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Blake Stitched Blues

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Today's outfit: Find the corduroy.



Did I dress thoughtfully? Did I dress with a sense of occasion? This was my attempt.

Something more casual and monochromatic today. In response to feedback on the WAYWRN thread, I've been thinking a great deal more about whether my trousers or chinos go well with my jackets. I've also been thinking about my boundaries, and my own relationship to criticism. I tend to take remarks to heart.

At any rate, here's today's.

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I think more contrast between jacket and trouser is needed here. Cotton rarely looks great in navy and navy chinos always have a sad, dull, washed-out appearance that just fills me with existential dread.
 

Miles R.

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I think more contrast between jacket and trouser is needed here. Cotton rarely looks great in navy and navy chinos always have a sad, dull, washed-out appearance that just fills me with existential dread.
That sounds exaggerated on first reading, but I have some navy chinos that I bought about two years ago and I think I have only worn them twice. You may have explained why that is.
 

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It is important to understand internet troll psychology. What they seek is engagement, specifically evidence of an emotional reaction. They do not really have principles or beliefs. There are some interviews of trolls explaining how they will take both sides of a heated issue and set out baits to start fights.

You can go as far back as the Soviet Active Measures - according to Oleg Kalugin (a KGB general who defected post-breakup due to not aligning with Putin), the USSR had 400 typists producing hate letters full time towards and against racists during the MLK era.

In your case, the attack was twofold: high school style "neeerds" and the homophobia; your reaction implies the second worked (as I'd expect: most adults of married age tend to no longer register high school insults, but homophobia is considerably harder to "toughen up" against). Doing it as tags avoids people taking your side as most people don't read the tags, whilst leaving a nice bait for you to notice since you'll presumably get an email alert or would just be more aware of your thread since you created it.

Once you understand the motivations and dynamics, you respond accordingly by ignoring and not leaving any evidence (and reporting silently to the moderation team if it has shown willingness to police these things). The most successful forums have evolved defences along those lines. For example Hacker News (probably the most popular tech forum) has a sophisticated shadow banning and hell banning system that pretends to the user that they are a regular user whilst automatically hiding, downvoting or otherwise avoiding their posts from being shown to the real users; or in the case of hell banning, slowing navigation to a crawl to make it so unpleasant to use the site as to encourage the troll to seek friendlier targets. And of course SF has the ignore function and the CE section, although as a forum it is remarkably tolerant of a lot of speech that would not pass muster in most of the web.
Thank you. Moving forward, I shall take your advice.

A large chunk of the Creepy Sartorial Images thread is basically just people making transphobic comments.

I suspect I know who posted that tag on here, and it's someone who spends his entire day, every day, posting transphobic comments on CE. That's basically all he does here for hours on end.

I wouldn't say this characterizes the rest of the forum. But I'm surprised you've never seen such comments on here.
And thank you. I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices.
 

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Today's outfit: Yes, a cutesy tie bar. Sometimes I wear things just because my students like them.



Did I dress thoughtfully? Did I dress with a sense of occasion? This was my attempt.

I bought this tie years ago as an intended interview tie. Academic job interviews in the humanities tend to be more permissive of creative expression, so I thought the royal blue and bronze made a nice little Ravenclaw allusion. Over the years, I began building combinations in brown and blue thanks to this pleasing contrast.

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Good thread, I like the idea @LiteraryBotany.

This is the outfit I'll be wearing a lot this fall- blazer with jeans and turtleneck. My friend who is a beginner in photography offered me a free session and gave me freehand, so the idea my here for me was to create a sort of vintage 70s look and vibe. The look is one of all-time menswear my faves. These are some of the shots cropped by me that show clothes better than the others, but they were not made with that purpose in mind. Still I thought about sharing that as 1st fit just to start somewhere, so here it goes.

The fit on the jacket is not perfect, the jacket even for casual fits is I think slightly too short and the middle/top button in the jacket is slightly pulling the fabric(result of a flaw in sewing or perhaps more likely my slightly too big belly).

Probably more things could have been done better here, so feel free to point them out.

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Nice job with the turtleneck. It’s one of my favorite combos.
 

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Good thread, I like the idea @LiteraryBotany.

