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

  1. cerneabbas

    cerneabbas Distinguished Member

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    Certainly not chav like,very neat and casual.
    I personally prefer a plain shirt,but I think that your chukka boots are a much better choice than desert boots,I said as much to a friend last week he was thinking of Clarks desert boots and I said what about the Loake Kempton / Herring Gosforth in suede with a dainite sole ?.
    The only problem with suede for me is that we get so many wet days when suede isn't as good as leather,you don't have that problem so its a great choice.
     


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    Defo ain't chavvy! Too refined. Looks more like "well-put-together-herbert"/former mod or casual.
     


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    Thanks for the feedback. "Herbert..." I like that jargon. Learn something new every day! I reckon that's a fairly accurate description of me.
     
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    With asymmetrical vertical 'go faster' stripes that would look too Mod. As it is - and with it being a rugby shirt too - it avoids that fate.
     


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    cocostella Distinguished Member

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    I appreciate the viewpoints from this thread's members. You have both the history and eye for "the look," but a willingness to take some of those elements and move it foreword. If you don't mind, I'll post some more, time to time, when I feel I've got something somewhat relevant to share.
     
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  6. cerneabbas

    cerneabbas Distinguished Member

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    I have enjoyed your posts as you seem more interested in the casual side of the Look.

    I have a couple of questions for you,in one of your pictures you showed some longwing brogues,they looked like the AE Macneil in walnut ? what do you wear them with ? and as those shoes are still made and sold do you see them being worn very often ? and what sort of person wears them these days ?.
     


  7. Mr Knightley

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    Please do keep posting pics and I think we all want to keep moving forward. I think your outfit looks great.

    I must say I am going off Clarks desert boots too and only wear one pair (brown) these days.

    cocostella - what new stuff are you buying for spring / summer?
     


  8. cocostella

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    Yes, the casual side fits both my current reality (work and play), and my past tastes as a mod revivalist. Like most folks, I assume, I do have occasion to wear a suit, or at least blazer and trousers, for weddings, more formal parties and posher restaurants, etc... The MacNeils are one pair that come out for blazers and sometimes jeans with an ocbd/v-neck sweater combo. They're sharp enough, but stay on the less formal side being walnut pebble grain. Never seen anyone else wearing them. Seems people either wear shiny black long wings with suits, or some god-awful distressed or cheap fashiony iteration with jeans. I really like the look of mine and the quality is certainly there for the price.

    I currently have only two pairs of Clarks left. One is a well beat-up pair of sand desert boots, which I just can't give up for fear of having my mod card revoked! I wear them with jeans for ball games and shitty bars. The other pair is a dark-green camo desert trek. I wear these quite a bit as they're super comfortable and just different enough to keep me "away from the numbers."

    Living in San Diego affords me a climate you lot would probably consider as being in perpetual spring/summer. I kind of shop in that mode year-round. However, I love jackets and coats. I already have far more than I should, but can't stop and am always culling out the weak links in favor of the next "perfect" specimen. I just picked up my new favorite the other day. It's a green/brown Bellfield fish-tail parka. A bit trimmer than your standard fare, with a safety orange zip-out lining, which is designed to be worn on it's own as well. It's a bit snug with liner in, but alone fits great and has a nice shape to it. The material is 100% cotton and feels like a soft, thick worn canvas.

    Other things I've recently purchased are two short-sleeve ocbd shirts, one white and one light blue. I like the look of these. They have to be worn with proper clobber and a certain "attitude," or you may as we'll stick some pens in the pocket and start fixing someone's computer on the spot. Untucked for me. I also just bought two wide-striped short-sleeve henleys, which are bright enough to give them some pop, but aren't obnoxious.

    I've been a surfer all my life, and spend an inordinate amount of time at the beach (again, for both work and play), so that influence creeps into my style for sure. I despise the standard current "surfer" look, however, there is a rich surf and skate style history to be mined. Vans, or some Topsiders variation, have been on my feet, off and on, since forever. I appreciate a simple canvas skate/deck shoe. I just took a chance on some navy leather Eytys, which look like Vans with a much thicker (almost creeper-like) sole. They might be wrong... They might be quirky cool. We'll see...
     
