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The Look goes on...

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Mr Knightley, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. cerneabbas

    cerneabbas Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking about roll necks the other day,I used to wear them under Pringle or Jaeger v necks or an Ma1 flight jacket,I remember having a navy Lyle and Scott one and a light blue Pringle one.
    Not sure about anything like that now,but they are good on a cold day.
     
  2. cerneabbas

    cerneabbas Well-Known Member

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    I made another impulse buy yesterday,after years of saying that I wouldn't buy a Fred Perry shirt again,I did.
    A blue cotton short sleeve shirt but with the knitted collar and trim on the sleeves of a polo,I liked it many are going to hate them.
     
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  3. Mr Knightley

    Mr Knightley Well-Known Member

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    I have a black Sea Island cotton John Smedley roll neck which I normally wear under a JS cotton v neck but sometimes under a suit. It is so light that it never becomes uncomfortable. I also have a cream / ivory Sunspel one that gets little wear for some reason.

    In the 80s a John Smedley mock-turtle was de rigueur and I had a few. Today my only mock turtle is a Boss in very dark plumb merino wool. Only really suitable for the coldest of days.

    But, yes I do like them as they give a rather smooth, elegant impression IMO.
     
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    Not for me, best on a thinner, longer neck.
     
  5. Botolph

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    I have a black cashmere rollneck that I will wear with a b/w herringbone blazer or by itself with charcoal dress trousers and smooths. Also the Smedley sea island cotton one in a navy blue, definitely ultra-comfortable and pretty slick looking. Nice with the brown sportcoat, charcoal trousers and Sanders brown suede chukkas-- get your Bullitt on!
    Mockneck, I don't have one but they look OK.
     
  6. Mr Knightley

    Mr Knightley Well-Known Member

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    Sounds very cool!
     
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    I have been reflecting on the recent comments about maintaining the Look in warmer weather - or even just being able to dress reasonably well when the mercury climbs.

    One of the problems here is Britain is the light. Even on a very warm humid day in SE England it can often be dull, overcast and breezy. So sporting lightweight, perhaps colourful clothing as you might on the Med just doesn't look right.

    I am often reminded of an image that is still so vivid that showed me just how wrong we get it. I used to work in the centre of Chelmsford (a largeish city in Essex) and on occasions found myself driving back to the office around lunchtime after a morning meeting somewhere or other. On this particular day as I drove through a park area all the usual pink, puffy flesh was on display (men and women alike in their skimpy, light coloured clothes) when suddenly I spotted a group of what were probably Japanese young people on holiday. It is an unusual sight in that town, which has been described by the Independent as 'unremittingly mediocre' so I immediately slowed down to look at them more closely. They were not only covered up but their beautiful clothing was almost all greys and blacks, albeit in lightweight fabrics. What a great sight it was and immediately no one else seemed 'real'.

    And when we are on holiday abroad our sartorial crimes can be even greater. A year or two ago I was in Venice in early September. It was Sunday afternoon and we were on the Grand Canal in a vaporetto. It was warm (about 75F) and I felt OK in a navy FP (Made in Italy) and stone Boss cotton jeans and probably wearing more clothes than the average northern visitor. Then I spotted this older lady exquisitely dressed in a very lightweight toffee colour tweed suit. The jacket and skirt were slightly different, one being salt and pepper, the other herringbone and the material shaded to green in the light. She wore some very large D&G sunglasses, carried a creamy brown bag in the finest leather and was accompanied by a small Dachshund. I guess she was already crossing over into her autumn / fall wardrobe. Everyone else again, including me were immediately underdressed. She shone out like a beacon.

    Just a few ramblings really but I do feel that the old adage that it is always better to be overdressed than under still holds good even in an age of near nudity!
     
  8. covskin

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    ^ know what you are saying, though I think one of the problems with British summer garb, if we are to have it at all, is that it is so often dingy like washed-out knickers. Dull grey/brown camo material for the shorts and grubby design on grey/white material for the top. A bit of colour would be an improvement!
     
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    Quote:I know what you mean! It's the worn out, grubby appearance that accompanies much summer kit that I also detest. I suppose a brightish polo with nicely tailored shorts and colourful espadrilles can look good on the right people....
     
  10. baggycasual

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    This is a bit tenuous but came across these classic trainers from the 80's. I don't think these are kangeroo leather though unlike the iconic originals. Diadora B. Elite. £60 on SIZE?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Got some of them in the kangaroo leather in a place in Boston(USA) for $19 a few years back! Hardly wear them though very nice and classic kicks.
     
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    Bargain of the century! They are ridiculous prices on-line in kangeroo. £100+
     
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    ^ definitely. Nice colouring sole/uppers/laces too.
     
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    Oh yeah!! I was in a sort of "Casual" phase for a few years and was pleasantly shocked to see them for so cheap!
     
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    Very snappy. Classic and sort of "old school" but at the same time it doesn't look anachronistic.
     
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    Phew, thanks.

    £130 Crockett & Jones from their factory shop.

    Happy father's day to all the dads out there.

    The girls got me a blue Hartford (Harrington inspired) jacket. Very impressed, I'll take a pic and share sometime.
     
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    Thanks and a happy one to you too, Cleav! The little lady got me a hardcover photo book of our 5-month-old little tough guy. I'm traveling Europe for work for the next 30 or so days. Nice to look at real pics when you miss your family. But I digress.... Pretty sweet deal for them Crockett & Jones dessies, Cleav.
     
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    Tough to be away from a young family, I get that.

    Yeah, pleased to pick up the C & J's at the money.

    You dropping in to the UK? Give us a shout if you fancy a beer!
     
  20. Mr Knightley

    Mr Knightley Well-Known Member

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    Lovely boots Cleav!

    Our Russian cat bought me a nice Hawes and Curtis very English checked shirt and a bottle of Armagnac!
     
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