This is the outfit I'll be wearing a lot this fall- blazer with jeans and turtleneck. My friend who is a beginner in photography offered me a free session and gave me freehand, so the idea my here for me was to create a sort of vintage 70s look and vibe. The look is one of all-time menswear my faves. These are some of the shots cropped by me that show clothes better than the others, but they were not made with that purpose in mind. Still I thought about sharing that as 1st fit just to start somewhere, so here it goes.

The fit on the jacket is not perfect, the jacket even for casual fits is I think slightly too short and the middle/top button in the jacket is slightly pulling the fabric(result of a flaw in sewing or perhaps more likely my slightly too big belly).

Probably more things could have been done better here, so feel free to point them out.

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It is a bold move especially with such a low gorge. I think if you wanted to go full 1970s East German resistance philosopher, creased slacks in a gently faded colour - perhaps somewhere between grey, beige and your jumper - would take you there. The jeans are a bit too modern!

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@wojt That's a great jacket. I can't even make fun of your man bun, since you've pulled off the whole look so well and the moody photography just looks great. I do reserve the right to make fun of your man bun in the future though.
 

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Light-brown coat and purple pocket square again. The shirt, believe it or not, is yellow, though it looks white.

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I seem to be suffering from pocket-square obtrusion. Never noticed it until I saw the photograph.

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Miles R.

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Colors in the range from green through orange. (Brown is a darkening of unsaturated yellow or orange.) Unfortunately, the mask, which was the only clean one I had left, upset the scheme.

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Computer processing makes the coat appear to be of a sleek finish, but it is actually flannel with a muted but quite easily visible check.

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Yes, yes, I need to do something about those spots on the right shoe.

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Today's outfit: Contrasts. Contrary to appearances, the trousers are navy, not black.

Did I dress thoughtfully? Did I dress with a sense of occasion? This was my attempt.

Although half of my shoe wardrobe is black shoes, I find that I simply don't wear them as often as burgundy, brown, and tan shoes. I suppose this owes to my preponderance of earth tones, which don't harmonize as well with black shoes.

The traditional rules dictate that I "must" wear black shoes since I'm within city limits. But I think many such rules languish in the dustbin of history. And, honestly, it's not a rule I miss.

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Miles R.

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Today's outfit: Contrasts. Contrary to appearances, the trousers are navy, not black.

Did I dress thoughtfully? Did I dress with a sense of occasion? This was my attempt.

Although half of my shoe wardrobe is black shoes, I find that I simply don't wear them as often as burgundy, brown, and tan shoes. I suppose this owes to my preponderance of earth tones, which don't harmonize as well with black shoes.

The traditional rules dictate that I "must" wear black shoes since I'm within city limits. But I think many such rules languish in the dustbin of history. And, honestly, it's not a rule I miss.

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Ha! I own only two pairs of black shoes, counting a pair of tuxedo shoes, and I rarely wear either pair. (Ooh, there's a phrase ill-suited to being read aloud.)

In the case of this particular outfit, though, because of the black trousers, black shoes are clearly the best choice. I see that you have chosen to use the tie as a locus of intense color to make up for the lack of chroma in the rest of the outfit. Well, each has his own taste, I suppose.

[Edited: I just read in your post in the other thread that the trousers are in fact navy, not black. Not sure what to think now.]
 

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Hey J - ^ Thats an example of what Foo used to call ‘Square fail’ - your pocket square draws the eye because it sticks out like a sore thumb and it’s colours bear no relation to anything else in your outfit ... at least according to my iPhone screen!
 

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Today's outfit: Contrasts. Contrary to appearances, the trousers are navy, not black.

Did I dress thoughtfully? Did I dress with a sense of occasion? This was my attempt.

Although half of my shoe wardrobe is black shoes, I find that I simply don't wear them as often as burgundy, brown, and tan shoes. I suppose this owes to my preponderance of earth tones, which don't harmonize as well with black shoes.

The traditional rules dictate that I "must" wear black shoes since I'm within city limits. But I think many such rules languish in the dustbin of history. And, honestly, it's not a rule I miss.
It used to be much more common to see black shoes in the UK, including for casual occasions. They're very practical - unlike anything lighter, scuffs and marks don't really show and can just be "painted over". I do remember some American flavoured photos of penny loafers with white socks. Going back further in time think of all the cavalry units from the Hussars to the Cossacks with their black boots, whose greasing (with tar) inspired Chanel to create Cuir de Russie. There is something to be said for shoes that do not scream for attention.
 

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