No more pocket squares/french cuffs - Esquire

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  1. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Advice is old gloom.

    The BBB was prepared about half a year ago, at the time of the F/W runway shows. At the time, all was gray, sober, dour.

    This is what the internet has over dead tree media. With the magic of SF & Co, we can dress for now rather than yesterseason.
     


  2. ld111134

    ld111134 Senior member

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    If you drew a Venn diagram of their audience and the SF bretheren, I doubt you'd have much overlap. If Esquire's Black Book, take a look at the Sunday New York Time's most recent Men's Style color supplement - equally egregious.
     


  3. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    What does Dan T say?
    With the magic of SF & Co, we can dress for 1933 rather than yesterseason.
    FTFY
     


  4. Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony Senior member

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    No. Wrong direction.

    +1

    During down times people tend to dress better, it is during the boom times that slobwear is tolerated more.

    There is a reason I visit SF, FNB and London Lounge and do not read Esquire or GQ (who this fall proclaimed it is acceptable to wear a ski jacket overtop your shirt&tie when going to the office)[​IMG]
     


  5. Scoundrel

    Scoundrel Senior member

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    There is a reason I visit SF, FNB and London Lounge and do not read Esquire or GQ (who this fall proclaimed it is acceptable to wear a ski jacket overtop your shirt&tie when going to the office)[​IMG]

    Yes, there is a reason for me too: this is free [​IMG]
     


  6. Artigas

    Artigas Senior member

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    Neckties don't serve much purpose these days, either.
     


  7. ajv

    ajv Senior member

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    Since when is Esquire the leader for true timeless elegance. Don't they have to make you buy different things every now and then.
    Almost all my dress/business shirts and many of my casual shirts have french-cuffs and the crisis does not allow me to renew my wardrobe for the time being. And i wouldn't even like to change it, i'm wearing those cuffs for more than half of my life and feel good with them.
     


  8. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    The soft Belvest jacket in that issue is GORGEOUS.

    The rest of the issue, meh.

    The Spring one was better. I could also do without the car features. Leave that shit for the regular magazine.
     


  9. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    My white linen pocket square has been useful on far more occasions than my ties.
     


  10. Profacio

    Profacio Well-Known Member

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    I'm with Douglas.
     


  11. SamSpade

    SamSpade Senior member

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    While I really like the look of pocket squres and french cuffs, part of me appreciates the appeal of the simplest male clothing - shirt, tie, suit, and nothing else.
    Accessories make it much easier to look good. it is harder to pull together a perfect look without such aides.
     


  12. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Aren't madder ties harmful to the environment?
     


  13. Film Noir Buff

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    Their marketing strategy appears to be that if someone is simple enough to buy their mag in the first place, they'll believe anything it contains[​IMG]
     


  14. oldog/oldtrix

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    Just picked up the latest Esquire Big Black Book - Fall 2009 Edition.

    In response to the current economic downturn, the editors are calling for a new, more serious, sober type of dressing.

    As part of this they say that pocket squares should be removed and barrel cuff shirts are the way to go.


    Esquire ought at least to acknowledge that it is contradicting its better self, the 1934 Apparel Arts/Esky version of itself:

    Attachment 31499

    Captioned "[T]he way to dress if you are so sure of yourself, under the New Deal, that you are unafraid of offering a striking similarity to the Socialist cartoonist's conception of a Capitalist. Since a good appearance is about all that's left to the Capitalist, now, anyway, why not go ahead and enjoy it?" The gent is definitely sporting a handkerchief in his breast pocket and, though no links are apparent, his cuffs appear to be French. (Courtesy of Etutee and the London Lounge, http://www.thelondonlounge.net/forum...hp?f=32&t=6862)
    [​IMG]
     


  15. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    Besides, the magazine has to say something different each issue, otherwise the Big Black Book would be repetitive, and therefore, irrelevant. I think it still has some nice pictures.

    +1.

    All these pronouncements, and push to have different trends/looks, are simply driven by advertising dollars.
     


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