Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. jrd617

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  2. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    - Size (See how the shoulders drop)
    - Super 160(?) gave a nice sheen


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    - Nothing (Unless you want to nitpick)
    - The sleeves have been corrected since this pic...I just need to freaking pick it up.
     
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  3. ridethecliche

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    Noodles, you posted your face in the pic you took with me.
     
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    Nitpick: I don't love the roped shoulders...
     
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    It made him look pear-shaped with weak shoulders. Which is fine if you're a pear.

    Now he's rolling with Formosa, much more flattering. Dressing like a baus.
     
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    Meh~ no one is going to recognize me...I hope
     
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    I'm more of a peach.
     
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  10. Cleav

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  11. FlyingMonkey

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    Well, yes and no for two main reasons:

    1. The proposition one acquires knowledge and then goes out to buy something particular based on that knowledge works to some extent. But how and where does one acquire this knowledge? There isn't one true path. You can hang around here. You can read. Being a professional researcher, I 'm pretty good at learning through books and other sorts of 'paper' research. But I recognise that a lot of people learn in different ways. One way is actually through activities like thrifting. It is is not just about buying for the sake of buying or buying to resell for profit, although many people do it for this reason, it can also be a relatively inexpensive way to build your knowledge of clothing. To begin to acquire a really tactile material understanding of fabrics and construction. To inspire research and reading about the history of clothing and style. To fail interestingly in your attempts to dress well and learn in that way. And so on. That said, it's not my way. I don't thrift largely because I just don't have the time, and thrift stores in rural Ontario are pretty much how you might imagine them to be!

    2. Then there's fun. Building a wardrobe should not all be about 'knowledge' and 'discipline'. That makes style and aesthetics sound so puritan, so bloodless. It has to be about pleasure. I do buy second-hand (largely through ebay, but IRL too when I get the chance) and it is my particular pleasure to find historically interesting pieces (mainly mid-century artisan-made accessories, Ivy-style jackets, vintage fabrics that have qualities that you don't find so much these days etc. etc.). And I'm still learning as I go through this process.

    The pleasure, the knowledge and the discipline are always mixed in different quantities and there are people on this forum who demonstrate all three in ways I find admirable - including you, I might say - I certainly share your view that you've expressed on previous occasions that the late 50s / early 60s was actually the high point in modern male style rather than the 30s, which seems to be the usual reference point.
     
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    I'd agree with all that. Part of the problem is that guys today are often starting from scratch, or close to, because they have little to no experience with tailored clothing. Used to be, most guys learned this stuff growing up. If you're coming at it as an adult, you have to start somewhere, which brings me to my point: If you don't know what you're doing, and if you don't have the discipline to pass up false bargains, it doesn't matter if you're standing in a thrift or Bergdorf.
     
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    I honestly learned what to pass up by posting some gawd awful fits on here. The only way to learn here is to try what you think is right and get feedback till you know what is right. There are so many things about fit that are hard to pin down, like how something that fits should 'feel' and how it should 'look' that it's a lot if you haven't grown up with the stuff.

    Which is exactly what you've all said. I honestly bought a ton of shit that didn't fit AT ALL because it looked cool.

    The learning process has been fun though. I'm definitely better at recognizing quality now just from construction and handiwork.
     
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    I'm working both the audio and video pieces together here for the total experience. Very very moving, I highly recommend it (reaches for Drake's 70/30 wool/ silk hankie)
     
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    Sales are dangerous I'm down to a quarterly splurge and couldn't be happier. Key items on budget full price or not
     
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