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Luciano Barbera on NOT wearing jeans. Ever.

post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 
Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Yes, wearing jeans for any occasion.


Rest of the interview is here.

I am not sure whether I agree or not. I do hate blazers with jeans, but a dark denim always looks good with anything.

And to quote Put This On:

Luciano Barbera said he objected to men wearing jeans for any occasion. That’s a stronger position than I would take, but I do think men (Americans especially) rely far too much on jeans. Don’t be afraid to wear other kinds of trousers.


Discuss if you want.
post #2 of 60
I will politely disagree with Barbera here.

Jeans are stylistically abused by many but that does not mean they have no place in man's wardrobe. I would imagine SW&D guys will thumb down Barbera's interview.
post #3 of 60
Im almost 22, and if I wore only proper trousers and jackets everywhere, it would look off. I feel comfortable in slim, dark jeans, and they go with everything. I can wear it with a hanes v-neck, or with my dad's cashmere d'avenza coat, and I like the way it all looks. I have to admit, I really love the idea of wearing trousers all the time, but I'd miss my 511's a lot, and often.

I actually would think that most american men rely too much on the roomy pleated chinos. It's kind of the go to "dressed up" pant that your mom puts you in at age 10 when you have to look presentable, and that you never grow out of if you never take the time to look at what you like in style.
post #4 of 60
Jeans are ok for casual wear and gardening; however, some people wear jeans all the time, regardless of occasion. While these peope find jeans the best option for a specific environment, I always find a 'better' alternative.

Personally, I have stopped wearing jeans outside of the house and do not plan to replace them. I agree with LB, I can do without jeans.
post #5 of 60
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Originally Posted by Klobber View Post

... I would imagine SW&D guys will thumb down Barbera's interview.

Hence a thumbs up in my book.nest.gif

post #6 of 60
Jeans have a place: gardening, carpentry, plumbing, motorcycle riding, etc. I can see why Barbera wouldn't wear them.
post #7 of 60
Thread Starter 
Jeans are definitely abused and overused, so I guess Luciano's stance has some logic - you have to be a little shocked so that you will reconsider the role denim plays in your wardrobe.
post #8 of 60
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Originally Posted by NotoriousMarquis View Post

I actually would think that most american men rely too much on the roomy pleated chinos. It's kind of the go to "dressed up" pant that your mom puts you in at age 10 when you have to look presentable, and that you never grow out of if you never take the time to look at what you like in style.

This is actually very true, although I wouldn't limit this look to american men.

post #9 of 60

I don't know about Europe and the rest of the nation but out here in the West, jeans are our version of chinos.  They are the casual wear equivalent of what a Trad in the NE would put on Nantucket Reds for.  Do they look stupid under a shirt and tie?  Damned straight.  Under a corduroy coat with a chambray shirt?  Not a bit.  Boat shoes help . . . 

post #10 of 60
As much as you all like to hang on every sartorial breath that emanates out of the mouth of Barbera, he is an old man, with an old man physique.

He may look good in his tailored clothing, but tailored clothing is designed to do that that, make people with less than ideal body shape look good.

He avoids jeans because he would not look good in them.
post #11 of 60
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post

As much as you all like to hang on every sartorial breath that emanates out of the mouth of Barbera, he is an old man, with an old man physique.
He may look good in his tailored clothing, but tailored clothing is designed to do that that, make people with less than ideal body shape look good.
He avoids jeans because he would not look good in them.


^ Bhah - piffle.

post #12 of 60
The rest of the interview, including his professed admiration of Ralph Lauren, who has a love affair with denim, suggests that he did not mean this as a general rule, but meant it to apply only to his personal style. I agree with pretty much everything else he said.

There's really nothing to argue about here. Luciano Barbera doesn't wear jeans. Okay.
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post #14 of 60
I would pretty much second Barbera's opinion. I don't own any jeans. As others have pointed out, they have their place if you work as a plumber or on a roofing crew, you ride bulls for a living or something like that. What I really hate is their plebeian ubiquity. Never found the damned things very comfortable back when I used to wear them.
post #15 of 60
I didn't read it to mean that you should never wear jeans. I read it to mean that the issue is with wearing them at any/every occasion.

Luciano Barbera has had blue denim jeans in his collections several times.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LUCIANO-BARBERA-JEANS-COTTON-SIZE-42-R-ITALY-NWT-425-/380450269956#ht_1662wt_1004
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