GoodWill Hunting feat. Jireh Louie

November 9th, 2013

Jireh Louie from Chicago was one of our favorite entries to the Articles of Style October giveaway, mainly because the guy stays fresh on an extreme budget.

“As a student I’m on a very tight budget, but as the guys at Articles of Style always say; you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look good… I’d guess about 90% of my wardrobe is from thrift stores, eBay, or the local Goodwill.”

Here are some of Jireh’s entries to our Reader Giveaways, along with where he got the items and, most impressively, how little he paid for them.

1. eBay Belted Cardy


Hand knit Belted Cardigan (eBay $20), Brittany Ltd. Chicago Cashmere Cardigan (Goodwill $5), Gant Rugger Shirt (Goodwill $5), Timex Watch (Goodwill $5), Penfield Wool Cargos (eBay $40), Kenneth Cole Horsebit Driving Loafers (Goodwill $7)

“I try not to pay more than $20 for any one item. Of course, there are exceptions like my Omega watch and my go-to selvedge jeans… One thing is for sure though; I’m not buying it unless it’s at a deep discount and it will last.”

2. Goodwill DB


Bailey Hat (Goodwill $15), Vintage Ralph Lauren Henley with a Striped Bib ($10 eBay), Navy DB Blazer (Goodwill $7), J Crew Tan Cords (Goodwill $5), Florsheim Imperial Chelsea Boots (eBay $20), Iron Ring (eBay $5)

“Pretty often I walk out the door and realize that pretty much all the items I’m wearing are from Goodwill…and I feel good about that. Saving and recycling at the same time.”

3. Better Than Free


Tweed Blazer (Goodwill $7), United Colors of Benetton Shirt (Goodwill $5), Vintage Knit Tie (eBay Lot of 70 for $40, so $1.75), United Colors of Benetton Chinos (UCoB Outlet $20), Ralph Lauren Belt (Unique Thrift Store $1), Uniqlo Socks (6 for $10 sale, so $1.66), Cole Haan Captoe Shoes (eBay $20) 

“I had been looking for a tweed blazer for soo long…then one day I’m about to leave the Goodwill when I see an employee rolling out a new rack of donations and the heavy herringbone texture catches my eye. Sure enough the label says ‘Harris Tweed’. Turns out it fits too, except the sleeves are a bit too short (I’m 6’3” so sleeves are always too short) – I haven’t gotten around to letting them out yet…

The ties were an investment. I bought a lot of 70 ties on eBay for $40. Sold most of them, made some profit, and kept a handful of my favorites. So in a sense, the tie was better than free.”

4. Invest Wisely


Scala 8 Panel Newsboy (eBay $20), JCrew Military Jacket ($35 JCrew Outlet), Woolrich “Hudson Bay Stripe” Wool Pullover (eBay $40), Craftsman Henley Tee (eBay $5), Vintage Omega Seamaster (off a friend $150), Lee 101 Selvedge Jeans (eBay $70), 8″ LL Bean Boots (eBay $45).

“The watch was an investment, but I scored it for WAY under retail value and I wear it almost every day…so it’s justified.”


Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Jireh for sharing his style story!

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier