Originally Posted by Lucido
Articles of clothing designed for a specific activity only look good in that context? Ever heard of sports jackets? Originated as a knock around jacket for country wear & riding. Oxford cloth button-downs were designed as casual shirts for polo players. Polo shirts were designed by Rene Lacoste as tennis wear. Denim jeans were originally intended as pants for gold miners. Chinos were developed as military trousers sometime in the mid 1800s etc etc.
Your post makes no sense.
Your post reflects lack of thinking.
1. Just because a lot of clueless people do something doesn't mean it looks good, or it's classic style. T-shirts were originally undershirts, now worn proudly in SIlicon Valley. Sweatpants were initially for sports, now chosen by thousands of Wal-Mart shoppers. Flip flops were Japanese cultural dress (under a different name of course), but now championed by millions of sleepy-eyed college students worldwide. I'm waiting to hear you say a person in tees, sweatpants, and flip flops looks good.
2. Picking exceptions to the rule doesn't weaken the rule. At all. Especially when many of your examples are poorly chosen.
Notice how I said
Articles of clothing designed and invented for a specific activity usually only works in that context
whereas you have
Articles of clothing designed for a specific activity only look good in that context?
You're shadow-boxing, brotha, and even so still managing to hit yourself a couple of times. Amazing.
I'll explain further.
- Denim jeans: Originally for rough manual labor, and that's about the only place it looks good. Working in the garage? Giving a talk on a stage? Tells the audience you are a scrawny white guy trying to be "cool", and/or going through midlife crisis.
- Polo shirts: Still look best in athletic/sporty settings. Playing tennis or golf? great. Spending time in your weekend cabin? Probably can still pull it off. Fixing the Internet around the office? Screams "I am a nerdy IT guy who hasn't learned how to buy clothes since last time mommy shopped for me."
- Button-down polo shirts: Still excellent for sporty and generally casual affairs. On a weekend, by the lake? At work, with a tie bulging out the collars in a way the original designers never intended? Bad; reminds people either of a college intern on his first real job, or a politician trying too hard to be "one of the people."
- Sports coats: Still best as countrywear. Notice the earth tone fabrics? They blend really well with Mother Nature, not so much with a concrete jungle. Horseback riding, regatta at the local park? With elbow patches, people think "College professor from the 50s." With jeans in the city, people go "Hipster too self-conscious about his own dressing; tries to dress down to fit in."
- And on and on
Bottom line: All the examples you selected still work best in their original settings (or their near equivalents). For other contexts, the more dissimilar they are to the original, the more ridiculous your get-up will look. 90 times out of a 100.