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The Streetwear Essentials

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Debaser, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    Also a very good choice. Brian seems to prefer the earbuds though, so thats what I stuck with.
     
  2. faustian bargain

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    when i listen to my portable (iRiver iHP-140, i refuse to join the iPod cult...also have a couple vintage sony discmans) i too wear the grado sr60's, with modded earpads. however i don't go mobile with them...just use them at the desk. previously i used Koss Porta-Pro's, which are a great value for the price (about $35). i still use them on-the-go.

    Koss also sells 'The Plug', which, if you search online, you can find cheap tweaks to make it approach etymotics in quality for much less cost. haven't bought these though.

    /andrew
     
  3. Cake

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    For most of us European commuters who rely on public transport since we can't afford cars and have to pay through the nose for fuel plus parking and taxes, the "backpack" is essential wear. I carry a black Case Logic to work and on commutes during the weekend, with an iPod on shuffle mode inside, and a pair of headphones plugged into a socket on the outside (near the zippered front pocket). I also have a larger JanSport with padded shoulder straps which I use for short outstation trips, and into which I can stuff exactly two pairs of jeans, six shirts, five underwear, and five pairs of socks, with some room left for toiletries.
     
  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Jeans (either tighter and fitted in the thighs with a bootleg - Corpus Morphy and Paper Denim GTO, or low and loose (APC Anglaise, in a variety of washes, though recently I've been tending towards dark rinse,) t-shirts (short and long sleeve), fitted snap shirts, sneakers, and a select number of cool belts (especially useful for keeping those loose jeans up.)  

    Hoodies (especially zip) and a really cool jacket are also essential during the colder months. And a messenger bag is really useful when you're shlepping around a bunch of stuff. Nothing is dorkier than a cellphone hanging off your belt.

    You can never have too many of these essentials, especially tees, jeans, and sneakers.
     
  5. benchan

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    Do cargo and camo pants fit into the streetwear category? Some people avoid them like the plaque, but a few do carry them well with the right streetwear ensemble.

    Just wondering, aren't those nice belts normally be covered up by your tops?
     
  6. imageWIS

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    What's a watch?

    Jon.
     
  7. LA Guy

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    Definitely not by tees. A little bit by snap up shirts. If you don't see a bit of the waistline though (on untucked shirts), my contention is that the shirt is too long.
     
  8. johnapril

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    army coat by Canali Sportswear
    Haupt shirt
    Levis
     
  9. Cake

    Cake Well-Known Member

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    This was cool for about two months in 1997. Nowadays superseded by girls (and some boys) with "neckwear" mobile phones. Equally dorky are mobile phone cases strapped to the upper arm, for that -- albeit unconcealed -- American Secret Service look.
     
  10. Brian SD

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    Yes, I got the MDR-EX71SL - they *were* about $35, and they are excellent. I liked the Etymotics but the difference was only marginal for 3x the price, as well as the Shure E3C. I heard from a friend that the Etymotics start to sound better after you've been using them for awhile. Oh well, too late. I love the Sonys. I plan to buy the new Shures that supposedly have much better bass response but I'll have to try them out in person (the bass on the E5C and E3C are incredibly disappointing). Fortunately, I DO like to LISTEN to the music that I'm playing, very intently and if you read but the first post of the Music thread, you would see that the music I listen to is extremely eclectic. At home, I use Grado SR80s. Sure, lots of iPod users out there are consumer whores, but not all of them, and I pity the person who doesn't want to get an iPod because they're afraid of being lumped into that crowd, you must feel very frustrated. For the record, I've wanted an iPod since long before they became as ubiquitous and cool as they did two falls ago. The iRiver is cool, but the product design is shit and the interface as well leaves something to be desired. I can't be dragging something around that looks like a Linux-nerd designed it. Oh, and the white of the earbuds was an option - they came in either black or white, so I picked white.
     
  11. Brian SD

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    Also, I have not seen the ER-6i's in person, I've only tried out the ER-6's. Apparently the ER-6i's are designed specifically to counter the bass roll-off of the iPod. I'm excited - I gotta give them a shot.
     
  12. faustian bargain

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    LOL, i hear what you're saying. anyway i just keep it in my bag and use the remote.

    but the main reason i got it (aside from the price) was the frequency response, according to at least one tester, is dead level and at least as low THD+N as the iPod. so, ostensibly, no bass rolloff. i haven't done a listening comparison so i don't know this firsthand, and i'm not even sure i could tell anyway.

    also the firmware is updatable on the iRiver, and there were murmers at some point of third parties hacking up a new interface. dunno if that ever happened. (also the customer service isn't the greatest at iRiver.)
     
