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The Look goes on...

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Mr Knightley, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Clouseau

    Clouseau Inspector

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    This is an interesting topic Mr K.

    If i had a period to refer to - but only a very little part of it for clothing, a certain minimalism - it would probably be the 80s as it was the years of my teenage youth, when i discovered a lot of things, among them having a 'look', and fashion was going fast at that time. I was probably influenced a lot at the time by Album covers or back covers showing the members of bands. Comes to mind : Dexys (Searching for the young soul rebels period), Specials, The Stranglers, Taxi Girl.



    But more than periods, what influence the most my look would be (well i least i try) timeless elegance - even if most of the time i am in 'casual' wear.

    So i try to wear timeless items - that are not dated, as the real challenge is to be timeless and contemporary at the same time, in terms of fitting for example. The padding of a jacket, cut and length of trousers, the haircut, etc will make the difference and will make you look sharp - or not.
     

  2. Mr Knightley

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    Excellent points, Inspector.

    I am sure we have said before that so many elements contribute to being well-dressed - the right things for the occasion, the right look and weight for the season, the quality of the pieces and, above all, fit. But as you say it is not just about the stuff fitting your frame but fitting in such a way as to proclaim that timeless elegance we all recognise when we see it but sometimes struggle to nail.

    And you mention another point - haircut. I despair of all the posters elsewhere on these forums who only ever put up pictures that are headless or with the face fuzzed over. How can one possibly get a feel for whether that person is well-dressed when you cannot see the face. For, if you really are spot on, then people will not notice your clothes first off but they will notice YOU.
     

  3. cerneabbas

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    I remember in 1976/77 wearing (very) slightly flared trousers a nice Biscuit coloured 2B jacket (the lapels would be too wide for me now) and a Camel coloured Crombie style overcoat,I really cant remember what style of shoes I wore) plain pastel shirts with a slightly long collar and striped silk tie.
    81 ? a very casual look Brown suede Adidas trainers,faded jeans,Burgundy sweatshirt and Sage Ma1.
    83/84 some of the 'Casual' look, Lacoste polo,Jaeger V neck, Adidas Kagoul, Pringle V and Crew necks.
    Those were probably some of my favourite periods but I would not wear any of that now except some of the Jumpers,certainly not the gaudier ones.

    I think that apart from some of the look of the late60s early 70s I like some Ivy style clothes,some Country,some City and some random European styles like (some) Loden.
     
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  4. Thin White Duke

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    My main thing is very early sixties as discussed on here at length.
    Aside from that obvious announcement, I have a soft spot for the eighties - maybe like said above as that was my ‘coming of age’ era.

    Like all decades there are items that we’d prefer to forget - luminous colours and parachute pants with mullet hairdos, but that overshadows a lot of good stuff. I’m thinking of Bryan Ferry in a lot of his gear then, particularly the perfectly tailored black leather blazer on the cover of The Bride Stripped Bare or that ice blue suit he wore in the video for Jealous Guy. And while we're on about Antony Price design, those silk/mohair suits Duran Duran wore in the Rio era. I once went to a summer outdoor wedding dressed like Le Bon in beige suit, royal blue shirt and gold tie. Also here in FL I still wear linen suits and blazers that wouldn’t look out of place in Miami Vice!
    Bowie had some good threads back then too although his unique spin was bumfreezer jackets and multi pleat baggy strides - again beige suit and gold tie (Serious Moonlight tour) or ice blue (Live Aid). And talking of bumfreezers, Terence Trent D’Arby went even shorter with his suits made with cutoff stewards’ jackets which was a good look.
     
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  5. cerneabbas

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    I like the French blue BD in the picture,anyone got any idea of the shirtmaker ?
     

  6. Clouseau

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    Funny as i was just thinking of Bryan Ferry, is music and style have always been influencing.
    Among late 70s-80s lads (there are a lot others) :

    Stranglers.jpg
    DEXYS_MIDNIGHT_RUNNERS_SEARCHING+FOR+THE+YOUNG+SOUL+REBELS-163427b.jpg
    Specials.jpg
    Taxi girl.jpg
    Kraftwerk.jpg
    The Jam - The Gift - 1982.jpg
    4skins.jpg
     

  7. Man-of-Mystery

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    I don't really have a soft spot for the eighties. It's not a decade I can work up much feeling either way about. I feel the pull of the sixties very strongly, and I particularly like the kind of sharp suits you would get on Napoleon Solo, Gary Seven, and so on - I like that American vibe. But also, and particularly, I feel very personally attached to the late mod / early skinhead fashions. I love to indulge, but not over-indulge, in the kind of clothes I couldn't afford back then. Not that I can really afford them now, but I try to be in the right place at the right time to pick up bargains, as I have Yorkshire genes when it comes to parting with brass. Whilst there is no point in being a 60s fetishist, a superannuated hobby re-enacter, I believe a 60s palette is good to paint with. I'm an old guy without much of a paunch, and I try to carry off a look that is consistent, and to present it in a 21c context, as a critique of 21c [lack of] style. Luckily, the stuff I like still suits me and because it has a conservative nuance balancing its modernist chic it never looks grotesque.
     

  8. Mr Knightley

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    I think, as @Thin White Duke says, when we look back at different decades the good stuff is often obscured by the popular images of the times.

    My own liking for the 1980s was partly as a result of having a friend with a shop specialising in expensive Italian clothing and, because he was a friend, often being able to pick up those exquisite pieces at a reduced price :) He often explained to me how he bought very wisely when he went on trips to Pitti and other Italian sources - seeking out only those bits that would really work in these damp islands. Thus the more extreme pieces were avoided. He 'saved us from ourselves'.

    The 1990's that followed were largely a disappointment for me relieved, I suppose, by Britpop elements.
     

  9. Clouseau

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    Trying to remember my typical 'everyday casual look' in last decades, of course in a schematic way. Not when i dress up. There are some items like : Levi's 501 Jeans, Fred perry shirts, DM 3 eyes shoes, that i never stopped to wear...

    Born 1965.

    1970s Duffle coat. Lacoste/sweat shirt. Jeans slightly flared. Kickers/Clarks

    1980s MA-1/Harrington/Trucker. Fred Perry/V Neck. Blue Levi's Jeans/Sta Prest. Dr Martens/Dexter/Weston

    1990s Squall Parka/Leather/suede jacket. TShirt/Crew neck. Black Levi's Jeans/Cotton slacks. Air Jordan/Church's

    2000s Millet (Gore tex). shirt/Uniqlo cashmere crew neck. Paul Smith Jeans/Levi's persistant blue. Paraboot Michael

    2010s Crombie/Chesterfield/Baracuta. BD poplin shirt/Vneck. Lee Riders Jeans. DMshoes/Loake/Church's

    2020s Loden coat/Sport coat/Mac. Cardigan. OCBD. Lee/Levi's/Wrangler jeans/Cords. Weejuns/sooner or later Suede Carvil 'Dylan'
     
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    Not a proper SF 'fit' pic, but just to give you an idea of the Cordings blazer, here in a minimalist approach with black denim jeans and a black roll neck.

    Cordings CR_opt.jpg
     

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    Moving to London to work in advertising Monsieur? "Please don't leave, we're on the same continent!"
     

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    Not the best time to move to London, with the no deal Brexit arriving at the speed of light ! ;)
     

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    Burning up the pound as fuel to fire away at that speed!
     

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    Nice one Inspector,proves that TLGO is about quality clothes,dressing age appropriately and having a bit of imagination and NOT about being a fossilised skinhead dressing as a recycled teenager.
     

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    Who said it was?
     

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