Originally Posted by teddieriley
If I had to guess, I would say you were 17. Am I close?
Originally Posted by Mark from Plano
You mentioned being a musician. Perhaps what you need are some other musicians whose style you could draw inspiration from. I submit the following possiblities:
Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones:
While all these might have their problems or detractors, each represents a huge step up over what your doing here.
Originally Posted by WestIndianArchie
I totally understand the method to your madness.
When you go out, how much attention do you get?
Originally Posted by whacked
FWIW, I call BS on those praising the OP's ability to "pull off" such outfits. Sorry, but in my book one does not "pull off" such montrosity just by snapping a handful of awkward pictures of yourself and post them on a online message board...
Originally Posted by dl20
The funny thing is I bet if the OP was properly fitted by someone with a clue about menswear, he'd trash all of these steve harvey outfits in a second. Even in the last pic he looks a little better with a SC that is 2 sizes to large instead of 6 sizes to large like in the other pics.
RE: the tie knots and deep sea diving flipper loafers, you look like a hot mess my friend.
How old r u anyways? Why not take our advice and try some more form fitting clothing. Do you like anything you see in the WAYWT thread?? You seem to be wanting to differentiate yourself form the herd by wearing crazy and outlandish things. Try making a style statement by wearing elegant or even trendy type stuff.
-Also, i have a few old pairs of 9.5 captoes I can send you if you promise to burn the flipper shoes.
Originally Posted by mafoofan
Spiff, you should definitely get credit for posting pictures of yourself. That takes guts.
But I'm confused about what you want to get out of SF. Do you sincerely want to change or 'improve'? It seems like you're pretty committed to what you're already doing. Do you want advice on better fit? Your pictures imply that your standards for fit are completely disparate from what is generally expected here. Or maybe you just want to share your style with us.
Which is it?
Originally Posted by Jumbie
First off, the OP has earned a certain level of my respect for posting his pics. From what I've seen, he's received a lot of criticism and ridicule on this forum but he has never gotten upset and reacted badly and has "put his money where his mouth is" by responding to the requests to photos of his "style".
For myself, I've only recently started to make an effort to "dress properly". 6 months ago I had no clue that a suit needs to show 1/2" or so of sleeve, about pocket squares, I had way too much break in my pants, that square-toed shoes were awesome, etc.
I'm 28 years old and soon going to be entering a professional working environment once I get finished with grad school and I still have a way to go to define my own look. However, I do think that most of the OP's clothing choices are absolutely horrible. That first suit and the black platypus shoes (as they are being called) in particular. Oh, and those awful tie knots as well. I don't care about a dimple or not but those are huge and obnoxious and just look plain bad.
If he is happy with them, then so be it but I have a hard time thinking that even the "average Joe" (or Jane in this case) would find them appealing. And this is coming from someone who just spent Sat night at a lounge in Manhattan with a bunch of my classmates (all within +/- 4-5 years of my age) celebrating a friend's birthday; whose clothing consisted of square toed shoes, jeans with french cuffs, one "fashion coat" with tie halfway undone and one side of the shirt tucked in, and comments to me of "don't you ever wear jeans?" That's their accepted style yet I'm 99% positive that those same people would not dig this look either so it's not just me being snobby.
Originally Posted by Trojanman74
im not a big fan of his style either but what im more interested in is spiffy's past. somewhere along the line he accepted this style as his own, i'd like to know what turned him. living in a college town i see more different styles then most see in a month. ive never understood skinny guys need to dress in oversized clothing period, but then my friends dont understand why i put a weeks paycheck into a single pair of shoes. to each their own.
I'll try and answer as much of these as possible with a brief synopsis of me.
I am a professional session musician, as well as a Minister of Music and/or a musician for several churches. I work with gospel, r&b/pop, and hip hop artists. The majority of my industry work is with gospel artists. I started out touring with a youth r&b band in middle school, that band was then hired by a college gospel choir, and from there I was brought into the church. From my work in primarily black churches I was introduced to the industry. My resume, audio/video clips, and links to the pages of several artists I play for can all be found on my MySpace page, which is in my forum profile, as is my age (teddieriley!). Each of these stages in my career involved a different style, and most are/were very fashion conscious. My current style consists of the elements I liked from each area. Black churches practically require the 7-button Stacy Adams-type suit in the brightest color you can imagine. Industry artists require designer jeans, t-shirts, button downs, blazers occasionally, and the pointy shoes are quite popular. I am a non-conformist so I usually lean slightly to the other direction in each setting, i.e. jeans or a button down shirt in church, and a tie on industry gigs. The result is that I am always set apart but still appropriate, and usually get a number of compliments. But the honest truth is that none of the outfits I posted are drastically different from what the majority of people I work with wear, including the fit. I am constantly observing those around me, and pulling out the elements of their style that I like, and incorporating them into my own. That, along with commenting in areas I am knowledgeable about, is what I intend to do (and have been doing) in these forums.