Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tee-cember: Have a Pricey, Slicey Christmas

I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone offhand who ever got a new car for Christmas. The auto industry can claim whatever they want in their commercials, but it doesn't happen. Maybe the independently wealthy do it, but they're independently wealthy. They're going to get some ludicrously expensive luxury car, not an everyday road warrior. Even for the rest of us, though, Christmas is often a time to splurge a little for our loved ones. Not ridiculously, but to sort of make a dream come true that any other time of year would be out of the question.

For our purposes, it is, as always, shirts. Anyone who has ever browsed a mall knows that clothing can come at a premium, and the web is no different. The biggest offenders are often foreign, in part due to exchange rates. As such, if you're looking for a shirt to end all shirts for your casual clothing companions, a place like Woven Flesh might be ideal. A shirt like Dagger is going to run you a little over $60, to say nothing of the shipping charges (if you're not in the EU, you'll probably want to make a true splurge and get at least two shirts to justify that one). By all appearances, though, it will be worth it. "Dagger" is a unique mix of Clue and nautical elements. Simple and stark color-wise, there's a lot of simple style going on with the piece. There's some bits mythological, some pure nautical, a number of sea creatures (I love the seahorse peeking out from the rope) and even a couple mystery elements. The anteater thingie is admittedly what draws my eye most, but it all comes together brilliantly.

There is still, of course, the question of how much is too much for clothing. To me, it's a matter of what it means to you. Most of us just aren't going to have a full wardrobe this expensive, but might have a couple special items that are worth it... that pair of pants that fits and feels perfect, the classy business jacket that looks amazing on you, and possibly the graphic tee that just calls to you with its graphic. It should be something special and rare, not something you buy on the drop of a dime. Sometimes that's part of the perfect gift, even if you decide that you're the recipient.

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