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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post


Stuff that is made for the Italian mid-market, like Paolo Pecora and Dondup, and brands like Barena, will probably work. Your questions is general, so it's hard to give better recommendations.

Thanks for the suggestions. I think top of my kop list would be a dark charcoal/black casual blazer with soft shoulders that'd look good with the collar up. Would playing the yoox game with these brands be the way to go here?

post #74297 of 102525
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post

Someone recommend a pair of pants:

Mid to high rise
Loose top block
Tapered preferred but not necessary

Wings and horns anti fits..
post #74298 of 102525
Dude just walked by wearing a w+h wool Mac, wow, I had to call him out on it

Looks sharper than your standard chesterfield
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i don't wear W+H . .
post #74300 of 102525
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i don't wear W+H . .

Stone island shadow makes some good ones too.
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Originally Posted by t3hg0suazn View Post

Thanks for the suggestions. I think top of my kop list would be a dark charcoal/black casual blazer with soft shoulders that'd look good with the collar up. Would playing the yoox game with these brands be the way to go here?

barena
post #74302 of 102525
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Originally Posted by DLester View Post

I don't agree. Plenty of people who buy the sneakers can afford to buy whatever else they want as well. That includes a lot of people who post on this forum.
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Originally Posted by snowmanxl View Post

I agree with you on the key fobs, wallets and other accessories but have to disagree on sneakers. Lots of guys don't want to be 'fashiony' so they just buy the sneakers and wear it with their regular day to day stuff (which doesn't end up looking good most of the time frown.gif )

Yes, there are guys who wear Balenciaga and Lanvin sneakers and also everything else Lanvin or Balenciaga, but that doesn't mean that they aren't meant to be bridge items.

And I doubt that most guys wearing Lanvin kicks are not being "fashiony". Sneakers in crazy fabrics with patent leather toes that cost $650 are a message that you are sending out into the world. No, guys are unlikely to say out loud "I'm a huge brand whore", and these purchases are often clothed in the language of value and quality and style. But certain categories are highly branded, jeans, for example (I had a long conversation with Mike Kuhle about this.) Sneakers are another. Think how many guys are wearing Pumas or Tigers these days compared to how many were wearing them 10-12 years ago? Why do you think that that changed?
post #74303 of 102525

Speaking of brands, I can't stand logos on anything. If it's a small logo of a relatively unknown brand I'm okay with it; for example, I ordered a sweater online and in the photos it didn't show this very small tag on the side that has the brand name on it, but it's not obvious so I'm fine with it.

It's just that with things like Nike sneakers, or some Adidas stuff, or Puma, and especially A&F and Hollister, I think it looks douchey to wear them as some sort of status symbol.

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I think branding can be great when done well. I actually like the swoosh on most Nikes; compared to Mizuno or NB, it's way, way better. Helps that it's more abstract than most other athletic co's. Margiela and LUC also have nice, distinctive branding, if not obvious to the casual observer.

post #74306 of 102525
snow's MMM bag wouldn't be the same without those four stitches
post #74307 of 102525
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post


Yes, there are guys who wear Balenciaga and Lanvin sneakers and also everything else Lanvin or Balenciaga, but that doesn't mean that they aren't meant to be bridge items.

And I doubt that most guys wearing Lanvin kicks are not being "fashiony". Sneakers in crazy fabrics with patent leather toes that cost $650 are a message that you are sending out into the world. No, guys are unlikely to say out loud "I'm a huge brand whore", and these purchases are often clothed in the language of value and quality and style. But certain categories are highly branded, jeans, for example (I had a long conversation with Mike Kuhle about this.) Sneakers are another. Think how many guys are wearing Pumas or Tigers these days compared to how many were wearing them 10-12 years ago? Why do you think that that changed?

I'm an older (read traditional not necessarily more advanced in years) type of fashion client and I do not own and, honestly, wouldn't see myself wearing sneakers from brands I don't wear otherwise. In fact there are some brands popular here for their sneakers (YSL, Balenciaga) where I have some of the clothes but never got into the trainers themselves. You'd be right in saying that accessories (sneakers, keychains, gloves etc.) and tees are goods targeted at aspirational shoppers, hell even jeans are sometimes bought by people who would never get the outerwear or really "key" pieces. However there is also a new breed of fashion shopper, coming from a streetwear/sneakerhead/somethinglikethat mindset that is on the lookout for fresh designer sneakers while not necessarily into the collection themselves. They aren't as much aspirational as especially connecting to trainers and a look that will come from high end streetwear brands not designers. They don't give a fuck about Margiela and it's history, they like cool and hyped sneakers. I think a lot of sfers come from that mindset, even though they're not hypebeasts per se.
post #74308 of 102525
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$260 tee shirts are priced that way purely because they are meant to appeal to the aspirational shopper. I really like Balenciaga's slightly futuristic look and use of blocks of material (the stuff just doesn't fit anyone with any muscle tone, but that's another story). Are $2.5K wool jackets worth it? It depends how much you like the look and can afford. However, the sneakers are purely for the guy who wants to buy a part of the dream, but can't afford it. Same with the sneakers, keyfobs, etc... is it worth it? Well, I suppose that it is if you want the dream that badly. but I think that it's sad, like wearing Ferrari gear when you don't drive a Ferrari.

 

I am glad this is being discussed.  This is something I am grappling with also.


I recently bought a $200-something for a long-sleeve wool t-shirt.  I thought long and hard before pulling the trigger, before finally pulling on a Saturday morning.  My reasoning that it was worth it was:

1.  It was a rare item this season, and not something I have seen before.  It was sold out everywhere else, and was the last one available in my size (which was the last one available in any size!)

2.  It was a color that I really liked and which suited me.  The same T-shirt in less desirable (IMHO) colors were available, and surprise surprise, went for $130 or thereabouts.

3.  It was a unique cut that really suited me.

3.  It was from a relatively unknown, low-profile, brand that I respected.

I didn't buy it because I was an aspiration shopper, or because I have money to burn--in fact, I was way over my budget and had to economize in other places to blow $200 on a t-shirt.

 

My family thought I was insane for spending $200 on a t-shirt!  But I didn't tell them what t-shirt it was.  Another day, when I was wearing said T-shirt, they go "Nice t-shirt!  Where'd you get that?"  When asked to guess the value, they guessed "Around $50?"

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Insert Macklemore joke.
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nvm
Edited by noob - 2/24/13 at 1:53am
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