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Help a socialist dress

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Allen, May 5, 2013.

  1. Allen

    Allen Senior member

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    I know, I do like the man's art and the way he dressed, not so much his opinions, but he was crazy anyway, so I take it in good humor.


    It was a long time ago... today, it's costume.
     
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    How about something subtle, like dirty bucks?
     
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    ^^^^^^

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    Nice shiny set of buttons for the blazer as well...
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    Buy a cheap RTW suit. That's how most sincere socialist activists dress in my home country. Leftists with a bespoke tailor look fake and usually are neo liberals masquerading as the left.
     
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    Cheap RTW suits are made by underpaid, overworked, stressed out workers from third world countries, while most of the money from me buying such a suit would go to some corporate fat cat. I don't want to encourage that. If I have my suit made by my tailor, he gets paid pretty well, uses locally produced fabrics and I won't look like shit. I do want to encourage that.
     
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    You could always wear a nice expensive suit, that wasn't produced by cheap labour exploited proletariat.
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    ....sober dark colour and nothing fashion forward. Plain white shirt. Suggest a plain red tie as well, no dimple and no pocket square either, as they might be considered bourgeoisie.
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    That's completely off-topic, but: consumer behaviour doesn't drive political change. Political action drives political change.

    Back on topic: if you want to show that you support "local labour", that's cool, just make sure that you know what you're buying, and that you don't end up supporting just a particular segment of the local labour - the one catering to the needs of capitalist fat cats.
     
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    How famous Polish socialists dressed:

    Jacek Kuron:

    [​IMG](he made jeans jackets a political statement in Poland)
    and after joining the political establishment:
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    Jan Jozef Lipski:

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    In German, "Rote Socke" ("red sock") is a mostly pejorative term for a leftist, but it can also be used ironically by leftists themselves.
    There is also a left wing individualistic and "I'm a special butterfly" kind of way. Therefore, red socks would be especially suitable for an individualist/libertarian/anarchist socialist. However, it seems that you are a more statist kind of socialist.
    I sometimes wear bright red socks and I am anything but right wing. While I dislike the political left-right spectrum, quite a few people (especially those who disagree with me) see me as a far leftist.
     
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    I find the idea that suits are a right wing enterprise to be pretty much nonsense. Take a look at any active socialist politician.

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    If anything I would say a sports jacket is more "establishment" as it could be taken to signify comfort in dressing richly even in more casual/non-work circumstances. It's more easily associated with upper-class British country gentlemen or members of the ivy league/prep.

    If you want to make any kind statement through this kind of dress I'd try to incorporate red into it. A strong red tie or a lapel pin, red cufflinks, etc. No need to be overt and crass.
     
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    Sports jackets are also associated with university professors, many of which are left-leaning. Sports-jacket-wearing professors often wear a sports jacket when other people would wear a conservative suit.
    I would say a sports jacket is more "upper-class" but less "establishment" than a business suit. I don't know how I would rate blazers and more casual suits.

    To the original poster: Your proposed outfit will probably not offend if you don't wear anything flashy. Only really conservative people would eventually be offended by such an outfit at an event with no stated dress code.
     
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    Quote: Fair point. I don't really think judging suits or sports jackets in terms of political stance is a very sensible endeavour - context and the person wearing it matter much more.
     
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    So is Samuelsohn still sourcing fabric from North Korea?
     
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    I still see a few floating around at the outlets. But I think the sanctions put an end to that misadventure (it's really odd having something sourced from North Korea).
     
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    Yup. I'm almost certain nothing is outsourced to North Korea now. And the Special Economic Zones closed until such times that the situation changes.
     
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