A couple themes that this blog is all about include good style, and good value proposition. I have a few tricks that me keep my closet lined up with those themes. As most of you know, I frequent thrift stores quite a bit. While I don’t buy a ton of stuff, there are some great finds that help offset larger purchases. I practice what I preach, and thought I’d pass one of these tricks on to the readers.
I’m a stickler for shorts. First: I can’t stand long inseams. This is the main reason I don’t play in the NBA. Second: I’m a 5″-6″ inseam guy (depending on the rise), which is actually really tough to find these days. Shorts that work for me are usually pretty pricy ($50+ per pair). My favorite shorts are Sid’s canvas shorts. I have a few pairs of these…the fit is spot on. Beyond these, Patagonia Stand Ups get some good traction, but mostly for weekend wear (more on this later).
I’ve come up with a really good trick that keeps my shorts drawer, and my wallet full. Since most shorts at thrift stores are of the 9″+ variety, I don’t pay too much attention, unless they are an interesting pattern or a great fabric. Instead, I find my shorts in the pants section.
When looking in the pants section, I look for waist size only. Inseam doesn’t matter. While there are a ton of pants that might be my size, I’m able to be very picky in what I buy. Not to mention that pants from Goodwill usually cost around $5. My process of elimination- Pants don’t get picked if they are (in no particular order): dirty/stained beyond tolerance, in need of serious repair (from the knee up), bad fit, or that weird really thin cotton material. Examples of what I do like are above. Details:
These shorts from Banana Republic are a really nice duck canvas, which wear very well. They were pants with a seriously long inseam.
These green gingham shorts from Polo had an 11″ inseam. I had to double-check to ensure that they weren’t women’s capris. Apparently some men do wear shorts that fall below the knee.
The cost of these shorts was $5 each. I brought them both to my tailors and had them cut to the right inseam for $8 each, and I’m in business. Think about that: I got a couple pairs of great shorts for under $15 each. Not only is this easy on the wallet, but it also allows a sort of laissez faire attitude when wearing them. If they get ruined, who cares? I’m only out a few bucks.
These are the latest pair that are lined up to head to the tailors:
These are a GREAT pair of nantucket red canvas shorts from Murray’s (retail: $79.50). Again with the long inseam…it seems like we need an intervention. Anyway, I found these a couple weeks ago at the Junior League store for $4. They’ll make a visit to the tailors this week and be brought to an acceptable inseam for $8. Then they’ll be ready to beat up.
More tricks to come, but I thought I’d get us going with something pretty seasonal-appropriate. Your thoughts?