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. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks to the old heads for the stimulating dialogue today.


    This.


    I have no idea what any of that means, but I like it anyway.
     


  2. bourbonbasted

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    Jesus boys. I leave the bar and come home to this. I think I need another drink.

    I hope this passionate/informed/at-times-heated banter is not just a flash in the pan and exclusive to this evening. Us n00bs never got first hand insight from y'all. Nice to actually hear from the dudes we are supposed to search for every time an inside joke or esoteric subject comes up.

    Either way, digging WAYWRN lately. Awesome start to the Fall.
     


  3. sellahi22

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    Thought provoking post.

    I personally think that taste is the only absolute prerequisite to dressing well. Obviously examples exist of people without knowledge and/or money dressing well, but we can debate about the numbers.

    A subtext I read into your post, or maybe this is my imagination, is that people should not make excuses for not dressing well, even if it's for budgetary reasons. If you can't afford bespoke and don't pull off RTW well, it's not the end of the world, there are more important things in life. But don't persist under the delusion that your best effort at the thrift shop or Gilt Groupe makes you look great, and don't post your photos on the internet expecting a big group hug.

    Maybe another principle is that each bad fit posted degrades the quality of the forum, just as each good fit improves it. Perhaps this is what pisses off those of us who want to see the forum standard return to excellence. Some people want this board to be a comprehensive state school, others would prefer for it to be a exclusive school for the gifted.
     
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  4. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I can't believe this thread is going down like this when only now at 11pm I find myself with time to post.

    Yes, that suit Vox posted is probably the worst fitting suit I own. Its the loosest fitting suit I own. I got it late in the summer and wanted to give it a few rolls before having it worked extensively over the winter to be perfect for next summer. (Its an Oxxford, BTW).

    In terms of fit, sure Mantons fits exponentially better, not only in that picture but generally. He has a hard to fit frame that pretty much requires bespoke. I have a very good natural frame (whoever said ex-athelete, god bless you but no. I have never once seen the inside of a gym, not a single day of my life) that takes RTW pretty darn good. What my learning process here has shown me is to focus more on fit. When I first saw that photo comparison, it was really evident how much I need to take a look at that. I am a creative type - I see in color and harmony. Whoever said emotion, and emptym nailed it by saying I dress passionately (or however it was phrased), thats right. I look for a harmony in color. Last year, I started to work on texture, and thats been a big challenge to overcome - Ill find the right colors to work, but not the right textures. Scale was another that I really focused on. But fit is the last hurdle to overcome. I have not made many new RTW purchases lately, but the ones I have are looked at with different eyes than the ones that bought all the other stuff. So, thanks to the forum for giving another eye opener I suppose.

    But, I do want to summarize with this, and crucify me if you wish - but I do not wish to attain perfection on any day I dress. I don't care if "the rules" tell me that my socks should not match my tie. I don't care that the rules say I should not wear bracelets with a suit. I do have a strong passion for clothes and I love looking my best as we all do. However, I do it for me. Not you, not you, and not you - I do it for me. That means that I like to match my socks to my tie, and wear my bracelets. Its me. Its my style. I do respect opposing viewpoints who will tell me when something is severely wrong, sure. And I think I don't make too too many of those. But style is very subjective, especially based upon the wearers personality and environment. I can only assume that Manton, Foo, other CBD-ish guys work in extremely conservative environments. I do not. I have the luxury of being me, which is really great. Do I need to learn more about classic dress and the traditions that these things are steeped in? Sure, of course. Don't know much about it. Many of you have been doing this before I knew what a suit was. But you know what? That does not really apply to my daily dress. I know, I know - you can't go off and do advanced trigonometry before you master arithmetic.. but hey, I skipped a grade in school, call it the overachiever in me. And Id rather try some new stuff and have a few fails that I can learn from than play it safe 5 days a week. Cause gosh darn it, I look good, I feel good, and Im happy to be me. :lol:

    Sorry if that was all over the place, but you guys were everywhere today lol. I think tomorrow its a blue suit, white shirt, blue tie, and Ill just go hide in the corner. :D
     


  5. jj-moody

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    You are slightly sad, but mostly irksome. You want sartorial education, then read a book. This forum wasn't made to make you happy. Also, what is most funny is your longing for the days of yore...feeling nostalgic? When is anything ever uniformly good?

    Post your own fits and improve the state of things..
     


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  7. jj-moody

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    I am at my computer, in my underwear, sweating from having had relations with Christie Turlington, but mostly crying from the emotional outpour in your post. Bravo!
     
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    Is it full moon tonight or something?
     
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    Its gotta be, dude.
     


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    Didn't your hit of WAYWRN acid arrive via fed ex this morning?????

    So sorry dude...........no wonder you're confused!
     


  11. jj-moody

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    Christie doesn't like sappy posts, I, on the other hand, am more forgiving.
     


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    damn Spoo ... your emotions were definitely evident in that post. I gained some more respect for you with that response. Talk about wearing your emotion on your sleeve.
    your post count does not do you justice. surely you are a reincarnation of another senior member ... lol.
     


  13. in stitches

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    please dude, i know you do it for me. :uhoh:
     


  14. in stitches

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    and +1 to feeling the emotion you put into that post. very real.
     


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    Nii..........

    No doubt.......but who?
     


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