In order to come up with a suitable response to the recent challenge, I went to visit the largest "consignment store" on the planet (otherwise known as Ebay) to do a little investigation.
Into the seach box I typed black wool pants. And 1457 search results appeared.
After just a short time, I had found a number of possible candidates:
J. Crew Ladies Black Dress Pants - Starting bid $4.99
$245 Anne Klein Black Wool Dress Pants - Starting bid $34.99/Buy it now price $49.99
PRADA Black Classic Wool Slacks - Starting bid $49.00
There were tons of options for Ralph Lauren, Talbots, Oscar de la Renta, Tahari and many, many more.
So why am I calling this a partial answer to the challenge? Because I am not endorsing any of these finds, only highlighting their availability. They *might* fit the bill - and they might not. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it can never take the place of actually handling a garment. And to truly assess quality, you have to FEEL the garment and examine the construction up close and personal.
Another reason why this is only a partial response is that everyone is at different stages of "upgrading" the contents of their wardrobes. If your wardrobe to date has been built on the offerings of Wal-Mart, buying an article from J.Crew is going to seem like an upgrade. If your wardrobe has come from Talbots and Brooks Brothers, then Anne Fontaine and Ralph Lauren are going to seem like a big step up. The idea is that every time you replace an item in your wardrobe you aim to "upgrade"...maybe just a little, maybe a lot. But according to your means.
The above selections may or may not be quality "upgrades" for you, depending on where you are personally in your wardrobe planning process.
In a future article I'll discuss the Q-P-A Matrix (Quality-Price-Art), which brings all of this into much clearer focus.
Tomorrow I'll talk about the pros and cons of using Ebay for building your wardrobe.
See you then...same blog time...same blog channel....
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