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Friday Challenge : Your favorite Oxford shirt

Gerry Nelson

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My favourite oxford shirt:


I got this shirt secondhand and maybe that's why it felt so comfortable the moment I put it on. When I can't think of what to wear, this is the shirt that I reach for. I think the stripes add a little bit of interest compared to a plain fabric (although I have a few of those too). If I had to pick one of my oxford shirts, this would be the one. It goes with everything I have and feels very comfortable - what more could I ask for?
 

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"there is the type who does alter his way of life, at least externally, and who by means of State scholarships succeeds in climbing into the middle class.
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For it is not easy to crash your way into the literary intelligentsia if you happen to be a decent human being. The modern English literary world, at any rate the high-brow section of it, is a sort of poisonous jungle where only weeds can flourish. [...T]o be a highbrow, with a footing in the snootier magazines, means delivering yourself over to horrible campaigns of wire-pulling and backstairs-crawling. In the highbrow world you ‘get on’, if you ‘get on’ at all, not so much by your literary ability as by being the life and soul of cocktail parties and kissing the bums of verminous little lions. This, then, is the world that most readily opens its doors to the proletarian who is climbing out of his own class.
The ‘clever’ boy of a working-class family, the sort of boy who wins scholarships and is obviously not fitted for a life of manual labour, may find other ways of rising into the class above [...] but the literary way is by far the most usual. Literary London now teems with young men who are of proletarian origin and have been educated by means of scholarships. Many of them are very disagreeable people, quite unrepresentative of their class, and it is most unfortunate that when a person of bourgeois origin does succeed in meeting a proletarian face to face on equal terms, this is the type he most commonly meets. For the result is to drive the bourgeois, who has idealised the proletariat so long as he knew nothing about them, back into frenzies of snobbishness." - George Orwell
hmm, what does this mean?

calling patrick bourgie scum?
 

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Inspiration:

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and

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Well, Lagerfeld is not wearing an Oxford shirt, but Frederick Hughes is. Both Bacon and Lagerfeld found inspiration and love in a fragile, tempestuous lover who died before their eyes, if in rather different ways. Both were clearly affected - how many of you recognised Karl? The way Bacon dressed thereafter (shown here) also reflects this, whilst continuing to embody the relaxed formalism of "the London scene". Hughes in contrast would not be out of place at a bank today (well, except the OCBD; although I guess with the new smart casual dress codes...); and yet here he was with the wild ones.

If Clouseau keeps this open long enough I might be able to slip in an entry. No chance til at least next week I'm afraid monsieur l'inspecteur.
 
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One last legend for the road and maybe l'inspecteur's memories:

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quite different from his usual appearance!
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“Vous avez, lui dit-il, au moins une qualité d'un bon matelot : la patience"
 

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Excellent pictures @am55 !
Entries until the 12th.

To those of you who posted several pictures, i will choose only one for the voting thread (usually a full-length portrait - if there is one)

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My favourite oxford shirt:


I got this shirt secondhand and maybe that's why it felt so comfortable the moment I put it on. When I can't think of what to wear, this is the shirt that I reach for. I think the stripes add a little bit of interest compared to a plain fabric (although I have a few of those too). If I had to pick one of my oxford shirts, this would be the one. It goes with everything I have and feels very comfortable - what more could I ask for?
Which brand is it Gerry ?
 

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