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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
What’s your favorite part of Robert’s look? What details do you take into consideration?