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@Count de Monet I think you are right to point that out. It's certainly true that Trad styles originated with the NE elite, but they fanned out to many points beyond as the style grew in popularity. My Mexican family certainly would not have dressed the way they did had it not been for that fact. I do think, however, that the elite way of thinking went with it to a greater or lesser degree. It's kind of like how you can't really dress like a Gutter Punk without bringing...
I suppose that's true. However in this case I suspect there is a definition that most tradists would agree to. We're talking bright trousers in any number of colors, madras items, bright socks, etc. The cultural context is specific in this case. What you wore today would not be FU clothing in this sense. The reason for that is that it is defined by a closed system of participants and is not dependent on the viewership at-large.
I think that works to a point, because FU clothing is often not understated in the least.    As a caveat to all this I should say that being one of the people we are talking about here is more a matter of culture than money. Uppers can be poor indeed. Often far poorer than their middle class counterparts. But you can't buy your way into the upper ranks. Even if a middler is wealthier, they don't suddenly become an upper. 
This brings up an interesting question. If subtlety and nonchalance are key, why do tradists consistently wear, often loud and obnoxious, FU clothing? It seems to me that this is an altogether different thing than "pea-cocking." Pea-cocking, like the animal it is named after, is motivated to impress. It may be an eccentric form of trying to impress, but it is this nonetheless. FU clothing is just that, a big FU to anyone who doesn't like it. FU clothing can often look...
@Hal Freeman that looks amazing. Light years better than last time. Also, some suit models from Suit Supply are affordable and offer very little padding. Keep it simple. It's working for you.
I think hats very insightful. The trend moves toward the showy because those are the kind of people who make blogs. Of course I don't know this to be true, but it seems like a plausible scenario.
That's an interesting observation. For me personally I'd say that is far more desirable than the very "out" version of dressing well that is popular on SF. That style of dressing well is the root of people thinking someone is over dressed. It has nothing to do with wearing tailored clothes, ties, or trousers everyday (at least usually). It is often because the person is TRYING to be showy. Or perhaps it's because the person is being showy without knowing it. In any case,...
I wish I knew the context of that. Very interesting, and peculiar.
Congrats on the weight loss. The shirt and tie are awful.
They don't count as a branch of the military, so much as a minimally trained pack of beasts. Kind of like navy dolphins.
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