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post #16 of 19
I don't want to be a devil's advocate here
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So yes, members of this forum are in general more likely to notice that the lapels on your friend's jacket are slightly stiff, or that stripes in his shirt do not match up exactly, although I don't dispute that he may nevertheless look very good.
How many people here really nit-pick this much? I don't mean to be disrespectful but I don't think I'd ever really analyze someones dress to such an extent that I would really care if his lapels are stiff. And I can't see looking down on someone because the stipes on his shirt don't line up. That really reminds me of the "Valley Girl" or "Preppy, Rich Kid" in an '80's teen movie. I think most people would applaude the fact that the guy actually was wearing a collared shirt and jacket. Even in the business community today the majority of the time you see "business casual". I've been asked why I was so "dressed up" when I wore a camp collared shirt and slacks to a dinner and a show once. The majority of people at the show were wearing jeans and tee shirts. To see any guy dressed with a collared shirt and jacket, let alone a tie, was strange. So what if their jacket was fused or their shirt wasn't a Brioni. Yes, Brioni is a finer made product but my first thought would be "That guy is sure nicely dressed," rather than "Well, that shirt's stripes don't line up. Must be a blue light special." Maybe I'm cynical becaue I'm in college and to see any guy attempt to dress well and look good is a sight to see. As I said before, no disrespect to anyone. Just adding my 2 cents.
post #17 of 19
mike, we really do notice, but there's a difference between noticing the details of someone's clothes and judging them for it. whenever i see a man in a suit, i notice if his sleeve is a good length (99% of the time, it's too long), i notice if there's a gap in his jacket collar behind his neck, or if his pants are too long/short. if his clothes don't fit well, i don't deem him inferior, i just think that the guy could use some advice. i think that it does have to do with the fact you're in college, and people tend not to notice these things unless they buy/wear suits themselves. p.s. one of the things i notice first is if a man's shirt collar is proportionate to the size of his neck and head. i'm sure almost none of the general public thinks about this, but i'll bet most of the people on this forum do.
post #18 of 19
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we really do notice, but there's a difference between noticing the details of someone's clothes and judging them for it.
Agreed. That's why I don't really care for the "What look would you like to see stopped" thread and its ilk. I dress the way I do because I like it. When I find someone who likes the way I dress or knows something about the clothing I have or is interested, I'm flattered, but I don't expect it. And I certainly don't do it because I think the rest of the world should follow suit (no pun intended). That being said, I learn something almost everytime I read posts here. I appreciate knowing the very slight differences between, say, a St. Andrews suit and a Barbera. Those are great pieces and information isn't always forthcoming from an objective source.
post #19 of 19
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we really do notice, but there's a difference between noticing the details of someone's clothes and judging them for it.
Well said. In fact, and this may be my own conservative biases kicking in, I am much more likely to judge someone who is *too* well-dressed, i.e. arch, whether he is in full-on Dolce & Gabbana, or in a cashmere suit with Cartier cufflinks and a pocket square.
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