Saturday, August 6, 2011

Words to Live By

With Summer part way through and Fall around the corner, I took the time to edit (read: clean out) my wardrobe. Pieces that did not get worn much or at all were up for consideration. Several shirts, ties, socks, shoes, hats and sportcoats - likely enough to form a wardrobe on their own - lost out and were tossed. Actually, I was the one who lost out. Those items should have been keepers. You go into a friendship expecting a longterm play - acquiring a wardrobe item is no different. So where did I go wrong?

Settling. Ever wanted something but didn't go for it for one reason or another, and went instead with the next best thing? Well, you never stopped thinking about what you wanted in the first place did you?

Lured by the sale. If the goods were inferior to begin with, do they suddenly improve with a price drop? No, they don't.

Learn to love it. If it does not feel right on first impression, it rarely gets any better with time.

Those are some of the lessons learned, and over time many more will follow. And to be sure, there is a list of things that have come and gone as a reminder.


Clay's Mom said...

Love the photo!

Suitstyler said...

Tailoring as you know is the opposite of fashion. Its about shape and good cloth. Getting rid of wrinkles.
(Rumples can be pressed out)
When some one understands and appreciates not just tailoring , but is satisfied with their body shape (for the most part) they appreciate custom tailoring and the appreciation curve instead of going downhill as with fashion. Gets better, like an old friend. Not only does a strong woven cloth shape to the body, it complements fashion as its substance of sculpted shape anchors the drape of other garments underneath.

Anonymous said...

Hurricane Irine flooded my basement and ruined a lot of clothing that I honestly thought I would one day wear again. My loss was actually my gain.

Sartorial Vancouver said...

@Anon, I wish you well in these early post-Irene days, and that your gains continue to emerge.

Anonymous said...

Do you use starch on your shirts? I like the sharp edges it gives but don't care for what it does to the cotton. Please advise. Thanks,

~ Baltimore Style

Sartorial Vancouver said...

@Baltimore Style, I have not used starch before, out of a preference to keep my shirts as natural as can be, and can not comment on its benefits and detriments.