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post #31 of 61
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Originally Posted by TheDroog View Post
GQ and Esquire

This.
post #32 of 61
Life before SF? Nah
post #33 of 61
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
My grandfather was dapper as all get out, and he instilled a hatred of black suits and ventless coats in my mom, who now has passed it on to me.

I still wear some of his stuff, and hope one day to replicate his ability to dress with such casual ease.

Funny, my grandfather is dapper as hell too. I always chuckle when I look at some fo his clothes and notice things like how all of jackets are canvassed although I guarantee he doesn't know what that means. He always bitches about people's trousers if there is any break. He wears odd vests and bowties. But he never really thinks about clothes and some of his coats have shiny elbows. I wish so badly I was him.
post #34 of 61
Boarding school.
post #35 of 61
Dad was trad.
post #36 of 61
It is nice to know the sartorial etiquette and its book of rules in the first place to further on ignore them.

The most fascinating thing is the sartorial journey we're accomplishing..
post #37 of 61
Before SF As a teen/young man, I learned from both my mother & father as well as 2 uncles & grandparents. They gave me more than enough information to start with. My own sartorial skills pretty much evolved mostly by observing what men in the banking district were wearing. On days off, I would also spend mornings or afternoons at the city hall court house, or in libraries, and observe what lawyers and 'intelligent' people wore, then copy that too. Throughout those years I also approached men hundreds of times to compliment them on whatever, and ask them where I could buy a nice shirt/suit/coat/shoes/tie like what they were wearing. almost 100% of the time they were happy to tell me, and appreciated the compliments. Ofcourse I would gasp at the prices when I went store browsing. Back in the 1970's / 1980's mid-range clothes were still of very good quality so that's what I bought. Today, with all the out-sourcing, it's hard to look great in low end clothes unless you are stunningly gorgeous.
post #38 of 61
im only 22, but when i say casino royale at 18, i was like... i definitely want to look like "THAT GUY", started to read GQ, Details, my dad dressed nice, but not where i wanted to be nice, and then i discovered style forum, which has made me a don corleone of dressing, i wouldnt even look at a suit from macys now..... i turn my head when i pass the suit section and shake my head at those who shop there
post #39 of 61
Growing up in preppyland right outside of NYC in the 60's you didn't dare wear anything that didn't follow a certain look (rules) without risking horrible relentless ridicule. However, when the late 60's arrived, and everyone began to express themselves in a never before seen way, you also realized that creative expression can look good or be a horrible experiment. So, one needed to have style. I think that is when the very best of American sportswear really came into its own.
post #40 of 61
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Originally Posted by armorarmylt View Post
im only 22, but when i say casino royale at 18, i was like... i definitely want to look like "THAT GUY", started to read GQ, Details, my dad dressed nice, but not where i wanted to be nice, and then i discovered style forum,

same heh, that movie got me
post #41 of 61
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Originally Posted by armorarmylt View Post
im only 22, but when i say casino royale at 18, i was like... i definitely want to look like "THAT GUY", started to read GQ, Details, my dad dressed nice, but not where i wanted to be nice, and then i discovered style forum, which has made me a don corleone of dressing, i wouldnt even look at a suit from macys now..... i turn my head when i pass the suit section and shake my head at those who shop there

I've seen people mention GQ often. I'll have to buy an issue and look.
post #42 of 61
Various style guides and etiquette books over the years.

Never got any real instruction from the men in my family, my grandfather and my uncle, which was unfortunate, especially because I believe my grandfather was a pretty good dresser.

My father was killed at the outbreak of WWII before I was born. Most photos I have of him are in uniform.

Many of these rules like "no bluchers with a suits" or "pinstripes for business only" I was totally obliviously to until I entered the land of the iGentry.
post #43 of 61
My dad taught me how to dress for success. He used to wear a suit to work everyday (growing up in the 60's & 70's), so I thought that's how everyone dresses. Anway, when I reached college, I worked in a retail clothing store and gained more insight.
post #44 of 61
You guys learned "the rules" from your father or grandfather?? This sure explains a lot of the stodginess (that looks like it came from a generation other than your own) which is so common here in the MC forum.
post #45 of 61
And the fact that many guys didn't explains a lot of the hot messes that are so common here in the MC forum.
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