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dressing up, when did it all go wrong?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bowtielover, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Brian278

    Brian278 Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    West Palm Beach, FL
    it's not that they walk with unturned noses all day, they just don't stop to look down at those who mock them and niether do I. enough about us lets move the topic back to why and how things are they way they are, as opposed to the way they used to be, I am still curious.

    If you think young people dressing rebelliously (which in this case in manifested as an effort to look as casual as possible in the dress-code enforced setting of prep school) is anything new your rose-colored glasses are thicker than I thought, and the same goes for teenagers (or really anyone) making fun of those who are different.
  2. hamlet

    hamlet Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2007
    there's a good thread on Devil's Island with class photos from UMass Engineering school pics....the photos start in the mid 60s, where everyone is well sussed...and goes up to the 70s where you definitely see a downslide in attire.

    and facial hair seems to be the key. the more facial hair and longer the hair, the worse the dress got.

    it seems that hair length can be attributed to many of the world's evils...I remember a great article in a punk rock magazine in the 80s where the author wrote about the declining quality on once great bands when their hair grew longer.

    fucking hippies.

    Engineers are reactionaries so they're gonna be a few years behind everyone else. But facial hair sounds plausible. You never saw it in the 50's, even though some rockers had long(ish) hair, they were still clean cut. Was it the Beatles who first started growing their facial hair out? Anyone here old enough to remember? Did John, Paul, George and Ringo precipitate the great fall from sartorial grace? Or was it someone else? Like Charles Manson???
  3. bowtielover

    bowtielover Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    I wasn't refering to just teenagers, I was refering to men and women both of all ages. it is just other my sons age that sometimes mock them. I am also looked at with strange eyes sometimes, for similar reasons and was just wondering when and why the standards changed and others opinions on them. I never wanted this post to start an attack on my sons persona or to put off that we are better than everyone else. I just want to be treated like others and not to be singled out by a few ill manered souls like what has been happining recently. I was just curious to see if others could relate or if anyone had any thoughts on the subject, not was to deal with it. My sons and I have no problem dealing with it or we wouldn't dress like we do, I guess I just want a better understanding of why people act like this. Also when and why certain standards of dress have lost their place in the mainstream and if perhaps they might make a comeback. I'm sorry if anyone has been offended by this, that was not my intentions. Now if we could just get back on track with the disscusion at hand.
  4. UTVol085

    UTVol085 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    How exactly do you dress? Are we talking about perfectly parted hair, tucked in polo shirts and pleated khakis with boat shoes everyday?

    There is a line between 1980's Vanilla Ice and Carlton from "Fresh Prince." Sometimes (and this goes out to almost all of the frat boys at my college) it's possible to dress conservatively and "nice" and still look like crap.

    Heck looking back at the stuff people wore 50 years ago, many of us would not put it on today. Their clothing cuts were not what we would consider appropriate and same can be said for fit.

    Styles change for a reason; sticking to ones that aren't ridiculous and putting the ones that have been forgotten behind you is important.
  5. 15DollarMan

    15DollarMan Active Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    I'm not going to let a bunch of raggedy motherfuckers get in my way of being well-dressed.
    ...Still the best post in this thread....

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