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Are you a complete package?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lee_44106, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. mack11211

    mack11211 Well-Known Member

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    If I could buy a slightly used luxury apartment at Goodwill, I would.
     
  2. StevenRocks

    StevenRocks Well-Known Member

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    I consider myself well-rounded. Everything in my life is upper-moderate [​IMG]
     
  3. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    I hope nobody honestly answers 'yes' to this question.
     
  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    I wear jeans. hoodies and sneakers, am underpaid or not well paid, depending on who you ask, live in a rental, and don't know how to drive. And my bike needs some repairs after the last wipeout. So yes, I am the complete package. [​IMG]
     
  5. josepidal

    josepidal Well-Known Member

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    I am a college student in living in a dorm broom closet and living off instant noodles in order to fund my clothing habit.
     
  6. LARon

    LARon Well-Known Member

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    In a word: yes.

    What he said (but its been a long time coming and a hard road to boot -- all one step at a time).
     
  7. odoreater

    odoreater Well-Known Member

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    I love what I do, and I don't feel like I'm wasting my life.
    That goes a long way in my opinion.


    'nuff said. well done dp. i feel the same exact way.
     
  8. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    Seems to me most of the responders are at least at a comfortable station in life. We all seem to share a disproportionate attraction to fine clothes and some of their higher costs, but hey, that why we belong on this forum [​IMG]

    Personally I love fine things in life, but I've learned to bargain hunt and buy quality. I have a car that gets me to places, a roof over my head, and am not starving for food. Once in a while I splurge on a jacket or that damn fine pair of Crockett&Jones. I do not let material possessions define who I am. Family (wife and kids) comes first.
     
  9. Get Smart

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    I have no regrets.
     
  10. acidboy

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    i am inclined to purchase the, uhm, "finer things in life" or at least testing how much my financial capacity can hold. but then i do not deny myself some of the things that i enjoy that others might find beneath them: cheap beer, a rowdy bar, professional wrestling, hanging out in the mall, the strip club....
     
  11. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    I'm young but I do appreciate things that are of good design and quality, though I do not like paying full price for anything (hard to do with things like cars and houses).

    I would rather spend extra and get something that is really what I want, and aestetically pleasing, though I do not live outside my means.

    I also believe that physical possessions always come secondary to the things that really matter most in life, and only help to accent the important things in life - but cannot provide any sort of substitute.
     
  12. gamelan

    gamelan Well-Known Member

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    and don't know how to drive.

    are you serious?

    -Jeff
     
  13. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    The title makes it sound like a dating ad. What it sounds like you're describing is an aesthetic approach to life, the bon vivant, the German Schongeisterei.
     
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    Hmmmm... I think i'm doing OK for someone in my situation.

    I'm 26, I work full-time as a therapist and am completing a doctorate degree so money can be tight at times. I definately appreciate the finer things in life and would have to say that most of my excess income goes towards clothes and shoes. I'm all for quality over quantity and everything I own is representative of that. I like to smoke fine pipes and cigars also.

    I drive an 06 Z4 bmw and a jeep cherokee, watch is an invicta but i like it.

    MrR
     
  16. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    After reading the forums for several years, this seems to be one of those questions that can only viewed as ironic in that a person who was a "complete package" wouldn't be interested in the forums.
     
  17. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Well-Known Member

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    The title makes it sound like a dating ad.

    What it sounds like you're describing is an aesthetic approach to life, the bon vivant, the German Schongeisterei.


    I'd rather be a good liver than have one.

    A life not filled with aesthetic delight is too abject to be worth living.
     
  18. Sator

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    As far as gaudy financial status symbols go I have close to none.

    That said, in the true spirit of dandyism I can say with pride that I speak three languages fluenty, have a thorough knowledge of the biosciences (genomics, proteomics, and other molecular esoterica), can discuss Plato, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger and Derrida, as well as about any major composer of note from c.1400 to the present day and am slowly learning more French, Italian and Russian in addition to my other languages. Goethe said that there are three virtues in life - art, science and religion - and that whoever does not posess the last should posess the other two. That is certainly what I have done.

    For those of you without riches or a great breadth of education, I certainly look forward to you being able to at least claim that you have other traits worthy of the true dandy such as charm, and wit. These are all things that cannot merely be brought and which I value far more than trivial material goals.
     
  19. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Well-Known Member

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    I try to reconcile my contradictions. I appreciate aesthetics, but I´m frugal. I think a compulsive buyer is too busy hunting to appreciate the goods he has.

    I don´t have many dress shoes, but they are C&J handgrades (bought at half price, of course).

    I have a BMW 3 series, but I´ll drive it until it falls apart (bought at a 28% discount).

    I have an IWC watch, that I´ll keep until I die (bought second hand for 55% off retail).

    I´m not a complete package, but I think complete enough.
     
  20. lakewolf

    lakewolf Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Sator

    For me the whole package means to have style in yourself...

    I am a cultivated man, speak 5 languages ( E, S, I, F, G ) learning slowly R, an artist and philosopher, I play music and enjoy theather and art exposition, a dancer I dance latin, tango and ballrom.

    As about clothes I am a well dressed man but I don't buy the expensive garments...

    I do cycling and do have the carbon 5500 Trek ( and one 5200 for my girl )

    I drive a nice BMW 320i

    In my view style is something you have inside and it comes as a result of how you have cultivated your inner sense of beauty and how you have enriched your soul with culture...

    It doesn't come from the $$$$

    You can be a "complete package" man without the expensive toys

    You can be an unstylish wannabe in Kiton & Lobb...

    Your choice.
     

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