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post #2101 of 3090
Well, yesterday was charity shop day, and some rotten bugger had been in, tried on a pair of shoes, walked out wearing them, and left a pair of manky DMs on the shelf instead. Even put the price tag on them!
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Originally Posted by covskin View Post

The thing that most sticks in my mind from last thursday? Those brown scotchgrain Weejun loafers, though I will never wear loafers.

On upgrading my casual look ...

I'm thinking of a plain red surfer jacket, wranglers, and desert boots
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Originally Posted by Mr Knightley View Post

Interesting stuff, @covskin


For me, three things stood out:

1. Those loafers again

2. The fact that, as a group we may all dress slightly differently, but our footwear still brings us together

3. Liberty and its vintage menswear corner - lovely and quite at odds with some of the very fashion-forward slim lapel suits, narrow ties and over-priced Mulberry bags, etc.

re 1 - they were tasty!

re 2 - not, as Alexei Sayle would have it, DMs!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZy7vEWeTFY
post #2102 of 3090
Did you know...



... that the little loop on the back of your shirt is called a 'locker loop'? It's original purpose was so that Ivy League jocks could hang them up in their lockers, when they were changing for the gym or the sports field, lockers being too narrow for a clothes-hanger.

post #2103 of 3090
Thread Starter 

I did know that - but I hadn't realised it was done because of the narrow width of the lockers.  I assumed these guys just wanted to appear cool and not too 'precious' with their stuff.

post #2104 of 3090
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

Did you know...



... that the little loop on the back of your shirt is called a 'locker loop'? It's original purpose was so that Ivy League jocks could hang them up in their lockers, when they were changing for the gym or the sports field, lockers being too narrow for a clothes-hanger.

 

 

 

Pretty common knowledge in America, though I can see why such a small detail would go amiss somewhere else.  "Locker loop", or as we kids in parochial schools called them, "f@g tags"... not a Benson & Hedges reference. 

  Oddly enough M-o-M, your post reminded me of an interesting article about locker loops and their place in the intricate mating rituals of Ivy League coeds.  

[url]http://www.ivy-style.com/tied-together-ivy-guys-vassar-girls-and-the-college-scarf.html[/url]

post #2105 of 3090
Funnily enough, as a septic I learned about locker loops from Ben Sherman shirts haha.
As a child I also was in parochial school but my uniform was a polo shirt, chinos, acrylic v neck sweater (disgusting haha) and penny loafers.
I never quite got away from that look haha! Although I do have a bit of disdain for polos under jumpers as an adult. It never ceases to amaze me how "The Look" got so twisted between the two continents. The Dickies jacket is a great example. Lots of US "Oi" skins in the Baltimore/Washington area wore those instead of Harrington jackets as they were much easier to find in that area. I was never a fan, but that has more to due with my body shape than it does with the style of jacket.
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Pretty common knowledge in America, though I can see why such a small detail would go amiss somewhere else.  "Locker loop", or as we kids in parochial schools called them, "f@g tags"... not a Benson & Hedges reference. 
  Oddly enough M-o-M, your post reminded me of an interesting article about locker loops and their place in the intricate mating rituals of Ivy League coeds.  
[url]http://www.ivy-style.com/tied-together-ivy-guys-vassar-girls-and-the-college-scarf.html[/url]
post #2106 of 3090
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  Oddly enough M-o-M, your post reminded me of an interesting article about locker loops and their place in the intricate mating rituals of Ivy League coeds.  


Well how about that! Not unlike what went on in 67/68 in NW England, inasmuch as the mods of the day would scrounge a school tie from whatever girl they dated, as most girls' school had rather nice striped ties as part of their uniform. Basically, the bigger your collection, the longer your list of conquests. I got all mine by sweet-talk, I have to say, but I swore the girls to secrecy.
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post #2107 of 3090
Fast talkin', slow walkin', good lookin' Mohair Sam!



The suit above is the blue mohair job I picked up from John Simons a couple of weeks ago. A fairly minimalist look. Sorry it's not a great photo. Absolutely nothing can be done to improve the model, short of a paper bag. And the next one...



... is the grey PoW suit I bought at Adam Shener's in Petticoat Lane last November. Again the quality of the photo isn't up to much, and the model hasn't improved. Simon Templar I'm not!

