Banana Republic, not that bad

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by deveandepot1, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. zissou

    zissou Senior member

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    This thread should be bronzed and placed on the SF mantle.
     
  2. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Silly me, how could I forget that infallible credibility comes standard with a high post count?
    Or conversely the circle-jerk that comes from outsiders with "better things to do" who always see the forest through the trees... It's not black and white. Stop treating it as such, people.
     
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    man, reading this was worth it.
     
  4. Naf Nasitra

    Naf Nasitra Senior member

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    Another stroll down memory lane.

    I like it, but then again I'm partial to cardigans and other knits. I also like the banana republic shawl collar cardigan.

    What single article of clothing that you own represents you the most and why? I'm thinking along the lines of an piece that not only you identify with, but that if a stranger found this piece he would get the closest idea of what kind of persona/habits/etc. belong to you. I figured this would be interesting for those with massive closets and those with constantly-updated wardrobes, as well as those who stick with what they know and love.

    My piece is an old pair of medium gray banana republic khakis. Back when I got about 7 years ago they were some of the nicest pants I owned as well as the slimmest. I remembered thinking how slim I thought they were and it was really bizarre. They gradually worn in over time and became ridiculously soft as well as yellowing in the thigh and knee area. I wore them out everywhere after awhile and possibly a few times a week. They became my go to pants and were getting thin as well as softer with every wash. They finally started to tear in a couple places and my gf would always bitch about me wearing them all the time but I couldn't find anything worthy to replace them for the life of me.
     
  5. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Another stroll down memory lane.


    wow
     
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    i don't see the point of naf's argument. jet already pointed out he doesn't talk about the merits of banana republic anymore (in case you can't follow logic this would imply he doesn't think br has merits worth discussing).

    maybe he thought br was the shit back then. is he not allowed to learn and discover that there are better shit and that in comparison br is pretty much crap design and construction wise relative to its price? isn't that what this forum is for?
     
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    refinery Well-Known Member

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    This is hilarious.

    Some people would rather splurge on clothes, electronics, automobiles, etc.

    Does it honestly matter?

    I've seen people who show of their Patek Philippe watches and wear Brioni suits, but they don't look any good. They look like people who don't have anything except the clothes on their back to make any good impression.

    Anyways, the more pathetic side in this argument are the people exhibiting elitism because they sport RLPL items and can't imagine themselves wearing anything that could be bought in their local mall. Neiman Marcus for me only!

    EDIT: Oh, a good comparison is how elitist audiophiles can only listen to their music when they use their Stax headphones attached to a pre-amp and an amplifier.

    No one needs a 5k set up to listen to FLACs to enjoy their music. They act disgusted when they cannot listen to their freestyle jazz going through equipment that takes up a whole cabinet. I'm sorry that I didn't spend thousands on Red Wine Audio products to hear songs. I must be a horrible person.
     
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    If he churns butter in margiela, I can't imagine the kind of punishment those BR knits went through.
     
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    What are you guys doing on STYLEforum?
     
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    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    HITLER: Not that bad
     
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    This is hilarious.

    Some people would rather splurge on clothes, electronics, automobiles, etc.

    Does it honestly matter?

    I've seen people who show of their Patek Philippe watches and wear Brioni suits, but they don't look any good. They look like people who don't have anything except the clothes on their back to make any good impression.

    Anyways, the more pathetic side in this argument are the people exhibiting elitism because they sport RLPL items and can't imagine themselves wearing anything that could be bought in their local mall. Neiman Marcus for me only!

    EDIT: Oh, a good comparison is how elitist audiophiles can only listen to their music when they use their Stax headphones attached to a pre-amp and an amplifier.

    No one needs a 5k set up to listen to FLACs to enjoy their music. They act disgusted when they cannot listen to their freestyle jazz going through equipment that takes up a whole cabinet. I'm sorry that I didn't spend thousands on Red Wine Audio products to hear songs. I must be a horrible person.


    A lot of people on this forum don't care about price, they care about quality. Some of the best dressed posters here wear some of the most inexpensive clothing, elitism has nothing to do with it. The reason most people here hate on BR is because there are so many better options in that price range, like Uniqlo, JCrew or Gap. Same reason people here hate on Gucci, D&G and the like... its all about the name, and the fact that it's almost lazy.. the designers have gotten lazy because they can fall back on their already established name and people will still buy their pieces, all because of the name. Other designers actually put inspired work into their garments, and it takes a keen eye to see beyond all the BS of labels and marketing to actually find a cool, quality piece. Same reason people buy Bose, they don't have a fucking clue about speakers and the sound quality they offer, they just hear Bose's name, so they think it's the best.
     
  13. DLester

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    Why are people coming to SF to discuss Banana Republic? There is nothing interesting about it. I am sure they produce acceptable blue shirts and khakis that I could wear without feeling humiliated. So what? If you need that for work, you can pick up stacks of it when they blow it out for almost free.

    Dress head to toe in BR if you like. You will probably look like a corporate extrusion of bland, safe, ubiquitous "style."

    For most of us the point of SF is to try to do better than that -- to find things that are more interesting, offer better value and will be all around more satisfying. We are tired of buying mediocre shit and then replacing it before long with some other mediocre shit when we realize that it really didn't deliver. That is expensive and stupid.

    SF can help break you out of that loop by letting you know what is out there beyond the mall.

    When people say BR is not that bad, I say who cares? 7th grade wasn't that bad, but I am not going back. BR will probably produce one or two decent things now and then. Good for them. I don't care.

    FWIW, BR produces good loafer socks that SF routinely recommends. BR gets credit where it is due.

    Full disclosure: not long ago I wore horrible shit that fit me badly. I had no idea at the time. I try not to do that anymore.
     
  14. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    Naf is just being his usual dildo self and his pussy ass is still mad my Lakers won the championship.

    Last time I bought anything from BR was maybe around 2001 ish when I switched from abercrombie (gasp!) Uh oh now my nut swinging friend is going spending his lonely nights digging up some posts about I used to wear abercrombie at UCLA lulz. I had it all because I got shit for dirt cheap through my brother, cashmeres, coats, pants, shoes you name it as shocking as that sounds. Ever since I started buying it in 97 I always wondered why it fit like garbage and sweaters pilled, shirts fit like dresses, etc. but I didn't really understand the problem I thought that's just how clothes fit.

    I moved on from there to my gucci/dolce/armani phase from there around 02 which was for going out and my day uniform consisted of 3 pairs of banana khakis, white tees, and af1s that I wore into the ground. I even had a monarchy shirt when they first came out that my girl bought me. First margiela purchase came in 06 after seeing and reading about him before but not getting it until then. So in other words, I have first hand experience when I say it is pure garbage. I do, however, still have a br chunky cashmere ecru scarf that I like (fuck jet serious?!).

    /your lives
     
  15. driveslowk

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    monarchy to margiela is quite a jump

    there's hope for you others yet
     

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