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HOF: What look would you like to see stopped?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sweeney, Apr 5, 2003.

  1. sweeney

    sweeney Member

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    At the risk of offending at least several of the Forum members -- tasseled shoes, worn with suits.

    In my profession (attorney), they're the default/fallback shoe for virtually every unstylish, usually middle-aged or older-lawyer around.  

    I have yet to see a pair worthy of wearing with suits that I would deem as remotely stylish.  Can anyone show me otherwise?
     
  2. Yosarian77

    Yosarian77 Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering if there was some style or look that you all would like to see cease and desist immediately?

    For me, and I've see this a lot on tv lately, it's the suit with the crew neck shirt underneath. What's with that? It looks terrible. If you're going to wear a suit, please put on a tie. If you want to wear the suit, but don't want to wear the tie, then wear a nice collared dress shirt unbuttoned.
     
  3. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How about these? [​IMG]
     
  4. MikeF

    MikeF Senior member

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    Those shoes are nice, but I think they illustrate the problem with virtually all tasseled shoes: they'd look even better without tassels.
     
  5. JLM

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    Pleated chinos should be outlawed as well as any polo shirt bearing the logo of a company not responsible for making the shirt (conference shirts).
     
  6. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    mullet hairstyles

    and i chime in and agree with sweeney, ban tasseled shoes with suits
     
  7. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    The "all black I'm cool look".
     
  8. BjornH

    BjornH Senior member

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    Double-breasted suits with turtleneck anythings (think "Guinness World Records" show and some TV prechers out for your money)

    oh- and white gymsocks with almost anything .
     
  9. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    In my opinion, the tassel loafers posted by A Harris are acceptable with a suit, but not nearly as attractive as a pair of lace-up oxfords.  Unfortunately, most men who wear tassel loafers with a suit seem to prefer the horrid low-vamp version, often with frills on the vamp and/or a vamp with a basketweave construction.  That version should not be worn period, much less with a suit.

    While we're on the subject of shoes, it's time to get rid of square-toed shoes.  They didn't look good when they were "in," and they don't look good now.
     
  10. Joshua F.

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    I completely agree that tasseled shoes should be banned. I have a 22 year-old friend that wears nothing else with his suits and I keep telling him "it will not attract the ladies, no matter what your disillusioned mind may be telling you." I also would like to through out the current "this clothing is four sizes too big and it makes me look good" urban fashion trend; it is one of my greatest annoyances in life. To pay the exact same price (and in some cases more) for a piece of ill-fitting clothing as you would an article that fits you well is beyond my comprehension. Oh, and get rid of retro trainers (ie: 70's or 80's style Adidas, Puma, Reebok, Converse) all together. They were ugly then (but since they were "cutting edge" no one cared) and they are unbelievably ugly now. I may be the only one who desires these to be banished to the outermost regions of the world, however.
     
  11. bengal-stripe

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    First proviso: I'm Europe based and tasselled loafers are quite rare on these shores. (Although most manufacturers have a model in their program.) For me tasselled loafers have the old-worldly charm of a bow tie or suspenders (braces). It's nice to see, that they still exist. I suppose, souliers.net, the French shoe website agrees, as they sum up Alden shoes (in a computerized translation) as: "The shoe amercaine in all its splendour [ in particular its moccasins with pompoms in Cordovan ]" Long live pompons. Live is boring enough, let's get a bit whimsical.
     
  12. Stu

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    I would agree with Bengal-Stripe here on the merits of tasseled loafers. I think these shoes from Alden are fabulous, but I think of them as Casual Elegant, with say, camel or tan wool trousers and an elegant shirt, rather than something to be worn with a suit. As for let's ban the look, how about double-breasted suits with an open collar sport shirt. That's horrible. That's like wearing a bathing suit with a tie.
     
  13. Anomaly

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    What I would like to see stopped:

    1. Oversized pants hanging off of guys backsides.
    2. Those low rider jeans with the words sl*t, b*tch, or princess printed on the back.
    3. Women who buy their shirts at "Baby Gap".
    4. Tennis shoes with suits.
    5. Dew rags or stocking caps of any kind.

    -Foster

    "The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth."
    "Everything great and intelligent is in the minority." - Goethe
     
  14. PeterMetro

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    Well put, Mike.

    Does anyone know the origin of tassels on shoes? Are they strictly ornamental or did they once serve some pragmatic function?

    In the same vein, I would like to see woven shoes go away. I've never seen a pair I liked - they make your feet look small, and nobody wants small looking feet.

    Also - what is with people wearing socks with sandals? It seems both counterintuitive and just plain dumb.
     
  15. Stu

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    I don't know PM, have you ever seen Huraches? I had a pair of woven huraches one time in brown leather and they were really really cool. The little woven straps broke though, so they didn't last more than 2 years.

    I do agree with you on socks with sandals. That's like the Redneck Riviera retiree shuffleboard tournament look.
     
  16. Mike C.

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    I can't stand the standard yuppie summer look; loafers, no socks, pleated khaki shorts (falling a few inches above the knee), pastel polo tucked in. The dorkyness is only increased by wearing a conference polo (as someone pointed out) or a baseball cap. I was at the US Open (tennis) this summer, and just about every guy there had on this rediculous uniform. Plus, as Joe G is never hesitant to point out; grown men look silly in shorts.
     
  17. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I hate khakis. They are worn either by smug fratboy types (who complete the look with flipflops) or the dreadfully dull country-club/two-car-garage/retirement-savings types whom I imagine must have have spawned them. The blue shirt with khakis, a black belt and chunky black shoes that a lot of guys think is acceptable clubwear makes me grit my teeth so much I probably need orthodontal work. Coincidentally, these guys are generally too burly (do cardio is well as weights, guys), have terrible haircuts and use way too much hair product.
     
  18. Stu

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    LAG: What? No anti-loafers rant? Don't tell me you now think loafers are OK? [​IMG]
     
  19. cristobal

    cristobal Well-Known Member

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    Spot on. You've captured the American nightlife scene (not all of it, but a good chunk) in one turn of phrase. That "club uniform" has got to go. Something else that needs to go, IMHO: those slip-on shoes (usually black) with that cheesy-looking gold diamond on one side of each shoe. Hopefully you guys know what I'm talking about. They're awful.
     
  20. PeterMetro

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    I have, and I must say I don't care for them. I'm more of a city guy, so the whole Mexican countryside thing doesn't really do it for me. I will say that I put huraches are at the top eschelon of woven shoes, for what it's worth.

    I've always thought the socks with sandals was a more German tourist / Phish concert thing.
     

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