Recently a most unusual email landed at Ivy Style headquarters. Seems a new reader of the site has converted to trad and now wants to build an entire wardrobe and needs advice on what he should get. Naturally I had a few questions by way of clarification.
He says by “entire” he pretty much means just that: “the whole spectrum,” from business dress to resort wear and presumably black tie. Budget is not an issue, he says, either because he just wants to know what the idea items are (a polo coat, one item, is about $2,500) and will figure out the budget later, or because budget is quite literally not an issue.
But rather than having money to burn, the fellow may also simply have an unusually precocious focus on longevity. In his words:
I am in my mid-twenties and I live in Ohio. Ohio has what I call “midwest weather” which is hot summers and cold winters so I kind of need everything. That’s basically it: just a capsule wardrobe that covers the spectrum for everything and be able for me to wear the same things into retirement.
So have at it! Tell this guy what he needs to have a closet that’s the envy of any traditional dresser. Maybe he’ll agree to do an update a year from now and we can see how it’s coming along. — CC