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post #16 of 86
I can't stand the standard yuppie summer look; loafers, no socks, pleated khaki shorts (falling a few inches above the knee), pastel polo tucked in. The dorkyness is only increased by wearing a conference polo (as someone pointed out) or a baseball cap. I was at the US Open (tennis) this summer, and just about every guy there had on this rediculous uniform. Plus, as Joe G is never hesitant to point out; grown men look silly in shorts.
post #17 of 86
I hate khakis. They are worn either by smug fratboy types (who complete the look with flipflops) or the dreadfully dull country-club/two-car-garage/retirement-savings types whom I imagine must have have spawned them. The blue shirt with khakis, a black belt and chunky black shoes that a lot of guys think is acceptable clubwear makes me grit my teeth so much I probably need orthodontal work. Coincidentally, these guys are generally too burly (do cardio is well as weights, guys), have terrible haircuts and use way too much hair product.
post #18 of 86
LAG: What? No anti-loafers rant? Don't tell me you now think loafers are OK?
post #19 of 86
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 The blue shirt with khakis, a black belt and chunky black shoes that a lot of guys think is acceptable clubwear makes me grit my teeth so much I probably need orthodontal work.  Coincidentally, these guys are generally too burly (do cardio is well as weights, guys), have terrible haircuts and use way too much hair product.
Spot on. You've captured the American nightlife scene (not all of it, but a good chunk) in one turn of phrase. That "club uniform" has got to go. Something else that needs to go, IMHO: those slip-on shoes (usually black) with that cheesy-looking gold diamond on one side of each shoe. Hopefully you guys know what I'm talking about. They're awful.
post #20 of 86
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I don't know PM, have you ever seen Huraches? I do agree with you on socks with sandals.  That's like the Redneck Riviera retiree shuffleboard tournament look.
I have, and I must say I don't care for them. I'm more of a city guy, so the whole Mexican countryside thing doesn't really do it for me. I will say that I put huraches are at the top eschelon of woven shoes, for what it's worth. I've always thought the socks with sandals was a more German tourist / Phish concert thing.
post #21 of 86
There have been some great things mentioned, such as the blue oxford/khaki/black shoes uniform, grown men wearing shorts, etc. But here are some things that bother me that haven't been mentioned. 1) Point collars with suits. Showing the point of a collar whilst wearing a jacket makes a grown man look like a juvenile public school twit. (That's "boarding school" to Americans ) 2) Shirts with a metal bit that draws the collar around the tie and pushes the points out. Far better is to wear a proper collar and learn how to tie a tie properly so that the knot "pops" on its own. Rummy is often seen sporting such shirts, but they're not just horrible because they fit over such a vile body; they're just ugly. 3) Sportcoat sleeves that are too long. 4) The "Big Bird" look, or wearing peg-leg jeans over a big blousey shirt. (LA Guy has quite rightly inveighed on this one before) 5) Something I've never seen, except in magazines: dress shirts with the sleeves ripped off. 6) Kilties. More than tassles, these just bother me. I do worry that some of the others mentioned here are more cultural/racial slurs than fashion peeves. For example, "do rags" are but an American twist on the traditional rimless hats that one sees all over West Africa. Peace, JG PS: As for women wearing "Baby Gap" shirts, I'm all for that. :-)
post #22 of 86
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I hate khakis. They are worn either by smug fratboy types (who complete the look with flipflops) or the dreadfully dull country-club/two-car-garage/retirement-savings types whom I imagine must have have spawned them. The blue shirt with khakis, a black belt and chunky black shoes that a lot of guys think is acceptable clubwear makes me grit my teeth so much I probably need orthodontal work. Coincidentally, these guys are generally too burly (do cardio is well as weights, guys), have terrible haircuts and use way too much hair product.
LAG: Your best post yet.. I completely agree with you; only in NYC these guys also wear earrings, are into body and eyebrow waxes, and have fake, orange skin tans. hahahha. I don't mind them as much as you, cause it's because of guys like this that makes guys like us look better. They're just agitating because they think they're the sh*t.
