While I did a little thrifting prior to losing 50 pounds over 10 years ago, the weight loss necessitated kicking it into high gear. Had to replace most of my wardrobe and couldn't afford to buy much new. The majority of my wardrobe, as a result, casual and dress, is thrifted.For me retirement, the pandemic, and the loss of appreciable weight and girth thanks to Noom made it necessary to build a new wardrobe. In our increasingly hot climate it was clear I needed to build a suitable hot weather casual wardrobe first, and the basics were shorts (Patagonia standups in Pelican, Murray's Nantucket reds and greens, and madras), polos (O'Connell's navy, pink, white, dark green, and raspberry), khakis (O'Connell's stone, khaki, and olive, and Murray's reds and greens), O'Connell's grey worsteds and a Southwick blazer. I got an O'Connell's glen plaid tweed in the hope of cooler weather, and O'Connell's unfused OCBDs in white, blue, blue university stripe, pink university stripe, and pink. Still to purchase, a charcoal suit and a navy Shetland. My 4" smaller belts are surcingle in yellow, navy, and Breton red and a cordovan to go with my tassels and LHS in no. 8. Fortunately my feet stayed about the same size, enabling me also to keep my suede LHS. I did get a new pair of Maliseets. I may get a doeskin blazer for winter. Mercifully the old Beaufort still feels about right when the liner is in. We'll see. So I built instead of condensing, and that was all I felt I needed, probably too much, but I am pushing 72 and shouldn't need much if anything more. Nice as it is to be a 41/34 again, it was sad taking the 44s and 46s and the 38 trousers to the resale shop. Glad I got to hang onto the challis, madder, knit, and repp ties. Wonder how long until they are called into action?
As I return from my hiatus I plan to stay on the Trad forum only, where the greatest depth of controversy is what we call our style.