Permanent Style Vs A Suitable Wardrobe?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jon5986, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    This thread seems like excellent guerrilla marketing for PS.
     
  2. Francisco D'Anconia

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    This thread seems like excellent guerrilla marketing for PS.

    I was just thinking that reading the last page before I kicked over to this one

    To the OP, both blogs feed my Google reader and both are among my short list of favorites.

    Here are some of the differences I've observed between them:
    • ASW is more "mature". PS is more youthful, yet still classically focused
    • ASW is for more often for the more advanced dresser, someone who's already learned a lot about classic style. While no elementary primer, PS has more for the beginner. Part of this difference comes perhaps from Will's and Simon's respective ages and years of devotion to classic menswear. Will's mealy a contemporary of the Duke of Windsor with decades of experience. [​IMG] Simon, I think, is approaching middle age, but has some years to go before he arrives. H became devoted at this level to classic style relatively recently. His memories of his beginnings are still fresh and I think this is one of the reasons why PS has more beginner appeal.
    • ASW's author is American and PS's author is British. They cover the sartorial world from two different perspectives. I like seeing both.
    • ASW is more focused on bespoke while PS provides more on RTW and MTM. Again, making ASW more inclined to the advanced and experienced dresser and PS a richer resource for beginners.
    • ASW's entries are shorter with fewer illustrations. PS goes into more verbal and graphic depth

    I regularly read both and keenly anticipate the next post on each.
     
  3. jon5986

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    Well said!

    I was just thinking that reading the last page before I kicked over to this one

    To the OP, both blogs feed my Google reader and both are among my short list of favorites.

    Here are some of the differences I've observed between them:
    • ASW is more "mature". PS is more youthful, yet still classically focused
    • ASW is for more often for the more advanced dresser, someone who's already learned a lot about classic style. While no elementary primer, PS has more for the beginner. Part of this difference comes perhaps from Will's and Simon's respective ages and years of devotion to classic menswear. Will's mealy a contemporary of the Duke of Windsor with decades of experience. [​IMG] Simon, I think, is approaching middle age, but has some years to go before he arrives. H became devoted at this level to classic style relatively recently. His memories of his beginnings are still fresh and I think this is one of the reasons why PS has more beginner appeal.
    • ASW's author is American and PS's author is British. They cover the sartorial world from two different perspectives. I like seeing both.
    • ASW is more focused on bespoke while PS provides more on RTW and MTM. Again, making ASW more inclined to the advanced and experienced dresser and PS a richer resource for beginners.
    • ASW's entries are shorter with fewer illustrations. PS goes into more verbal and graphic depth

    I regularly read both and keenly anticipate the next post on each.
     
  4. Wes Bourne

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    Until your post I was aware only of ASW ... had never heard of PS. I have now bookmarked PS as well.
     
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    I prefer Permanent Style because I feel it is more thoughtful and the essays, while not long, are more detailed - for example the recent post about not following AA caricatures exactly and being careful to be individual about your style in some way.
    ASW presents a lot of pics with nothing more than extended captions accompanying them. It's like, consider a linen suit for spring - here's a pic. Or look at the collection of grenadine ties above. They are nice with...etc etc.
    In this way the blog is static - there is little in the way of exploration in terms of dressing.
    The blog does however provide a wonderful platform for product promotion - Foster, Cleverley shoes, which are largely unafordable and so of little relevance to most people, Hong Kong shirtmakers which are of dubious quality but are at least attainable.
    I'm sure Will is a good chap and all but I get sick of so many pics of a stout elderly gent wearing (often bespoke which is not cheap) clothes which in my opinion don't show them to their greatest advantage.
     
  7. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm sure Will is a good chap and all but I get sick of so many pics of a stout elderly gent wearing (often bespoke which is not cheap) clothes which in my opinion don't show them to their greatest advantage.

    So is it fair to say that you prefer to see the thin, young, and ungentlemanly dressed as inexpensively as possible? Should be easy.
     
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    Regarding Will:
    I get sick of so many pics of a stout elderly gent wearing (often bespoke which is not cheap) clothes which in my opinion don't show them to their greatest advantage.
    Of course, putting the kind of clothing Will features on a younger size 42 model would be unrealistic ... because that's not who is wearing it.
     
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    So is it fair to say that you prefer to see the thin, young, and ungentlemanly dressed as inexpensively as possible? Should be easy.

    I'm not going to debate this. That is my opinion, that's all.
     
  10. Francisco D'Anconia

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    ASW presents a lot of pics with nothing more than extended captions accompanying them.

    ^ Didn't someone once say something about pictures and a 1,000 words.
     
  11. AlanC

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    I think the point of bespoke is not to show the clothes in their best possible light, but rather the wearer of them.

    But what do I know? I dress thrift, not bespoke.
     
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    I'm not going to debate this. That is my opinion, that's all.

    I agree with you. Don't waste your time.
     
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    SW all the way. I love his writing and tips.
     
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    I'm a big fan and regular reader of ASW; I did not know about PS until I read the OP but it seems like a really good site too, but different from ASW.
     

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