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IMHO: those slip-on shoes (usually black) with that cheesy-looking gold diamond on one side of each shoe. Hopefully you guys know what I'm talking about. They're awful
I totally know what you're talking about. Kids at my high school used to wear these all the time (I went to private school, so we had to wear dress shoes). Even before I remotely knew anything about fashion, I loathed these shoes. They are absolutely horrid to say the least. I desperatly tried to find a picture of these online. Please post a pic if you can. Where do you even buy these; JC Penny perhaps? These might even be them. Guys: this post is getting hilarious; let's keep it going. I'll add one more; What about guys who tuck t-shirts into jeans with leather dress shoes. I see this alot, and it's just gross; more often than not the belt dosn't match the shoes either. Am I a snob?
post #23 of 86
i'd like to see men's jeans with "whiskers" on the hips/crotch disappear entirely. since when are men supposed to dress like 16 year old girls?
post #24 of 86
Another truly horrid style absurdly popular right now is the Brad Pitt "Oceans Eleven" look: -Grey three button suit -Bright Color French cuff dress shirt with the top two buttons unbuttoned and the cuffs without cufflinks -Too big for their face 80's style Rimless Bright color tented Sunglasses -Snake skin slip-ons -Large Gold Rings on every other finger It is so incredibly popular here that I sometimes feel like I am trapped in a United Pimps of America convention. I am, at this very moment, lobbying for the look to be made illegal in 48 states...I did not even bother trying for California or Nevada, it would just be a lost cause...the United Pimps of America hold too much power.
post #25 of 86
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LAG: What? No anti-loafers rant? Don't tell me you now think loafers are OK?
No, I still hate loafers. Somehow, their profile reminds me of ballet slippers. And a burly dude (because, let's face it - the American business world is populated by burly dudes) wearing ballet slippers that look best on svelte *female* ballerinas is not a look one should support in any way. And yes, tassels and kilties make them even worse.
post #26 of 86
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The blue shirt with khakis, a black belt and chunky black shoes that a lot of guys think is acceptable clubwear makes me grit my teeth so much I probably need orthodontal work.  
Hmm ... I thought the 3/4 length black leather jacket, shiny shirt, black pants, and black shoes look was on the top of your "just say no" list.   While I would not go so far as to say that I hate khakis, I have phased them out of my wardrobe.  Khakis are acceptable for work or for play, but not quite "right" for either -- when I'm at work, I'd rather wear wool slacks, and when I'm not at work, I'd rather wear jeans.
post #27 of 86
Black leather blazers...
post #28 of 86
Has anyone else ever spotted some unsuspecting poor soul that has his sweater tucked into his jeans? WHO DOES THAT?.?. It is so funny I would never want to ban it, but its definitely not flattering.
post #29 of 86
Joe and LAG: Given your strong feelings against shorts and khakis, respectively, what do you propose for someone who lives in infernal summer heat? I live in the Caribbean, where August wears on you like a 5-inch thick wool blanket. We're talking heavy jungle heat. The air is so thick you can (insert cliche of choice here). feel it, taste it, see it, etc. Office days are OK, because the AC keeps suits comfortable. But hanging around the house on weekends, where there is no central AC (only split units in our bedrooms), what do you guys propose? Jeans are too heavy and make one miserably hot; hence shorts, khakis, and gulp, loafers, are functional and comfortable as heck. The idea of sitting around and wearing wool dress trousers to play Barbies with my 3 year old daughter isn't appealing. Is there a better way to handle nasty heat?
post #30 of 86
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Given your strong feelings against shorts and khakis, respectively, what do you propose for someone who lives in infernal summer heat? ... Is there a better way to handle nasty heat?
Yes. Wear linen. It is by far my favorite material to wear. In the summer heat it will offer amazing breathability. If it wasn't so damn cold here in the winter, I'd wear it year round.
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