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post #16 of 97
I'm a grad student in cultural sociology, so for a term paper I wrote about the AAAC Trad Forum as a cultural system and virtual rehearsal space. I think it worked well to illustrate the concepts that I wanted, but talking about the paper with my peers definitely provoked a lot of "So, um, how did you find this place?" type comments. I usually just told them I accidentally clicked on a pop-up ad from a porn site. It sounded better.
post #17 of 97
I don't want to know what kind of porn you had to pretend you were looking for.
post #18 of 97
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I don't want to know what kind of porn you had to pretend you were looking for.

I'm pretty sure it would have had to be 50s porn of girls in baggy jackets. No darts! No pants!
post #19 of 97
i just mention i'm a bit of a clothes hound if someone asks.
post #20 of 97
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How about, "Something went haywire with the eHarmony algorithm, but at least I made a (platonic) friend out of it."
"I like to dress well". People already know this, so I'm giving zero information. What happens on StyleForum, stays on StyleForum... I'll deal with the "How did you two meet" question when it arises. I like the "through a mutual friend response".
post #21 of 97
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How about, "Something went haywire with the eHarmony algorithm, but at least I made a (platonic) friend out of it."

Now THAT'S worth a chortle. Chuckle, even.
post #22 of 97
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My gf was actually the one who blew my cover. We were out with friends and she casually mentionned that I'm always on some `shoe blog`. No harm, no foul as nobody was really surprised! If anything, people are rather supportive of my so called hobby. In fact, my gf's father always asks me if I bought any new shoes whenever he's over at our place! I guess he `gets it`.
Sorry man, thats break up material right there.

My wife learned her lesson when she mentioned that I changed 3 times before we came over to another couples house... I told them that last week there was a skid mark in her underwear... well, I didnt really say it, and it didnt happen, but I made it clear to her that something like that *could* slip out if she didnt watch it. She looked at me with wide eyes, I looked back with a devilish grin, just the remote possibility of something like that would be enough to set any hen strait.

Anyway to answer the thread... DONT SAY ANYTHING, EVER. You are never, ever going to be understood and, even though most of us are not snobs, you are GOING TO LOOK LIKE A SNOB no matter what... and people will get self conscious around you... I dont want that, because I dont care how they look, but nobody believes that.
post #23 of 97
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Anyway to answer the thread... DONT SAY ANYTHING, EVER. You are never, ever going to be understood and, even though most of us are not snobs, you are GOING TO LOOK LIKE A SNOB no matter what... and people will get self conscious around you... I dont want that, because I dont care how they look, but nobody believes that.
I agree....I made that one mistake once. I went nuts when one my peers was like,"I can't see how people can be comfortable in suits.. I gotta wear my shit loose."
post #24 of 97
I believe that most of the ingredients of this thread are encapsulated by this photograph, where Koko represents a person who is active on StyleForvm:




- B
post #25 of 97
Thread Starter 
It comes up in a professional situation because I have some business interests / investments in the area which dont fit my usual investment / consulting portfolio (or a sane one). I do them because I like it and find the subect interesting.

My question is not how to explain SF (there is no explaining this place), but rather if there is an umbrella term for this sort of interest which at least gives some impression of not being.... you know.... stuck up, poncy, pretentious, etc...



K
post #26 of 97
What I've said is as follows: "Well, I've been making an effort to dress better, but there's a lot to learn. So I've been checking the internet to see what the obsessives have to say." I guess this excuse has a certain shelf-life.
post #27 of 97
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It comes up in a professional situation because I have some business interests / investments in the area which dont fit my usual investment / consulting portfolio (or a sane one). I do them because I like it and find the subect interesting.

My question is not how to explain SF (there is no explaining this place), but rather if there is an umbrella term for this sort of interest which at least gives some impression of not being.... you know.... stuck up, poncy, pretentious, etc...



K
I am the eternal 'there is a way' person, but here, friend, there is no way to let someone know you are into clothes, in the same way that you can never tell someone your penis is large without becoming a cock yourself. I always tell people that they wouldnt belive how small I am and leave it to them to decide whether I am serious or not.

Think of it this way: what do you think when a woman tells you she cant stop buying clothes? My first thought is 'whoa, dis bitch gonna empty my bank account an I aint gonna have no knots a benjamins befo she thru with me'.

My personal belief regarding our 'hobby' is that this is a personal journey, and its nice that way, in much the same way that Andy Kauffman's humor was often only funny to him. If you dont do this stuff exclusively for yourself, then you are doing it for the ego boost, and you most likely have had a penis enlargement to boot.

The point is, other people already notice, in the same way that if you were naked they could see how endowed you are, no need to go further with either one...
post #28 of 97
There is no way to describe SF without raising some eyebrows in the real world. I told my wife about it, but she doesn't know how much time I spend here. As for our "hobby," if people take an interest I simply say I like nice things and have found, in general, with clothes you get what you pay for. Nice suits and especially shoes will last three times as long as those costing half as much and will be more comfortable. When I do this people often ask for recommendations. Here is where I need to be careful not to go overboard.
post #29 of 97
So far, I count a lot of wimps.


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post #30 of 97
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post
I have only once mentioned to somebody, aside from my wife, this forum. it didn't go well.

if I introduce a person I met on this forum to somebody else (which I think has only happened with Tiger02) I say "oh, he and I go way back" in a tone that doesn't really suggest I am going to eleborate on it.

You could say you were 'foxhole buddies'.
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