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    Items you've bought then abandoned

    I used to be a regular mud mask guy. Religiously. Every Sunday night, 30 mins before bed, I'd slap on a mud mask ans relax. Key words here are "used to be". I haven't done a mud mask in 6 or maybe even 8 months now. Every time I reach under the bathroom sink I see the mud mask there, reminding me of my shame.

    I also have a good collection of pocket squares that don't see the light of day. For a while there I was all over pocket squares. Looking for new patterns, new styles, new folds, etc. Lately though, not so much.

    What about you folks here? Are there any items/trends/styles that you jumped on, then over the course of weeks/months/years(?) dropped them because they weren't for you? Or maybe you just lost interest?

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    Colorful shorts and pants, like bright greens, pink, yellows. Used to wear them often, but I reach for navy’s and khakis much more often now. It’s just much easier to put and outfit together with the normal colors.


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    Waxed cotton outerwear. Seemed so cool... so on-trend ... so... heritage. Two huge problems, for me, though. First, the wax/oil/whatever is thermally conductive, so the jackets aren't *warm*. Second, if I'm the least bit active, the lack of breathability turns the inside into a steam sauna. There is a good reason that this "early tech wear" has been passed by for much better solutions.
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    This probably falls outside most guy's perception of what "dappered" is but I periodically get into moods where I think I'm going to get into jewelry (rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings - why not, I've already got the piercings, might as well use em, right?) and wear lots of jewelry for a while but I almost always get tired of it and revert back to no jewelry except a watch.
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    Interesting that all the examples so far aren't so much something that didn't suit as they are ones that required extra effort, and subsequent burnout.

    I tend to sit on purchase decisions for a long time before buying, so can avoid things that would require more mental expenditure to fit into my wardrobe. Helps cut down on the buyer's remorse.

    One exception: a cream web belt that is still in its wrapper. Bought for summer casual wear at the end of the season on sale, but never got the shoes I'd feel comfortable wearing it with. Doesn't help I've basically stopped wearing shorts.

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    I used to own a whole bunch of watches. The irony is that I hate wearing a watch. I now own one watch - the battery is dead and I haven't worn it once in the past 5 years.

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    Between being pretty methodical about what I buy and having a short leash on getting rid of items that aren't working, I don't have many things I've kept and abandoned.

    The closest for me is quality winter accessories. These are items I know I should own and are worth keeping, but I very rarely need them. The leather gloves get the most use and have been worn less than 5 times this year. The merino scarf and hat are still brand new.

    Not clothing related but loosely linked like OP's masks, I've tried countless natural deodorants and none have performed well enough for me to keep using them.
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    Double edge safety razors. I started using them on advice from a Dappered thread. I stuck with it for about a year because it did help a lot to minimize razor burn. What I didn't like was the extra time it added to my shaving routine and the nicks. Oh man the nicks. I eventually realized that disposable two blade razors (not to be confused with double edge blades) worked just as well if not better. They don't give me razor burn and I can shave much faster without getting any nicks. I do miss the low cost of replacing blades though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geo View Post
    Double edge safety razors. I started using them on advice from a Dappered thread. I stuck with it for about a year because it did help a lot to minimize razor burn. What I didn't like was the extra time it added to my shaving routine and the nicks. Oh man the nicks. I eventually realized that disposable two blade razors (not to be confused with double edge blades) worked just as well if not better. They don't give me razor burn and I can shave much faster without getting any nicks. I do miss the low cost of replacing blades though.
    I had a somewhat similar experience until recently. Tried DE razors periodically over the last decade and never liked them... always lots of blood and I found them very imprecise to use in tight spaces like under the jaw, under my nose, etc. Until recently I’d been a devotee of the Philips OneBlade electric trimmer.

    I saw a DE razor handle on sale on a shelf at TJ Maxx a couple weeks back and bought it on a whim. Turns out whatever is different about this particular handle and blade makes it nearly perfect for me... been shaving with it the last couple weeks without any cuts. It’s been great.

    Anyway that’s a long-winded way of saying I think it takes a lot of trial and error to get the DE razor that’s right for you and I definitely sympathize with the frustration of not finding one and reverting to something more user-friendly.
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    Along the lines of shaving... I’ve periodically grown a beard and, while bearded, always manage to acquire a buttload of beard grooming products (oils, balms, beard-specific shampoos and conditioners, brushes, trimming scissors, beard shaping templates), before realizing I just hate the feeling of hair on my face and end up scraping it all off. Every time it happens I usually buy new beard products rather than using the old ones I already have, because I convince myself that if I find the right products, maybe I won’t hate the feel of a beard on my face as much. It never works. Ended up chucking a BUNCH of products when I Marie Kondo’d my house this past holiday season.
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