If I could get away with it, I'd wear...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jester, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. jester

    jester Senior member

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    There are many discussions here having the general form, "Is it OK to wear...?" However, these mostly revolve around relatively minor stylistic features or details--bow ties, ticket pockets, lapelled waistcoats, etc. I'm sure that many of you would really like to wear something else, something more extreme. Like a frock coat. Or plus-fours. Or white tie (with decorations). Or maybe just a velvet smoking jacket, with an ascot. I myself would love to wear a cape, or at least an Inverness coat. But my wife has repeatedly said she would kill me if I tried. So, what you would wear if you could?
     
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    Musingly I've been looking for frock coats online very recently. I think it'd be a great look.
     
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    Like Frank Constanza's divorce lawyer? Why in the world would you want to wear a cape? I have a couple pairs of nice spectators that I almost never wear. They're just a bit too flashy for me. I also have a Pancaldi tie (it was a gift) that I haven't had the balls to break out yet. My sister offered me 50 bucks if I wore it to Thanksgiving with a black pinstripe suit and black shirt. My conservative New England family would love it.
     
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    jester Senior member

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    If a flashy tie is too stylistically extreme, this is the wrong item for you ;-).
     
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    Pancaldi ties? Why has no one brought these up before?. They're beautiful. [​IMG] What did I say earlier about sarcasm not translating?
     
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    I spotted one at a wedding not too long ago. I walked up to the guy and said - "That's gotta be a Pancaldi." He was stunned, but looked very proud and remarked how expensive it was. He didn't know that what he paid for his tie would have bought half of my left shoe. How's that for snobbery?
     
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    Oh, nice topic. Definitely frock coats -- I'd like to do the entire Victorian English look, replete with walking stick (defiantly containing a sword). I actually did the suit-with-gloves-and-a-stick look (no sword [​IMG] ) in my late teens, just once as a lark, while shopping in a quaint historical neighbourhood. I fell right into it apparently, with one person noting 'you're not from around here, are you?' (I was) but I decided not to try it again when this ten year old asked me if I was an old man. Ah, I look too old as it is. Dressing as a courtier with a rapier has its appeal for me, as would a turn of the century Western rig. Regards, Huntsman
     
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    Brian SD Moderator

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    It's hard to say, because I can't think of anything I'd really like to wear that I would be hesitant to buy and sport daily.
     
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    Huntsman Senior member

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    Originally Posted by shoreman1782,03 Nov. 2004, 3:57
    Pancaldi ties? Why has no one brought these up before?. They're beautiful. Â [​IMG] What did I say earlier about sarcasm not translating?
    I actually thought they were pretty neat.
    Heehehe...
    The best kind. He was boorish, and you weren't. Regards, Huntsman
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I often think of a sack coat and striped trousers for day wear in the city.

    Will
     
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    A bowler hat (edges curled like Steed's) with a British-cut suit. Perhaps I can borrow one from Jun Kawana. Along with a whangee-handled umbrella. I know that if I wore this in London people would stone me.
     
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    I've always wanted to wear plaid pantaloons and stockings with a pair of spectators. Sort of an Edwardian dandy look, I just don't seem to have the calves for it (they're more long ankles).
     
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    I would wear red socks with every outfit - make it my signature look, like Tom Wolfe's white suits. Or perhaps, this outfit that Sting wore to perform at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last year. It's just cool - Sting I think it's Versace, but I don't really know. Bradford
     
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    Not being a wearer of hats, I passed up a Borsalino in Sicily last summer. I think that I regret it. I think I do.
     
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    lederhosen. If I had someplace to wear them to, I would get a pair of lederhosen and a loden jacket.
     

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