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Who dresses better: Europeans or Americans?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by thefashionist, Dec 5, 2007.

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  1. Teacher

    Teacher Well-Known Member

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    Now that I think about it, I think it's the Lee Hotties in Joisey.
     
  2. Mbogo

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    I'm a proud American who avoids the practice some have of automatically ascribing superior attributes to anything and everything European. I have, however, readily noticed the general difference in the way people dress, at least as far as middle to upper-middle class people in casual settings, like cafes and other public places.

    When I'm in Europe (my limited experience has been mostly in the Mediterranean regions) I see very little garish logo clothing, and almost no ball caps. I see either nice shoes or really hip sneakers rather than generic Nikes. I see almost no "gangsta" wear. (With teens, all bets are off, though.) I see nice shirts that button, a lot fewer basic Polo shirts, very few mass-market t shirts. When I see fleece it's styled really cool. Cool jackets and sweaters.

    Most importantly, I see clothes that FIT. This may be related to seeing very few overweight people, at least compared to here. But things just seem to be tailored better there.

    My last trip to Europe was what finally motivated me to do something about my wardrobe and style, and to start hanging around here. [​IMG]

    FWIW

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    In numbers I would say eroupeans are dressed better, westerners at least. But as far as individuals I would think we have a few finely dressed but they come few and far between. I would be one of them and you might travel a good mile or two before you spotted someone else.
     
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    Um, you are kidding right?

    no I'm not. These are guys who are famously into clothes and their look, but its not what they are famous for. It's kinda secondary. I guess there are famous white clotheshorses like Flusser or whatever, but that's his job, his primary source of fame. These two are different; I imagine they'd be all about their clothing and style even if they weren't famous.

    I'm not saying they are the best-dressed people in the world, one's wacky and the other's tacky, I'm just saying that I can't think of any white celebrity (moviestar, singer, whatever) who happens, apart from his claim-to-fame, to be known for enjoying the cultivation of a personal style. And I'm not counting white celebrities who have some gimmicky signature thing, like Letterman's unbuttoned DB jackets or Larry King's suspenders or whatever, I mean someone who is noted for having a wardrobe that comprises his look. Am I making sense?
     
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    no I'm not. These are guys who are famously into clothes and their look, but its not what they are famous for. It's kinda secondary. I guess there are famous white clotheshorses like Flusser or whatever, but that's his job, his primary source of fame. These two are different; I imagine they'd be all about their clothing and style even if they weren't famous. I'm not saying they are the best-dressed people in the world, one's wacky and the other's tacky, I'm just saying that I can't think of any white celebrity (moviestar, singer, whatever) who happens, apart from his claim-to-fame, to be known for enjoying the cultivation of a personal style. And I'm not counting white celebrities who have some gimmicky signature thing, like Letterman's unbuttoned DB jackets or Larry King's suspenders or whatever, I mean someone who is noted for having a wardrobe that comprises his look. Am I making sense?
    How about the Duke of Windsor? I think Andre 3000 is actually inspired by the Duke. Then you have the relatively obscure dandies like Bunny Roger or Hardy Amies.
     
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    2. But on another note, I'm continually amazed at how many Canadians there are on this board. I notice more here than any other "lifestyle" or "hobbyist" board I've frequented. Asian-Americans seem overrepresented here as well.


    That's because those of us who are neither hookers nor hockey players are nerds (not that those categories are all mutally exclusive) -- you are on an on-line forum, eh? [​IMG]

    The best dressed women are in Montreal -- the men, not so much.
     
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    The best dressed women in Pattaya are also men...
     
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    The best dressed women in Pattaya are also men...
    [​IMG]
     
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    There have been a few negative comments here about men in Eastern Europe. As someone who travels there very regularly I would agree. But interestingly the women there are often pretty stylish, at least in the big cities.
     
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    There have been a few negative comments here about men in Eastern Europe. As someone who travels there very regularly I would agree. But interestingly the women there are often pretty stylish, at least in the big cities.

    Not to get too far off topic, but I've had many students from Eastern Europe. One comment that kept coming up is how people from "back home" are more stylish than Americans. Now, this struck me as kind of odd, considering some of the tight, garish clothing in odd color combinations I was seeing on them. But then again, maybe it just demonstrates once again how different regional tastes are.
     
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