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Peacocking

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mike C., Jul 2, 2003.

  1. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    Steve B's new quote:

    A man's style in any art should be like his dress--it should attract as little attention as possible.

    Samuel Butler

    promps me to ask the question: How do you like your dress to be perceived? Peacocky, understated, blending in, etc...?

    I find myself these days dressing more peacockish, in order to stand out. I've begun to start looking for louder colors, edgier cut clothes, etc...

    The other day, I wore a BRIGHT green polo to work (at a golf course) and got at least 6 compliments. Not THAT crazy I know, but...

    Does anyone feel the trend in men's wear is moving toward this direction? How do the immensly popular candy striped shirts fit into this? They are so loud.

    I don't want anyone to confuse this with being distasteful. You can still peacock, but in a tasteful way. For example; a ticket pocket is mild peacocking, but albiet tasteful.
     
  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Mike C:

    My personal style can be more described in a Peacock manner. As generalized from my quote I am a dandy in a fin de siecle decadent manner.

    As posted in the "What are you wearing" one of my outfits is described. Understatement can be quite tasteful as specified by Beau Brumell(sp). Anglo stlyes I think can go both ways.

    Some styles that can be described as peacocky is as you described the ticket pocket, a full Windsor knot, Etro, and Paul Smith, Versace(can be vulgar though), and also Berluti. Actually the sartorial adaptions of the Mods in Swinging London were of a Peacock manner. Think the crushed velvet, and cravats of Austin Powers.

    You described men's fashion as going towards the flamboyant spoectrum. I suppose it might be a little but not so much as it would in certain minorities i.e. past Mods, dandies, and etc. The vast majority of men would be very hesitant to wear Etro paisley or a Gaultier tie in a large Windsor knot. Also of course the affordability comes into mind too but that is beyond the topic.

    Actually most men will still wear their sack suits beit Oxxford or a four in hand tie in red, and a white shirt a la our current administration. Perhaps a white handkerchief in the Presidential or one point fold would be thier idea of being foppish.
     
  3. Steve B.

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    I actually have been doing a fair amount of peacocking this season so I'm going to change the quote. Particularly Paul Smith and ETRO.

    I like to do things with color, particularly with jeans (gasp) and black or navy unstructured or half structured blazers.

    I still think distinctive color accents can be done in a corporate environment as long as it's not overdone...
     

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