From the “what where they thinking?” file:

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by imageWIS, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. JBZ

    JBZ Senior member

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    Not to risk heading off into Ask Andy "American Trad" territory (where I think there was recently a short lived thread regarding what kind of dog would be considered American Trad), and not that I would personally wear any of these articles (not my style), but it appears Brooks Brothers and Polo are attempting to capture what I would term "the New England preppy casual look." Picture an outdoor dinner party on Nantucket or the Cape during the summer at any number of private clubs that I imagine exist there (can you taste the Tanqueray?), and I think you get where Brooks and Polo are trying to go. Sure, you street wear afficianados may have your PDC's, vintage tee shirts, and hoodies, but could any of the same match the Je ne sais quoi of patch madras pants and multicolored striped shirts such as these? I think not...

    Interestingly, from reviewing the most recent J Crew catalogue, they seem to be offering the same types of clothes this spring (shorts in "Nantucket red" or kelly green with navy whales imprinted on them), but not to this extreme. I guess New England prep is in right now.

    Regards,

    Jeff
     


  2. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Those etro shirts are simply horrendous looking. Ack, it makes my eyes hurt.
     


  3. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    The Brooks Brothers fun shirts and shorts, mixing different colored stripes and different stlye plaid (and the Ralph Lauren, J. Crew versions) were all the rage when I was in college in the late 80's.

    Wear one of those shirts with a pair of khakis and your LL Bean camp or blucher mocs and you were styling.

    Bradford
     


  4. johnw86

    johnw86 Senior member

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    I think the key is to pair the shirts with the pants (no matching, of course) and then wear the hat to finish the "look." Perfect for the summer lawn party [​IMG]
     


  5. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Brown : Farmer :: These shirts :
     


  6. shoreman1782

    shoreman1782 Senior member

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    I'm with JN3, I've always dug madras. Then again, I have a pair of anchor-embroidered shorts. I understand the "fun shirt" but would not wear one.

    Fun shirts : sunburnt, middle aged men trying to reconcile Jimmy Buffett with JFK
     


  7. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I thought they removed analogies form the new SAT's ? [​IMG] Jon.
     


  8. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Senior member

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    psycho clown
     


  9. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Although it's really not my thing, I could sort of see the last Polo (Madras) shirt working, and some of the Etro shirts, if worn differently, and perhaps by different people. The Brooks Brothers shirts are pretty much uniformly ugly, although again, some people are cool and good looking enough (different from just being pretty) to much pull off *anything*. I am not one of those people.

    If I'm not mistaken, those images (of the Etro shirt are from the Neiman Marcus website, and people who get their casualwear from NM are generally not the type of people who can pull off the Etro look (what's with tucking the shirt into arather high rise, lame looking pair of jeans, btw.)

    Have you seen Kean Etro put some of his stuff together? I could see one of those shirts worn with a slightly baggy pair of brown tweed trousers (untucked) under a slouchy cardigan in blue with gold and brown in it. A little eccentric, but also could be very cool. It would help if the guy looked a little less like he was about to star in a soft core version of "Saving Ryan's Privates" and looked a little more like Kean too - a little dirtier, not so schoolboy clean shaven pretty. And to really pull off the Italian version of preppy, you have to really let your freak flag fly. Think Dre 3000 from OutKast. i.e. this is not for your stereotypical uptight new England WASP.
     


  10. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I love the term of "fun shirt."

    It has the concept of supposed exuberance but is yet so prim.

    This type of clothing item is truly for the "American Trad."
     


  11. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Serious. Etro shirts are not clubber American jackass shirts. Theyre much more dandified, and frankly much more put-together than the way they're being sold. I really dig Etro, despite having 0 items from them. I really like the style theyre always pushing. Insanely bold patterns with bright stripes, yet always well-coordinated and excessive in all the best ways.
     


  12. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    Etro is on it's way out. It looks really good on older guys, 50+; particularly if they have grey hair. It looks a bit done on younger dudes, however I still wear my shirts.

    This season they are offering a GREAT peaked lapel, SB suit in prince of whales check linen, and a nice plain tan linen suit.
     


  13. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    I guess Etro is on the way out, seeing as everyone up to and including Lands' End is doing multi-stripes, but I can't see myself giving up on those kind of shirts. The average-looking dull ones will fade away from the mainstream makers, sure, but there are some patterns that are just so out there that they're always cool. Whether 70s vintage or Etro, I'd still buy 'em if I saw 'em, now or ten years from now.
     


  14. aybojs

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    I like simple striped shirts (I'll probably be ordering a T&A ripoff from Jantzen this week), but the crazy rainbow Etro patterns have gotten old. To be fair, it's mainly due to the barrages of HS/college guys snapping up the overdone ripoffs from Guess/Banana/etc because Maxim told them to, but unfortunately it colors everything else. I'll stick with basic stripe patterns and come back to the more interesting stuff once the fad dies down.

    I agree with Mike as far as Etro's tailored clothing goes. They stick more with the classics, but the details give them just enough edge to set them apart. I wish it were easier to find in stores.
     


  15. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    So, what dog did they decide is the most Trad?
     


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