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The Look goes on...

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

  1. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Well-Known Member

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    Oh crikey - thank heavens I never go in for that! What I'm usually wearing here at the computer is an odd assemblage of hoodie, Stax sweatshirt, M&S jogging pants, bare feet, and tatty slippers!

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  2. Clouseau

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    I know you're not MoM ! (BTW always thinking of the Bond movies when we call you MoM !) Any attempts by one of our posters on this week FC ?
     
  3. Mr Knightley

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    M-o-M you could perhaps post in the streetwear version of WAYWRN!

    I shall not participate in the FC this week - I haven't got the right gear.
     
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    For the Brooks Bros- try their Clark chino(as opposed to the lower-rise Milano). Very nice and well-made, washer/dryer/wear but wrinkle a little bit due to the (100%?) cotton content. Maybe go a size down in the Clark if you're very slim. Online they have various waist and inseam options
    Mikkel Rude- awesome but yeah not 'barato' $¥£€. try eBay
    Uniqlo- I haven't tried them
    Relco- sorry, cheap garbage
    Merc- as above postings, pretty good I agree
    Brutus- haven't delved yet
    Levi's Sta-Prest deadstock from Brasil off eBay- great
    Warrior-oK cut but crap quality
    Cordings of Piccadilly chinos- high-waisted and great quality
     
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  5. Gsvs5

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    I would also suggest adding and keeping an eye on Lands End to your list.Though not currently available,they have done some very good Poplin Traditional Fit trousers that I have picked up for next to nothing in the past.High rise,traditional cut, flat front and tailored to an exact length.Navy,Nantucket Red etc.
     
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  6. skinny legs

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    I see Austin Reed has gone down the tubes. Last time I set foot in the Regent Street store was about 7 years ago to purchase an Aquascutum blazer. The old chap who assisted me was insistent that if trousers were to be worn with it, they should be grey. I ignored his advice and plumped for matching navy; he was right and I was wrong- they don't look right together. Subsequently save a couple of occasions I've only worn the blazer with post purchased grey trousers, or much more commonly jeans.

    Going back to the casual era circa 82, Austin Reed was something of an emporium. It wasn't easy to find proper gear back then. In London most of the shops that catered for the look tended to be dotted around semi rough places, such as the Walworth Road and Bermondsey. The only central London outlets I can remember shopping in were Austin Reeds and Sharps on Kensington High Street.

    I recall going to the New Years sales at Austin Reed once, my mate was looking to get a Lyle and Scott polo neck. We were warned to be careful outside. The West Ham Under Fives, who were a hooligan group, were targeting people leaving the store and relieving them of their purchases.
     
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  7. Clouseau

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    Totally off-topic, but i recall that in Paris in the 80s we used to go to 'les puces' (flea market) to buy some gear (deadstock) we couldn't get in other places (for example certain MIUSA Levi's, flight jackets, American brogues, WW2 stuff, etc.)
    It was exactly the same, gangs were targeting people leaving the area with their purchases. As the puces are at a Paris's 'door', the only way to get back was by the subway. We always feared the local greasers (we called them 'les Rocks', older people called them 'les blousons noirs') and Teddy boys who were usually outside the station. These guys were much older than us and really mean, always carrying knives or razor (one of my friends was once badly cut in the neck by a razor, would have been the throat he would be dead he still got an impressive scar today). Anyway, once another friend was going back from the 'puces' in the metro, and when the tube was leaving a gang of twenty 'Rocks'
    went aboard. My friend was terrified, he compressed on his seat, put his feet (with 10 holes DMs) under the seat hoping they wouldn't notice him. They didn't, but i think he peed in his pants. [​IMG]

    Cheers SL
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  8. covskin

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    Was never impressed by groups of older blokes picking on younger. I remember bikers and rastafarian types being 5 or 10 years older than us and us being up for it in a 'gulp!' sort of way but to their credit they didn't take us up on it but actually gave us some respect for that.
     
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    Come to think of it I remember a couple of skinheads late 20s who had changed back having been skinheads ten years previously. Not at all common, only two I ever knew, but it did happen.
     
  10. Thin White Duke

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    Just entered this week's Friday Challenge. Anyone else in?
     
