The Rest – The $1500 Wardrobe Part V
Welcome to the 5th year of us doing this. Creating a versatile, sharp wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight. The best course of action is to go slow. But for argument’s sake, let’s say you need a major wardrobe makeover, stat. Over the next week we’ll see what a strict budget of $1500 can do.
Despite prices going up everywhere, we’re still sticking with a $1500 budget. The outcome might not impress the menswear snobs, but why care? The goal is to balance quality with affordability, accessibility with versatility. Not every last stitch (like underwear) will be covered. We’re not burning the clothes you likely already have. The goal is finish with a setup of clothes that can have someone looking great in most situations. The focus will be on affordable goods which can last with reasonable care. Also know that since tailoring costs can vary wildly, those aren’t a part of the final cost.
The TieBar Necktie Duo: Grenafaux in Navy – $19 & Black – $19
Running tight on cash, so we’re going for essentials here. A navy tie and a black tie, both with just a bit of texture, are essentials to have on hand. Even if you don’t wear ties that often, if at all. From weddings to job interviews to the unfortunate case of a funeral. You’ll need a tie. Shoot for a timeless width like 3″. More on why these two were chosen over here.
Better looking in person than it looks on Amazon. This one does have the loud “tick” that some Timex’s suffer from. So, if you’re susceptible to going mad over the “tick,Tick,TICK” some Timex weekenders can make, then best to skip this one. Nice chevron pattern on the inner dial. 40mm Brass case. Indigo back-light. Surprisingly sleek and suit worthy, even if it is a Timex.
Super simple and on a brown band. The “rule” is to match your leathers. So if you’re wearing brown shoes? Wear a brown belt and a watch with a brown strap. Black shoes? Black belt, black watch strap (there’s no belts in the $1500 wardrobe since most guys have serviceable dress & casual belts). True, one stainless band watch could have replaced both of these watch picks for the $1500 wardrobe exercise (strongly considered this Seiko), but not everyone likes the “bling” that can sometimes come with some stainless band watches, or, how casual some dive styles can look.
The Collar Stays: 40 Stainless Collar Stays – $12.95
Collars are key. And while almost all dress shirts already come with a set of plastic collar stays, they’re usually cheap plastic. A good set of metal collar stays is the next level. Not only will you not have to worry about losing a collar stay to the laundry monster (he which gobbles up socks) since you’ll have extra, you can put a hockey stick style curve in em. This keeps your collar looking crisp when going tieless.
TOTAL COST: $185.89
CASH REMAINING: $2.77 …Go get yourself a cup of coffee.