I often come back to the cliché of “buy less, buy better.” To analyze the maxim is to take a fascinating look into the psyche of those most interested in men’s clothing. While it is undoubtedly the campaign slogan of the iGent movement, people don’t seem to really understand it. Instead they use…
This post sums it up quite well.
Makes me think of the Oscar Wilde quote: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
I know guys who live by this maxim, having very few items in their wardrobe, almost all bespoke. I must admit that I admire their restraint and their sense of curation. They probably enjoy each item alot more than somebody (like me?) who owns a ton of stuff.
After having gone to an extreme in the accumulation phase — as followers of this blog well know — I’m now coming back full circle, trying to own less, and only acquiring an additional item if it’s really worth it.
My belief is that how expensive an item is, or how well-made, is less important than how well-tailored to your silhouette it is. Whether you own expensive or inexpensive clothes, the precision of the alterations is ultimately what’s going to make all the difference when it comes to grabbing people’s attention.
Lastly, here’s an argument that perhaps doesn’t get mentioned enough in defence of clothes horses like ourselves: VARIETY.
Sure, it’s great to own just one perfect bespoke navy blazer. But once you’ve worn it God knows how many times, it starts to get old for your entourage, and even for yourself.
Owning a number of items in a larger wardrobe allows you to mix-and-match, always creating new looks, keeping the game fresh, staying on your toes by pushing new limits.
It’s the one thing I don’t regret about my choice to own a huge wardrobe: it has allowed me to keep evolving and refining my tastes each and everyday.
The purpose of this blog, since it was launched in April 2012, is to make sure that no two daily outfits are exactly the same. I do hope I’ve succeeded.