Thursday, August 24, 2017

Link: How to Buy Great Suits on eBay for Nothing by Jeffrey Tucker

This article has a lot of useful information.

My closet is full of Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren and Southwick suits and sport coats (as well as some from other brands) from eBay. None had any visible wear. All of my suits cost around $55 each (around $50 seems to be most guys' price ceiling), maybe $100 each after alterations. It's beyond me why anyone would buy some trendy, glued-together piece of junk suit from the likes of Kohl's when they could get something 10x better quality for less money.

My only quibble is the note on lapel size. This should be determined by proportionality, not by the whims of fashion. A width of about 3 1/2 inches never goes out of style (for notch lapels on single-breasted jackets; peaked lapels on double-breasteds can be up to about five inches).

The 3 1/2 inch rule also applies to ties.

Regardless, I'm pleased to see that Tucker is still fighting the good fight. There aren't many of us left.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Target retiring its "Merona" brand

The news is that Target is retiring its "Merona" brand, presumably soon. 

I've recommended their Merona polos before; they're 100% cotton, logo-less, and with tails (the longer back half helps a polo stay tucked in, and the slit between the front and back makes it more comfortable tucked or untucked). They're an amazing value at their usual retail price of about $13, and an insane value on sale (I picked up two more earlier this summer when they were only $7). 

My only complaint is inconsistent sizing, so try them on before you buy.  

I plan to hit Target in the next few days to see if they're on clearance, and I recommend that everyone else do the same. 

Hopefully they'll release another polo at least as good, just under a different name.