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  • Brent k
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    It's a great idea. Would make for a lot of closet space...maybe my gf could actually find some space in my closet. I really don't need 12 pairs of jeans or 50 button downs. Might start a large for sale thread.

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  • wsupjs
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    Originally posted by Brent k View Post
    God I need to trim my wardrobe after reading the last post.
    Hah it's all good. I'm big on wardrobe minimalization, but it's not for everyone.

    The template I listed above is the foundation I was shooting for when I started my consolidation. It's the bare minimum I think most people could reasonably get away with, but does limit some options. In the end, I added a few pieces to it (2 more suits, 2 more sweaters, 3-4 pairs of shoes, 5 Ties, and 2 Polos), but the idea is still there.

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  • Brent k
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    God I need to trim my wardrobe after reading the last post.

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  • wsupjs
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    The biggest determining factor is what you need out of your wardrobe. A casual guy working construction and an executive need very different wardrobes, so some background about yourself would help.

    However, assuming you work in a business casual environment and want a versatile wardrobe for a young professional, here's what I'd buy with $1500.

    - 1 Suit
    - 1 Blazer
    - 6 Dress Shirts
    - 2 Sweaters
    - 4 Pairs of Pants (1 pair of dark jeans, 3 pairs of wool pants in varying colors and weights)
    - 2 Pairs of Shoes (I'd recommend a dark brown captoe balmoral and a medium brown blucher)
    - 3 Ties (1 pin dot, 1 repp stripe, and one very dark Grenadine)
    - 2 Polos
    - 1 Pair of Khaki Shorts (assuming you wear them)
    - 6 Undershirts (assuming you wear them)
    - 6 Solid Color Tshirts (casual wear)
    - 6-8 Pairs of Boxer Briefs
    - 6-8 Pairs of Socks

    You can easily make all of those happen with quality goods if you take your time searching big sales, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, and eBay.
    Last edited by wsupjs; December 15, 2013, 06:24 PM.

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  • Brent k
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    Go to TJ maxx and Marshall's in nicer areas. Higher income demographic areas. I found a ton of RLPL and black label cheap. 100% cashmere knit tie, button downs, RLPL suits but none in my size yet.

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  • ZachL
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    I would personally skip the black shoes and black trousers and instead get a second pair of brown shoes (walnut, cognac, ect), one wingtip, one oxford, and a patterned trouser in grey (houndstooth, herringbone, windowpane, glenplaid). Throw a charcoal sportcoat in there as well and have interesting buttons (horn or mop) put on the navy suit so you can wear it as a jacket as well.


    For the shirts, get a white spread collar buttonup, a white ocbd, light blue spread collar buttonup, white with blue checks spread collar, and maybe a light pink spread collor buttonup or a gingham of sorts (navy, purple).


    Those should keep you solid for some time while you continue to build your wardrobe

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  • alan
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    I'm in software, too. And I might have to stop by Marshalls on the way home. The shopping spree is winding down, but I still have a little bit left. :-)


    And FWIW, now that I have the basics, I can afford to wait for something really worth it to come along.

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  • jason_carreira
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    Not in project management, but I've been building software a long time. Also, it's one of putthison.com's mantras about building a wardrobe.


    Some guys on SF have been finding amazing stuff at Marshall's... Kiton & Marinella ties and one guy found an amazing Bruno Cuccinelli sportcoat for $69... They retail for like $3500.

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  • alan
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    I'm great about sales and have picked up thrifting, but I always seem to forget that Marshalls even exists. I have one right by the office, too. Might have to check it out.

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  • jonATL
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    Thrift, Ebay, Marshalls. If you have the time, that will make your money go a long, long way.


    Before I really knew what I was doing, I pieced together a Ludlow suit with ebayed pants and a sale jacket for about $350, I think. Of course, I wouldn't do that now, but that was then.

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  • alan
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    That's one of my favorite sayings, JC. Are you in project management?

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  • jason_carreira
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    I'd say take your time and find things as they come... Fast, Good, Cheap: choose 2.

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  • alan
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    While not $1500, here's what I recently did with $600 (of which $100 was gift cards at specific stores):


    http://threads.dappered.com/topic/the-haul-results-from-my-recent-shopping-spree


    Granted, I already own brown dress shoes, a grey suit, and a navy suit. However, all three are absolute musts (for me) so if I were starting from scratch with $1500 I'd find a way to include those into the budget. Knowing what I spent on them originally, that costed me $650. So that brings the total up to $1250 - leaving $250 to play with.


    If you can get away with just one suit, keep the grey. I paid $350 for my navy suit so that would increase the working budget back up to $600.


    I don't know what really great jeans cost anymore since I haven't bought any in 3 years, but the last pair of great jeans I bought was from Armani Exchange (don't laugh) and they costed me $50 on sale and they're still working for me.


    So that leaves $550. That's like mad money in my mind since the essentails (at least for me) have been covered. I'd buy a couple pairs of chinos, but the bases are covered. Maybe get some fun socks. Maybe upgrade some of the other stuff stuff from the list. Or just maybe you can spring for that navy suit after all. :-)


    Oh, and save some of the budget for tailoring. How much you'll need will depend on how much work you need done.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    Oh, and pitched all the other clothes! Down to about 2 feet of clothes on the rail in my closet that are more useful than the stuffed closet I had before!

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  • nicholascrawford
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    I did Joe's $1500 wardrobe and bought many of the exact items he suggests, incorporated several of the things I already had, and adapted to what I could find in the stores near me. Save for buying 2 Indochino suits, I liked buying in-store to check the fit and try to talk myself out of it.


    Totally doable. Definitely worth it!

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