What i hate this year

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LA Guy, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    I sure as hell don't.

    And what's an All-American Jackass? Being in Korea, I don't see them too often. About the only All-American Jackasses are the GI's getting drunk and loud at bars.
     


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    I wonder what some think about traditional English shaving items like lavender, and rose creams, and various others.
     


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    LA Guy, I agree with you almost entirely... And while you are sick of it, and I am sick of it, I am with Shoreman on the blazer issue. I think it looks good, I've been wearing it for years, and I'm not about to stop because some "all-American asses" as you so aptly put it are starting to sport the look. Stuff I like: Athletic clothing.. both modern and retro in style.. track jackets, Puma shoes. Japanese clothing, generally anything that brings the street to the office is cool with me (as long as it's slim fitting&#33[​IMG]. Back to stuff I hate: Polo shirts. I liked them, and now I hate them. So so sick of it. Those furry suede boots everyone is wearing, and big thin-rimmed sunglasses that are duo-tone with light colors (i.e. fading pink to clear). people who don't have good taste in music dressing as if they do (it's so disappointing to engage in conversation with them)
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    speaking of japanese clothing, and i'm not sure if this is what you're referring to or not, but have you seen the book Fruits? it's a picture book of kids in...Tokyo i think, dressed to the nines. by which i mean, imagine a metro punk hangout, with all the wild hair and boots and everything cool like that, but put a hypercolorful japanese spin on it. these kids are like manga come alive, almost. (and not in the cheesy cosplay sense.) really neat stuff, check it out sometime. /andrew
     


  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I actually have done the blazer (well, honestly, usually the suit jacket from one of my Emporio Armani suits) and jeans thing for years, and will continue to do so. A nearly too slim blue pinstripe jacket over a burnt orange shirt jacket with beatup jeans and sneakers used to be a uniform for me. It's the American jackass appropriation of the look that riles me. Refer to my guidelines in another thread (a few others, actually).

    Alias, the American jackass: imagine the GI, but with an MBA or JD and a Wall Street or big firm job, drinking the best wine in the house although they can't tell a white wine from a red wine.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Oh, don't worry, Dan's very resourceful. [​IMG]
     


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    Ok, maybe i need to watch what i say, but by "gay ass", I meant in a "that's gay" sorta way. I was just expressing displeasure with something. Homosexuality wasn't even a thought in my mind when i wrote that post. Obviously, I'm sure that the majority of people that wear campers aren't gay. I just have an inexplicable and extreme dislike of them ;p
     


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    just for reference: if i'm not mistaken there was a piece in a recent GQ or somesuch about the 'american jackass' phenomenon. ought to help nail down field identification, like an audubon guide.
     


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    Ahhh, I get it now. These people actually exist. And I read that GQ article also. Blargh. I kind of like the look, but not the connotation of bad attitude it implies. Maybe I should get my looks from the Korea GQ instead... [​IMG]
     


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    Kind of a tangent, but the look I am currently finding incredibly bizarre is... I don't know what category to put it in... just... generic poser? Not quite eighties revival, not quite emo, not quite Ramones/Strokes wannabes, but somewhere in the middle. Regardless of how short/tall/fat/thin they are, and regardless of gender, the look consists of: Really tight skinny jeans, tapering to the ankle - either Tsubis for the more affluent, or old Levis otherwise - often in dark blue or black; Footwear is Chuck Taylors or eighties high-top sneakers - sometimes the lace of one shoe is pink, or whatever, to show how off-the-wall they are; Shapeless sweater or baggy top, either in horizontal block stripes or polka dots; Dark shaggy Strokes-like haircut, with uneven fringe and ironic mullet; Sometimes a four-sizes-too-small suit jacket and trucker hat. And they travel in packs, I never see just one. It's so weird, I can't comprehend a group of people going to such lengths to look completely out-of-proportion.
     


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    Fruits is awesome. Unfortunately many of my favorite Japanese clothing fads appear to be dying out. I mourn the death of too dark tan, blonde hair, white eye makeup, neon boustier, black miniskirt, super-tall vinyl stilleto boots look.

    I'm planning on making a few day trips to Harajuku/Shibuya to take pictures of the current "looks" and maybe some interesting cosplay gear when I visit Tokyo next year. I'll post the pictures on my site when I get back.
     


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    Oh, and I hate articles of clothing that look like they are made out of the American flag. I feel like washing my mouth out with soap just for bringing it up.
     


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  14. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    More things I hate:

    Tsubo and G series Cole Haan shoes. Some of the G-series are at least wearable this year, but the Tsubos are particularly ugly. It's a shame, because up until a couple of of years again, they made sort of reasonable shoe/sneaker hybrids.

    Actual running shoes with jeans. Acceptable only if you are actually going running in jeans (did this once for $100 - from Bunker Hill in downtown L.A. to Barneys on Wilshire in Beverluy Hills. Barely worth it financially, but definitely worth the pride.)

    My greatest hate, though, is reserved for those chunky shoes that look like they have a (usually ugly) dress shoe top welded to a lug sole. They are usually black, and a lot of men seem to feel that they are acceptable to wear with suits or for business casual. In fact, they are only suitable as fuel in those garbage can fires that homeless people build to keep warm.
     


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    Well, I have to disagree with some of the aforementioned comments:

    What's wrong with driving shoes? Or boat shoes? If your car is stick shift (as mine is) you quickly appreciate the benefits of a driving shoe. As for boat shoes, well the look works in Florida, especially when you are on a boat. Seriously...as long as you go yachting on your friends 55 footer, you should look the part.

    I will agree that I have seen some atrocious examples of body piercing, but on some women, a nose piercing works. I guess people have their own tastes, but I personally don't mind a nose piercing as long as it looks good on the person (plus its better than a tattoo).

    I like Polo shirts. Ralph Lauren Polo, um, polo shirts. The ubiquitous standard for polo shirts worldwide. They fit me the best, the material is of sufficient quality for my needs and I really don NEED MOP buttons on casual polo shirts. What I hate though is collar popping. Leave the damn thing down where it belongs.

    I will agree that most Cole Haan shoes are just ugly, what are they thinking? It's a dress shoe; lets leave the air bubble to casual shoes, shall we?

    What really is disconcerting to me is people from patrician families, with pedigrees, educations and occupations to match their trust funds, but yet cannot put together one single business outfit without looking like something out of a Men's Warehouse commercial. Especially in Manhattan. One of the greatest high-end shopping capitals of the world and they can't wear clothes that fit? Go out and buy a Flusser book, sit down and read from cover to cover...at least then you will have primer on which to base your sartorial dress.

    Jon.
     


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