Take for instance this:
These pants, recently purchased for $5.49, the cloth is seersucker, but with really narrow stripes, almost like pincord. They're certainly not all cotton, which really is a shame with seersucker, my guess is maybe 60%cotton/40% polyester. But the cut of them is trim and sharp, no egregious wide legs. They have no label at all, which leads me to believe they're half of a suit.
This weird Lacoste tennis shirt, with a pocket and plain (i.e. not banded) sleeves, in the palest shade of yellow known to man...
...coton/poly blend. Made in U.S.A., which is good, except that Lacoste shirts are supposed to be made in France. Free from ebay.
and, as always, bring the whole thing alive with accessories. Lately I've been very happy with this particular paisley pocket square (heisted from dear old Dad 15 years ago):
and ribbon belt ( Polo, $0.99)
My point is, while polyester may be less than desirable, it's presence in a a garment needn't necessarily be a deal breaker. True, that thick, double knit, rubbery stuff is an abomination, but some of those cotton or wool blends ain't half bad when used with a clever eye. Remember, Clint Eastwood didn't look half bad in all those "Dirty Harry" flicks.
Dressing well is all about having an understanding of style, pattern, color and proportion, as well as some dash and a good deal of disregard for what the chumps will invariably say about you. If you don't get that, than the greatest tailor in Naples won't be able to help you, but if you do get it, really get it, you can practically pick your clothes out of the trash and knock 'em dead every time...or at least shop at the thrift store. It's amazing the things that most people throw away.
Style doesn't care about money.
p.s. a million points to Michael Williams at A Continuous Lean for giving Jack McCoy the credit he deserves. I always thought that dude dressed well...he's got Mike Cutter beat by a mile.
I agree with you on several points:
1) ebay feels like cheating. there's no thrill of the hunt. no stumbling across a hidden treasure in some dark corner of some ratty thrift shop.
2) you've got to know what's good in order to know what's bad.
3) a little poly can help some fabrics maintain their shape.
Having said no.1, I've sold a lot on ebay. When i was moving to the UK, it was the best way to deaccession tons of things that i'd collected over the years, including issue #1 of Martha Stewart Living for $250.
Dirty Harry was far better than not bad, style-wise. I hadn't seen that movie in years, but I caught it on TV a month ago and kept thinking, "Goddamn that guy's dressed well." The funny thing is, it was part of his 70s rebel persona in the film: The long (for a cop) hair, the foppish colors. He was like George Plympton with balls.
I have made some great finds on eBay, but as with many other situations, it depends on what you are looking for and what it's worth to you in terms of both money and time. It can be almost as much fun as finding a deal in person.
The biggest problem with eBay is that most sellers fall into one of two categories: either they have no idea what it is they are selling and so don't know how to provide useful info in the listing, or they are trying to make a living off it and overprice everything because they misjudge its worth.
Your duds today look fantastic! Great match up all around - and from here - they look new.
Great outfit - looks timeless.
Can't completely agree with you about eBay, however. I've gotten some fantastic deals on brand new or perfect condition classic clothing, like my 2 houndstooth jackets. One by Brooks Bros (tan and brown), and one by Hickey Freeman (blue and black). Both wool and silk. Both looking like they were never worn, and both fitting me perfectly. I only paid $65 each for them. A good deal I thought.
And I've gotten a lot of new or perfect Brooks Bros, J. Press and Robert Talbott ties - from $5 to $20 each.
Inevitably, whenever I poke around a thrift store, I see folks checking out the racks and filling their shopping carts with military like precision. Dollars to donuts they are either eBay sellers or vintage clothing retailers (or both).
In my efforts to save money I iron my own clothes. You know what? 100% cotton for all it's snob appeal is a pain to press. Polyester is not a bad word. It's all about cut, quality and style.
Have been lurking your blog for a few weeks now. REALLY enjoy it. From the sartorial tight-rope walking to the sincere and eclectic vinyl collection with the occasional recipe, and somehow only you could unearth the virtues of polyester. Your site is a true pleasure to read! As a fellow blogger, I doff my cap.
I have some seersucker shorts that are blended as well. Perfectly acceptable and still the ultimate in preppy
although I'm wearing those same shoes today, I'd have to say I'm a little jealous mine aren't so worn in
I respect you man. You know that. It goes without saying. However, any garment that has a greater percentage of synthetic fiber versus the natural stuff is morally wrong. I was a victim of the 70's so maybe it's just me-working out my own trauma on your blog site!
Full agreement with the Marauder.
Always a great read, and I couldn't help but link to this post today.
A tip o' the hat, good sir.
The Handsome Man's Guide To Life.
Marauder and Archimedies,
Thanks for the flattery.
succesful cheapskating often involves a bit of distasteful compromise to the dark side. The trick is to keep it a secret, but I guess I just blew that part of it.
With all respect, you're the ass in the ebay transaction. To leave a negative after waiting only a week for a package in the mail is very poor form. It's the post office you're dealing with after all. And to think that someone would actually be in a hurry to own that shirt...
Otherwise I enjoy your thifting. Thanks.
I only left the comment after repeatedly emailing the seller without response. Personally, I just don't find it to be an easy or enjoyable way to shop. I know plenty of people love it and do well by it, it just doesn't suit me.
As for the shirt, I wasn't in any hurry to own it, I just wanted to know that it was on its' way, you know, having paid for it and all. Calling me an ass might be a bit harsh, don't you think?
And the naked chick standing behind you? LOL
Cool article you got here. I'd like to read more concerning that theme.
BTW look at the design I've made myself High class escort
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