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Dressing well

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Renault78law, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Jan 29, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I've once heard that the key to dressing well is knowing what looks good on you. Accordingly, people like Alan Flusser and many others, recommend looks that compliment you features (or at least draw attention to your face), eg what kind of collar or glasses for an angled face, what to wear if you're tall, what to wear if you're thin, etc etc creating very elaborate guidelines.
    I was wondering what your take on this is. Myself, I don't by it. When I think about dressing, I consider an overall look - what look am I going for, right now? Then I go for it, without being constrained by colors that compliment my skin tone, or shapes that flatter my face/figure. Otherwise, someone's going to tell me not to wear a spread collar, or "don't wear yellow" or something like that.
    By virtue of my stubbornness, am I holding myself back from looking as good as I can? Please enlighten me.

    btw, if you can't tell, it's a slow day at work.

  2. incognitius

    incognitius Active Member

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    Mar 27, 2003
    Ehh, I know this comment isn't too insightful, but I've seen outfits on men that look bad on them but would look good on me. In fact, I'll often see a man in an expensive suit and think that it doesn't look so flattering on him. People rarely look as good as the runway models do, but maybe this is just a matter of either natural beauty or poor fit.

    Or maybe it's just my own arrogance.

  3. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Mar 19, 2002
    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by going for a look rather than worrying about how clothing and accessories make you look. I would argue that you can go for an overall look, but still do it in such a way that ensures you look as good as you can. If you are consistent about buying clothes that look good on you and not just making trendy purchases, then you can put a look together that fits the style you are attempting, i.e. cosmopolitan, sporty, club wear, business formal, etc. but does so in a way that best suits you and your individual look.

    Slow day here too,


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