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WAYWRN Best of 2010

RJE

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Following on from last year's thread.

I couldn't do the same thing - choosing a couple of dozen images out of the thousands on WAYWRN. My long list of decent images had 1048 shots. So, I chose what I felt were the best of many SFers' shots, resulting in fewer than one third of that. They're in alphabetical order. Here's a slideshow - once it opens, use the '-' bar to the left of 'seconds' at the bottom to reset it to 1 for a quick journey. Make it full screen with F11. It looks as if you have to click the play button if viewed from this link.

http://picasaweb.google.com/RJEbuyse...55305214568226

Here's the full album: useful if you're just scrolling down to find yourself!

http://picasaweb.google.com/RJEbuyse...WRNBestOf2010#

Some observations which come from looking at a lot of WAYWRN images over a short time.
I don't obsess over fit. There is no 'one fit' for each person, and I have moderate tolerance within difference styles for eg waist/shoulders/length. Something has to look obviously wrong to me almost immediately, without needing diagrams or rulers to try to explain it. I left in a PG shot that left me uncomfortable, as many others liked it.

So, colour/texture/pattern matching was important, hence the many detail shots.
JPHardy Your left shoulder often looks much more padded and higher than your right shoulder (I mean, well above the normal variation).
Some people (Gregaz!) are very rigid in the colours they feel go together, and you end up seeing a stream of almost identical variations. It was interesting to see that one suit Vaux posted twice in WAYWRN, had the same shirt and tie both times.
People whom I think routinely produce terrible combinations also routinely manage great ones (hello, Oldog!).
Doral is very matchy-matchy on ties/pocket squares. It's not altogether heinous.
(Each of these SFers is the list though
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Sometimes people see beautiful fabric and say 'great suit/jacket'. They're different points.
I let a black shirt in.
Several SFers' images vanished. I think I did not include their (already saved) deleted images.
I don't like a wide lapel/big gorge matched with narrow spread button-downs.
Strangely, several Asian SFers had a common problem of a messy shirt collar, as if the tie twisted as they wrapped it around the neck, so that it bulges.
When not wearing ties, some people end up with one side of the shirt collar much higher than the other - resulting from a dressing habit? I know that even when not wearing a watch, one shirt sleeve can seem longer than the other because of the way I pull my jacket on.
Overcoat sleeves are long - if I can see your jacket or shirt sleeve, the overcoat sleeve is too short.
I was surprised how successful the weekly Challenges have been. They really do seem to encourage people to experiment or make a greater effort. They take effort to organise and have been a credit to Spoo. I would say though, requiring it to take place only on Fridays seems a bit narrow - I'd open it up for the whole week each time. But maybe this would dilute it?
There were some negatives to what I noticed, but...
The fireworks are firing...
 

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Thank you, sir, for the multilple includes. I like your picks!

Mike
 

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God damn! How much work is involved in this?! Kudos to you man... someone actually pays attention *sniff* This should be stickied, or at least the link perma-copied on page 1 of WAYWRN.

Actually, it would be great if WAYWRN was locked tonight and a new one started tomorrow for '11.
 

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Thanks!
 

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yeah big thanks. A lot of great stuff squished into a single slide show. Easier to click through and there are some great ideas in there.

links saved.
 

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Some nice stuff in here, and some stuff I just did not like at all. Appreciate all the work you did in pulling this together and of course, for finding appeal in a few of my fits. I may hang up my skates this year, at least as far as posting fits are involved, but may do a drive by or two, a la PG..
 

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SF likes knit ties, so it's easy to include them! I tend to wear plain or dotted, and striped are more comon here now.

There are certainly fits included here that I wouldn't wear. I tried to see WAYWRN as a whole, and to pick the better examples of different styles.

I showed the slideshow to a friend, who said he had never before realised how much he wanted a paisley tie. I offered him one of mine, and felt like a street-corner watch seller opening his coat - 'whaddya want, I got brown, red, green, blue, pink, yellow...wool, silk, cashmere. You just let me know'.

I think WAYWRN has changed more than usual over the past year. To me, there's an older base of SFers who have taken much of what they needed from the site, and realised the other things they need just can't be met here. I have no solution to this existential dilemma. Fatigue is setting in, and there are only so many times you can see the same questions and arguments come up and feel connected or even interested. Happy riding, Gnatty! May your gloves be heated this winter (riding in 37F in November with unheated gloves =
. Never again.).
 

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This is incredible, and makes me realize how well dress Old Dog/ Old Tricks is.
 

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Great work RJE - fascinating viewing.
 

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Thanks man, great stuff! God damn my beard was fugly
 

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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
Thanks man, great stuff! God damn my beard was fugly

In one word:Yes.
 

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Quite some effort putting those all together; well done! olddog is the man.
 

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That's was awesome to look at. I wonder if any of the senior members have thought about an end of the year magazine featuring pics from WAYWRN, especially challenge Fridays. Just a thought, maybe it could contribute to the Ron McDonald Charities.
 

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