Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Dec 8, 2012.
There's a lot of truth to this. I see this happening to me too.
Bingo. I think this is the litmus test. If people are asking you this, that means you don't look natural. You look out of place. Try dialing it back some, and report back the types of reactions you get.
Well said. Either they're used to your overdone Pee Wee Herman look, or you're dressing more appropriately. In other words, you're not overdressing. Have you changed anything about your wardrobe since they stopped bugging you? More textured jackets and pants? No ties? Jeans and cords?
Well said. I think you're on your way to something more than a CBD uniform. I have recently incorporated the same types of articles, and while I still dress CBD a few times a week, the real difference is that I know how to tone it down a bit. The key to this theme is the beginner who only knows 1 speed: Dressed to the 9's.
Perfectly describes my current dress-goal; NB's outfits tend to walk that ideal line of classy without trying hard, which is a tough thing to do. As mentioned above, it is so contextual when it comes to a specific outfit, but if we are talking casual weekday nights and weekends, TDSC rules.
The major breakthrough for me has been to place an emphasis on the weight and texture of clothing above the color and fit. Mastering those two things (weight and texture), and understanding what they say at a subconscious level is what takes clothing from a boring paint-by-numbers exercise to a statement that will communicate something meaningful to people beyond "hey, he's wearing a tie."
Picking items by color and arranging them in ways that is pleasing is boring, even computers can calculate that for you, yet everyone seems to place an emphasis on it. It has all been done and seen before. It says nothing, for the most part. But a rugged pair of worn jeans, a cable-knit sweater with rough chinos, a soft fur coat, they say something even without knowing their colors. Their colors, in fact, don't matter much in your imagination, do they.
So an understanding of texture and weight are primarily responsible for taking my style from "why are you so dressed up?" to "where did you get that?"
like anything else, 'dressing' is situational and what - if any - statement you want to make.
Yes, the problem is making the wrong statement.
The newcomer to SF will want to make the statement "Hey, I'm dressed up"
As we've established in this thread, that's too simple.
That hits the nail on the head. "Why are you dressed up?" is addressing the fact that the person appears to be trying too hard like Pee Wee Herman (who ironically, was not trying to hard, but you get the point)
Someone needs to take some time and compile an NOBD lookbook thread.
Seriously that's a good idea.
Subscribed. Thanks for sharing!
I stumbled across this picture on a lot of tumblrs today and liked it. I think it could fit in here as well but am curious what others think
This thread just makes me realize that I need suede brogues even more now.
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