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Old 06-27-2014, 10:34 AM   #41
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FWIW, I have noticed that being dressed up a bit often gets me better service and a more reasonable attitude when I need 'special' attention from a business.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:41 AM   #42
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FWIW- I'm a bit sartorial. I prefer 3-pieces. Custom/Bespoke/MTM. Custom shirts, etc.
Ah, a dandy!

You're quite the throwback, but if it works for you, why not.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:45 AM   #43
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FWIW, I have noticed that being dressed up a bit often gets me better service and a more reasonable attitude when I need 'special' attention from a business.
That's the exact reason I wear a clean pair of unripped shorts and a clean smelling T-shirt to walmart. And shoes. Guaranteed better service every time.

My attire also doubles as appropriate tactical gear on the occasions I need to infiltrate the locked dressing rooms that are rarely staffed with an attendant. Ain't no shame in crawling underneath the doors if no one's there to assist you, right?
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All my dress shirts are now of the loud, floral type you regularly see in beach resort areas and my slacks are all khaki.

And I don't really care what I'm wearing when buried or cremated as I will be dead at the time.
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The thing I've noticed during my first few months of retirement is not how many dress shirts I need, but how many T shirts. I last wore a dress shirt on April 2nd. I've worn T shirts almost every day since, going through 2 or 3 a day on hot days. I need to get my T shirt supply up to at least 10-15.
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That's the exact reason I wear a clean pair of unripped shorts and a clean smelling T-shirt to walmart. And shoes. Guaranteed better service every time.
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The thing I've noticed during my first few months of retirement is not how many dress shirts I need, but how many T shirts. I last wore a dress shirt on April 2nd. I've worn T shirts almost every day since, going through 2 or 3 a day on hot days. I need to get my T shirt supply up to at least 10-15.
Start entering athletic events (as a volunteer if you don't want to get out on the course). I have more T-shirts than I'll ever need from 5Ks, sprint triathlons, 50K charity bike rides, etc. I do need to buy a few WITHOUT words or logos for those special occasions.
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Start entering athletic events (as a volunteer if you don't want to get out on the course). I have more T-shirts than I'll ever need from 5Ks, sprint triathlons, 50K charity bike rides, etc. I do need to buy a few WITHOUT words or logos for those special occasions.
Donate blood, a T-shirt almost every time.
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I actually had to buy a suit since I retired, got too fat for and had a business meeting and a wedding :-( . Aloha shirts count as formal wear in Hawaii I have a bunch of those.
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Start entering athletic events (as a volunteer if you don't want to get out on the course). I have more T-shirts than I'll ever need from 5Ks, sprint triathlons, 50K charity bike rides, etc. I do need to buy a few WITHOUT words or logos for those special occasions.
I need to get back into running - almost all of my t-shirts are from 5k's and a sprint tri. Good idea on volunteering - I could volunteer some, run some.
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Donate blood, a T-shirt almost every time.
Great idea - I should be donating blood as well. My MIL donates blood and she gives me the shirts.
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The big change to my wardrobe began in 1998 when my former company changed its dress code from a combination of casualwear and formalwear to full-time casualwear. My dress shirts stayed in the closet and I began buying the far cheaper ordinary pants instead of dress pants and did not have to dry-clean them, another big plus).

I then began paring down my wardrobe, donating the dress shirts I either got tired of wearing, got worn out, or did not fit me any more (mostly that last one, I had put on some weight in the 1990s). The more recent stuff which I liked and still fit me I wore for special events such as weddings and funerals.

In 2001, when I switched to working part-time and resurrected my personal life, I returned to square dancing and one club had a dress code so I used those button-down shirts for a while until I acquired some fancier, western-style shirts for dancing. Then my old work shirts went back into retirement.

After another purge of older, non-fitting clothes in 2008, I freed up much closet space but should still do another purge to get rid of anything I haven't worn for at least 10 years.

Although not bought together originally, I have a dark blue pair of nice pants and a dark blue sport jacket which resemble a suit if work together. That's all I need for weddings and funerals now. That, and my favorite 2 or 3 ties depending on the shirt I wear. I have enough closet space now so I lack a lot of incentive do go through with the purge, especially after some problems with the last donation in 2008.
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Everyone knows you need only one shirt which is worn until holes appear. Next question...
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Yeah, I've got a lot of those. Only 6 months left on my deferral due to dental implant surgery (they used bone grafts from donors).
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Kept all jackets, shirts, dresses and trousers which are expensive or I've received compliments on. As I live in the city, I wear them when I go out for formal dinners. Sometimes I pair them up with some casual stuff and wear them smart casual. About 4 jackets are just too formal ( mostly in dark blue) and they have been hanging in the wardrobe unworn for 4 years but I do not have the heart to throw them out. They are timeless in fashion and costly. Maybe my nieces will use them on future.
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This thread inspired me to get rid of a lot of dress shirts and pants from my working days. I retired in 2008 and these clothes were still hanging in the closet. Kept about 3 dress shirts and a couple of pairs of pants. I went through my suits right after I retired but getting this clothing separated and off to Goodwill just never made the top of the growing project list.
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How Many Dress Shirts Do I Still Need After FIREing?

One shirt, one coat, one pair of nice trousers. No ties. A nice vest. I like vests. Lots of jeans, shorts, and a lot of Tshirts with humorous sayings. A couple pair of socks: mostly white for hiking, some black for use with aforementioned coat.


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