HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part IV (starting May 2014)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, May 21, 2014.

  1. spectre

    spectre Senior member

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    I understand that and do like Ivy as an intrinsical part of US culture - but hasn't enough time passed and there been enough Euro pics posted on this thread for people to opt more for this alternative.

    Maybe they just don't like it, or find it boring...who knows?
     


  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I'm not so sure that a lot of people DON'T go for that kind of option. However the appeal of Trad Ivy is simply because it's old. Well, not old per se, but classic. I think Americans do generally opt for more "interesting" choices. I put interesting in quotes because it often turns badly. Then again, simple often turns out badly too, although perhaps not as epically.
     


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    Why do I have to post just as a discussion about elegance begins?

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  4. thefoxtooth

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    I hear you—I like it a lot too—but if everyone wore this all the time, God what a dull world.

    There was a time not so long ago in the US when this look (albeit not done quite this well) was practically compulsory, and wearing so much as a striped shirt to the office was seen more or less as a public confession of rampant, uncontrollable sodomy. IBM rather famously banned blue shirts: too flamboyant.

    I think one reason this look has garnered so much attention is that StyFo invites risk-taking, and speaking for myself, I often post looks that contain elements I'm on the fence about, because I'm looking for feedback. I hesitate to post solid, proven excellence because I fear boring people.

    Between this and the peacocking, few of us think to get back to (very excellent) basics.
     


  5. spectre

    spectre Senior member

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    Thank you for an excellent and logical response.

    I guess it's just my long held personal preference showing.

    I know the era you''re talking about and see your point - but at least dressing well was more or less compulsory then, until the late sixties and the following three decades buried it and everything turned to shit.

    I think we're slowly heading back to a more dignified appearance, from what I observe here on the streets of Melbourne and overseas.
     


  6. Ianiceman

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    I like Sander's pic too, but seeing it I feel a craving for some colour. Even just a dark blue or navy tie instead of black might satisfy that craving. I bought a black grenadine and I'm happy to have it for funerals but if I'm ever even tempted to reach for it I see all the other colorful ties hanging next to it and think - 'nah, not today!'
     


  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Speaking of elegance....BRIGHT ORANGE TIE!

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  8. Chulillo

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    Stunning outfit @Claghorn :)
     


  9. spectre

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    Spoilsports.
     


  10. Mr. Moo

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  11. thefoxtooth

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    Gee, thanks. Well, if you look at how oppressive everything got for a while there ("Blue shirts?!?! Not for me, thanks, I have a wife!"), it really isn't too surprising that a few years later you see people wanting to wear the most far-out thing they can get their hands on.

    I don't really mind that whole three-decade period so much, it's the onset of cargo-short-n-tee, big-box, casual-Friday, Costco anti-style that has horrified me.

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  12. MrDaniels

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    I agree!
     


  13. spectre

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    I prefer Chesterton's quote at the bottom of my posts to Vreeland's!
     


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    An orange tie with a blue jacket is a very beautiful look.

    And the small check shirt fabric is brilliant here.

    Cheers,

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    That deja vu feeling... [​IMG]
    I believe a few months ago, I already replied with this quote, the first time you referred to your Chesterton sig:

    "Good taste, the last and vilest of human superstitions, has succeeded in silencing us where all the rest have failed." — G.K. Chesterton
     


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