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Is this shirt wearable?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by alchimiste, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Senior member

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    Anyone who derides this shirt has no idea what they're talking about. Shirts like this have been sex symbols for 40 years, popularized by the most famous ladies man of them all. One frilly silk cravat - There she is. [​IMG]
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I could see this shirt only as part of a rock concert costume in the late sixties and early seventies. If I'm not mistaken, David Bowie wore something like this at several concerts, and for some reason, I thought I saw something like this being worn by Cream. Could be totally off though. I'd like to say that this belongs strictly in "Men's Clothing" and not in streetwear, which one poster (Ken?) defined as clothing you wouldn't worry about being in a brawl in. Personally, I'm not sure that I agreed with this definition. FOr one, I gave up brawling quite a few years ago, so I'm not sure I could judge my wardrobe by this criterion. But I guess that if someone messed up my Yoko Devereaux jacket and stomped on my Miharas on purpose, I might have to take a swing... [​IMG]
     
  3. Lydia

    Lydia Senior member

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    I don't mind the overall Austin Powers look, but I would go for a darker blue in the jacket and two buttons rather than the three or four that he seems to favor.

    Are his outfits supposed to be funny?
     
  4. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

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    I think I'd go with 3 buttons but would not let the jabot out of the suit. I'd just pull it up to give it a bit of volume.
     
  5. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

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    I guess the two are used as synonyms. If it's not conservative then it must be gay.
    But since many people would equate gay with properly dressed, gay must be something of a compliment.

    Mathieu
     
  6. oldskool

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    AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH................ [​IMG]
     
  7. HoustonBusiness

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    Yes.
     
  8. Cliff

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    You can have a sword cane made by this South African maker. I have two and the workmanship is superb. http://www.swordcane.com/
     
  9. Kaga

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    I've worn such a shirt during my TV appearances on many an occasion.
     
  10. jamesbond

    jamesbond Senior member

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    dont know about those shirts but that stilleto cane is remarkable.
     
  11. Lydia

    Lydia Senior member

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    These swordcanes look pretty good. I was expecting them to be a lot more than 18oz. It seems like you could really use it without too much difficulty.

    So much hatred of the frilly shirts. They don't even seem particularly bizarre to me.

    Out of curiousity, is there anyone who wears unusual or flamboyant clothing of some kind or another here? I don't own a shirt like that, but I certainly would if I found one in my size, with a slim-fit and decent fabric. I almost had one custom-made for me by this punk tailor in Hong Kong, but I was running low on cash.
    Frankly, when I am walking around the streets of Manhatten or, to a far far greater extent, Boston, I am overwhelmed by the monotony of people's costumes.
    I do see men wearing punctiliously correct outfits business attire, with beautifully matched ties and shirts etc. I am able to appreciate the fine taste here. It is preferable to the armies in ill-fitting suits or baggy jeans. Certainly, the "tasteful" kind of man means to impress by means of his subtlety. I see that. But it is not exactly facinating. It doesn't enliven the street scene for me.
    When you're in a place like Berlin, London, or Tokyo, the situation is different. There are ways to be well-dressed beyond either a hoody, premium jeans, and a blazer or a custom suit and T&A type shirt. Everyone under thirty seems to be trying to create his own work of art with the clothing he chooses. If you're into style, walking around the streets in these places is actually interested. Hell, I'm more interested by the way people dress in China than in the States. Sometimes it seems like the only permitted forms of dress are jeans or a suit here in the States.
    From whence this need to conform stylistically in the land of individualism?
     
  12. Lydia

    Lydia Senior member

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    Perhaps it is just that we know how to work hard here in the States. [​IMG]
     
  13. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    or, it's that we're not in so very much need of attention.

    c'mon, the frilly shirt thing - it's a costume, not regular clothes. it works if you want to 'look creative', whatever that means. as an architect, i feel that i'm plenty creative, but i simply don't feel a need to go flouncing around covered in attention-grabbing attire. to me that's a sign of insecurity.

    that said, i might wear it if i were a rock star or a cooking-battle host. (allez cuisine, kaga.)

    /andrew
     
  14. LabelKing

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    I would have to say it is wearable but only if you move in certain circles.

    The fashion or art circles for example.

    If you are a stock broker then no.
     
  15. Lindsay

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    uhm, no, unless you're attending a costume party.
     
  16. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    I Robert Plant was seen wearing a shirt like that back in the day.

    Therefore, it must be cool. Definitely wearable in 1969.
     

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