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AGJiffy's Wall Street Indiviudally Modified Conservative Business Dress Week Threak

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Griffyndor, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. sprout2

    sprout2 Senior member

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    Try barcodes, it's what I do.
     
  2. DiplomaticTies

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    After a long period of basking, I have to say that I'm impressed. Not by the fit itself (or ensemble, or maybe "get-up"?), but mainly by the vast amount of words.

    I have only one problem. Monograms are always, without exception, a dick move. When I first saw your pic I immidiately sensed that something was wrong, but I could not put my finger on it. Something was just...weird, like an itch lodged somewhere in my brain that I couldn't scratch.

    And then there it was: a hidden monogram. "Shudder".

    Apart from that: great fun!
     
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    There is a certain psychology behind the shoulders. Padded shoulders convey a bit more presence along with a noticeable silhouette. Natural shoulders (and patch pockets) convey a more casual look. Chairing an important meeting or meeting with a group Alpha Dogs? My personal opinon would be to wear the power suit. No need to go all Gordon Gekko, just convey what you need to convey. Doesn't mean you can't wear an interesting shirt and tie. Don Draper pocket squares work well (I'm missing the proper term, "60's" something-or-other?).

    Here's Journal of Style via PutThisOn: http://putthison.com/post/142019337173/going-shoulder-to-shoulder-a-look-at-three
     
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    Agreed! Never wear monograms unless your initials are DIK
     
  5. Griffyndor

    Griffyndor Senior member

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    I can't see how mine would come off as affected. It is literally below the trouser line and can't be seen while the shirt is being worn.
     
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    Can you comment on the further motivation for the monogram and on the use of a raised shirt placket?
     
  7. Griffyndor

    Griffyndor Senior member

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    Sure. I got the monogram because it doesn't add materially to the cost of the shirt and it comforts me to know that it is there. When I die my children will be able to open my closet and see all my beautiful things with my name monogramed on them and will remember something about their father: he was a tremendous pain in the ass who spent much to much time worrying about clothing.

    The placket: for the most part I prefer symmetry to asymmetry in my tailored clothing. Now, I'm not going to start demanding that both lapels be notched, and I'm not going to invent the second breast pocket, and once in a while I get a ticket pocket, but I wouldn't want an asymmetrical line down the middle of my body and I think this placket best creates symmetry.
     
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  8. dieworkwear

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    Well yes, it wouldn't be considered affected if nobody saw it (by definition). I do think they can come off as affected, however, on certain people (if seen). They're often used by arrivistes who wish to seem more blue blooded. Or by people who buy MTM shirts from China, and want to telegraph to everyone that their shirt is custom. A monogram is the cheapest way to make something look expensive, which is kind of the textbook example of affectation.

    That said, I think some people pull them off well. If you have a certain kind of grace, or just seem like the sort of person who has always worn shirt monograms without thinking about them, they give a different meaning. But like contrast shirt collars, they're more often done poorly than well.
     
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  9. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I hope someone at some point has gotten their SF handle monogrammed on a shirt.

    "mafoofan" on a cuff
     
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  10. LA Guy

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    I will pay the monogramming fee for the first person who shows me photographic evidence that they did this.
     
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  11. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Mostly interested in a monogram of the emoticon :foo:
     
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    Genuinely interested... (tell if I am jumping the wagon...): how does WS Illuminati brotherhood look on ticket pocket on, let's say, otherwise conservative suit.

    (I kind of like them)
     
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    Where were you about 10 weeks ago?! I was going to request an outline of a squirrel on the soles of my StC....but I was too cheap.
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Can't be a symbol. Just get "murlsquirl" on the cuff of your next Proper Cloth shirt. I also think "Moral Squirrel" should be allowed.
     
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    Behold my mighty hand!


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  16. Griffyndor

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    I'm starting to like the direction in which this thread is heading. Lord superb - I really like your look (pocket circle nothwithstanding) but to me it feels more summer CBD than WSIMCBD.
     
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    Would this ensemble work in the context of a wall street banker? I hope I came correct; 22 outfits and a mic check.

    Also, I can't believe @sprout2 and @agjiffy are now just discovering each other. I think this is the start of something GOOD!!!
     
  18. dieworkwear

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    Actually, he has a shirt monogram that you can't see, which makes it WSIMCBD.
     
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  19. Mr. Six

    Mr. Six Senior member

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    Must be guerrilla marketing for Cifo.

    Also, at a to the g to the jiffy, please tell us about appropriate WSIMCBD socks for the WS meetings that apparently neither of us attends. When I don't go to those meetings, I want to make sure that no one laughs at my socks. Which are monogrammed with my #StyFoDude handle, but I would never show anyone--even this board--because that would be affected.
     
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  20. Griffyndor

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    Not quite DWW - although this is solid snark. Lord Superb is currently squarely within the confines of CBD and I don't see any attempt to apply his personal style in a way that expresses his likes and dislikes as an individual but also doesn't push it so far and remains tasteful enough so that he doesn't risk losing his bonus. I don't see Lord Superb as much as I see Squire Regular. A hidden monogram is a good way of moderating the potentially bonus-reducing desires to express personal style that led him to want a monogram in the first place, but it's not WSIMCBD.
     

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