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Quote: I agree with you, for the most part. I think what you're proposing is a pretty practical approach that will work well for most guys. But I do think it's possible to be too cautious. If a guy chooses to wear slightly narrow lapels and his trou are a normal length, no one's going to bat an eyelid. It's not that hard to avoid the more ridiculous extremes of fashion, and common sense is a pretty good guide. Every lapel needn't be exactly halfway across your...
Quote: What we have here is a classic case of someone who has read a lot of books on clothes, and so honestly believes that everything is set in stone, I do not believe that everything (style-wise) is set in stone. Quote: and that there is a definite 'right' and a definite 'wrong'. On some things, yes. On others, no. I say that leisure suits and Pee-Wee Herman-style Thom Browne suits are deeply, fundamentally wrong. Your...
I'm dead serious. There is plenty of academic work finding common denominators across cultures regarding things like judgments about what is beautiful and what is ugly, what is attractive and what is unattractive, etc. Some may look at Pee-Wee Herman and the suit and say - "Cool, I've GOT to have that!" Of that I do not doubt. Most people, however, would have a quite opposite reaction. That's not because we've been brainwashed by our culture to prefer this rather...
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Quote: More than 70 years ago. Just imagine if people in 1936 had insisted that the only correct clothes were those worn in 1860. Yet if you read Apparel Arts and other such publications of the '30s, they were all about the latest trends and looking ... fashionable. The clothes of that period were very much the fashion of their day, and they represented a dramatic departure from the clothes worn only a couple decades earlier. The Duke of Windsor, perhaps the...
Some would argue to the contrary.
A topless female sales force.
Scroll up - I have all three of those books and comment on them above.
Quote: So now you've changed your question to include the caveat of buyers who are "fairly sophisticated about clothing? Yes. That was assumed in my original question. Quite obviously, people regularly spend several thousands or more on Brioni suits for a reason. I was not doubting that such purchases were made. I was wondering whether there is any good case for an informed consumer (say, me) to choose Brioni over, say, one of the NY tailors who...
Quote: When would you define era of classic style? I'm not trying to troll you, I'm genuinely curious on your thoughts on this. The '50s had Ricky Ricardo shoulders, the '60s skinny lapels, the '70s a ghastly lack of restraint, the '80s the horrible power suit look. I'm just not seeing the time when the everyman dressed in the conservative, middle-of-the-lapel style AA would have us believe was, until recently, the longstanding norm. (Trad, for example, confuses...
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