  13. Brian SD

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    Originally Posted by Brian SD,April 20 2005,16:37
    .... The iRiver is cool, but the product design is shit and the interface as well leaves something to be desired. I can't be dragging something around that looks like a Linux-nerd designed it. ....
    LOL, i hear what you're saying. anyway i just keep it in my bag and use the remote. but the main reason i got it (aside from the price) was the frequency response, according to at least one tester, is dead level and at least as low THD+N as the iPod. so, ostensibly, no bass rolloff. i haven't done a listening comparison so i don't know this firsthand, and i'm not even sure i could tell anyway. also the firmware is updatable on the iRiver, and there were murmers at some point of third parties hacking up a new interface. dunno if that ever happened. (also the customer service isn't the greatest at iRiver.)
    Yes, the iRiver does have an excellent amp in it - it's about equal or a little better than the iPod shuffle, which has the best amp of the iPods. I assume the next range of pods will have the same amp as the shuffle. The bass roll-off is my only real gripe with the iPod, which is why I'm extremely excited to hear that the ER-6i's are designed to combat that. Those Grado's sure are beautiful things, though. I almost never use actual floor speakers because of how clearly represented the entire range of sound is. The design is really cool too - retro chic, if you will? not that it matters what your headphones look like at home since you sure as hell don't see them and no one else does either, but its hard not to admire.
     
  14. Fuuma

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    Since we've got plenty of new members I'm bumping this, what are your streetwear essentials?
     
  15. cheapmutha

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    jeans- a pair of slim dark, a pair of 501 or repros
    tees-fitted in white black and grey
    polos- vintage from thrift store
    belt-mil issue web belt
    shoes- vans slip ons, vintage boots, low profile skate shoes for skateboarding
    outerwear- m-65, pea coat, i only have one hoodie, and i just bought it last week... a vintage stussy... looks like early 90s or late 80s.
     
  16. familyman

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    Jeans, how you like 'em. A couple pairs. I think almost everyone should have a 501 or clone. It's a style that never goes out of style.
    Khakis, at least one pair. Some days are just not jeans days.
    Canvas slip ons.
    Boots, leather, able to be resoled, more and more character through time.
    Some other shoe, probably a sneaker. I like beat penny loafers but I'm a prep/trad.
    A few polo shirts.
    A few rumpled/old dress shirts of your style.
    Tee's, I'm a basic solid t-shirt guy, I generally don't wear graphics.
    Old beat up comfy sweater or sweatshirt.
    Zip hoody or zip sweater. I love zip sweaters. Best.
    Blazer or sport coat. Again, this has to fit your style, slim or not. New or old. Much variety but it's gotta be you. Ebaying Oxxford is a wonderful way to spend $50 on the best of the best if you like their cut.
    Jacket, leather, pea coat, spend some money here and get something that has been a classic style for at least 20 years. Buy a coat that you can wear until you have kids that are old enough to steal it from you beacause dad has such an awesome coat. Even if you don't have kids, somebody will want to steal it in 20 years, it's that cool.
    Mine is not a cutting edge street style but with only a few new pieces a year I won't look like I'm that guy who stopped buying clothes a year out of highschool 10 years ago. I hope.

    Edit: Bugger, forgot a belt, or two or three. One should be a solid leather strap that unsnaps to release the buckle. Changing buckles daily is great fun.
     
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    You also cannot forget about the Zippo, for yourself and others
     
  18. tweedlesinpink

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    because it's really warm here, streetwear essentials go minimalist:

    jeans - APC in my case, maybe something else to add to it when the time is right
    tees - fitted, a mix of plain and graphic tees in my wardrobe; i stay away from overly "rock" graphics or loud prints, and head for quieter motifs.
    shoes - alternating between my two pairs of chucks and my umbros

    my belt is usually hidden by my shirt, so i keep the belt simple. a messenger bag is usually big enough for my items, and when i feel kooky i put on my kooky mambo watch.
     
  19. Goblin

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    Good jeans (cuffed), fitted t-shirt, black high-top Chucks, Dickies belt. In fall or winter, add thermals and a Carhartt chore coat, and greasy brown Docs instead of Chucks depending on snow. That's pretty much the uniform, has been for a long time, and will be for a long time.
     
  20. jet

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    I've grown tired of vans and chucks and accessories because everywhere I turn people have been playing them out in socal. For me when I go out, loafers are my choice and blazers with unique cuts and textures. I've got a destructured uppercut blazer with random threads and stitching everywhere and a brown herringbone ben sherman blazer with loose threads, different colored buttons and red lining. I've also got a camel pinstripe velvet (low nap) br two button that I haven't worn b/c the weather hasn't allowed it and also a ted baker classic navy wide pinstripe jacket as well.
     

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