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HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part III - Page 4626post #69377 of 787171/27/14 at 8:57ampost #69378 of 787171/27/14 at 9:12ampost #69379 of 787171/27/14 at 9:16ampost #69380 of 787171/27/14 at 9:24ampost #69381 of 787171/27/14 at 9:44amRuffles, I believe you have been chastised for this before, but it helps everyone out when you leave your posts up regardless of how fail they may be. I've posted infinitely worse fits here than anything you have ever posted, and left them in all their glory so that myself and others may learn from my mistakes. I think it would be helpful if you left your fits up, especially if the issue at hand were so minor as pattern clashing rather than say wearing pants 4 sizes too large.post #69382 of 787171/27/14 at 10:12ampost #69383 of 787171/27/14 at 10:17amQuote:
The suit is so smashing and the PS so slick that one could only assume that the person who picked the tie clearly knows what he is doing...post #69384 of 787171/27/14 at 10:18ampost #69385 of 787171/27/14 at 10:19ampost #69386 of 787171/27/14 at 10:22ampost #69387 of 787171/27/14 at 10:24ampost #69388 of 787171/27/14 at 10:38amQuote:Originally Posted by Holdfast
The wider applicability is that, leaving SF aside, the greatest impact our outfits have is a holistic one. The average stranger you meet will process an outfit instantly and stereotype it into various pigeon-holes. Acquaintances will do the same, but modify those stereotypes slightly by in light of their existing impression of you. All this will happen instantly, and unconsciously. Point being, as long as you get the broad brushstrokes of an outfit right (by "right", I mean "in sync with whatever specific image you want to project to others"), the details really don't matter.
I appreciate that this runs contrary to how SF likes to view clothes, but that's because SF scrutinises clothes. Most people you meet will just mentally snapshot & pigeon-hole them. Now, if the details conflict wildly, the gestalt is equally confused. But as long as they're vaguely in sync with each other, the exact details really don't matter. People will see "slim suit", or "70s suit", or "cool kid", or "typical professional", etc, etc.
I think this is important, and very well said. In the context of this thread and its history, sometimes one concentrates on the parts, sometimes on the ensemble. Room for both, I think.
In real life, sometimes one just dresses. And sometimes one dresses *for* something: a profession, an occasion, or whatever. I’m inclined, therefore, to think of the principles of classical styles as means, rather than ends—as tools to use to achieve a particular goal.
The particular fit in question was intended for a senior academic in a university environment. That’s an environment that’s conservative to a degree, but equally relevantly is an environment which is, in virtue of its mission, inherently multigenerational (ranging from 18-year-old freshmen through faculty in their 90s); it’s thus complexly hierarchical both by age and rank.
In such a context one dresses not just with the goal of looking like “X.” One also dresses in order to *avoid* looking like “Y.”
That’s just how I think of it. I’m not saying anyone else needs to think of it that way, and I’m certainly not saying that there might not be equally fruitful or even more fruitful ways of understanding things.
Best to all, and thanks,
Acpost #69389 of 787171/27/14 at 10:39am
Many thanks to Roy Al, YRR92, EFV, Pliny, in stitches, Claghorn, Rudals, eviltimeban, mktitsworth, sugarbutch, Cleav, Gianni Certutti, ejay1, and Holdfast for so generously offering thumbs, comments, or both. Sorry if I’ve inadvertently left anyone out. I’m also sorry it took me so long to post again but I am up against a number of deadlines, and even this response must be far briefer than I’d like it to be.
Back to work.
Acpost #69390 of 787171/27/14 at 10:54amQuote:Originally Posted by luv2breformed
Ruffles, I believe you have been chastised for this before, but it helps everyone out when you leave your posts up regardless of how fail they may be. I've posted infinitely worse fits here than anything you have ever posted, and left them in all their glory so that myself and others may learn from my mistakes. I think it would be helpful if you left your fits up, especially if the issue at hand were so minor as pattern clashing rather than say wearing pants 4 sizes too large.
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