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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by brainchild, Dec 14, 2011.
Not true, years ago anyone in an office job wore a suit, even the lowliest of clerks. Most men had a suit to wear to church at the very least, including my blue collar grandfather and his brothers. This was in the 60s.
Quite a few suits here (in the 1920s, I believe).
They had suits and good shoes, they just didn't have 10-15 suits or more than a couple pairs of dress shoes
Gatsby believed in the green shoe, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will spend faster, stretch our budgets farther... And then one fine morning —
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
So now we have a strong disproportion in suits/shoes distribution. The top 1% owns 80% of the total suits/shoes. This is outrageous. We're the 1%.
Yeah, Granddad, a train engineer, had one suit. My great-uncle who was a clerk at the Custom House had 3.
This mirrored the switch in culture from conformity to individuality. A brilliant program about the evolution of the male as portrayed in television from the 1950s through today highlights this. (Sorry cannot find a link.)
Or rather the switch from substantive to superficial individuality.
Blame Brooks Brothers. They were one of the first to start OTR suiting and then when people started buying them other large clothing stores jumped on the ready to wear bandwagon, then all the little tailorshops closed down.
Nothing going with the current?
I am forced to agree that non-conformity is the most striking characteristic of modern habits of dress.
If this were untrue, we would see jean pants, cheap knit shirts, and rubber soled sneaker shoes on every man, woman and child of all classes and all races, even Methodists with their peculiar beliefs.
In the past, there were no individuals.
Or, if I might ride your coat tails (itself an reference to the past!), it is rather like the switch from substantive to superficial posting on StyFo.
When is the next Brooks Bros. sale?
Mass production + consumerism (which go hand in hand I guess). Back in the day it was the norm to own few items of good quality instead of having cupboards full of crap stuff. It also applies to watches, for example. One quality watch you'd have to save for instead of a selection of discount store watches which are only for the looks. But you have to make compromises b/c you also need a new TV, new car, new shoes, new tablet pc, new life etc.
But on the other hand, there were no choices back then, right?
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