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FRIDAY CHALLENGE ENDING MAY 30 2014 ~ "Formal-Friday" aka the 'F#@k You Casual Friday!' Challenge

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TTO, May 27, 2014.

The Friday Challenge- 'F#@k You Casual Friday!' Who did it best?

Poll closed Jun 2, 2014.
  1. upr-(double-dipping)-crust - Thursday

    48 vote(s)
    52.7%
  2. (mental-Melting) Mimo

    21 vote(s)
    23.1%
  3. upr-crust - Friday

    11 vote(s)
    12.1%
  4. Coxsackie

    13 vote(s)
    14.3%
  5. Size 38r

    5 vote(s)
    5.5%
  6. The Don of Cologne

    25 vote(s)
    27.5%
  7. HoldFast

    14 vote(s)
    15.4%
  8. MonkeyFace

    7 vote(s)
    7.7%
  9. CousinDonuts

    7 vote(s)
    7.7%
  10. EvilTimeBan

    11 vote(s)
    12.1%
  11. Shen - 'What am I, a Farmer'

    25 vote(s)
    27.5%
  12. Calypso

    11 vote(s)
    12.1%
  13. gdl203

    18 vote(s)
    19.8%
  14. NefariousSabatour

    7 vote(s)
    7.7%
  15. Hung-Over... TTO

    49 vote(s)
    53.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Plait?
     


  2. ImTheGroom

    ImTheGroom Senior member

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    Hurrah! Sadly, my suit needs more alteration than I thought, and is not yet presentable. :(

    Well shaving one's back is really an exercise in futility.
     




  3. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    It is indeed "on like Donkey Kong"...thanks for the reference, haven't heard anyone say that in ages. :)

    Now then. Today, the thermometer was at 50C. That's 122F in American. So the choice to wear a three piece suit is perhaps questionable. Especially as I also have a navy linen suit. But linen isn't formal. I did eschew the heavy flannel chalkstripe I might otherwise have worn, and settled for a medium worsted. Anyway, quit moaning about the weather. This is a challenge, and time to man up! I might fairly be accused of having taken this seriously.

    So, the most formal, traditional, conservative attire within the realms of SF decency - according to me at least - went like this:

    - had to be three piece
    - navy, traditional formal lounge suit
    - would have gone white shirt, but light blue for SF Harmony, tidy medium spread, double cuff of course
    - perfect contrast for tie is therefore (in my book) burgundy; no grenadines, knits, etc, so picked a Drake's challis neat
    - white PS, required maximum restraint, fold-side up, no sprezzy edges
    - smooth MOP cufflinks, not too flashy
    - black cap toes, considered a wholecut but that's really quite dandy, cap toes are tasteful conservatism personified, and English ones at that, because everyone knows being more English is the same as being more anal formal
    - tie bar, but hidden under the waistcoat so as not to be flashy; serving its functional purpose of keeping the tie vertical only
    - braces > belt, woven braces more formal, normally for evening but can't be seen anyway, so I can just feel more formal
    - socks; grey or navy just too dull, a formal fine stripe in muted blues, OTC of course
    - quiet vintage dress watch of understated size on simple black strap

    Here goes: It is 122F. It is midday, so there is light. The camera is steaming up on the phone a bit. I am steaming up too. All for you.


    Am I really wearing this today, all day?
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    Yes I am. For TTO. For The Challenge. For Styleforum.
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    Tie bar functional only, not for flashy display.
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    Woven braces. Comfortable and gentlemanly.
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    This is a gentleman's modest formal watch. And modest formal cufflinks. No garish gold or sparkle here. Move along.
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    Navy wool, burgundy wool, Harrison's vs Drake's, England in harmony. With big fuck-off lapels. And a non-wool white PS, just a little peek mind. N.B. super-formal for me requires a symmetrical knot so no HW or FIH/DFIH coquetry here. No need for the hated FW, though: this meaty challis sits just nicely in a Pratt/Shelby.
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    Indoors for lunch. Shoes. No contrast laces here. Socks long, tasteful. Bresciani fil d'Ecosse.
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    Home time. Can I take my jacket off now?
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    I would like some votes this time, if it's not too much trouble.

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    Last edited: May 29, 2014


  4. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    That's pretty fucking great, mimo. Count on at least one vote.
     


  5. mrjester

    mrjester Senior member

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    I concur. Shit.
     


  6. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    Mimo is going to have battle scars for this one.


    But think of men 100 years ago who would have to dress like that in major heat waves with no air conditioning.
     


  7. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    no. trouserless is just fine.
     


  8. nabilmust

    nabilmust Senior member

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    I thought it only happens to me, leaving home without trousers.
     


  9. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    They would have worn white linen and at least a sun hat, right?
    @mimo 's look is great, but I'm afraid his big fuck you lapels (his own words) make it not as formal as could/should have been. Anyway, hat's off to him (sorry, lame pun...)
     


  10. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    I'm out. Pants are too long, and a second look at the jacket suggests some work could be done.
     


  11. TTO

    TTO Senior member

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    You are quite, quite, mad! 50 degrees, midday! [VIDEO][/VIDEO] [VIDEO][/VIDEO] [​IMG] :cheers: I hope you had a nice cooling libation waiting for you! -TTO
     


  12. TTO

    TTO Senior member

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    I have decided that 'Land of Hope & Glory' is the official 'F#@k You Casual Friday' theme tune, I hope you all hear it as an internal soundtrack for the day!
    -TTO
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2014


  13. upr_crust

    upr_crust Senior member

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    I do hear it as my internal soundtrack for the day - unhappily, I'm hearing it sung by Dame Clara Butt.
     


  14. upr_crust

    upr_crust Senior member

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    "Double-dipping" on this week's challenge - today's attire . . .

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