MoneyWellSpent's Southern Trad Thread - Page 17
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Well done! I was in high school when the The Official Preppy Handbook came out. No one knew it was actually satirical. Anyway, prep is under siege. Interesting article I lifted from Ivy Style website today:
Weirdly in WSJ today (since video mentioned cargo shorts): http://www.wsj.com/articles/nice-cargo-shorts-youre-sleeping-on-the-sofa-1470082856?cx_campaign=poptart&mod=cx_poptart#cxrecs_s
I saw that post. Interesting indeed. The funny things is that the very thing that critics cite to lambast preppy-dom (that it is elitist) is what attracts so many people to it. The devil-may-care attitude, the snotty defiance, even the holier than thou stereotypes are what makes the style interesting in addition to the legitimate aspects. This clash occurs, of course, because preppy-ness has gone mainstream. It's not just a few small segments of old money elites.
Makes sense. As this forum has shown there is quite of bit of overlap between Trad and Southern Trad.
Would be interested in seeing it worn in a business context in this thread.
Just cross-posting this, so as to not destroy KW's thread.
I found this comment interesting. "Would be interested in seeing it [i.e., a seersucker suit] worn in a business context in this thread."
I guess, a little bit of backstory. I grew up in Memphis, TN, and spent every single football weekend in Oxford, MS. I rushed, was rush chair, social chair, etc., of my fraternity, and can't say I ever wore anything that was not some shade of pastel. Similarly, I went to law school in Baton Rouge, LA, and spent every single football weekend in Baton Rouge, LA.
Long story short, as far as I am concerned, seersucker can always be worn in a business context. Further, I guess southern trad - at least from my perspective - is not really a style of dress. It is just something I have done daily for as long as I can remember. Southern trad, if one can call it that, is my default dress. I feel far more at ease in seersucker or cotton than I do in tobacco fresco. Southern trad is something I actively try to distance myself from in my dress - although every once in a while, I grab a bright yellow tie, a white shirt, and an old Haspel suit, and just call it a day.
Sometimes I try to emulate northern trad - with its frayed oxford collars, and its Alden tassel loafers - and sometimes I try to emulate that southern eyetalian look - with its tobacco linen, and abundance of navy ties. But that very clearly takes effort. In contrast, if I want to dress southern trad, I dip into my wardrobe, and pull out the first thing I see.
Interesting piece in The Economist culture mag on Trump possibly killing suits.I guess Obama wears lots of Canali!
"The suit is much more than a clownish uniform of power. It is a wearable expression of culture, an emblem of discernment whose details transmit a sophisticated, time-honed code of craftsmanship. Barack Obama and even Vladimir Putin (who are both clients of Canali) are in their ways both politically prominent exemplars of that. But Trump? The higher he rises, the more likely it is that a generation that is already increasingly uninterested in aspiring to tailoring will be turned off it for good – repelled by the cut of his cloth and appalled by the man inside it."
Yeah, I thought it was amusing, though. It's in their cultural magazine they mail to subscribers. I liked it for the Obama/Putin Canali connection.
Walking to work today I saw 2 fully seersucker suited (older) gentlemen going about their business. One was even complete with straw boater/pastel bow tie. Both had tassel loafers. Granted, it is slightly cooler in DC today, but I had to admire the dedication to the look. Can't decide if they look like titans of another time, or the only ones brave enough to reject khaki/polo mediocrity. Certainly put my getup to shame.