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Outfit of the Week: May 10, 2013

By Gabi Meyers | May 10 2013

Way to go Robert! You’re this week’s #OOTW winner!

Get ready to be suited up by Evolution of Style!

{Looking good!}

Here’s what Robert had to say about his Outfit of the Week:

It’s HOT here in California! So why am I wearing a suit? Luckily, the clouds have rolled in for the past two days, and cooled things down a bit. I felt like this might be my last chance to say farewell to my wools for the next few months so I decided I might as well go with the three-piece.

Suit: Thrifted
I started getting into thrifting a few months ago, and landed some pretty big catches within the first 2 weeks, and this one is most definitely my favorite find out of all of them. I remember praying in my head as I walked to the dressing room that it would fit me. You may not be able to see it, but there’s brown stripes alternating with the white, and a hint of blue is also mixed in with the gray herringbone.
Shirt: Bin Hao
I had this shirt made with a suit from one of the many clothiers in Shanghai’s fabric market. I won’t ever forget the experience because 1) it was my first (and only) custom suit and 2) I was broke for a week and subsisted solely on pistachios and water while waiting for it to be finished. It was great to have a suit that fit me perfectly, but I ended up having to take it to a tailor a few months later anyway after losing 25+ pounds…
Tie: Aierdun
My uncle got this to go with a salmon shirt and navy suit that was his graduation present for me. It’s the only gift I’ve gotten from him and the only I think I’ll ever get, so I enjoy wearing it.
Belt: Perry Ellis Reversible
I got this belt at Macy’s just to tide me over until I get down to my goal weight.
Shoes: Stafford
I wore these in their normal color laces until I got another pair of brown shoes, then they got the Dappered treatment and blue AE laces. I’m planning to get as much mileage out of them as I can.
Watch: Seiko SNZG15
This is the first watch I bought and the one I use when I try to convert my friends into watch wearers. I got this from Amazon during their Columbus Day watch sale.
Boutonniere: fake flower that came with a bowl of shaved ice
Got the shaved ice at a college festival a few weeks ago and my first thought was “I bet I could use this as a boutonniere”. So I did.

Gabi’s Take:

I love the little details in Robert’s look: the shaved ice boutonniere, the blue laces, the subtle striping on the suit. I also love that the suit is vintage, because as a vintage shopper, I know how great it feels to find something that fits AND looks amazing.

Megan’s Take:

This win was for sheer grit alone. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to find a three-piece suit that‘s even in the vicinity of fitting properly at a thrift store. Shoes, sure. Maybe a blazer here or there? But a full-on, three-piece? Wow.

Unlike Intern Gabi, I am not a big vintage shopper; I get discouraged when things I find and like are nowhere near my size, or when they’re perfect…but have a stain that you know won’t come out no matter how much oxiclean you throw at it. So props to Robert – and to Gabi! – for putting in the time and effort it takes to be a successful thrifter. And I’m excited for Robert to show us his new, custom suit after being fitted by Evolution of Style!

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