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post #58186 of 109053
Uu chinos are slight drop crotch
post #58187 of 109053
Coldsnap, in order to rock the drapey look you need, well, drape. Pants and tops that cling to your body won't = the desired effect. Your heart's in the right place though-- Charly pulls off the look really well (at least in that one instance he posted a WAYWT!)
post #58188 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Lane View Post

I wore them because I google'd fashion shit on the internet when I decided I wanted to dress better when i first started college. I saw clothing as an avenue for self-improvement. I found some english blog, which recommended polos and lots of color(LOL)..I also bought a lot of topman haha. That's why I eventually moved to allsaints, which led me here.
believe it or not, when I posted on here back then I knew what goth ninja shit was from doing a little search, and I thought everyone looked like a fucking freak weirdo, and was laughing my ass off at fitpics. I can't explain what caused me to decide I wanted to dress that way, I literally just woke up and decided to...I have no other explanation. There's a huge difference in mindset you gain when you venture into this hobby. It grows on you..

This is really interesting to me. Like, I'm curious as to what a lot of other members looked like a year or two pre-SF membership. I remember going through one of the original WAYWT threads in SWD and just being shocked at how different SF's aesthetic is now (in a good way, though, I think). My own experience here has consisted primarily of lurking, and some occasional posting in various threads. Most of that posting is just random attempts at humor, along with a fit pic every now and then, but I think that's because there's just a lot to absorb before being able to adequately respond to a lot of the posts in these threads. Urthwhyte was spot-on about vocabulary—for the longest time, before I started posting with regularity, none of the acronyms made any sense to me. (In my head I would read MMM/mmm as, well, "mmmmmm" because I didn't know what Margiela was. Lots of stupid shit like that.)

But yeah, apropos of Lane's post, it's remarkable how transformative an extended visit to SF can be. At first, the putatively weird shit is, just, well, weird. I remember once seeing an early ivwri fit and just not getting it at all; before that, the less traditional snowman and Synth fits—and the positive responses that followed those fits—confused the shit out of me. (Semi-related: Lane, the thought of you wearing Lacoste polos is actually impossible in my head.)

I guess, like mikey, I came here because of jeans. A friend had bought some APCs and I thought they were the shit; wanting to know more, I searched "raw denim" and wound up here. It's been about 1.5 years that I've surfed this site and, funnily enough, I already want to get away from jean fits and weird the fuck out. But there's just a lot to absorb—designers, styles, fabrics, how shit fits, where to buy, etc. It still blows my mind that people can look at the flowy, or boxy, or schizophrenic, or comical, or cartoonish, or etc. stuff that runway models wear and then figure out an awesome application for that stuff. It takes a really fucking good imagination, that's for sure. Not to mention the fact that goth- and/or ninja- (or butter-churning-samurai-) type clothing has a noticeably higher entry-level w/r/t price, but I guess I'm just waiting on the Everlane pop-up of the butter-churning samurai aesthetic so I can get that Rick for $4 a yard or something like that thing someone once said.
post #58189 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Bam!ChairDance View Post

Coldsnap, in order to rock the drapey look you need, well, drape. Pants and tops that cling to your body won't = the desired effect. Your heart's in the right place though-- Charly pulls off the look really well (at least in that one instance he posted a WAYWT!)

thanks for the encouragement. smile.gif I'm going to keep my eyes peeled, maybe UU spring/summer will have more drapey stuff. In the mean time I'm going to continue dieting and hopefully drop a bit of the bodyfat I accumulated gaining 50lbs in a few months.
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

thanks for the encouragement. smile.gif I'm going to keep my eyes peeled, maybe UU spring/summer will have more drapey stuff. In the mean time I'm going to continue dieting and hopefully drop a bit of the bodyfat I accumulated gaining 50lbs in a few months.

undercover isn't about drape though. and it will especially not happen for a collaboration with uniqlo. i don't think you get what drape is.

please people, if you're going to dive into an aesthetic that's completely different from your current, take the time to do some research on it. it's not fucking difficult if you have half a brain. and very few people on sf should have sub-90 IQs. if you want to be spoonfed, hire a fucking stylist to do it for you.
post #58191 of 109053
I've always really enjoyed people's evo pics from pre-SF/when they first started posting to sometime in the middle of their tenure to now. It's almost always ridiculous how much better people get.

And the more actively I post and participate in the forum, the weirder shit I want to try icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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thewho, I'd love to go back in time to when weird shit still looked weird to me. Then maybe I'd understand the reactions of the MC dudes who stumble into the SWD WAYWT (look three acronyms in a row, suck on that n00bs)

Oh, and I also remember looking at the WAYWT thread for the first time back in 2007 and being blown away. Of course, those were the days when W+H hoodies collected praise and B Son was totally rad and few people were rocking "next level" stuff, but the dominant aesthetic of clean minimal streetwear was something I had never really seen outside the internet. Would love to revisit that feeling of discovery again.

