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HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part III - Page 3354post #50296 of 787214/26/13 at 11:35am
Styleforum Top Pickspost #50297 of 787214/26/13 at 11:42ampost #50298 of 787214/26/13 at 11:49amQuote:Originally Posted by sugarbutch
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I know it's breaking the rules and all, but this doesn't look bad. Quite the contrary!post #50299 of 787214/26/13 at 11:51ampost #50300 of 787214/26/13 at 11:57ampost #50301 of 787214/26/13 at 12:42pmpost #50302 of 787214/26/13 at 2:12pmpost #50303 of 787214/26/13 at 3:09pm
Annoyingly, the weather wasn't dry & sunny enough to wear the fit I really wanted to for today's challenge so instead I went with a more traditional one instead. Don't worry, you'll see the more flamboyant look some time this summer (it will be minus the red tie tho').
Anyway, my entry:
Things I learnt from the challenge:
- it was impossible to find a square that went well with all these elements. The starkness of the white shirt, combined with the brightness of the red tie, made any other visual counterpoint almost impossible to integrate. I gave up after trying about 3 squares and realising none of them looked good. Weirdly, worst of that lot was white linen. Anyway, no square seems best (or, least worst).
- I felt that I was back dressing up for school or as if I worked in some souless office. Didn't really like that effect, but the weather prevented me from wearing what I really wanted to, and this was the only practical look I could generate from the rest of the wardrobe. The challenge parameters would have been a lot easier to work into a summery look where the white shirt could have been used to complement lighter shades in both the trouser & jacket, instead of having to rely more on stark contrasts to create a look.
- I guess what the two points above highlight is that I found the white shirt + red tie combination to be a really difficult combination to integrate into my personal style, given the no-suit stipulation. If we'd been allowed suits, it would have been much easier. But then again, it's called a challenge for a reason! :)post #50304 of 787214/26/13 at 3:36pmpost #50305 of 787214/26/13 at 3:45pmQuote:Originally Posted by RDiaz
Poasting for the friday challenge...
When I first got this jacket I was happy with the shoulder expression, but the more I look at it, the more I dislike the overall silhouette. Can't quite figure out what to do to make future commissions look better, perhaps it's just my body shape. I was thinking some more shoulder extension, leaner chest, less padding, fuller sleeves and more closed quarters, but I can't be sure about the results.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I actually think this is kind of great. I think trousers a little wide-ish like that look beautiful when they fall as well as those do. The shoulder looks nice in the long shot, but in the close-up it looks kind of rigid with the very drapey chest. Based on the other photos you've posted of it, I'd be happy with it -- but they're your clothes. The "Friday Challenge" elements of the fit take it down a notch, I think, and I'm a little wary of patterned trousers with navy blazers -- but that's probably just me.post #50306 of 787214/26/13 at 4:35pm
Clags: TU for feedback...yeah...I do look like I'm hawking peas or something....let's say I wanted to keep jacket/slacks and the shoes--I had many favorable comments on the shoes--what color shirt? A blue check? Yellow? I have a purple gingham that fits well... thanks again..just trying to learn.
post #50307 of 787214/26/13 at 5:08pmpost #50308 of 787214/26/13 at 5:46pmQuote:Originally Posted by RDiaz
Ouch, that hurts about the trousers! I actually love how they fit - they are not so baggy really, my legs are just that thick. Or are you just talking about the fact they are plaid trousers?
Black oxfords and white shirt with this are part of this friday's WAYWRN challenge - I would not wear such a combo otherwise
Patterned odd trousers are okay for a dandified look i guessQuote:+Originally Posted by RDiaz
I think the pic is over-emphasizing the pagoda effect.
Here's the same jacket:
better minus the Summer square
It's not the rope and pagoda per se, but the combination of the rope, convex shoulder and aggressive lapels (mitigated by the blue tie and more appropriate square here)
It's a statement jacket- industrial- flat planes and angles and bumps, and IMO won't play with informals like those trews etcpost #50309 of 787214/26/13 at 5:49pmQuote:
I won one or two challenges back in their first forum incarnation. I couldn't remember which themes, but just looked them up in the challenge compendium thread NOBD & Spoo put together then, and it seems like one was the Black theme and the other was the FU jacket one. I can't remember the details of what I wore for them though. My first theme selection was Pattern Frenzy (compile a fit with as many patterns as possible, but which still actually looks good and not like a dog's dinner), and the second was Inspired by Nature (fits to be inspired by something - colours, patterns, textures, whatever - in the natural world i.e. trying to get people to think about how to craft a look by having an end image/muse in mind, rather than just throwing items together). Both themes had potential for high achievement, and terrible car crash failures and IIRC I think they generated both.
I think that's important in a challenge: at their best, they provide artificial constraints that result in creative/unexpected solutions to the problem of looking good. I like seeing what problems the constraints generate; it's another way of figuring out what you actually like to see in the mirror. And at their worst, a tough challenge theme means that you can giggle at the terrible submissions. I don't know what theme I'd pick if I ever got the opportunity to pick again. But I'd probably pick similarly high-wire, high risk/reward types of theme.
BTW, I forgot to comment earlier on RDiaz's jacket and his feeling of discontent about its silhouette. Personally, I would agree with those thinking it looks very nice in general, but would benefit from a somewhat less cutaway front. Apart from that, I like the rest of its appearance. Of course, the more important thing is whether he likes it. If not, before ordering another jacket, it would be worth figuring out what he'd ideally like from a jacket that this one isn't giving him rather than over-focusing on individual construction elements i.e. take a holistic look for an archetype of the kind of jacket he wants and then finding out whether his tailor likes making that sort of jacket.post #50310 of 787214/26/13 at 6:04pmQuote:Originally Posted by Holdfast
BTW, I forgot to comment earlier on RDiaz's jacket and his feeling of discontent about its silhouette. Personally, I would agree with those thinking it looks very nice in general, but would benefit from a somewhat less cutaway front. Apart from that, I like the rest of its appearance. Of course, the more important thing is whether he likes it. If not, before ordering another jacket, it would be worth figuring out what he'd ideally like from a jacket that this one isn't giving him rather than over-focusing on individual construction elements i.e. take a holistic look for an archetype of the kind of jacket he wants and then finding out whether his tailor likes making that sort of jacket.
nice consultation. errrr... comment, Dr H
yeah RD if u stick with this u can't go wrong- looks great
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