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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. Pliny

    Pliny Well-Known Member

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    So just to recap, there's 8 seersucker and purple jacket-hating white guys on the board, and something's gotta be done about it.
    oh, and SB.
     
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  2. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Well-Known Member

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    Make that 9.
     
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  3. Andy57

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    Wait, what? I like seersucker. Purple jackets, I shall withhold commenting upon.
     
  4. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Well-Known Member

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    I agree with most of what you wrote after this, after all I think I've written pretty similar things here before, although I think you're in danger of exaggerating what others have said to make the point. I don't think anyone has suggested an approach that amounts to putting random things together.
     
  5. unbelragazzo

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    Read in context, I think D is using "random" here in the sense of abstract objects without meaning beyond their shape and color. The view he is describing is not one that suggests picking items haphazardly, but picking them based on abstract principles based purely on the items as objects rather than things with cultural history. As if when @dieworkwear wears his "I HEART WHITE GIRLS" shirt he does so because of the way the bold stoicism of the "I" at the beginning contrasts perfectly with the salacious "S" at the end.
     
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  6. Spearman

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    Hi guys, long-time lurker, first-time poster in need of some advice.

    I've got the basics covered in terms of solid suits, and would like to branch out into patterns. I was quite intrigued by the idea of the BlazerSuit (I travel a lot, so flexibility is a plus), and so I was wondering whether the blue houndstooth or PoW fabric in the Lesser tropical would work if worn on its own (say, with Fresco trousers). Pictures courtesy of Merino bros.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Well-Known Member

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    This depends... What is your skin tone?
     
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  8. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Well-Known Member

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    Like I said before, I think skin tone probably matters. But it's pretty far down the list of considerations.

    If you're choosing between two similar shades of brown, it's probably true that one shade is more flattering against the skin. But if you're choosing between purple and brown, your first consideration shouldn't be "which is more flattering" but something higher up, such as "what cultural messages do these send?" That's not a question most us have to ask because most of us stay within a narrow range of colors that all say the same thing. But if you stray outside of that, it's worth considering what new things you're communicating.

    Don't want this to sound like some kind of CBD argument against people dressing boldly. I'm just saying that sometimes this side of the forum takes discussions of dress in this hyper-analytical, pseudo-scientific way, when a lot of times, style is a bit more fluid than that. It's more akin to language than engineering.
     
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  9. archibaldleach

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    That sort of POW is definitely not a BlazerSuit fabric. Clearly a suiting. I'd be reluctant to do the blue houndstooth as well since I think smaller scale houndstooth is best for suits and the larger scale stuff for odd jackets, but I think it would be less egregious than the POW.
     
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  10. emptym

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    Some of us liked it, some of us didn't. It all depended on if you're trying to pass.
     
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  11. patrickBOOTH

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    I'm always just amazed at how many Style Forumers have goatees. We are supposed to be arbiters of good taste and I meet so many of you fools with goatees. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
     
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  12. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Well-Known Member

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  13. patrickBOOTH

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    They don't tell you the weights. Also, they are non-selvedge fabrics. LAME!!!
     
  14. lordsuperb

    lordsuperb Well-Known Member

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    So your basis on choosing a sport coat is "what cultural message does this send?"
     
  15. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    That's a bit reductive, lordsuperb, and it seems like you're being willfully obtuse. If you need a one-line summary, I think it's closer to "Make sure your clothes are sending the message you intend to send."
     
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  16. lordsuperb

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  17. Cantabrigian

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    Bit late to the party but I'd obviously go purple.

    Heck make it a full suit for those times when you need a little something extra.
     
  18. jerrybrowne

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    dieworkwear Well-Known Member

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  20. Cantabrigian

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    This argument cracks me up.

    Anyone whose clothes fit will stand out so why not wear a safety orange suit?!?

    How is it not clear that standing out as someone who cares about his appearance is very very different from standing out for dressing like a clown?
     

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