By the way my full question for the poll is: "How did you develop your current sartorial preferences, and how will the current trend of "dressy" clothing going mainstream affect them?" In the light of various threads started by BrianSD, retronotmetro, et al. about the increasing ubiquity of recent high end sartorial trends into the mainstream, I thought I'd start a poll to gauge how such developments came off in the minds of individuals here. For example, Brian posted about the overexposure of Diesel jeans, Lacoste polos, and bold striped shirts in casual/going out wardrobes. I get the impression that for most of the younger members here, all of the above items are staples in some way or another. For those guys who pretty much only dress in a sartorial manner (e.g. older suit and tie-wearing professionals), I guess you could make a similar analogy using long, wide-spread collars and French cuffs, again two initially high-style details that are being pushed into the mainstream. Another example could be seen in all the threads of posters displaying their bespoke/made-to-measure suits on the forum. The vast majority have details like double vents, a ticket pocket, a contrasting lining in a bold color/pattern, working sleeve buttons, etc... many of which seem to be showing up in new Banana Republic and Hilfiger releases (as retronotmetro mentioned). The forum here seems to have its own collective trend for suit preferences, and it seems that trend is slowly hitting the malls. I'm not trying to say that everyone here has the exact same stylistic tastes mentioned above or that the fashion interests of everyone here are merely trend-fuelled. But, at least in my case, I do have to admit sheepishly that some of my stylistic quirks came from hopping on a bandwagon (even if it was originally just people "in the know"). Yet, I really do like bold colors and patterns, and all the fussy little suit and shirt details that stand out. Time will tell if I still keep my tastes if everyone else is wearing the same thing, or if time passes and the trends indicate that it's out; I'd like to think those scenarios would not influence my preferences. (I picked choice #3, by the way) My question isn't just for those who like to wear striped shirts and jackets with ticket pockets; it's for anyone who likes to turn to various sartorial features and themes to stand out from the masses, so to speak, be it in a casual or formal setting (i.e. pretty much everyone here). It's pretty vague, as are the choies I listed, and I'm mainly operating out of the current trends as a specific example, but I think you guys see what I'm looking for.
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8/17/04 at 5:18pm