Originally Posted by berlin report
Ah you guys, I'm not even German. I'm obviously not taking this the way you think I might be but I just can't help wondering if you would have thought (or reacted) this way if you didn't know the post came from Germany. Its true that a lot of German businessmen look awful. I know because I sell suits everyday but. Ah, never mind. There's nothing I can say about this that will dispel our preconceived notions and prejudices against each other. How did a thread about dark denim...
I know that you are not German, but isn't it possible that your dress is influenced by your environs? I mean, mine certainly is. I can actually trace particular staples to particular people. For example, I got into military influences because a good college friend of mine (female) just pulled off army surplus stuff so well, so naturally. And my color palette of earth tones is informed by my upbringing in South-Eastern Canada (essentially the NE US in tone) but I really started getting into off primary accent pieces and accessories while I was in LA.
I don't think that your look is at all bad. Actually, I think that pairing dark blue with dark denim well is one of toughest things in streetwear, with only wearing the denim tuxedo successfully being more difficult. However, the way you describe it is very reminiscent of a minimalist Helmut Lang look (yes, I know that he is Austrian, but his sensibilities are very Germanic - more so than even his contemporary, Jil Sander, I think.)
For example, I routinely pair a blue hoodie with dark jeans (or washed dark jeans,) but the look is more California meets the East Village than anything you describe. And the way that I wear a blue shirt with dark denim (a Costume National shirt fitted in the shoulders and chest but relaxed in the body and with a very short hem, worn untucked and half buttoned, with antifit jeans, an accent belt and a (real) vintage tee shirt and Chucks) is quintessentially Californian.
I don't think that Tiger meant anything malicious, in any case.
German businessmen do, in general, dress atrociously though.