row suggestion above. (and for women, it would have to be event-specific. As a general event, non-crazy full price dress + lingerie and shoes (including jewelry makes this ridiculous quickly) will run around 3k, and above that you're paying for a designer you really like or being a trendsetter, imho.
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From:crasch
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
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Cool! Would love an intro. to your tailor connections. :)

Any shoes you particularly like?
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From:pixiecup
Date:February 25th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
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I would take a trip somewhere and just buy a set of beautiful lingerie. ;)
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From:crasch
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
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Works for me! :)
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From:phanatic
Date:February 25th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I'd try to talk this guy down by ~80%.
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From:crasch
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
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Cool, thanks!
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