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Pic from Friday Trad challenge. Scuderi (from Sid Mashburn) hopsack sport coat, Drake's tie, Zegna shirt, and Canali pants. At least the shoes are American in, umm, Dublin leather.

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Enjoying Fall weather at rooftop bar (socially distant with masks unless eating/drinking). Pvt White VC jacket and Adidas sneakers. Ray-Bans, Levi's, and Archimede pilot watch.

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GO VOTE !

 

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The Friday Challenge American Trad's poll is turning into a G9 contest...

Here is my "Harrington collection"
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From left to right :
Black Baracuta G9 (pre-Lavori)
Dark Navy Baracuta G9 (Lavori - that's the one i used for the Friday Challenge.)
Black Uniqlo U G4
Navy Aquascutum

I definitely need one in a lighter colour...
 

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I've been having a bit of a side discussion with @Clouseau about Harrington jackets, so I thought I'd post one my favorites that gets a lot of wear this time of year.
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It's a friend of mine's interpretation of the Tom Ford jacket from the Bond movie Quantum of Solace. So definitely a slimmer and shorter fit than a classic G9 or G4, with cleaner lines, and made from a heavier cotton twill.

I've also been following along with this thread since around the start of August, and thought I'd share some thoughts so far ...

@Clouseau was nice enough to reach out and invite me to participate here. So, going back to the original question in his first post, here some ideas the discussions I've read have inspired.

I've been thinking about what goes into creating a personal style and I've also had the pleasure of speaking with some people I respect about the topic (store owners and buyers, stylists, as well as some gentlemen here). One of my big take-aways has been the idea of understanding the story behind a particular article or style of clothing. For example, we can look at the classic trench coat and ask why it was designed the way it was, why certain details were added (or removed), why that particular material was used for the outer shell, why those colors were selected, etc. Basically, questions about the intended purpose and functionality of the piece. But there's also the cultural elements to consider: who originally used the coat and in what contexts? How was it used in popular culture? How did it break out to become a staple in men's (and women's) closets? Who's wearing it today and for what purpose? I think it's that combination of the functional aspects and cultural history of a particular piece that creates its story. And (just to be clear), I believe a designer creating a piece simply to embrace the beauty of a certain shape or material or color or pattern is totally valid. Function doesn't have to mean "practical".

I think the story of a piece gets really interesting when we start trying to combine elements from different style genres (sorry, I can't think of a better term) and different cultures. For example, the idea of combining workwear and tailoring really intrigues me (beyond just throwing a Barbour over a suit or wearing a tie with a trucker jacket) but I don't feel like I've got it nailed down yet (I still feel like I'm wearing a costume or the whole look just comes off as disjointed). Another example is the style @Gerry Nelson executes so well: bringing together pieces from Asia, the UK, the U.S. to create a truly unique style that (in my eyes) is still practical and accessible.

One thing Gerry shared with me is his ability to identify the common elements shared by the various pieces. For example, a Hanten inspired jacket is meant to be worn casually and keep you warm, so from a functional perspective it will work in place of something like a shawl collar cardigan or fleece jacket. And it can be combined with other pieces from different cultures that share similar design elements and intended functions, like denim, flannel, heavier cotton twill, coarser knits, etc. Being able to swap pieces in and out of a look based on their shared stories is a skill I'd like to improve for myself.

None of the stuff I wrote above is particularly new (and most of it originates from other, more experienced people than I). But learning about approaching personal style as way of integrating stories really captures my imagination and allows me to look at things in a new way. It adds some hidden depth to the way we dress and gives me a framework to better understand why one look "works" and another doesn't.

And that's sort of where I am today. I have a pretty clear idea of what I like when it comes to individual pieces, but I want to improve how I combine those pieces to create a personal style that's comfortable and organic, but more visually interesting and has a little more character. There'll probably be more misses than hits in my future!

Cheers all!
John
 

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I've been having a bit of a side discussion with @Clouseau about Harrington jackets, so I thought I'd post one my favorites that gets a lot of wear this time of year.
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It's a friend of mine's interpretation of the Tom Ford jacket from the Bond movie Quantum of Solace. So definitely a slimmer and shorter fit than a classic G9 or G4, with cleaner lines, and made from a heavier cotton twill.

I've also been following along with this thread since around the start of August, and thought I'd share some thoughts so far ...

@Clouseau was nice enough to reach out and invite me to participate here. So, going back to the original question in his first post, here some ideas the discussions I've read have inspired.

I've been thinking about what goes into creating a personal style and I've also had the pleasure of speaking with some people I respect about the topic (store owners and buyers, stylists, as well as some gentlemen here). One of my big take-aways has been the idea of understanding the story behind a particular article or style of clothing. For example, we can look at the classic trench coat and ask why it was designed the way it was, why certain details were added (or removed), why that particular material was used for the outer shell, why those colors were selected, etc. Basically, questions about the intended purpose and functionality of the piece. But there's also the cultural elements to consider: who originally used the coat and in what contexts? How was it used in popular culture? How did it break out to become a staple in men's (and women's) closets? Who's wearing it today and for what purpose? I think it's that combination of the functional aspects and cultural history of a particular piece that creates its story. And (just to be clear), I believe a designer creating a piece simply to embrace the beauty of a certain shape or material or color or pattern is totally valid. Function doesn't have to mean "practical".

I think the story of a piece gets really interesting when we start trying to combine elements from different style genres (sorry, I can't think of a better term) and different cultures. For example, the idea of combining workwear and tailoring really intrigues me (beyond just throwing a Barbour over a suit or wearing a tie with a trucker jacket) but I don't feel like I've got it nailed down yet (I still feel like I'm wearing a costume or the whole look just comes off as disjointed). Another example is the style @Gerry Nelson executes so well: bringing together pieces from Asia, the UK, the U.S. to create a truly unique style that (in my eyes) is still practical and accessible.

One thing Gerry shared with me is his ability to identify the common elements shared by the various pieces. For example, a Hanten inspired jacket is meant to be worn casually and keep you warm, so from a functional perspective it will work in place of something like a shawl collar cardigan or fleece jacket. And it can be combined with other pieces from different cultures that share similar design elements and intended functions, like denim, flannel, heavier cotton twill, coarser knits, etc. Being able to swap pieces in and out of a look based on their shared stories is a skill I'd like to improve for myself.

None of the stuff I wrote above is particularly new (and most of it originates from other, more experienced people than I). But learning about approaching personal style as way of integrating stories really captures my imagination and allows me to look at things in a new way. It adds some hidden depth to the way we dress and gives me a framework to better understand why one look "works" and another doesn't.

And that's sort of where I am today. I have a pretty clear idea of what I like when it comes to individual pieces, but I want to improve how I combine those pieces to create a personal style that's comfortable and organic, but more visually interesting and has a little more character. There'll probably be more misses than hits in my future!

Cheers all!
John
John, it's good to have you here (and now), it's a great Harrington, and a strong first post !
I agree with you that it is very interesting to combine items from different cultures, it is something i try to do too, but i am not as bold as Gerry is sometimes, i stay very classical. For example today i wore an Austrian Navy Loden coat with a French shirt, MiUSA LVC 551 zxx and English Tassels... Pretty international. I also like very much the story behind the items, the Austrian Loden coats for example (i've got several) were originally hunting coats, hence the holes under the arms to give you freedom of movement to use a rifle.
This kind of approach is what i had in mind with this thread. Achieving a personal style with quality items that have a story, or a function, and sometimes both !
 

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