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SquareFail; or, The Most Common Reason Why You Look Like Hell

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Wool/silk PS :)
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I know I have the same one...and in two other colorways :) I love the square, I just can't bring myself to wear it in summer. And I wouldn't wear a linen tie in winter.
     
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    Ive worn a linen (dark chocolate brown only) tie in November and that same PS in the summer.
     
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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Right, useless without pics, so :


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  5. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Like the drake square but only in fall/winter. Never with linen.

    As to the ones above, the last one is OK, and I am 50/50 on the third one, figures are a little to tie like but it's not ugly. Too match with that tie, though.

    The others, naturally, I don't like at all.
     
  6. unbelragazzo

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    1- I think this illustrates to me the problems with having a loud square and everything else very sedate. To me you have the shot-in-the-chest-with-a-paint-ball-gun-on-the-way-to-work look here just a little bit

    2- not bad, but a little matchy with the purple and even though the scales are different, difficult I think to wear neat tie w dotted square. And illustrates the difficulty of dotted square generally.

    3 - don't like tie, especially with everything else that's here....seems like more of an odd jacket tie

    4&5 - very nice IMHO. Tie in 4 is attolini?

    6- cant put my finger on it but doesn't feel quite right to me. Is shirt pink?

    (sorry misnumbered original post b/c I left out 3...Freudian slip...)
     
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  7. dieworkwear

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    I think a bit more can be fleshed out about complementary colors, in order to give people better direction.

    • Classic combinations are always complementary. These include mixes of blue, grey, brown, and white - pick any two, and they're complementary.
    • One can also utilize the color wheel - picking colors adjacent to each other, or on opposite sides. Two tones of blue are complementary to each other, just as is blue with rust orange.
    • One can also rely on seasonal or familial groups - such as fall colors or summer colors, though this is much more subjective and harder to pull off.

    Many examples here seem like they could do better by trying to second or third technique. Instead of picking the exact same shade of green, choose a different shade (e.g. Spoo's last example), or pick something from the same family (e.g. green with brown, brown with burgundy, orange with brown).

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    Same family (burgundy with sand, green with brown)

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    Thoughts?
     
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    Im OK with this.


    Thanks man -

    4 is an Attolini, and the shirt in 5 is lilac.
     
  9. unbelragazzo

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    I think it's the lilac (spring/summer) shirt with the maddery (fall/winter) square that's throwing me.
     
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    Yah, that shirt should have been blue. But the (flannel) suit has purple stripes. I thought it was cute.
     
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    Is it ever appropriate to fold a cotton square in the same fashion as you would a silk one?
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If it's a print. The only good cotton prints I have ever seen are the drake Moghuls.
     
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    I dug it, Spoo.
     
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    yea i think blue shirt and i like it a lot more
     
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    This poof was terribly puffed.
     
  16. zalb916

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    As a comparison, I think most of the squares in Spoo's pics above actually show pretty good poofing. Not the whale looking one, though.
     
  17. ctp120

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    The foopoof is really quite artful, though unlike foo, I'm not offended by the gdl monkey fist either.
     
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    I loved that whale :(
     
  19. TexasDan

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    Does the prohibition against squares with small dots apply if wearing and odd jacket or blazer without a tie?
     
  20. zalb916

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    gdl's aren't as much poofs as they are poofs folded over. It's generally the only thing I ever dislike in his outfits. They lack the "I worked very hard to make this square look like I didn't work very hard putting it in my pocket" appearance that I think a square requires.
     

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