Labels on scarves

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  1. TimelessRider

    TimelessRider Senior member

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    Somewhat silly poll, but labels on scarves just irritate me and I was wondering if I'm the only one that takes them off?
     
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    I only have one muffler, and I left the tag on it. I never really thought about taking it off, because it's wide enough to fold over and cover up the tag. However, I don't like it when the tag peaks out, so I just might take it off.
     
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    When I decide I will keep a piece of clothing, I typically remove all unnecessary labels from it. I usually also remove the extra buttons on the cuffs of shirts and obviously the extra ones sewn into many pants and shirts. The only exception is care labels on anything that are counterintuitive, or labels that are sewn in without separate thread or which are too difficult to remove safely.

    I find it somewhat vulgar to see logos and brand names. I may be weird that way, but I think the cut or obvious quality of a garment should speak for itself.
     
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    I don't remove tags. It doesn't matter to me if the tag shows. That's how the company made the piece. Why alter it? I don't understand that idea. Anyways, my scarf's tag wouldn't come off without ripping the thing anyways. It's glued on or something.
     
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    The thing that *really* bugs me is when guys (and some girls too) don;t remove the tag on the sleeve of their coats. If it's a brand name, it looks tacky "Ohhh, Prada. You must be very proud of yourself" or the person is advertising "100% virgin wool" or "Made in Portugal". Only slightly less reprehnsible are those people who leave the stitching in the vent of their coats or jackets. Now, why, why, why would you do that?
     
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    Tags only if the advertising designer pays me to wear their goods.

    I often ask that labels are not sewn into the linings of my MTM suits and sports coats. I take off all only labels that show.

    Although, I have two exceptions: Ascot Chang and Ghurka. Both provide me with superior goods and such a pleasure to do bussiness with, I pay them the extra earned respect.
     
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    The labels on the arms of suits or coats are meant to be taken off. That's why they don't sew them on firmly. I don't like when people leave those on either. It's almost to me, like leaving the store tag on as well.
     
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    This came up on Ask Andy awhile back. Do a search there if you want to read it. I believe the decision was there was some utility in having the tag there, particularly for cleaning/care instructions. If one does not want it seen, simply fold the scarf so it won't show.

    One might contend there is some reverse-snobbery in removing labels quite as systematically as some seem to do here. I think a moderate course is in order: not being label conscious nor flaunting them, but not worrying about them, either.
     
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    Yikes.  I leave the labels on all three of my scarves, and I simply just fold the scarf so the label doesn't show.  I don't see a problem with leaving them on at all.
     
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    Define "reverse snobbery". I'm not insulted, because you are probably right; I just want to know what you mean by it. As I said I find logo displays in poor taste and therefore remove most of them if they might show. Moreover, I would rather not have any labels showing on clothes I wear, just as a matter of preference. I do leave the maker's label in jackets, though.

    Perhaps it's a reaction to my childhood in which I never had the 'right' clothes and got teased for having cheap stuff; now that I am wearing (some) absurdly expensive labels, I'd rather avoid the appearance that I want people to know what I spent, which is what I get from some people with their logo'ed clothes.
     
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    I rip that thing right off. ...Well, maybe I just cut it off so the stitching doesn't come off. That tag is one more thing that is going to bug me, and rub all up on my body or my neck. Plus, they're not paying me to wear their clothes, so why should I advertise them. This is the same reason why I don't own a Burburry scarf. Too many people at this university wear them as jsut a status symbol. I have a nice wool scarf that I paid considerably less for that keeps me just as warm, and matches my black coats better anyway.
     
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    I own a couple Burberry scarves myself; while I do see your point Mike, I also think that like anything else in this world, it is only a status symbol if you worry about it and choose to buy it because it is perceived to be a status symbol. I bought my scarves because I love the look of Burberry. I am not worried about status, and I am not going to keep it from buying what I want to buy. One could make the case that fashion in general is a status symbol, and therefore, anything extra such as scarves would be a sign of status.
     
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    Well, by the reverse snobbery comment I'm basically talking about what you describe yourself as doing--very pointedly avoiding the whole logo thing. And I think some feel quite superior doing it.

    I can understand it. Obviously leaving a label on the sleeve of a suit/sports coat is an ignorant thing to do. It makes no one look cool, just stupid. Like I said, I prefer the more moderate course of avoiding ostentatious display while not worrying if someone catches a glimpse of a logo. If a tag bothers you, by all means remove it.

    There's quite a bit of ostentatious display around here, of course. Some obviously live to rub everyone's face in their Kiton, etc. And perhaps if I had some Kiton I would, too.

    It's all meant in good humor.
     
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    I don't even understand the whole wearing something just as a status symbol thing. I don't own a Burberry scarf because I think they're ugly. I even think the scarves I own are ugly. My tastes have changed since I bought them. One of them is pretty nice, though. I got a good dead on a Joseph Abboud long thick scarf. Right now though, I'd prefer a monotone smaller silk scarf with maybe a subtle pattern.
     
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    This is exactly the reason why the majority of the people around here have them. Imagine, if you can, whole sororitites of girls wearaing the exact same Burberry scarves, and even Burberry plaid boots, not because they like them, but because it shows how much money daddy gives them. this is what happens here. I could care less about the status some stupid scarf gives me. I'm in school here, and hopefully I"ll be making more money than they can ever dream about in a few years.
     

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