Nostaaaaalgia yo
post #58193 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Bam!ChairDance View Post

thewho, I'd love to go back in time to when weird shit still looked weird to me. Then maybe I'd understand the reactions of the MC dudes who stumble into the SWD WAYWT (look three acronyms in a row, suck on that n00bs)
Oh, and I also remember looking at the WAYWT thread for the first time back in 2007 and being blown away. Of course, those were the days when W+H hoodies collected praise and B Son was totally rad and few people were rocking "next level" stuff, but the dominant aesthetic of clean minimal streetwear was something I had never really seen outside the internet. Would love to revisit that feeling of discovery again.
Nostaaaaalgia yo


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post #58194 of 109053
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Originally Posted by brad-t View Post

This is really a design issue more than anything. A good community site should guide user's once they sign up, e.g. "OK, here's your welcome pack! Now, some things you can do: set an avatar, check this topic, this and this, etc." It wouldn't kill special flowers, but come on, you can't dump people into an ocean without teaching them how to swim first. Wise members will lurk before jumping into posting, but a lot could be done to alleviate these issues. SF in general is just a user experience nightmare. It's a forum for people who understand forums already.
As for thumbs up system -- would be much better without the comments enabled, I think. People are starting to use it as a reply system, where they're even leaving negative comments in there ... it should be obvious not to use it that way, but here we are.

If you're talking about building basic "entry" level wardrobes then that thought experiment has been done many times already on SF and done by very knowledgeable and stylish posters (Fuuma and Impolyte each did one). There's already information on SF, it just needs to be organized or made more easily available. For instance, instead of referring new users to WAYWT for ideas they should be referred to the BEST OF WAYWT thread for efficiency.

Likewise, a simple signature link to Fuuma or Impolyte's guide is enough, no one really wants to hear the advice of some person who just joined SF last year and suddenly thinks they "get" fashion. However even with this it tends to leads towards stagnation, because if you're building a basic "everyman wardrobe" there's only so much variety you can put into it before you're just listing off a uniform for people to copy and paste.

I don't know exactly how to go about enforcing this, but really the best method is for people to lurk for months to decide what they like and don't like. IMO it's silly for new members to go pull a Snake and buy an entire wardrobe of W+H and then realize they don't really like the styling. As I said, SF SW&D is better than ever because there's just more information and more diversity in looks now. I think SF is really best for allowing people to actually develop a sense of style rather than "just telling people what to wear".

Honestly I really don't know if I have a solution to offer other than "everyone puts links in their signatures" because many time new people just ask really bad questions ("Hey I saw this jacket on Ryan gosling, I look nothing like him and only have 20$ to spend at the GAP, build me a wardrobe please?").

The best advice given to newbies in general would probably be
1.) browse BEST OF for inspiration
2.) Look at X guide by Impoylte/Fuuma for an idea of how to construct a wadrobe
3.) use the noob thread for specific question (EX: What is user Synthese wearing in this BEST OF pic?)
4.) lurk for like... at least a month before making any purchases.

Really, the whole thing should be a very hands off approach, people need to learn to develop their own sense of style rather than blindly following groupthink. Otherwise we might as be Reddit cry.gif
post #58195 of 109053
can someone provide me with a link to the impoloy/fuuma guide? don't' think i've read them, sound interesting.
post #58196 of 109053
Synthese also wrote a really good post about starting to dress better, specifically aimed at college kids.

..I of course followed very little of it, but that's beside the point.
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I think Fuuma's guide was over on SZ in some "how to build a wardrobe thread". Or did he write one here as well?
 

post #58198 of 109053
not at all what i was talking about, but interesting post anyway.
post #58199 of 109053
A few good posts on this matter in the Affordable Swag thread, too.
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I have to ask but do you really like your UU buys Coldsnap?

From a learning, informative viewpoint, I am glad I decided to not jump on that bandwagon sans some basic shirts after seeing your photos of the outfits.
I just feel like you bought into the hype and a few months down the road, I cannot imagine you being very happy with the clothes you picked up from the collection.

FWIW you look better with shirt + jeans as boring as it looks and sounds. Perhaps you are looking for some flare to keep that internal flame going. Maybe just look at more expensive work wear, Americana, tech fabrics etc. in the same genre rather than making a jump into the "black and white" thinking it will ignite your aspiration in style, fashion, art, your creativeness once again. Think how the Japanese are doing the whole Americana work wear and make it your own. I understand how you feel if you're experiencing any creative fatigue or burn out.

tl;dr I started off with Clarks, W+H, plaid shirts (J.crew) and raw denim. And like many came here because of denim (Now I do not own a single pair of jeans though I have been looking hard for a pair to just throw on casually) I stumbled upon forums like Authenticforum (LOl!), Sufu, then SF. As I lurked more, found more sources, and experienced more trial & error, I am slowly now finding a narrower scope among all the different looks that appeal to the SF crowd.

I think it is hard for new comers because 1) They have no direction and 2) They do not know where to actually go find things

To give insight on #2, I now have a dozen bookmarks on Firefox and Chrome of different stores that I check bi-weekly unless there are sales. And to have all those bookmarks saved and sources linked took quite some time to cultivate. Even now I am still learning about new shops that pop up.
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