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post #28306 of 57223
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post


whereareyouwhatdoyoulikewheredoyouworkwhatsizeareyou...?...

Sheesh, details! I think my first post got swallowed, so I'll try again ;)

 

Newly moved to Melbourne, working in IT although it's technical pre sales so I'm customer facing. Need to dress professionally but not to the same standards as a "professional". When I do have to speak at the odd conference I'll need to step it up. Basically I need to build a new wardrobe out for the role, and have remained quite unaware good dress sense until recently. I like the idea of starting with a conservative wardrobe which gives me some staples to build around. If I can add a nice sports jacket to my existing pants, I'll get some breathing space to build out a proper (ish) wardrobe. I'm putting aside $1000 p/m to hopefully build out something decent over the coming year. Currently a 42R, back on the bike and hoping to lose the slight beer gut which has appeared over the last six months of being deskbound (or lazy).

 

HTH,

Grant

post #28307 of 57223
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post

I've heard that if you say blahman three times he appears behind you and strangles you with a pair of dad jeans from Kmart

Or with a Hello Kitty dress.
post #28308 of 57223
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Originally Posted by ColdEyedPugilist View Post



Or with a Hello Kitty dress.

You mean while wearing a Hello Kitty dress.
post #28309 of 57223
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If you don’t wear your jeans everyday, you might need to wait longer than 6 months before the first wash.
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Josh Le, 20, bought a pair of Nudie Jeans in September 2009. He wore them nearly every day and even slept in them for about a month to really let the sweat shape the creases. He spilled food on it, wiped it off with a paper towel, and kept on going. “I wanted to push it to the extreme,” he said.

But when Le and assistant human ecology professor Rachel McQueen swabbed the inside of the jeans and tested them for bacteria in December 2010, they found levels pretty normal. And after Le washed the jeans, then wore them for 13 days before re-testing them, bacteria levels were nearly identical.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” said McQueen. “What I found was just normal skin flora. The counts were really, really similar. The bacteria load from the swabbed areas were pretty much the same.”

The bacteria counts were highest around the crotch, but McQueen found no E. coli or other kind of bacteria from fecal matter. “I did expect to find something but I was pleasantly surprised not to find something like that.”

This means wearing raw denim for months without washing is likely safe for a normal, healthy person, said McQueen, adding the caution that this is just one unpublished study with one person’s jeans.

She suggests that with normal wear, jeans need only be washed about once a month.

“I think wearing underwear is probably a pretty important thing here if you’re not washing your jeans. I would say (wash) once a month, depending on how long you wear the jeans.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/01/19/not-washing-jeans-for-15-months-ok-healthwise-at-least-study/
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Most of the bacteria on your jeans probably started off on your own body. Since these critters are happiest living at the temperature of human skin, “one might think that if the temperature drops well below the human body temperature they will not survive,” Cary writes, “but actually many will. Many are preadapted to survive low temperatures.” And it takes only one survivor to repopulate your jeans when they warm up.

“I would suggest that you either raise the temperature to 121 degrees Celsius [250 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature used for sterilization] for at least 10 minutes,” Cary writes, “or just wash them! The latter surely is the best alternative to save energy.”

Julie Segre of the National Human Genome Research Institute, who studies the skin’s microbiome, seconds the washing recommendation. “The bacteria that would live on your jeans [are likely feeding] on the sloughed skin and the dirt nutrients [on the jeans rather] than the jeans themselves, so detaching the sloughed skin could reduce the microbial load of your jeans,” she says. In her opinion, removing the dirt and the sloughed skin is more important than removing any bacteria, though she warns that she may have “just transitioned from speaking as a scientist to speaking as a mother.”

Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/11/the-myth-of-the-frozen-jeans/#ixzz2NrEtR2h1
post #28310 of 57223
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post


Hang on you and romp - I don't stuff my shirt pockets (or any pockets for that matter) with anything. One or two other people's business cards and perhaps a parking ticket. All flat. The minute it is less than almost flat I re-arrange.
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and romp - if you do that Nutty Professor jibe again - I'll grab a cheap Tiger ticket and come up there and kick you in those hairy white sockless ankles. Thats if the flight leaves on time. Or I'll send blahman to put the frightners on you.

 

haha - so this isnt you? fwiw i said professor.. respectable profession .. someone else added nutty! haha

post #28311 of 57223
"Raw" denim is something I don't understand (unless you are in a profession that allows you to wear jeans every day).

6-18 months of wearing the same pair of pants? For those of us in suit and tie jobs, how many weekends does that translate to? Sleeping in jeans? Blue dye everywhere? Not sure I'll ever be bothered to go through that. I find it a bit gross, really. No matter what the bacteria count says ^^.
post #28312 of 57223
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

"Raw" denim is something I don't understand (unless you are in a profession that allows you to wear jeans every day).

6-18 months of wearing the same pair of pants? For those of us in suit and tie jobs, how many weekends does that translate to? Sleeping in jeans? Blue dye everywhere? Not sure I'll ever be bothered to go through that. I find it a bit gross, really. No matter what the bacteria count says ^^.

im still trying to break in my 3-sixteens. Still a tad tight on my thighs for my liking:(

post #28313 of 57223
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

"Raw" denim is something I don't understand (unless you are in a profession that allows you to wear jeans every day).

