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Difference between stylish and effete?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by coatandthai, May 8, 2004.

  1. coatandthai

    coatandthai Senior member

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    For me, cufflinks, monograms, fitted shirts, horsebit loafers, logoed polo shorts, collar bars, and Hermes ties are just too much. Where do you draw the line between fashionable and foppish?
     


  2. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, I agree that wearing all of those items at once would be a bit too much. Individually, though, with the exception of the monograms and the logoed polo shirts, I think that all can work given the correct individual.

    As for me, I don't worry about the line between fashionable and foppish. I trust my aesthetic sensibility and wear what I like and what I think is appropriate.
     


  3. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's your choice and your line.
     


  4. gregory

    gregory Senior member

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    I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand. Does this mean you do not like logoed polo shirts and monograms?

    I have monogrammed shirts from Jantzen, but they are monogrammed in the yoke so no one gets to see them.
    I also bought several Lacoste polo shirts recently.

    For me, I do not like anything that is loud. Cuff links, tight shirts, monograms, Hermes ties, logoed polo shirts can be subtle/simple and hence acceptable. But ocassionaly it might be considered stylish to wear, say, a very plain white shirt with jeans and an outrageous pair of cuff links.
     


  5. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, that is what I mean. I think that if Polo or Lacoste want me to advertise their shirts, they should pay me to do so instead of me paying them. As for monograms, I can remember who I am, so I don't need them. Discreetly done, however, I have no objection to them for others if that's what they want.
     


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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Haha, very well said.
     


  7. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I hate those Gucci hats with monogram G's all over them. It looks so tacky/stupid/rediculous/angering.

    And I also think the men's Seven for all mankind jeans have a pretty effete cut.. I don't care for it.

    Cufflinks I love, and all my shirts are "fitted" (otherwise I don't wear them).
     


  8. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Yeah, fitted shirts are really foppish..I much prefer to have heinous amounts of fabric billowing forth. [​IMG]
     


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    PeterMetro Senior member

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    Well, there's fitted, and then there's fitted. Of course you want any piece of clothing to fit according to your proportions. But, some men wear shirts that fit on them like a second skin; unbutton a few buttons and you've got Saturday Night Fever for the new millennium. The look is feminine - I'm not into it.
     


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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    In order to wear a properly fitted suit, one needs a properly fitted shirt. The two go hand-in-hand.
     


  11. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    can someone please define the words 'foppish' and 'effete'?
    i don't know what you guys are talking about.

    i agree that it is tacky to wear clothing with logos/advertising on them.

    there is a big difference between something that is fitted and something that is tight. too many people are using these words interchangeably.

    what's so different about an hermes tie?

    i don't like jewelry on men, so that leaves out collar bars and cufflinks, though silk knots are cool on formal occasions.
     


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    Can an exception be made for the crocodile? I just bought four of them.
     


  13. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i agree that it is tacky to wear clothing with logos/advertising on them.
    Can an exception be made for the crocodile? I just bought four of them.
    NO EXCEPTIONS... [​IMG]
     


  14. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    i agree that it is tacky to wear clothing with logos/advertising on them.
    Can an exception be made for the crocodile? I just bought four of them.
    Oh, I think it will be fine as long as your collar is up... [​IMG]
     


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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    [​IMG]
     


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