(rsp1 @ 31 Dec. 2004, 01:49) For example, your point about quality/art is true. Â HOWEVER, when those of us with top quality garmets walk around with 1 or 2 sleeve buttons undone, or pickstiched lapels, who is kidding who (and I concede to be one of these on occassion)? Â These are signals, albeit subtle ones.
Isn't that the same, though, as the people who tell you how much their suits cost? If someone walking around with a button or two undone on your coat sleeve, then that person is doing the same thing as the cat telling someone his suit cost $2K. I mean, isn't a chav with money merely a richer version of the bling-bling label whore? Money don't change a thing with them. At any rate, I do dig what you mean though. I just respectfully disagree Â
I had a few thoughts on this, but the main one is something like this - if dressing is a type of communication, how we communicate with the world, then you could equate it with language. pardon this tangent, but it has a point - I recently picked up a copy of one of the longer Thomas Mann novels from my bookshelf where I hadn't re-read it in 5 years or more. It is a fantastic book, well written, great language, well built charactors. a pure pleasure to read. if you look around an airport some time, you will see a lot of people reading a certain "novel" with a "historical" plot that anybody with even a mediocre education would realize is full of innacuracies, and of course is poorly written and has poorly developed charactors and a wide range of other problems, as well. but they are enjoying it, and I would imagine that they wouldn't get much pleasure reading about the trials and tribulations of 3 generations of rye traders in 19th century Lubbeck. to each their own. now, but to what I was saying - to wear a subtle suit, in good fabric, hand made by an artisan, to wear handmade shoes in a buttersoft leather, to have a shirt in the perfect shade of blue, a great tie, these are pleasures that might be communicating something about you to others, but they can also be a lot like amature poetry, writen for yourself. they express a bit of your art (are you aiming for the perfect blue shirt, or the perfect pink shirt, are you willing to wear a frayed shirt but you aim a the perfect shoe collection) they "speak" in a much richer and more nuanced language than wearing a tee shirt with some designers name on it and a pound of 14 carat gold around your neck. the cavs are speaking one language, I am speaking another. and I reserve the right to feel about them the way I might feel about people who think that an airport novel is the hight of literature. And they can sneer at my buttenholes and my Mann novels.