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Poetry Reading - Black Turtleneck

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by J. Cogburn, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    Black turtleneck, is a terrible idea for a poetry reading. Don't do it.
     
  2. gorgekko

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    Black turtleneck, is a terrible idea for a poetry reading. Don't do it.

    This man, is lying. I assure you it is a perfect idea.
     
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    SuitMyself Senior member

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    J. Cogburn, just ask yourself, "What would Fred Astaire wear in a case like this?"
     
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    twosnapsandgo Senior member

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    Black turtleneck, is a terrible idea for a poetry reading. Don't do it.

    I disagree. Wear the black turtleneck your ex will want you and everyone around you will be impressed. Dont forget the black sunglasses! You cant wear a black turtle neck without black sunglasses. And grow some stubble right below your lip. Take a black eyeliner pencil and fill it in. Exercise your thumbs and middle fingers for some snazzy snapping at the library!
     
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    The black turtleneck It is not a good idea Velociraptor
    I think all anwers need to be in form of haiku. . .
     
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    Will C. Senior member

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    Not sure what makes you think jeans will tone down the clichÃ[​IMG]...

    dig?
     
  7. J. Cogburn

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    Postscript - All of the heavy sarcasm and faux advice served its purpose. I left the black cashmere rollneck at home and went with a white button-down oxford, a Brooks Brother's #3 navy & white repp tie, Levis 514 indigo jeans, and an airforce blue nailhead silk odd jacket. A great look, but - no surprise - I was rather overdressed; the only guy there without a rumpled t-shirt. No worries though; the girl was suitably impressed. As she should be.
     
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    Postscript - All of the heavy sarcasm and feaux advice served its purpose. I left the black cashmere rollneck at home and went with a white button-down oxford, a Brooks Brother's #3 navy & white repp tie, Levis 514 indigo jeans, and an airforce blue nailhead silk odd jacket. A great look, but - no surprise - I was rather overdressed; the only guy there without a rumpled t-shirt. No worries though; the girl was suitably impressed. As she should be.

    I feel like some people [with low post counts] just come on here, get advice, then continue on with their lives and don't think about us again. But it's like, "What about us? Your e-friendz?" So thanks for sharing, I like getting follow-ups.
     
  9. J. Cogburn

    J. Cogburn Senior member

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    My pleasure. One of the poets there (author of an amusing piece called "Poet Barbie" which she graced us with from the podium) thought I was in a suit. A suit! I'm wearing Levis and an obviously non-suited coat.

    Standards have fallen when jeans & odd jacket = "suit."
     
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    Cross-posting this from another thread, I figured you'd find it funny.

    A girl at a lounge winked at me and said "love the suit".

    And I winked back and said, "It's a sport coat and trousers."

    I went home alone that night.
     
  11. J. Cogburn

    J. Cogburn Senior member

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    Believe me, the author of "Poet Barbie" was no candidate for a post-reading dalliance.
     
  12. Dewey

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    Tie w/ any jacket is a "suit" in many places these days, yes.

    Lose the tie and you won't get so much of the overdressed thing. The tie is a lightning rod for attention, which can be good or bad; in the end you want not to be surprised to how people respond to your outfits. Not sure I'd wear a sports coat to a poetry reading either, but it sounds like you did well enough and enjoyed yourself.

    If you start attending these things on a regular basis, you might find it worth investing in some quality "streetwear" (as SF calls it) -- there is a lot of overlap between the high-quality workwear stuff for slim romantics and the geriatic British pensioner wardrobe collected through wisdom and experience. Dark brown Trickers and a killer Barbour would be a good investment for any tie-loving dandy. And these things will go over surprisingly well with the art-loving suit-haters.

    You can look good in any environment without compromising your own taste. I think that's the point of being a clothes horse.
     
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    I think all anwers need to be in form of haiku. . . Public Library Cotton Dockers are the Choice With Rush Concert Tee
    [​IMG] Don't wear a black turtleneck to a poetry reading. That's pretty much the ONLY thing you can't wear to a poetry reading.
     
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    Ful fetys was his dresse, as I was war,
    Upon his hippes large some jeans he did bar;
    Sikerly I trowe they were fine of hande
    Forsooth but jeans they were and nothyng grande;
    But for to tellen yow of his array,
    Wered he a turtleneck, he'd look more gay
     
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    Is this what you're trying to do?

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