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FRIDAY CHALLENGE 29 June 2016 - The "What the hell was I thinking" challenge

Poll Results: Who made their "What the hell was I thinking" item work best in a fit?

Poll expired: Jul 11, 2016 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 17% of voters (6)
    Diplo
  • 17% of voters (6)
    RoSaCe
  • 29% of voters (10)
    Clags
  • 8% of voters (3)
    Hirsch
  • 14% of voters (5)
    Duke
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Smitty
  • 11% of voters (4)
    Prince
  • 29% of voters (10)
    Acute
  • 8% of voters (3)
    Cox
34 Total Votes  
post #1 of 99
Thread Starter 

I am sure that we all have clothes and accessories in our closets that we never use. It could be that suit that was a little too "fashion forward", or maybe a vintage coat that simply looks too old fashioned. Or the hideous tie your children gave you for fathers day that you can't throw away, or the knitted cardigan your aunt gave you that really should be burned, but you have to wear the damn thing every time she visits, or the cufflinks with the funny (offensive?) motive that you bought at an airport waiting for a delayed flight. Sometimes it's hard to know exactly why you don't wear a particular garment. Maybe the colour wasn't exactly right, or it's uncomfortable, or it's just "not you".

 

This week's challenge is to dig that "what the hell was I thinking" garment/accessory out of the closet, and make it work.

 

Since I don't want to prejudge what kind of garment you will show off, the challenge allows for both formal and casual fits. Just make sure that you land in the CM-part of the spectrum. Don't come here with crocs and shorts.

 

I can't really post inspiration pictures because then I would have to assume that the wearer did not like what they wore, but I will make sure to post my own contribution early to give you a hint of what I'm thinking about.

 

It was suggested to me that this challenge should be extended. Apparently it has been done before. The SF is summer slow at the moment and on top of that the Americans in the SF have a big holiday coming up and we Europeans are busy supporting Iceland in the European Championship. Therefore the deadline for entries will be Sunday 10th July at noon (CE time).

 

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Originally Posted by DiplomaticTies View Post
 

 

 

This is a beige corduroy shirt with a floral motive. Yes, you read that right. Beige. Floral. Corduroy.

 

Pictures are not entirely new which you can see by the fact that it's clearly not a fit suitable for summer. I bought this shirt myself many years ago in the belief that I was cool. That was a mistake. But I thought I should test and see if it could work with a tie.

 

 

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Originally Posted by RoSaCe View Post
 

The last tie I bought can help me entering this challenge, cause I bought it online, where the colours seemed to be quite mat, and less shining. So when I received it, I really thought: "what the hell was I thinking ...". But finally it is not that bad

 

suit: Camps de Luca

Shirt: Luigi Borrelli

Tie: Marinella

PS: Corneliani

Monks: Carmina

 

 

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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post
 

I was very tempted to create a sock (and strongly considered doing so) and post this in the SW&D WAYWRN, then duck and run for cover (as one would a grenade). But I think I will not and simply leave this here. Me in Yohji.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by hirschlederne View Post

 

 

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Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post

Clags I could forgive the untucked shirt, the pinstriped odd trousers, the ... whatever you call that thing on top, but I can never forgive that disgusting ginger beard. Bad enough when you go unshaven but when you go full on Wyndham Wizard I need some eye bleach!

Anyway, feel free to reciprocate comments with my entry. I actually posted this in a FC many years ago and the only reaction I received was a single facepalm emoticon. I am the proud owner of FOUR boating blazers. What was I thinking? Well they were bought at a time when I was aiming for a career in academia and thought they would make up nice casual Friday outfits - any derision could be masked by me playing the eccentric professor from England ('hey we all dress like this back home!'). Anyway my career took me in another direction and the blazers rarely see the light of day. I understand the colonials had some sort of celebration on Monday so I entered into the spirit of things wearing red, white and blue ...

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Originally Posted by smittycl View Post



Maybe not too goofy looking but barely usable. Wool/Cashmere/Alpaca that is too heavy to wear on most days. I can only wear it on certain late Fall days where a coat is needed but an overcoat is too much. It's also very fuzzy.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post


I had a similar experience with a pair of cords - these were supposed to be darker irl but, no, they are quite bright, which causes what Coxy would probably term 'cognitive dissonance' given they are winter weight but summer-y colour. I've since come to the conclusion that casual wear either with a rough tweed jacket and no tie, or just with a jumper and scarf are the best ways forward, and I still wear them occasionally as the are supremely comfortable.

 

 

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Originally Posted by An Acute Style View Post
 

I'm sure much of my wardrobe falls into the realm of this challenge for many people, but one garment I have an extremely hard time making work is this J. Crew Patchwork jacket.  In particular, I keeping trying to wear it with a tie with varying levels of failure/success.  Here's my attempt from Thursday.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post
 

Well... for what it's worth...

 

I bought this sleeveless top in Queenstown, New Zealand, about three years ago. It's from a local designer, made from a blend of merino wool, possum, silk and nylon.

 

It's actually really beautifully made and quite unique, but I've never worn it, as I really don't know how to make it work within an overall outfit.

 

 

 

 

At the same time, I can't bear to throw it out or pass it on to a charity - the quality is definitely there.

 

Definitely a "what was I thinking?" purchase.


Edited by DiplomaticTies - 7/10/16 at 10:07am
post #2 of 99
Thread Starter 

 

 

This is a beige corduroy shirt with a floral motive. Yes, you read that right. Beige. Floral. Corduroy.

 

Pictures are not entirely new which you can see by the fact that it's clearly not a fit suitable for summer. I bought this shirt myself many years ago in the belief that I was cool. That was a mistake. But I thought I should test and see if it could work with a tie.

post #3 of 99

Don't know if I will have the opportunity to wear this kind of thing this week, but I'll follow it with interest since it's pretty interesting.

