I confess I’m having a bit of a love affair with this suit lately, mostly because it’s pretty much my best-fitting suit right now.  In fact, it fits me as well as any of my suits ever have.   There is something almost magical about finding a garment that fits perfectly and just works with whatever combination you put it in.  That’s part of what brings the thrill of the thrifting hunt.








































Suit: Southwick, thrifted, $8
Shirt: Luciano Barbera, bought secondhand online,  $22
Tie: Kountz & Rider, traded, $0
Pocket Square: Brooks Brothers, thrifted, $3
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted, $12

Total: $45
At retail: $$1500 or more

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4 Responses to Love

  1. Daniel says:

    Does look great. Is that your office? Home? Either way look is great and thrifty. In england we sadly dont have quite the same thrift shop culture. But going to shop around none the less.

  2. Ralf Lott says:

    Well done.

    A question – inasmuch as you’re able to nab very nice shoes for $12, I’m puzzled as to why, as a thrifter, you’d shell out so much more for sale shoes at a pricey retailer.

    Is finding a good, well-fitting pair of shoes in a second-hand shop really a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence?



    • Jeff says:

      Ralph, that’s a very good question, and the answer is yes. Finding good quality shoes, especially in my size is extremely rare. American men just don’t wear good shoes much anymore, even those who wear relatively good quality clothing. There are only two US companies still making good shoes today, where 30 or 40 years ago there were dozens. So the number of good shoes that gets donated to thrift stores is very small. There’s also a pretty narrow range of styles available in thrift shops.

      I definitely spend more on shoes than any other part of my wardrobe, but that’s mainly out of necessity. And also because I really love shoes.

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