By the way, am I allowed to sell stuff on here? Because I have a Levi jacket - about late 1970s - size M, going for a sensible offer.

post #2108 of 3090
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Originally Posted by AngryYoungPoor View Post

Funnily enough, as a septic I learned about locker loops from Ben Sherman shirts haha.
As a child I also was in parochial school but my uniform was a polo shirt, chinos, acrylic v neck sweater (disgusting haha) and penny loafers.
I never quite got away from that look haha! Although I do have a bit of disdain for polos under jumpers as an adult. It never ceases to amaze me how "The Look" got so twisted between the two continents. The Dickies jacket is a great example. Lots of US "Oi" skins in the Baltimore/Washington area wore those instead of Harrington jackets as they were much easier to find in that area. I was never a fan, but that has more to due with my body shape than it does with the style of jacket.

 

 

Funny, that's so twisted around but perfectly plausible... 

  My school uniform from first through third grade was buttondown sky blue shirt and navy tie with navy trousers(sort of sta-prest-ish if I remember), and navy, green, or burgundy(?) v-necks(longsleeve and sleeveless), though I forget the material... it's been a few years!  Later the school switched to sky blue polo shirts.

 It's funny cos the former-- buttondown, chinos, v-neck, and loafers/smooths/brogues/etc. --is a look that I gravitated back towards in my early 30s and still wear to this day, weather permitting.  

  I'm sure you, AYP, like myself can wear such an "ensemble" here in the States and have most people think anything but "he's a skinhead" or "old skinhead".  People just think I dress conservatively, which I do... and wearing such styled clothes is a far better alternative, in my opinion, than looking like what my set call some of our peers: "mid-life crisis skins":  Gents who haven't cared about "The Look"™  in 10-20 years and are all of a sudden showing up wearing a caricature of it with tight, tablecloth-patterned Brutus trimfits, too-tight jeans, 2" cuffs/turnups, braces/suspenders, and Ronald McDonald boots-- looking like some sort of fetish-skinhead nightmare.  

 

  Guilty as charged for having not searched old posts on it in the thread, but I'd say in essence the key to the whole "Look Goes On"™ is AGING GRACEFULLY.  Keeping vestiges of our youthful identity while moving forward into our lives' gloamings.  

post #2109 of 3090
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post

Back to Fred Perry polos. I thought you might appreciate my collection, built up over many years. The older one (MIE from the 80s), a blue one with blue Laurel, is at the left of the middle row, the most recent one (a maroon FP/Nigel Cabourn) is at the right of the bottom row.



My word, i'm jealous.
post #2110 of 3090
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My word, i'm jealous.

I can understand that. biggrin.gif

I wear them everyday since spring. Will probably go back to shirts in october.
post #2111 of 3090
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post


I can understand that. biggrin.gif

Just a little lesson in the English language, Gilles. 'Modest' is not the superlative form of the adjective 'mod'. biggrin.gif
post #2112 of 3090
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Just a little lesson in the English language, Gilles. 'Modest' is not the superlative form of the adjective 'mod'. biggrin.gif


Don't you know i'm French, Paul ? :D

post #2113 of 3090
Purely out of curiousity, what would a collection like that fetch if you were to sell? Not for a minute suggesting you would, just wondering...
post #2114 of 3090
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Purely out of curiousity, what would a collection like that fetch if you were to sell? Not for a minute suggesting you would, just wondering...


TBH Elmore, i have no idea. Some items are interesting, like the MIE blue one from the 80s in mint condition - even if i wore it a lot -, or the 3buttons MIPortugal ones that were a limited edition 4 years ago (you can spot them on the picture, the logo is slightly different).  The maroon FP/Nigel Cabourn one is very nice too, and this model was only made for one collection (Cabourn changes his models a bit every year). The other ones are more common i guess (some in rare colors though), apart the Black/champagne MIE one (my favorite at the moment, i wore it at the last London meet up - i had exactly the same early 80s), but they still make this one.

Anyway, they are used polo shirts, so i guess they don't have much value.

post #2115 of 3090
Thinking of getting some cords, Cordings needlecords to be exact so I went and measured them. For anyone interested, a 32 waist leg unfinished needlecord measures as follows

16.5 waist, 11.5 thigh, 11.5 rise, 8.25 opening

(and leg parallel up beyond where they would be finished at to give a 9.5 knee on a 30 leg)

So like a very slightly looser 501, which is good! The red berry colour is a bit Nigel Farage so I think I will be going for the navy and the plum.

(edited for actual dimensions received)
Edited by covskin - 8/17/16 at 1:23am
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