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If you have nice clothes, do you need a nice car?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nmoraitis, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Fuuma

    Fuuma Well-Known Member

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    No, style is inside, not the suit or the car. You are sort of proving my point...

    Stop making sense all the time; you're supposed to be a douche since you work in finance!!! Please adjust your behaviour to fit stereotypes or the terrorists will win, kthkxbai!

    In exchange I promise to post about how people who don't appreciate Chagall should be classified as second-class citizens.
     
  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    +1.

    This thread smacks of people trying to create a "total look". I find it pretty laughable that somebody thinks stepping out of a relatively inexpensive car could ruin the look of your good suit. It is kind of reminiscent of the "what is the tardest" questions over on AAAC. When you think this way you need to be careful that when something small gets out of place, you don't let it ruin your life.


    Yeah. There's a point at which consumption becomes too conspicuous. I'm not suggesting that having a nice car and nice clothes necessarily crosses that line, but some of the comments in this thread seem way too caught up in the whole thing.

    It's possible to lose yourself in expensive brand names, such that any sort of personal style is subjugated to the image that you like expensive brand names.
     
  3. Teacher

    Teacher Well-Known Member

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    Smart cars and eco-friendly cars are for tree-hugging liberals. I find it so funny that we live in the most capitalist country in the world, yet there are still people out there that look down with disdain at others that drive gas guzzling suv's and the such. I was raised that it is my God givin American right to live as large as possible for the short amount of time that were here. If you dont agree, thats great, to each his own, but please, dont try to push your liberal garbage on the rest of us.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    Fora vs non-fora...

    I believe it's fairly common for a WIS with some incredible watch or clothing forum maven with a great personal style and wardrobe to tool around in a sensible midsize sedan.


    One would hope, but it isn't always the case...I mean my car isn't midsize. [​IMG]

    Yes...and they can be readily viewed all over south Florida. [​IMG]

    Jon.
     
  5. lakewolf

    lakewolf Well-Known Member

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    No, style is inside, not the suit or the car. You are sort of proving my point...

    +1, Well said Matt
     
  6. Connemara

    Connemara Well-Known Member

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    One would look quite stylish stepping out of this car. [​IMG]
     
  7. spertia

    spertia Well-Known Member

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    The Delorean.

    My wife still swears that we are getting a Delorean one day, if/when we can afford an "extra" car just for fun. However, she is slowly coming around to my alternative plan, a late '70s Maserati Merak:

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  8. jsherman02

    jsherman02 Well-Known Member

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    I shop at two nice mens stores....on many occasions, I have seen a Phantom or a GT in the parking lot. These are also the same chaps wearing $12000 Kiton suits and matching shoes in the rain or snow.

    I like having a nice car, but it does not make me who I am. I would trade my car in a second for $40,000+ worth of clothing. Clothing makes the man, cars just waste your money.
     
  9. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    My wife still swears that we are getting a Delorean one day, if/when we can afford an "extra" car just for fun. However, she is slowly coming around to my alternative plan, a late '70s Maserati Merak:

    [​IMG]


    Beautiful car, but I hope you know how to repair it yourself...or you have a lot of extra cash laying about.

    Jon.
     
  10. TCN

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    Wisconsin??? The cheese state? In New York 200k gets you a house in the ghetto. In Wisconsin,Ohio and Michigan it gets a Villa

    Hmmm, disappointing to see another Greek come up with such provincial statements.

    By the way, I live in Michigan, and I guess I sort of indirectly sell insurance . . . shall we have my accountant talk to yours? ;-)

    I do believe that people like to see their lawyer, or their doctor, or even their "insurance salesman" be successful, although not too successful.

    By the way, "villa" doesn't necessarily connote an expensive house, but that being said, $200K doesn't buy you much in Michigan . . . not much more than it would buy you in suburban New York, although we pay higher property taxes here than you do.
     
  11. kwilkinson

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    Hmmm, disappointing to see another Greek come up with such provincial statements.

    By the way, I live in Michigan, and I guess I sort of indirectly sell insurance . . . shall we have my accountant talk to yours? ;-)

    I do believe that people like to see their lawyer, or their doctor, or even their "insurance salesman" be successful, although not too successful.

