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What Are You Wearing Now/Today Part I

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Mar 26, 2005.

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  1. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Senior member

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    I'm with the Old Asian Man on this one. I think SoCal has some amazing spending power (I'll be in NYC in 2 weeks, he can take me shopping) but for me doesn't show enough creativity in his purchases.
    I think it's a NYC thing though, I lived in Manhattan for 7 years and if you have the cash people tend to go for the pieces or label that is wrapped up in Manhattanite Hype. Murakami x LV, the Thom Browne fad, Lanvin is certainly shining bright at present, Dior Homme 3 years ago and anything black and nylon fabricated from Prada 8 years ago. It's easy to get caught up in the frenzy for the latest designer item living in New York in the same way I see folks in Los Angeles heading to the car dealership as soon as the new Beemer or Benz is launched.

    I think SoCal has some wonderful items I just wish he'd drop some Ca-ching on Number Nine, Carpe Diem, John Lobb, 45rpm not the latest gold sneaker from YSL or Dior, not only what his friends will recognize as expensive, not what is most sought after at Jeffrey. I think his biggest weakness is his denim choices. They always look like the items you can find at Century 21 for 80% off.

    But then he's young, there's time, I'm an older but wiser (I think) curmudgeon.


    I wasn't going to say anything and just file away your remarks in the "32 year old that dresses about 10-12 years too young" Usless Comments file; but, I digress.

    Please don't talk to me about being stale or having a lack of creativity Mr. Ratty Jeans and Tee with Decent Shoes.

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    I'm really curious as to why you would put John Lobb next to Number Nine, stiff uncomfortable jeans and all that stuff. While I can readily afford them I'm not going to pay $1300--$2500 for shoes when I mistreat my and also scuff and stub them throughout the day

    I've stated it before I don't need to go out and buy jeans and sleep in them and never wash them and sit on my wallet all day so I can get honeycombing, roping, jizz stains or whatver is cool these days. I have 2 dark pairs, a white pair and a grey pair so I'm set for another year when I might buy a medium lighter wash pair. To me it is to easy and repetitive to wear denim day in and day out. Figuring out how to match your pinstripe or Price of Wales trousers is a lot more fun.

    And just to humour you: I bought the gold sneaks w/in the first week of the Beverly Hills boutique opening...and yes, I did drive there in a Mercedes.

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  2. ghulkhan

    ghulkhan Senior member

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    Socal I think youre a stylish guy and all. You wear trousers and suits well. But honestly I think LAguy (about the outfit) and Rye have hit the spot when they say you dont wear streetwear (jeans) as well. I know some poeple get upset when you comment and dont post so I wont. But props to you for the suits and outfits with with out jeans...

    But I would take Foks advice on the outfit you posted with the dior polo. I think the shoes are pretty cool but they dont go to well with what youre wearing. You look like a rich arab at gw thats trying to dress well with high end brands. I know youre better than that
     
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    The reason, I think, he put John Lobb along with Number Nine is that it's precisely that "mash-up" which is interesting. Why does Maxfield sell vintage Hermes bags, which the masses probably see as dowdy used things, alongside Yohji Yamamoto?
     
  4. SoCal2NYC

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    That's the think Ghulk, I think a lot of people are either too scared or to lazy to try to do something that isn't a suit and isn't jeans/tee so they build up this idea in their head for their own positive reinforcement that creates a community that thinks it is the pinnacle of "street wear/fashion." What streets are we talking about? The ones around a college campus? Williamsburg? Silverlake? Any other 19-28 year old area? What about people who aren't at work and are walking around the UWS, Madison Ave, Greenwhich Ave, Robertson Blvd, Oak St, etc?
     
  5. chronoaug

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    Don't get bent out of shape, socal. Most of your fits are really good, but that attempt at more casual streetwear didn't work out. And by "streetwear" i don't think you need to nitpick things to defend yourself when you know the general term people are using. I think la guy just meant slightly hipper denim outfits in a way, it's hard to get an exact definition. There's a lot of good fits in that montage you posted but there are also some big misses. It's part of getting a personal style you can be happy with and still push the envelope.

    I also don't think taking the far end extreme of a sufu denim noob and generalizing about the people on the forum who wear raw jeans makes your case any better. Making fun of others doesn't make your fit look nicer. You know that none of the people that have been around raw denim for more than a month worry about sleeping in denim or being afraid to wash jizz stains off. You've said many times that you just really don't like the whole denim thing when it comes to putting together outfits, so i don't understand why you're so upset that when you try to put together an outfit you normally do not care for, it doesn't work out. I wouldn't try to put together a mish mosh of more Men's Clothing pieces and then get angry/really defensive if it doesn't work out as planned because that's not my thing and i need to get better at it.
     
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    That's the think Ghulk, I think a lot of people are either too scared or to lazy to try to do something that isn't a suit and isn't jeans/tee so they build up this idea in their head for their own positive reinforcement that creates a community that thinks it is the pinnacle of "street wear/fashion." What streets are we talking about? The ones around a college campus? Williamsburg? Silverlake? Any other 19-28 year old area? What about people who aren't at work and are walking around the UWS, Madison Ave, Greenwhich Ave, Robertson Blvd, Oak St, etc?

