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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, May 10, 2012.

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I have a well-earned reputation for being a picky grouch around here. But every now and then, I do see something I like a lot. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. In this thread, I post the proof.

    Here's one for starters:


    If you are a rule-of-thumb kind of guy, you may think there is too much blue in this outfit. In truth, it is exceptionally well-balanced. The different shades of blue come together very nicely, as they are broadly distributed across both the saturation and brightness ranges. Perhaps a good practice for most WAYWRN posters would be to view their photos in black and white. You'd be able to tell immediately if your outfit has enough tonal separation.

    Also, notice the textural range. There are rough, matte, and shiny surfaces. The shoes were an exceptionally smart pick. He could have gone with well-polished black, brown, or burgundy calf-skin shoes, which would have been perfectly fine. But brown suede really raises this outfit to another level. It takes the edge off the slickness while filling out the rough end of the texture spectrum. The sleek, more urban design of the shoes keeps them in line.

    There is lots of blue, yes. That's what makes the outfit's balance so much more impressive and interesting.

    Nits? Well, the sleeve fit may be effed, but I can't tell because of the way he's holding his arms. I don't like the slanted besom pockets, either. They are more of a distraction than anything else. Also, the gorge is too high, but short of cartoonish.
     
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    Stazy Senior member

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    First. :slayer:
     
  3. clapeyron

    clapeyron Senior member

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    no he couldn't, brown double monk is about the extent of his collection [​IMG]
     
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  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Shoe collections are far too large on this forum. In fact, if you have a shoe "collection," you are already off to a bad start.
     
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    Does 5 versions of the same shoe count? :p
     
  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    When you go to CostCo and bring home a 30-pack of paper towels, are you collecting paper towels, or are you being a savvy shopper?
     
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    Gibonius Senior member

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    Does Alden do bulk discounts?
     
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    black_umbrella Senior member

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    HA! touche.
     
  9. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    

    A better analogy would have referred to toilet paper.

    Agree, nice use of blue. The sleeve twisting is no bueno.
     
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  11. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, but I can't tell why it's happening. To be clear, the outfit does not stand out to me because of the way it fits.
     
  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Timotune's outfit is far superior. Every goddamned Italian businessman dresses exactly like the above. The tie and jacket are too close. And an all-solid outfit is almost always a fail.

    That said, the fit is very nice.
     
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    :facepalm:
     
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    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    is it savvy to wait 3 months for a 1000$+ billfold from a merchant who expressly do not want your patronage ?
     
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    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    If I facepalm, does that nullify yours?
     

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