The Streetwear Essentials

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

  1. ken

    ken Banned by Request

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    (ken @ April 18 2005,13:11) Or like the millions of people that have worn bandanas as utilitarian clothing for hundreds of years. But if you want to associate them w/Punky Brewster, that's fine. She's gorgeous.
    Unless you're tilling fields or robbing banks, I fail to see how a bandana is utilitarian.
    A list of how I used mine today: Over my face (think militant straight-edge) to keep dust from getting in my mouth while riding my motorcycle through rural country (and to deflect wind so breathing is easier). Taken out of my pocket to wipe dust off of components in my Tech378 lab. Around my head (think headband) to keep sweat out of my eyes during rugby practice. On my wrist now, wiping up sweat from my forehead, nose, etc. because it's 80 degrees and humid. And there's still plenty of awake-time to go. I guess a bandana isn't utilitarian if you sit on your arse all day. But I use mine a lot.
     


  2. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    I notice that so far the I-Pod (or to a lesser extent, the better Mp3 players) hasn't made it to the list - but if you go out into the real world, at least a third of the people you see wearing "streetwear" in the urban areas are going to have those preposterous white earbuds shoved into their earholes.

    Please FOR THE LOVE OF GOD upgrade your headphones.

    *see me for suggestions*
     


  3. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I upgraded MY headphones to some excellent-value Sony WHITE earbuds [​IMG]
     


  4. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    White Sony earbuds? Probably the Phontopia's then? Good god man. I'm suprised your eardrums haven't up and left your head in disgust yet. You probably paid $35 for them. Excellent value if all the music you listen to sounds the same. [​IMG] If you INSIST on white, shell out a little extra cheese, and get the Etymotic ER-6i's. They are about $130, but IF you like LISTENING to your music, you will appreciate them. Then again, I've never met anyone with an I-pod that LISTENS to what is on it. They are mostly just for drowning out the world.
     


  5. Charles Rogers

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    I am rocking the Grado Sr-60s.
     


  6. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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


  7. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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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
     


  8. 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.
     


  9. 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.
     


  10. 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?
     


  11. imageWIS

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    What's a watch?

    Jon.
     


  12. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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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.
     


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    army coat by Canali Sportswear
    Haupt shirt
    Levis
     


  14. Cake

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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.
     


  15. 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.
     


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