Before SF where did you learn the "rules?"

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Louche, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    I don't know about what people did in the past, but if I was new to tailored clothing today...or really, any subject...I would head over quick to the David Reeves thread and hang out there for a few weeks.


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  2. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Alright, FNB, if you choose to be snarky, then where did people learn about clothes in general? About tailoring methods and cloth specifics and button types and goodyear welting and...
    From what I've seen around here many never learn, they just make it up and figure when someone calls them on their bluff they can chalk it up to being personal.
     


  3. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    What rules?
     


  4. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Historically, men usually learned the rules from their fathers, uncles and older brothers.
    Not so much if at all nowadays,


    +1 Dad.
     


  5. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    My Mum used to work in the fashion industry as petite main , seamstress if you prefer, when she was younger.

    She ran her own little atelier from her house.

    I remember crawling on fabrics ,surrounded by ladies trying their garnments before being kicked out of the room when i was deemed to old to stay.

    That was my first contact with fabrics and I caught the virus then.
     


  6. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    What rules?

    How can you break the rules if you don't know them?
     


  7. George

    George Senior member

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    My Mum used to work in the fashion industry as petite main , seamstress if you prefer, when she was younger.

    She ran her own little atelier from her house.

    I remember crawling on fabrics ,surrounded by ladies trying their garnments before being kicked out of the room when i was deemed to old to stay.

    That was my first contact with fabrics and I caught the virus then.


    You were looking up skirts weren't you? Bad boy..
     


  8. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    You were looking up skirts weren't you? Bad boy..


    I was actually but to be fair the clientele was a bit mature.

    I still remember the effluves from the perfumes and the bras.
     


  9. niidawg3

    niidawg3 Senior member

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    My father and grandfather taught me the basics (by example); however, the rules that I really actually follow are only the most elementary, such as no brown shoes with black belt, no buttoning of bottom coat button etc. For everything else, even if it breaks some "established" rule, I just go with my gut. If it feels right and I like it, I couldn't care less whether some i-gent is going to notice that I am wearing double monks with a suit, or cufflinks with a sportcoat.


    +1 ... from pops and my older brother.
     


  10. luftvier

    luftvier Senior member

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    Before SF, I made my own rules and broke them, routinely.
     


  11. ld111134

    ld111134 Senior member

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    There was a guy in the town where I first worked who ran a true haberdashery with his wife. They were the first to teach me about mensware. Very trad, moderately priced - almost all the suits were three-button sacks with flat front trousers (Ortitsky, Corbin and Southwick, IIRC). Shirts were from Hathaway, Troy Shirt and Eagle, shoes from Alden and ties from Robert Talbott (they were among his early customers, and he used to come 'round personally on sales trips; they referred to him affectionately as "Bob").
     


  12. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    My dad and his two brothers.
     


  13. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    So I ask: where did you learn the minutea of dressing before these boards existed? I have always read books about style and studied being properly dressed, but it numbs my mind to think of the "rules" that I didn't know until joining the online menswear community a few years ago. I think most posters are in a similar boat, but some of you obviously knew a great deal about all of this long ago. How did some of you guys get so knowledgeable in the first place?

    this is the truth but i read the mens wearhouse website like 10 years ago had a whole section on sort of askandy related essays on what to wear and how to wear it and basics and such. was very informative. it actually never really plugged any of its products but was a very informative and generalized info links to anyone who wanted to get started on dressing right sartorially. i dont think they have those links anymore on their site.
     


  14. EZETHATSME

    EZETHATSME Senior member

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    My father is a very sharp dresser, so I learned much from him.

    EZ
     


  15. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My grandfather was dapper as all get out, and he instilled a hatred of black suits and ventless coats in my mom, who now has passed it on to me.

    I still wear some of his stuff, and hope one day to replicate his ability to dress with such casual ease.
     


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