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  9. cerneabbas

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    Interesting, and I totally agree about the AE Macneills in walnut being versatile enough to wear dressed up or down,very nice shoes,it does make me wonder who buys them now its the same here plenty of nice brogues etc being made in Northampton but I rarely see them being worn,they cant all be going to China surely ?.

    Getting dressed up here seems to be getting rarer,car parks are full of very nice cars but the people driving them are scruffs.
    I think that its possible to dress in a casual way without falling into the chav or scruff box,but it does take some thinking about and sometimes on a wet cold winter night coming home from the gym I am sure I let the side down.

    I know what you mean about the plain OCBD shirts,they can be too much like workwear,I remember that we used to wear them to school in the early 70s,as you say though worn with the right clothes they can still look good.

    I am also the same when it comes to jackets / coats,I bought a Lyle and Scott parka for wearing to football in the winter,its warm enough but not very stylish,the Barbour that I bought last year copes with the rain but again its a practical more than a style jacket,for summer a light weight Harrington is my favourite if a jacket is needed.
     


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    A thought occurred to me today, that innovation in clothing is a second-generation immigrant thing - that whole rootless, dual identity, fitting-in thing. Well I had a look around me and saw nothing but reactionary tribal crap and cheapest chavwear. The problem is multiculturalism, it is monoculturalism that drives innovation from the second generation. Now shoot me.
     
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    I have thought that a raincoat could do both jobs,for me it would have to be one that you can zip a liner into,would be versatile then.
     


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    My dad got a Charles Tyrwhitt type catalogue in the post, virtually identical stuff just a different name. Incidentally he does buy casual shirts from CT and is quite happy with them but when it comes to shoes it's a different matter. He's got no interest in expensive/good shoes now as he spends most of his time fly fishing or waiting to go fly fishing. I had a quick flick through the catalogue and questioned the price of the shoes at £100 down from a supposed £200 - likely total bollocks of course. So I asked him what shoes he used to wear (he was mainly in the business of selling British sports cars in 60/70's London, Triumph's, Jag's etc. Once told me a story of delivering an AC Cobra to a retired Colonel for something like £1500 - would be worth an absolute fortune today!!). He told me he used to wear Loake Chelsea boots and they were full leather, him meaning not a thin strip of leather on the sole then mainly rubber or synthetic material for £45! And made in good old England of course! Now I'm not sure about this as I know he hates Goodyear welted shoes so either they used to make their shoes differently or his memory is a little off. Neither of us know much about shoes so it might be down to a bit of confusion.
     
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  14. Mr Knightley

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    I am not sure who makes CT shoes but I recall Loake make some of the less expensive offerings.

    It is interesting about your dad's recollections. My own father was not bothered about clothes - he looked smart but had not interest in and took no particular pleasure from dressing. Looking back I guess he just bought what was fairly readily available to him. He used to scorn my own obsession, thinking me shallow and vain.

    He did take me to be measured for my first MTM suit at the age of 14 so he wasn't all bad I guess...
     


  15. Thin White Duke

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    Morning Gents -

    I usually look in on the CM side of the forum so I can't believe this excellent thread has been going on for the last year right under my nose.

    Me and my best mate were both swept up in the late seventies revival, and talking to him recently even though we now live on different continents, see each other rarely, haven't met in five years and communicate occasionally by e mail, after all these years we are both still in line with the theme of this thread which IMO is being inspired by the classic sixties look without being enslaved by it.

    Anyway I started a blog a few months back (see signature below) which attempts to plough a similar furrow to said theme and may be of interest to some, so please feel free to take a look. It's a narrow niche that we are in so I haven't had much traffic so far.

    I'm only up to page six of this thread but will try to get caught up. Great work to all contributors. Cheers, TWD.
     


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