Advice needed. Help me round out my vintage outwear collection.

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  1. TrendyTrent

    TrendyTrent Member

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    Hi all,

    First of all, I'd like to give a quick bio. of my style history - so you might better understand my influences and personal tastes; to help you make more informed/relevant suggestions.

    Basically, I am in my early twenties and currently studying full-time at university. I would say that my personal style tends to leans towards being more street-wear orientated, with a hint of bohemian flair. For, let us say, the past year and a half - I have been amassing/collecting quite a lot of vintage outerwear. This obsession spurred, albeit only partly, from the realization that I was in fact a grown man: who still dressed very much like a child. i.e. there was no real sense of deliberation in my garment purchases/acquisitions, and many of those choices weren't exactly age appropriate. Think printed tees and cargo shorts... That said, I am/was not entirely uncultured. Decided upon making a conscious effort to dress in a fashion more befitting of a grown man, I quickly found an appreciation for classic men's outerwear and began collecting these timeless garments. Most of my purchases have been inspired by celebrities, actors and musicians of yesteryear. Men I have now come to worship as my own personal style gurus. Men such as: Steve McQueen, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Jim Morrison etc. etc. Coming from a middle-class background and being brought up in a culture/society that very much promotes, and praises, manly men; I guess I have unknowingly chosen to collect what could be considered "quintessential menswear". Garments generally associated with middle-class manly men throughout recent history.

    So, onto the point... I would like to ask your advice on what sorts of garments I might consider to better round out my current wardrobe and improve its versatility.

    Also, I am rather new to the idea of man jewellery/accessorizing - but not entirely unreceptive to the concept. If any of you have a suggestion of something particular that might compliment existing garments in my wardrobe, please feel free to chime in.

    Here's a list of what's currently in my wardrobe:

    Chicago Bulls No.23 Jordan Jersey
    McGregor anti-freeze Jacket - red
    Pendleton loop Plaid Shirt - red
    College Varsity Jacket - red
    Lee Padded Ski Vest - red
    Levis Small e Chambray Shirt
    Wrangler Wrancher Coat
    Lee Storm Rider Jacket
    Levis Type 2 Big E Jacket
    Levis Type 2 cut-off vest
    Vietnam MA-1 Flight Jacket
    Vietnam M65 Field Jacket
    Vietnam field Camo Poplin
    Aran wool knit Sweater
    Lee Westerner 100j Jacket
    Carhartt duck-cloth Chore Jacket
    Levis Suede Type 2 Jacket
    Aero Leather synch-back Jacket - ochre
    Brooks Cafe Racer Jacket - black
    Schott Perfecto one-star Jacket - black
    Belstaff Trial Master Jacket
    USN WW2 Pea Coat - black

    Here are some of the items I am currently considering:

    Izod Lacoste Beige Barracuta jacket???
    Yves Saint Laurent Velvet Smoking Jacket???
    Harris Tweed Herringbone Jacket???
    Plain Black Waist coat???


    Thanks for reading!


    TrendyTrent. :slayer:
     
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  2. LA Guy

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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Incidentally, if you are going for vintage, there are plenty of vintage G9s, the "classic" Baracuta model, around at vintage shops.
     


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    Thanks LA guy!

    I've got a pair of reasonably nice chukkas from Aquilla, that I wear a lot. Usually, paired with some 501s and my MA-1 a la Steve McQueen.
     


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    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Well done to Fok, you actually read through all that :)
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    All that time spent in academia is paying off at last!
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Welcome. Incidentally, if you use the @ function, you can call out a member so that they get your message.
     


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    @chobochobo I don't know what you mean? It literally only took me 30 seconds to re-read that entire first post. God help you, should you ever find yourself confronted with a book...
     


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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's a pretty wide range of exemplars. And they themselves probably have embraced several style each. Why not find 15-30 outfits from those blokes that really capture the feeling you are going for in what you want to wear?
     
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    That's a good suggestion...
     


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