  11. Man-of-Mystery

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    Very nice you look too, Duke.

    In the spirit of WAYWRN (see, I'm getting it) this is what I actually have on at the moment. I've just come back from a friend's music degree recital, and Mrs Mystery insisted I should have my pic took.

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    Just to give an idea of what I actually paid full whack for, the pea coat is from a couple of winter seasons ago at M&S; I think the loafers are M&S too; the pocket square was bought at Austin Reed in Glasgow.

    The rest I picked up at the charity shop - suit by Burton, shirt by Pierre Cardin (came new, in packaging), tie by Michelsons.
     
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  12. Thin White Duke

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    Looking very sharp MoM. Like you I have no snootiness at all about either grabbing a bargain from a high street brand or resale shop / eBay. It's not cold enough where I live to need a pea coat but if I was ever to move back home (shudder) I'd be looking for one like that.
     
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  13. Thin White Duke

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    Haway lads I'm only five votes off the lead right now. The leader's was a sharp outfit but with a bit of a push I could at least medal in this one. Who's with me?:D
     
  14. Man-of-Mystery

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    By the way, I'm STILL not getting any notifications from this thread, from the M-to-S thread, or from personal messages. :(
     
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    Congrats @Thin White Duke you finished on the podium! Well-deserved.

    Overall though, it was a disappointing challenge, appearing to confirm that this is indeed a hard look to pull off. Only you and @Rais achieved it IMO.
     
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    Cheers Mr K and to anyone else who voted for me. It's nice to get more than my usual one or two sympathy votes and on a broader scale to maybe bolster the view on SF MC that 'the look' is every bit as deserving of praise as some of the more 'acceptable' images which get relentlessly praised.
     
  17. Mr Knightley

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    I was thinking about the Challenges over the weekend.

    I believe the Friday Challenge started out as a swipe by the Classic Menswear guys at Casual Fridays or whatever they are called now. The idea was to dress as formally as possible in the face of an increasingly casual world. Over the years the concept has become watered-down somewhat, but it remains a CM challenge.

    The Challenges on SW&D tend to encourage a far more imaginative approach, often demanding a piece of creative writing, brilliant photography as well as a cool and often very costly outfit. They tend to run over a few weeks. Recent examples have been Milkman with a Dark Past, the End-of-the-Worldyour last outfit and currently, Rainwear. I think the entries tend to be more imaginative and entertaining – even though many of the outfits are not up my street.

    So, I was just wondering whether we should have the occasional Look Goes On Challenge. The recent 20th Century Man FC showed that we can do it! Any views?
     
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  18. Clouseau

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    Mr Knightley, just my humble opinion...
    I don't think there would be enough challengers for a 'new' challenge, furthermore if it's too specific. And i suppose that quite a lot of 'The Look goes on' and 'M-t-S' posters are reluctant about posting pictures.
    One Challenge for the CM and one for the SW&D are sufficient i think.
    These Challenges are fun but they take time : to find the good clobber, someone to take the picture, the proper place, etc.
    In my case i always did with what i had in my wardrobe, so i'm quite limited. And sometimes i'm not interested by the topic.

    Now, the good thing would be that one of our gang win a Challenge and propose an issue around 'The look' (like you did) !
     
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  19. Man-of-Mystery

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    I don't think a regular competition is something we could sustain. However, I think we could have an occasional 'event' to show how we mature geezers manage to keep a sartorial sense alive without looking bloody ridiculous. I'm thinking that it could spring from an occasion when someone happens to post a picture - like mine on the previous page where Mrs Mystery posed me after I had come back from that degree recital. Something in a picture could spark off a theme - 'the suit', 'cheap-and-cheerful', 'chain store', 'treasured garment', a colour, a fabric, the Oxford shirt, 'Sunday best', and so on. Other folk could follow the spark-off picture with one of their own. But certainly not once a week, and not competitive.

    Yes, I do remember how competitive the original 'look' could be, but that was then. :)
     
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  20. Man-of-Mystery

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    Where to buy a 3-button blazer, plain navy blue, not too expensive, centre vent preferred, patch pockets would be ok...
     

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