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There are some gorgeous ties on B&S the moment...


http://www.styleforum.net/forum/newestpost/427607

http://www.styleforum.net/forum/newestpost/413543
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

What was wrong with the Isaia suit? confused.gif
The Isaia Suit (Click to show)
Photo 6 of 78

WRONG: 

- Size (See how the shoulders drop)

- Super 160(?) gave a nice sheen

 

 

The Formosa Suit (Click to show)
The Formosa Suit (Click to show)

WRONG:

- Nothing (Unless you want to nitpick)

- The sleeves have been corrected since this pic...I just need to freaking pick it up.

post #12543 of 37403

Noodles, you posted your face in the pic you took with me.

post #12544 of 37403
Nitpick: I don't love the roped shoulders...
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

What was wrong with the Isaia suit? confused.gif

It made him look pear-shaped with weak shoulders. Which is fine if you're a pear.

Now he's rolling with Formosa, much more flattering. Dressing like a baus.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

Noodles, you posted your face in the pic you took with me.

Meh~ no one is going to recognize me...I hope

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Originally Posted by AJL View Post


It made him look pear-shaped with weak shoulders. Which is fine if you're a pear.

Now he's rolling with Formosa, much more flattering. Dressing like a baus.

 

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Originally Posted by AJL View Post


It made him look pear-shaped with weak shoulders. Which is fine if you're a pear.

Now he's rolling with Formosa, much more flattering. Dressing like a baus.



I'm more of a peach.

post #12549 of 37403
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I'm more of a b!tch.

:nodding:

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@The Noodles

^^^

post #12551 of 37403
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post


This is what matters. It's not where you buy or what you spend, it's the knowledge and discipline you have when you make the purchase.


Well, yes and no for two main reasons:

 

1. The proposition one acquires knowledge and then goes out to buy something particular based on that knowledge works to some extent. But how and where does one acquire this knowledge? There isn't one true path. You can hang around here. You can read. Being a professional researcher, I 'm pretty good at learning through books and other sorts of 'paper' research. But I recognise that a lot of people learn in different ways. One way is actually through activities like thrifting. It is is not just about buying for the sake of buying or buying to resell for profit, although many people do it for this reason, it can also be a relatively inexpensive way to build your knowledge of clothing. To begin to acquire a really tactile material understanding of fabrics and construction. To inspire research and reading about the history of clothing and style. To fail interestingly in your attempts to dress well and learn in that way. And so on. That said, it's not my way. I don't thrift largely because I just don't have the time, and thrift stores in rural Ontario are pretty much how you might imagine them to be!

 

2. Then there's fun. Building a wardrobe should not all be about 'knowledge' and 'discipline'. That makes style and aesthetics sound so puritan, so bloodless. It has to be about pleasure. I do buy second-hand (largely through ebay, but IRL too when I get the chance) and it is my particular pleasure to find historically interesting pieces (mainly mid-century artisan-made accessories, Ivy-style jackets, vintage fabrics that have qualities that you don't find so much these days etc. etc.). And I'm still learning as I go through this process.

 

The pleasure, the knowledge and the discipline are always mixed in different quantities and there are people on this forum who demonstrate all three in ways I find admirable - including you, I might say - I certainly share your view that you've expressed on previous occasions that the late 50s / early 60s was actually the high point in modern male style rather than the 30s, which seems to be the usual reference point.

post #12552 of 37403
I'd agree with all that. Part of the problem is that guys today are often starting from scratch, or close to, because they have little to no experience with tailored clothing. Used to be, most guys learned this stuff growing up. If you're coming at it as an adult, you have to start somewhere, which brings me to my point: If you don't know what you're doing, and if you don't have the discipline to pass up false bargains, it doesn't matter if you're standing in a thrift or Bergdorf.
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

I'd agree with all that. Part of the problem is that guys today are often starting from scratch, or close to, because they have little to no experience with tailored clothing. Used to be, most guys learned this stuff growing up. If you're coming at it as an adult, you have to start somewhere, which brings me to my point: If you don't know what you're doing, and if you don't have the discipline to pass up false bargains, it doesn't matter if you're standing in a thrift or Bergdorf.

 

I honestly learned what to pass up by posting some gawd awful fits on here. The only way to learn here is to try what you think is right and get feedback till you know what is right. There are so many things about fit that are hard to pin down, like how something that fits should 'feel' and how it should 'look' that it's a lot if you haven't grown up with the stuff. 


Which is exactly what you've all said. I honestly bought a ton of shit that didn't fit AT ALL because it looked cool.

 

The learning process has been fun though. I'm definitely better at recognizing quality now just from construction and handiwork. 

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Originally Posted by Cleav View Post

@The Noodles

^^^

I'm working both the audio and video pieces together here for the total experience. Very very moving, I highly recommend it (reaches for Drake's 70/30 wool/ silk hankie)
post #12555 of 37403
Sales are dangerous I'm down to a quarterly splurge and couldn't be happier. Key items on budget full price or not
Edited by akoustas - 9/30/14 at 3:01pm
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