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FRIDAY CHALLENGE 08/02/13 - Wear a hat without looking like a fool.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Victor Elfo, Jul 30, 2013.

Who pulled it off better?

Poll closed Aug 4, 2013.
  1. Holdfast

    13 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. Victor Elfo

    4 vote(s)
    4.4%
  3. RDiaz

    58 vote(s)
    63.7%
  4. upr_crust

    6 vote(s)
    6.6%
  5. TTO

    24 vote(s)
    26.4%
  6. adagio

    5 vote(s)
    5.5%
  7. HansderHund

    12 vote(s)
    13.2%
  8. Caustic Man

    3 vote(s)
    3.3%
  9. emptym

    4 vote(s)
    4.4%
  10. OTM

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  11. PTWilliams

    9 vote(s)
    9.9%
  12. Hampton

    5 vote(s)
    5.5%
  13. in stitches

    3 vote(s)
    3.3%
  14. Greggy500

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  15. Thin White Duke

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  16. TactileOne

    5 vote(s)
    5.5%
  17. Mr. Claymore

    6 vote(s)
    6.6%
  18. Tirailleur1

    13 vote(s)
    14.3%
  19. jcmeyer

    9 vote(s)
    9.9%
  20. Kai

    7 vote(s)
    7.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. kashmir

    kashmir Well-Known Member

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    whoah. albert finney.
     
  2. RDiaz

    RDiaz Well-Known Member

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    Now that I'm learning to love hats I start to appreciate that nice collection sitting behind you - you have the swag to pull them all off. Thinking of getting something like the one on the far left for an incoming trip to Naples in October. I bet that brim will come in handy when climbing the vesuvius...

    Is it unconfortable in any way to wear a hat with such a wide brim?

    By the way, nice slippers [​IMG]
     
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  3. Tirailleur1

    Tirailleur1 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks RDiaz. I have always been a wide brim guy so they have never been uncomfortable for me
     
  4. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    When does the poll go up, VE?
     
  5. Victor Elfo

    Victor Elfo Well-Known Member

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  6. Baldrick

    Baldrick Well-Known Member

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    Nice, but bow steals the show.
     
  7. comrade

    comrade Well-Known Member

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    P.T. Williams, a man in his element. Way to go, Paul! You are the best by far.
     
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  8. PTWilliams

    PTWilliams Well-Known Member

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    They were all great guys
    Hmm, perhaps I should have gone with one of my other options, but even then, I don't think I could pull ahead of KDiaz. and others.
    This was fun.
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  9. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    Señor Diaz wins this one. Not only for the tastefully restrained elegance of his outfit, but also for the relaxed pose and the beautiful surroundings. Chapeau!
     
  10. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Well-Known Member

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    RDiaz. KILT IT DAID.
     
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  11. in stitches

    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    this was a fun challenge. congrats to diaz! a well deserved win.
     
  12. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    Several great attempts, gentlemen. I'm inspired to go hat shopping at some point. RDiaz's effort was just out of this world for me, though.
     
  13. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    I agree, RDiaz killed it, but the idea that someone's outfit is judged better because of the surroundings, picture quality, pose, or whatever, has always confused me. I suppose there is no getting away from it completely, especially when a picture is so bad that you can't see what it is clearly, but is this a photography contest, or a CM contest?
     
  14. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    The photo can't make up for a crappy outfit, but it can certainly accentuate a good one.
     
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  15. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    Hence the problem, as I see it.
     
  16. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Well-Known Member

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    RDiaz. Hands down.
     
  17. Victor Elfo

    Victor Elfo Well-Known Member

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    Interesting point.
    In my opinion, what you're seeking is better offered by the Good Taste thread, however, that approach has some limitations that you should be aware of. For example, it does not account for how the pieces fit and, more importantly, it does not account for the demeanor that some people has and thus it often is not capable to properly judge if an outfit was successful or not. That's where good photography comes in, through it we can get a better sense of the context in which the outfit is donned, however, as you have already pointed out, it also has its limitations as it often diminishes the more technical aspects such as fit, coherence, textures, etc...
    Both approaches have their merit and their demerits, learn from both having their demerits in mind.
     
  18. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion, the attitude of the wearer and the setting in which an outfit is worn are important contributing factors in judging the overall stylistic success of said outfit. Had Sr. Diaz worn the exact same outfit while posing stiff as a plank in time honoured SF fashion and - let's say - at a gala dinner, his entry in this challenge would have been a complete fail. But that's just my 2 rupiah...
     
  19. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    I think you guys are making too much of the photo. RD's fit would have looked great with a robopose shot. The one thing I think he does accomplish with the pose, however, is obscuring his face in an unobtrusive way.
     
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  20. RDiaz

    RDiaz Well-Known Member

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    I believe a hat worn indoors usually makes you look like a fool (unless it's obvious you're about to head out), which is why I took the pictures at the park rather than at the workplace as I usually do [​IMG]

    I honestly don't even think I made "nice" photographs at all; I'm a complete n00b at photography. They just happen to capture the ensemble well, as oppossed to my usual indoor shots taken with a Galaxy 3, which are terrible. The pose is the same I've been using lately for indoor shots [​IMG]
     
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