Fashion trends you don't buy into

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TheDroog, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    i dont think square toes were made a 'trend' per se, but moreso 'after the fact'.

    what i mean is, square toes shoes like kenneth cole and stuff are not really made on an expensive last or outsourced to an artisan/ specialized company making lasts.

    it is a cheap simple last that is shelled out and almost looks like a box where it is simple relatively to slap out hundreds of shoes by putting on a top, sides, and front.

    this reason being, so easy to make , but since it is so ubiquitous, that poeple just think it is a trend or made it a trend after the fact.
     


  2. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Fashion Hayzus

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    So basically this? :

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  3. raiderbuck

    raiderbuck Senior member

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    Hands down it's square toe shoes. They are everywhere.
     


  4. Ry'on

    Ry'on Senior member

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    american apparel hoodies with the white strings they are the worst and I never bought one www.hyrcollective.com
     


  5. oneblood

    oneblood Senior member

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    American Apparel in general. Not distinguishable from other far less expensive basics. If you want high quality basics there are far better options for slightly more.
     


  6. Spilotro

    Spilotro Senior member

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    Abercrombie, Hollister, Aeropostale, etc. (the crap people my age waste insane amounts of money on).

    The preppy look, in general.

    Any type of sandals (I'm a shoes-only guy), or shoes without socks... yuck.

    Sportcoats with t-shirts.

    Polo shirts, only because I don't like the way I look in them.
     


  7. oneblood

    oneblood Senior member

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    Any type of sandals (I'm a shoes-only guy), or shoes without socks... yuck.

    I totally forgot about that. I agree. Especially the sandals with pants thing. It looks terrible and I never understand how people like that look.
     


  8. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Sportcoats with hooded sweatshirts underneath

    Just when you think they've gone away, they'll sadly return in the Fall.


    Really? I thought that was done in 1998.
     


  9. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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  10. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    +1 on boat shoes. terrible then, terrible now.

    also:

    -"dress" shorts
    -ties with jeans (tho I've been guilty of it heh)
    -vests, not as part of a 3 piece suit
    -rolled pants to manpri length
    -sandals
     


  11. slycedbred

    slycedbred Senior member

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    "timeless clothing". aka the fashion trend of SF
     


  12. coconut

    coconut Senior member

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    shoe: I have always wondered if square-toe shoes were cheaper to make. Do you have any verification on that?
     


  13. winston

    winston Senior member

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    Boat shoes had a specific purpose, or specific application when they were popular in the Preppy hayday of the 1980s. Sailors and yachties needed non-marking rubber soles that had slits or channels in the soles that provided some traction on a wet surface. Thus, the white soled Sperry topsider.

    In the last 20 years, new materials have been introduced into sailing shoes (and gear) so most sailors and yachties wear something that looks like an athletic shoe now. Or, they wear Keens, those ugly but functional sandals with the hard rubber toe covering that were designed by a sailor who was tired of jamming his toe on the rail of his sailboat.

    If form follows function, there is no longer a need for boat shoes to look like the original Sperry topsider. I suppose some would buy them because they are nostalgic. Perhaps buying Sperry topsiders (or their look alikes) is similar to buying a Barbour waxed cotton jacket--it has a certain look, but it is heavier and less functional than a gore-tex jacket for rain protection.

    To me, the boat shoes looked best when they were weathered: sun bleached and sewater stained. In that case, they looked like actual boat shoes rather than street shoes patterned after boat shoes.

    Where I grew up, sailing was a summer sport. Therefore, boat shoes were a summer-only clothing item, like shorts and polo shirts. Also, I looked at boat shoes as being pertinent to sailing--an athletic shoe of sorts. Accordingly, I would not wear them in the colder months and I would not wear them when not on a boat or near water, just as I would not wear hiking boots or ski gear or tennis shoes in inappropriate situations.

    In summary, boat shoes have their purpose and in the boating context, they are fine.


    I see your point, but if you are to throw out every item of clothing which contains a hangover from an obsolete function, then you'll surely be dismissing some of your own stuff. Boat shoes once had a function which is no longer needed, but the style which grew out of that need has remained and is no less legitimate because you can remember why they came about in the first place.

    I'll confess that I used to dislike the style of boat shoes, but I've warmed to it after seeing them so well executed as part of stylish modern outfits.
     


  14. winston

    winston Senior member

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    Oh...
    I've never bought into manbags in general, but especially messenger bags. There might be a few styles that work, (rucksacks, briefcases and dufflebags - sometimes you have to carry stuff) but for the most part having some sort of bag over your shoulder has a feminizing effect and just looks bad.
     


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    American Apparel in general. Not distinguishable from other far less expensive basics. If you want high quality basics there are far better options for slightly more.

    Such as?
     


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