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HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part III

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr.K, Mar 25, 2011.

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  1. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, I see the pants issue too now. Keep positive!
     
  2. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm no Zizek, but when I was just starting out (as a lecturer), I taught in white t-shirts[​IMG].

    Now, I wear a coat/tie...but still remain in the minority on my campus (and even more of a minority for wearing a PS).

    There's another discussion for "formality/uniform" and context where it is required. I think the classroom is one of those more formal contexts, but people these days like it casual on campus. Certainly, a public scholarly lecture demands a coat and tie. Sweats, no.
     
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    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just to clarify (you're British?), is that "pants" in the English or American sense (or both!).
     
  4. jungleroller

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    I've been sick for over a week with all the weather we're having, but back to work today.

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    Not entirely sure if the Jacket/Pants patterns mesh well...
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    and @upr_crust Great look! I really like those cufflinks!
     
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  5. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    Of course he does. :)

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    Timo, pingson, clapey, great stuff.

    Pingson, deets on tie and shoes?
     
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    @clapeyron that is the next fabric I would order from Luxire! Great combo!

    @Pliny great combo!

    @Pingson as usual, very nice!

    @Claghorn dat jacket! [​IMG]
     
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    UC - double scarfer! Where's the Astrakhan from? :confused: Wearing mine today....:freeze:
     
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    It's still cold enough to need a scarf to wrap around one's face, and the Astrakhan is from Seifter Associates, via (he says shamefacedly) Century 21, several years ago. I wish that I had kopped the brown one as well - alas . . .
     
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    New grenadine from Exquisit trimmings in burnt orange and a new pocket square from Drake´s

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    Grey, brown, blue, and white.
     
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    Brilliant!
     
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  12. mimo

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    Just to be clear on the denim thing, I don't think it is totally without use: seriously, were I riding a classic motorcycle and accompanying my jeans with a black biker jacket and some oiled (deliberately and otherwise) boots, or driving longhorns across West Texas, or smashing rocks in some kind of penal colony, there could be nothing more appropriate. But my issue is this: in every other conceivable instance, there is a better choice. Yes, you could wear jeans with a sports jacket - though not as scruffy as the item you dragged out yesterday - and it would look OK. But coloured twills, cords, grey flannels or any number of other things, would still look sharper. It's a bit like the whole collar-points-under-the-lapels thing: nobody in the real world is going to point a finger and say "hey, look at that dickhead with his insufficiently spread collar!" (well, unless you are unfortunate enough to walk past an incognito SF meet of especially judgemental and acerbic members, to which you were not invited). And nobody is going to say "hey, that guy's wearing jeans with his sports jacket!" either, probably, as most will either consider you dressed up for wearing a jacket at all that isn't made of nylon with a baseball logo on the back, or achingly cool for your "street style".

    But this is, after all, the "Classic Menswear" section, and I think we should aspire to be the best-dressed we can possibly be. In some ways, how we dress when we are relaxed says more about our standards than how we dress when we're making an effort: everyone usually looks decent in black tie. But catch a guy in the supermarket, and the one in a well-fitting lambswool sweater, wide wale cords and country brogues is just as relaxed and comfortable as the other guy in jogging pants and a sweatshirt. But when the radio announces the zombie apocalypse or similar, for some reason everyone turns towards Mr country casual as he says "...right, this is what we need to do...." Jeans are the lowest common denominator - the shorthand of "casual" for pretty much everyone. But as such they are so generic that they neither say "relaxed" nor even "rebellious" as James Dean might have thought. They say lazy and unimaginative. And also, I think, cautious. An inverted kind of conservatism: "everyone gets jeans, right?". Pah. Better to be pointed at by intrigued children for wearing burnt orange chinos, than have someone's dad say "ha...yeah...501s...me too...worn nothing else since 1972...". Iggy Pop gets a pass. Nobody else.

    Anyway, I digress: your jacket still doesn't fit. It's too tight across the belly and chest, making the quarters pop up and stand straight out in front of you like belly antennae, and pulling your shoulders down. There's no immediate solution to that, I fear. Which is a pity as the jacket is nice. You look kind of uncomfortable as a result of trying to stand in the most jacket accommodating way, so it's hard to say how your (perfectly decent) trousers fit. And I really do like your shoes.
     
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  13. mimo

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    Crusty, I do like you with a dickie. That's a nice mix of conservative-you and country-you. Professorial-you, perhaps?

    Don, that tie and PS are a perfect combination and really well matched with the suit. Nice pick-up; I'm waiting for a delivery from ET myself...

    CP, you are off the leash these days, my friend! Some part of me says that shouldn't work, but it does. You look quite the dandy, in every positive way possible.

    He is American in pants terminology, Texan in bars, Latino in buttocks and English in Korean dental standards.
     
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    o/o, really been liking your fits lately.

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    Shirt - Kamakura
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    PS - Brooks Brothers
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    Socks - Bresciani (No Vis)
    Shoes - G&G Via Luxeswap
     
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    I think jeans are one thing mimo and I agree on. I don't really like them dressed up. Always a better option. As far as looking the best we possibly can, me, personally, when I am not in a suit I look like a slob, admittedly. Then again I am rarely suitless, so in my humble opinion: I've earned it.

    Jeans to me give the same perception as things like loafers, cardigans, etc. Essentially lazy ways of trying to look dressed up. I have said this in the past and I will say it again. When looking dressed up, or "stylish" if that is one in the same to you, people tend to do a) what is easy, and b) what is cheap. The whole wear a dress shirt with a tie doesn't look stylish to me. It looks lazy. They didn't want to spend the time to make their outfit remarkable, they did what was easy and passable to the majority of people's standards. Jeans are in the same vein in a "dressed up" way. It is easy, they require zero maintenance, they require very little effort relatively to choose. Loafers for the most part (and this opinion probably holds the least weight in this argument) is that they are also lazy. There are always better options to put on your feet in any situation, or outfit. Some argue they are perfect for the summer. Ok, whatever, put on any pair of derbies and you have elevated your look considerably so what if it is hot, you're still wearing leather shoes I doubt a better looking shoe, no matter how much more substantial is going to push you into heat stroke territory, nor is a loafer going to keep you from it.
     
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    So now we all know that mimo would wear jeans in Australia!
     
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    No shame in C21 bargains, as long as you consciously avoid the thundering herds. Any finds/scores/kops made during peak hours are offset by having to endure the choking throngs of humanity - the indignity is worse than having to pay full price!
     
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    For full disclosure I plan on wearing my 1978 Levi 501's in Cambodia in a few weeks. With Saint James tee shirts.
     
  20. mimo

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    I like your PS, Stitchy. The tie's a bit bright for me, and clashes with your trousers in this instance - better with the grey flannels I suspect. It has a lovely texture and knots beautifully - is that one a wool challis? I bet Noodles could pull it off...


    PB, our neuroses are clearly related, if a little different: I see loafers as fitting where lesser men use "sneakers" or espadrilles, just as cords or coloured twills replace the denim. Casual and "lazy", most definitely, but not ugly or thoughtless.

    (I am pretending not to have read your second post, so as not to knock you off the mental pedestal to which my mind has elevated you previously).
     
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