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post #61 of 221
I have become very very tolorant of people, as I grow to the dodering age of 37.... there are very few things that I really find annoying in other mens dress 1. that whole matched shirt/tie thing. of course, the regis mix of same shade of shiny material tie with shirt, but to a lesser extent a man with a lavandar shirt and a tie that has a lot of the same shade of lavandar in it - i find it looks like he is trying to hard. 2. for that matter, lavandar shirts - or shirts that are strange colors. shirts are great in white, blue, some shades of yellow, some shades of pink. a lot of stripes work well. on the other hand, brown, orange, pastels, black, these simply are not the right color for shirts. 3. logos and labels - if you think that I am going to be impressed because your shirt, that was mass produced  in bangladesh, happens to have an external label on it, get a life. 4. shoes with too much going on. shoes should have one thing, and that prefereably isn't a tassel. it should have a buckle, or a cap toe, or a wing, or a sadle, preferable in a color that doens't contrast with the body of the shoe. a buckled wing tip with a tassel is not a shoe, it is a catalog. (special exception is made for a really well dressed older guy in spectators - I can't pull them off myself, but if you can then great). 5. fake materials - beef leather made to look like crocodile, etc on novelty ties - I don't wear them very much any more, but I do think that a lot of the well made ties out their with little images are pretty cool - a midnight blue silk tie with little chickens on it, or sharks. this is actually a matter of brinkmanship - I think that gumby or tin tin, in small and tasteful colors can be very cool - the simpsons or sponge bob is probably something that can't be saved.
post #62 of 221
In reply to those who wish to harm my Alden tassel shoes, I offer the following quote from Alan Flusser, "Clothes and the Man": Tassel Loafer "There is probably no shoe (except perhaps the white buck) that has more identity as an American shoe than the tassel Loafer. It remains a lovely, casual shoe, the kinetic motion of its tassel projecting a jaunty sense of well-being. But still, it should not be confused with proper business footwear." You say tomayto, I say tomahto
post #63 of 221
Thread Starter 
yeah, i hear you about those tassel loafers. I think the problem is that so many people wear those loafers the wrong way, with the wrong clothes, and in the wrong circumstances. the fact that they are associated with americans, to me at least, doesnt make them any more attractive. Macdonalds is associated with america too, but that doesnt mean their food doesnt taste like shit.
post #64 of 221
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I think the problem is that so many people wear those loafers the wrong way, with the wrong clothes, and in the wrong circumstances.  the fact that they are associated with americans, to me at least, doesnt make them any more attractive.  Macdonalds is associated with america too, but that doesnt mean their food doesnt taste like shit.
You're right, Phil, that these shoes are often misused-they are not a dress item. Unless they're a classic model (Alden or AE), I couldn't recommend them. Many of us may prefer to buy American goods, but the choices for quality and taste are limited and require selectivity. Your McDonalds analogy is apt.
post #65 of 221
Thread Starter 
I love Aldens, and am wearing a pair of their cordovan chukkas today. I love the company, and like yourself, love american goods. The Aldens at BB on Madison are always interesting to look at, wish they would go on sale more often than they do however.
post #66 of 221
I don't think I've got any pet peeves about other people's clothes.  Firstly, I'm likely to have made some of their mistakes and no doubt continue to make some. Secondly, the better everyone dresses, the harder it will be to dress well; it's easier to look good if the person standing you next to doesn't.
post #67 of 221
actually, another post reminded me of my biggest peeve - wearing the tools or clothes of a group that you do not belong. for instance, wearing something military when you are not military, wearing a school item for a school that you have no relation, etc. fisherman boots, overalls when you don't do phyical work.
post #68 of 221
The Alden cordovan tassel loafer is not appropriate shoes for a business suit: however, it is a great shoe for casual occasions.
post #69 of 221
I'm sick of guys wearing girl's clothes... Jeans, sweaters, etc. Unless you're in drag, stick to the stuff you find in your own department. It's obvious when it's not made for your body.
post #70 of 221
Globetrotter, I am right with you when you mention people wearing things they are not entitled to. I am ex military and I hate the sight of fat scruffy civilians wearing surplus uniforms, and combat clothing. I would not even allow attached civilians such as translators and war reporters to wear it. Sadly this seems common these days. A hate of mine is long sleeve shirts with the sleeves rolled up. Especially the mid forearm, couple of turns look. It is not that hot or uncomfortable in your plush air conditioned office so put your tie back on a wear your shirt properly. I have to wear a shirt and tie with full ballistic body armour, and carry 30 pounds of weapons and equipment chasing criminals, I am sure the sleeve offenders can cope with whatever it is they do.
post #71 of 221
Tucking shirts into underpants. Anything with polyester in it. Clip-on braces. Clip on cell phones, pager on dress pants. Pants too short. My Number 1 Pet Peeves: Wearing jeans, sneakers, shorts to opera houses and concert halls.
post #72 of 221
Suit sleeves with overlapping buttons.
post #73 of 221
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Suit sleeves with overlapping buttons.
That's Zegna. If you order MTM from them or let them alter your RTW, unless you specify otherwise, they always make sleeves buttons slightly overlapping. I think it's just matter of difference in makers' style or personal preference. There's nothing wrong with slightly overlapping sleeves buttons.
post #74 of 221
Globetrotter, What about repp ties in general. Originally, they were an emblem of what school or what regent you were assoicated with. And, the Ben Silver catalogue actually tells you what the repp tie represents- you can pretend you were in the #* regent.
post #75 of 221
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A hate of mine is long sleeve shirts with the sleeves rolled up.
How high your sleeves are rolled up may be an indicator of your social class. John F. Kerry learned this the hard way in prep school.
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