The Worst Look

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    Manton,

    I have a question - recently somebody posted some old esquire pictures of men, probably from the 20's-40's, wearing striped ( I think suit) pants with solid DB blazers or sports coats. so this was something that has happened before, no? they actually looked pretty good, if a little off to our tastes of today.
     
  2. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    I think that you are referring to " Strollers" : Dark gray to black jackets worn with striped
    or (small) checked trousers, along with a pear gray or black vest (waistcoat). It was considered
    semi-formal morning wear:

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/182/1930sesquire0801tw6.jpg/sr=1

    The guy on the left.
     
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  3. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    What is wrong with, say, navy striped pants and a white shirt, both well tailored, matched with dark green socks, and a pair of black double monks for instance? Is one not supposed to wear a striped pants without a matching jacket?
     
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    For me, everything is wrong with that outfit you describe. Striped pants are best left to suits. Not sure what the green socks are doing here with the black shoes and blue pants.
     
  5. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    This sounds horrifying. Why green socks? Why striped odd pants? Why black double monks?
     
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    gettoasty Senior member

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    Going to read all of Manton's posts starting with this.

    I guess I can learn a lot as I fall into this category working in the Silicon Valley

    Today:
    Blue OCBD (minimal blousing at the chest and waist, still looking to get tailored)
    Navy wool trousers with black leather belt (1.5" in width I believe)
    Black captoes with midnight blue socks (basically black)

    This is pretty much everyday unless I have to suit up then it will either be gray suit + blue silk tie and white PS with black captoe or navy suit + purple knit tie and navy/maroon/red PS with black captoe. Sometimes the blue silk tie will be changed for a forest green knit tie.

    Looking to pick up some gabardine ties as upgrades soon as well as new suits by S/S '13 . . .

    Going to see if I can get a sports jacket tailored too for everyday wear so I do not fail the no tie/no jacket but can still be casual without over dressing my seniors. I already am FWIW
     
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  7. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    you do see that in old pics. I am not sure what to make of it. Three possibilities. One is that, a lot of what was in AA/Esky was stuff that actually was not practiced on the streets but was dreamed up by the editors and artists as a way to push the envelope. As I noted in another thread, you saw some stupid stuff that I KNOW was never done IRL, such as patent leather half brogues with white tie. Another possibility was that it happened but it was a fad that died fast, like the mess jacket fiasco of 1936. The third is that it was common then but has faded out.

    Also note that when you see it in old pics the pants are ALWAYS flannel. It was rather common in those days to wear flannel suits separately, so maybe they extended it beyond solids.

    In any event, it's been no go for many decades. I would not do it today.

    This thread needs tutee.
     
  8. repp_fink

    repp_fink Well-Known Member

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    Allow me to quote the relevant dialogue. As always, Jeeves was on the right side of that particular trend.

    Jeeves: I assumed it had got into your wardrobe by mistake, sir, or else that it had been placed there by your enemies.
    Bertie: I'll have you know, Jeeves, that I bought this in Cannes!
    Jeeves: And wore it, sir?
    Bertie: Every night at the Casino. Beautiful women used to try and catch my eye!
    Jeeves: Presumably they thought you were a waiter, sir.

    (from "Right Ho, Jeeves")
     
  9. bboysdontcryy

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    Surely, forest green (which is almost 'black') would be fitting for a lawyer? I think you gents might forget that not all lawyers have the privilege of wearing brown shoes to work.

    And the question is: Why NOT striped odd trousers? What's the rationale for it? There are stylistic conventions that ought not to be broken(showing a little shirt cuff when jacket is on, no gap between the shirt collar and jacket collar etc) because it is plainly an affront to aesthetics, but odd striped pants?

    Why does it differ from say, grey wool trousers, if say, the color shade on the striped odd trousers is similar to that of the grey wool trousers (the only exception being the stripes). What is it about the stripes (on the trousers) that should prevent one from wearing it on its own, if it does not look 'ugly', and is well matched?
     
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  10. GusW

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    I think stripped odd trousers attempt a comeback every thirty years or so. I recall traditional men's stores offering them in cream or pale yellow with navy in the 70's (paired with a blue blazer).
     
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    I think it's the same for me as well, always has been. I like tailored jackets and trousers, but not suits. Where I am at the moment, suits are for if you work in a bank.
     
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    Not quite the same, but I saw something along these lines IRL last Christmas (I posted about it then) - an older chap, in his eighties, at a drinks party wearing grey chalk stripe flannels with a velvet smoking jacket (he also wore monogrammed slippers (black monogram on black velvet which I thought was cool), a jermyn st striped shirt, a neat patterned tie). The impression was he had taken off his suit jacket and shoes for the day, replacing them with the smoking jacket and slippers. Just as it should be. He looked great, the chalk stripes did not look out of place in the slightest. But yes, I think it was important that they were flannel. Not quite sure why. This guy was unlikely to have ever heard of SF and most of the gear predated the internet by a clear decade - it was the genuine article.

    And as comrade points out, they're ok with semi formal and formal day wear.
     
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  13. eg1

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    You have described, in my experience, most of the wastelands of suburbia all across Canadia.


    I get this all the time, especially from young people.

    At work I might go tie-less twice a year, and then always for some sort of costume deal. Otherwise, coat and tie all the time.
     
  14. Manton

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    I would never wear odd striped pants and will always consider them an affront to aesthetics. Only exception is with a stroller jacket, which is a dead look.

    But if you guys want to, knock yourselves out.
     
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    I wore a black and white herringbone jacket with black wool trousers with white pinstripes when I was a freshman in college. I didn't know any better then though.
     

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