 

Since my passion for cloth was there since I'm young (well, I'm still young but....), I don't own so many things that I don't like to wear.

post #4 of 99
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..and we Europeans are busy supporting Iceland in the European championship.

You must be kidding ? biggrin.gif

Time to send them home.
post #5 of 99

@DiplomaticTies : +1 point for this very unusual shirt, you managed to wear it in a coherent way, which was a pretty hard challenge.... but -1000 points for this stupid scandinavian solidarity. We'll kick these viking's asses so hard they'll directly fall in the Eyjafjallajökull (I didn't mean to be racist, but as french people we're allowed to be arrogant, and as football supporter, to be hateful) 

post #6 of 99
I haven't actually watched a football game since 1994, when it was mandatory for all Swedes to watch. I will watch how this FC turns out though, and maybe even participate.
post #7 of 99
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RoSaCe View Post
 

@DiplomaticTies : +1 point for this very unusual shirt, you managed to wear it in a coherent way, which was a pretty hard challenge.... but -1000 points for this stupid scandinavian solidarity. We'll kick these viking's asses so hard they'll directly fall in the Eyjafjallajökull (I didn't mean to be racist, but as french people we're allowed to be arrogant, and as football supporter, to be hateful) 

French history of managing to kick out vikings is not really full of successes, is it? But if you don't manage to beat Iceland it would be disaster. Your problem is not quality, rather that there is usually open war between the players in your own team!

 

But still, I have always been a supporter of french football. Somewhere I have a picture of me (must have been mid 80s) in a signed shirt from this man. My hero when I grew up. Also a time when football shirts still looked good.

post #8 of 99
A few years back, Mama Claghorn purchased a Yohji Yamamoto sweater (she's a big fan) as a Christmas present to me. My wife has forbidden me from wearing it, but perhaps this is a good opportunity?

Otherwise, I have my super loud BnT linen jacket to fall back on.

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Oh, CM spectrum. @DiplomaticTies, ruling on a pure CMer wearing a hardcore SW&D item he has no business owning?
post #9 of 99
Please to wear the Yohji, Clags.
post #10 of 99
Thread Starter 
I think we all want to se that sweater Clags!
post #11 of 99


I bought these Gucci sneakers thinking it was a great idea at the time...
post #12 of 99

This is the most terrible pair of shoes i ever had

In fact i ordered totally different shoes on a Chinese website, and this is what they sent me. Of course they were crooks, so no exchange or refund possible, it ended up i even changed my Visa card, fearing they may use the number. Furthermore, i think they are not real Gucci stuff, but copies.

I might use them when i'll be in holidays somewhere on the Riviera, only on the beach though, with one or two young girls wearing monokinis at my arm(s). Sorry no pictures yet.

 

On the Football subject. Gentlemen, calm down. This is only a game, remember ? Rosace i can't agree with you when you say that 'as french people we're allowed to be arrogant, and as football supporter, to be hateful'. The cliché of the arrogant French is.. A cliché, and the football violence/aggressiveness  is one of the most stupid thing on earth.

DT i can't agree with you when you say ' if you (France) don't manage to beat Iceland it would be disaster. Your problem is not quality, rather that there is usually open war between the players in your own team!' First it won't be a disaster as we are already in the quarter finals, which not the case of a lot of teams (and DT, do i have to mention the poor performance of Sweden ?), second there is no open war in the actual team. They are actually very friendly and unite, it was not always the case in the past i reckon.

 

Cheers

C.

post #13 of 99
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Originally Posted by pravda

View PostI bought these Gucci sneakers thinking it was a great idea at the time...

BEETLEJUICE!  BEETLEJUICE!  BEETLEJUICE!

post #14 of 99
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Originally Posted by DiplomaticTies View Post
 

French history of managing to kick out vikings is not really full of successes, is it? 

+1 point for you ;-)

 

@Clouseau , j'ose esperer que vous ne m'avez pas pris au premier degré? ;)

post #15 of 99
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post
 

This is the most terrible pair of shoes i ever had

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

In fact i ordered totally different shoes on a Chinese website, and this is what they sent me. Of course they were crooks, so no exchange or refund possible, it ended up i even changed my Visa card, fearing they may use the number. Furthermore, i think they are not real Gucci stuff, but copies.

I might use them when i'll be in holidays somewhere on the Riviera, only on the beach though, with one or two young girls wearing monokinis at my arm(s). Sorry no pictures yet.

 

On the Football subject. Gentlemen, calm down. This is only a game, remember ? Rosace i can't agree with you when you say that 'as french people we're allowed to be arrogant, and as football supporter, to be hateful'. The cliché of the arrogant French is.. A cliché, and the football violence/aggressiveness  is one of the most stupid thing on earth.

DT i can't agree with you when you say ' if you (France) don't manage to beat Iceland it would be disaster. Your problem is not quality, rather that there is usually open war between the players in your own team!' First it won't be a disaster as we are already in the quarter finals, which not the case of a lot of teams (and DT, do i have to mention the poor performance of Sweden ?), second there is no open war in the actual team. They are actually very friendly and unite, it was not always the case in the past i reckon.

 

Cheers

C.

 

Except for the players who are not even in the team because they were busy filming each other having sex and then use it for blackmail? :bounce2:

 

Totally agree on the awful Swedish performance though, no excuse for that. We had the best Swedish player of all time in our team, unfortunately he happens to be surrounded by one of the worst Swedish national teams of all time.

 

But, let's move on from football and get back to the theme of the challenge! We have seen pictures of some awful things and we hear tantalising rumours from Clags about a certain sweater, let's see them in fits!

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