    Well I agree with you there. Everyone has a style. I guess most people on this forum are in love with jeans. And thee are some that do it very well like Rye. However I love jeans as well but I think that trousers made of other materials are much more stylish. For example, Margiela is probably the only designer I think has perfect looks head to toe in his shows and he barely ever uses jeans. I think they should be part of ones wardrobe if they want. However many might not do it as well as Rye or some poeple. i think you dress better then most poeple here in terms of non jeans wear. I myself dont always wear jeans. I think trousers made by margiela raf or patrik ervell look better than jeans for the most part. I still think though that you dont do jeans too well. But no ones perfect. And I also think that some poeple here including me think that you buy way too many "mall brands" but its about you. You buy it for yourself so its not my right to tell you to go buy something else but you tend to dress pretty well
     
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    Chill out SoCal. Your glorious montage of fits doesn't remind us of your sartorial success, but rather informs us of your own insecurity.
     
  8. SoCal2NYC

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    I'm sorry that I got "bent out of shape" when I felt that my personality was attacked for wearing Jil Sander jeans(apparently I'm wrapped up in whatever the NYT Style section spits out) and I'm made to look like a little bitch for "defending myself."
     
  9. SoCal2NYC

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    Chill out SoCal. Your glorious montage of fits doesn't remind us of your sartorial success, but rather informs us of your own insecurity.

    Go back through my posts and I don't think I've ever made a negative comment about anyone (other than the shoulders on Dritzzs suits) until I got pissed off at what someone said, so yah I'm pretty insecure.

    Let's not get started on the fact that all of us are taking pictures of our clothing and posting them on the internet to achieve validation.
     
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    Band of Outsiders navy/white ticking stripe shirt
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  12. chronoaug

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    Whodini, are we really pretending Figure 8 is one of elliott's best 5 albums let alone the best? There are a few winners, but hell, i even prefer the New Moon compilation that just came out. Most of the tracks are just as good as the album stuff from self titled and either/or. Carry on, though.
     
  13. SoCal2NYC

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    And I also think that some poeple here including me think that you buy way too many "mall brands" but its about you. You buy it for yourself so its not my right to tell you to go buy something else but you tend to dress pretty well


    I work in an office that sets the bar nationwide as to what some people can purchase when it comes to the finest of luxury designers. I could love some random leather jacket from whatever "indie" brand; but, if I'm going to be sitting front row come September with my boss that leather jacket better be a "mall brand" luxury designer. But, I'm also content with that.
     
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  15. Lucky Strike

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    I'm coming from the rule-bound side of the aisle here - the MC forum - and I think SoCal's contributions to the WAYWRN thread there are among the best and most interesting. They're also taking the most "risks", which means that there will be what I consider a few bad misses/absurdities at times. The only things which really rub me the wrong way occasionally about SoCal's are blatant breaches of the "rules" of the jacket-and-tie school of dressing, such as wearing a black tuxedo shirt with a modernised business suit. I could probably never bring myself to do that, outside of a bet, which is exactly why I appreciate someone else trying it out. It's also a very good opportunity for people to see some high-end fashion stuff, as you're obviously well-informed about the industry. Now, my attachment to these "rules" - or rather norms - is my own issue. I've learnt to appreciate the mix of conservative "gent's" clothing and the more fashiony aspects. (I also have a strong logo allergy, which might also be a problem in appreciating the efforts.) SoCal: Looking through your post above, I think you have the basis for a best-of-so-far poll among the outfits you've posted - it could be a very interesting thread. Maybe not for you, as you seem to have clear ideas of how you want to dress, but the discussion could be well worth reading.
     
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    I happen to enjoy SoCal's posts because he brings something to the table that nobody else does. I like this board b/c it's not a bunch of sheep doing the same shit but instead comprised of individuals embodying their individualism. I don't want to dress like GS, Rye, Sauce or SoCal but I can respect what they do and I'm sure they don't care to dress like me (though I don't really post my fits). I also enjoy the contributions made in the recent purchases thread, I think everyone appreciates the thought and substance of what we spend our cash on for the most part. I love denim but I love other pants as well, the beauty is that we have access to so much variety I try to take advantage. I look at style as an artform, something that can't be contrived and this thread is a great opportunity to develop one's style over time so everyone's input is more than welcome.
     
  17. SoCal2NYC

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    Oh sweet child rest your little head...the tux shirt is navy!
     
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    Oh sweet child rest your little head...the tux shirt is navy!
    The Rrrrrrrrrrrules say white, white white, so there! (OK, maybe cream.) [​IMG]
     
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    Did you just roll the R in rules to make it sound more pretentious?
     
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    Did you just roll the R in rules to make it sound more pretentious?
    I try to be arrogant without being pompous. It's more fun.
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