    By the way, "villa" doesn't necessarily connote an expensive house, but that being said, $200K doesn't buy you much in Michigan . . . not much more than it would buy you in suburban New York, although we pay higher property taxes here than you do.



    +1. I live in Indiana, not much unlike Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan, and 200k won't get you a mansion here, any more than anywhere else. Granted, you're not going to be in the ghetto or anything, but my neighborhood is full of $175-350k houses, and while it's nothing to shake a finger at, we're not living decadently in a "villa" either.
     
  12. TCN

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    It's funny, I was recently trying to lure a young lawyer back home from a large NYC law firm, and one of the interesting things he mentioned after doing his due diligence was that while salaries in Michigan were nearly half as much as in New York, the cost of living wasn't as similarly discounted, so he'd take an $80,000 or so hit to income while only saving $40,000 (made up numbers for the sake of comparison).
     
  13. rezzor

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    After reading through this, I've come to the conclusion that thegreek is just a name and not actually someone who has lived in Greece. Having lived in greece, I would say that our attitude about cars is similar to most other European countries. They are small and fuel efficient by necessity. Showing up with a really dirty car may get some looks but showing up in a micro car with a suit on wouldn't even get noticed even at the most fancy hotel.

    In greece, if you are driving an S class with a suit on, most people will think you are a driver - owner of course, is in the back seat.

    Plus taxis are so cheap there that I never drove my car except for weekend trips.
     
  14. kwilkinson

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    ^^^ "The Greek" most likely is some pretentious college kid who is in a fraternity that has had most everything (including that gas-guzzling God-givin SUV) given to him by his Stepford God-given parents
     
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    +1.

    It is kind of reminiscent of the "what is the tardest" questions over on AAAC.


    I'm not sure whether this was a typo or intentional. Either way, I'm laughing.
     
  16. nmoraitis

    nmoraitis Well-Known Member

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    Plus taxis are so cheap there that I never drove my car except for weekend trips.

    When I was in Athens visiting family, you had to be careful and watch the taxi drivers as many of them would not turn the meter on and then they would just try and makeup a fare and gouge you. Ah Athenians, they would sell their mothers if they weren't so hairy.
     
  17. RJman

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    Ah Athenians, they would sell their mothers if they weren't so hairy.
    gah
     
  18. rezzor

    rezzor Well-Known Member

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    When I was in Athens visiting family, you had to be careful and watch the taxi drivers as many of them would not turn the meter on and then they would just try and makeup a fare and gouge you. Ah Athenians, they would sell their mothers if they weren't so hairy.
    This is true but they can not compare to Italian taxi. I've never had so many drivers attempt to short change me, charge me double the meter and so on. BTW, Athenian women are a-ok with me.
     
  19. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Well-Known Member

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    What does SUV have anything to do with GOD anyway???
     
  20. CTGuy

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    Men of my father's age group, born in the 30s, reared in the 50s, ultimately gravitate towards certain types of cars. They are the senior citizens keeping Detroit in business right now. They are of a different time and a different place. Driving a Cadillac ultimately meant something a lot different at that time than it does today.

    I know there are plenty of holder overs to this type of thinking though. I constantly see people driving something far bigger and far more expensive than they probably need or can afford. In contrast to the "good ol days" the feul efficiency of your car is an additional element of how expensive it is to own certain types of cars.

    A year ago I traded in my Volvo for a VW Rabbit. Honestly, I haven't looked back. I could have afforded a lot "more", but the low payments certainly aren't making me upset each month and on top of that I can't imagine what else I really need.

    I still would love to someday have the Ferrari, Porsche, whatever, for weekends, but realistically I will be far wealthier investing the dough in something than living the 30k millionaire lifestyle.

    Whenever I see the other young guys in my parking lot driving an S4, I just remind myself I am laughing all the way to the bank. I love cars, but ultimately they are not an asset and they do not prove jack shit about how wealthy you are-- remember that Warren Buffett drove some broken down town car for something like 20 years.
     

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