6-18 months of wearing the same pair of pants? For those of us in suit and tie jobs, how many weekends does that translate to? Sleeping in jeans? Blue dye everywhere? Not sure I'll ever be bothered to go through that. I find it a bit gross, really. No matter what the bacteria count says ^^.
+1.
I find raw denim disgusting. Raw denim ruined few pairs of my shoes , my gfs bags, some shirts and my car leather seat(light beige).
post #28314 of 57223

My thoughts on raw denim: I don't even like that faded, honeycomb look that develops on them. I wish there were more brands at the moment that focused on quality, non-raw denim.

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The other thing is that, personally, I don't even really like the end result. As a reward for putting up with months of awkwardness and discomfort you end up with.... a pair of jeans that looks "well worn", i.e. worn out. It seems like a lot of raw denim afficionados then go and buy a new pair and start all over again, keeping the old ones as some sort of sartorial trophy, a monument to their ability to put up with discomfort.

When, exactly, do they look gooandnd fit well? When is the honeymoon period?

To my mind, there isn't even that much difference between the pair you've worn for 12 months, and the pair of distressed selfedge denim that you could've bought brand new in the store in the first place (pre-distressed denim which, ironically, a lot of raw denim afficionados seem to despise!). There is quality distressed denim out there: eg RRLs. Sure, you have "personalised" those fades and honeycombs - but other than the occasional denim geek, who's to know? Why go through all that pain and effort (additionally, I hate the thought of feeling "pressured" to wear something I own) when there is a good alternative out there that's readily available?

Would you buy an ill fitting pair of plain tan shoes and put up with an uncomfortable 2 years for them to stretch to your foot and burnish naturally? Or would you buy some pre-burnished ones that actually fit in the first place?

I guess it's one of those self-satisfaction things....

Personally I like the dark and clean look that Raw denim has when it's first bought - then they get gradually worse and worse looking over time, until they've faded so much that they attain the vintage/stonewashed look, which I am on record as quite liking. In between, they sort of just look.... dirty and worn out.

Anyway, I know there are a lot of denim heads out there that will strongly disagree with everything I have just said, so I reiterate that it is just my personal viewpoint and not something I would ever foist on someone else.
Edited by lachyzee - 3/17/13 at 9:39pm
post #28316 of 57223
I always say Raw Denim is for Graphic Designers (ie people who can wear them everyday). Been through a few pairs and just got the shits with them breaking in.

Eventually found by chance a pair of G-Star Raw, that they say are Raw but are somehow much much softer and don't need breaking in, nor did they stretch like crap. They do have the same look as your typical dark, stiff RD does though. Best jeans I've ever bought and no bells and whistles like most of the other awful G-stars. I must say I don't wash them all that much either, probably once every month or 2, unless they get stained.

No offence to any Graphic Designers that may be among us
post #28317 of 57223
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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

im still trying to break in my 3-sixteens. Still a tad tight on my thighs for my liking:(

I am also doing the same with my Strike Gold 2109. 

 

I am far from a denim fanboy. Personally, I find the breaking in period and the blue dye to be a bit of a biatch.  Plus I dont get to wear them much.

 

BUT....

 

The beauty is in the details. The stitching, the rivets, the leather patch, the roped belt loops, the selvage edge, the method used for dye-ing, the evolution/fading of colors after washing, etc. And once broken in, it is buttery soft and fits like a second skin.

 

Not much difference to suits and details eg peak/notch lapel, pick stitching, canvas, working cuffs, barchetta pockets, neapolitan falls, MOP/horn buttons, etc. Who really notices them apart from another connoisseur?

post #28318 of 57223
On a completely different note - leather jackets.

I've never really had a good, well fitting leather jacket and have wanted one for a long time. Last time I got interested in looking around again I came across the NZ mob Magnoli, who do custom jackets and also reproductions of ones featured in films. Whilst this sounds potentially hokey, a bit of searching seems to indicate that they are reasonably well thought of in terms of quality, including on some SF threads (admittedly from a while back).

The idea of getting MTM is appealing now that I've been down that path with other garments and the risk seems more manageable. Anybody had experience with Magnoli that would like to comment?
post #28319 of 57223
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post

On a completely different note - leather jackets.

I've never really had a good, well fitting leather jacket and have wanted one for a long time. Last time I got interested in looking around again I came across the NZ mob Magnoli, who do custom jackets and also reproductions of ones featured in films. Whilst this sounds potentially hokey, a bit of searching seems to indicate that they are reasonably well thought of in terms of quality, including on some SF threads (admittedly from a while back).

The idea of getting MTM is appealing now that I've been down that path with other garments and the risk seems more manageable. Anybody had experience with Magnoli that would like to comment?

Not quite related to your post (ie no real help) - but you remind me of this - http://www.benchandloom.com/phoenix-project which seemed quite cool (recreating jackets from classic films).

Also plenty nice products on their site.
post #28320 of 57223
Sorry Lennier, no firsthand knowledge of having a jacket made, though I did look into it about three or four years ago and decided against it for a variety of reasons.

I now own 4 leather jackets. I'd actually like to sell one, if anyone here is interested. It's a Ralph Lauren A-2 Bomber Jacket in brown, size M.



I have worn this two or three times and its a fraction too tight. If anyone's interested, PM me.
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