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

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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.
     


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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).
     


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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

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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

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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

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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

    Stu Senior member

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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.
     


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