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Film Noir Buff

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Jun 26, 2005
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Today, wearing clothes has become more truly democratic and one viewpoint no longer prevails. Now, other life styles or sub cultures have grown self-sufficient enough to branch out from the trunk of style. Some of the branches are small and represent but slight deviations, modifications or improvements from the main trunk. Other branches are almost large enough to constitute a trunk in their own right. Ultimately, whichever branch of the style tree you find yourself perched on, there still remains a divide between the tasteful and the tasteless way to execute the look. In order to understand the differences between tasteful and sans gout choices one must consult the oracle of the style gods. Modesty naturally precludes one from offering any candidates. However for the sake of bringing order to the articles which appear here, terms for four major branches of style will be employed and one coverall category of what is never stylish. They are: Fogey, Old-Boy, Old-Boy-Hip, Hip and Slick... ...If you run an IT company (or would like to look like you do), you might need to dress differently than if you run a Brick and Mortar or Main Street company. Ask yourself, what are you selling? Considered once to be a vulgar thought, there is no room for that outdated philosophy gleaned in books or from our grandparents. Because in these times we have limited time and unlimited information to sort through, your clothes had better help you make your intended statement. Therefore, do ask yourself what message you are trying to convey and what image you are trying to maintain or conjure. Do you need to tell people you are rock solid, likeable, cutting edge? These factors are considerations. Are you an entertainer or do you just minister to the Stars? If you are a sports agent, do you wear what your clients wear or something that will register trust and empathy within your client base? Excerpts from: http://www.filmnoirbuff.com/article/...lothes-for-men


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Feb 11, 2007
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I think you overestimate the singficance of diversified clothing norms. There is no doubt that people in different social and professional contexts face different expectations, but that doesn't say anything about whether those expectations should be be pursued. This distinction is particularly worth considering since many of today's norms are ill-informed or just plain ugly.

Personally, I've decided not to be too concerned with the minutiae of contemporary niche expectations. Aside from the matter of aesthetics, I just can't be bothered to take note of all the little trends that prevail at the office. Moreover, when I do notice, I'm not willing to spend the money and time required to keep up. Anyway, it seems to me that if you are concerned with being stylish, you can't fear looking different from the people around you.

So I guess I'm not sure where you're going with this. Are you simply saying that people should dress appropriately? If so, I guess I generally agree. But there's not much content in such a suggestion, is there? To me, the diversification of norms merely demonstrates that many, many things are appropriate these days.


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I think you overestimate our ability to ignore your spamming for your own forum

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