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whnay.'s good taste thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Hear, hear.
     
  2. AmericanGent

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    I'm prepping for summer here as well- with a certain sense of loathing I might add. I'm moving heavily into linens for the hot months here in Napoli. I have found a local 5th generation tailor to make some linen shirts for around 85E and pants starting around 200E. Looking forward to that part of summer at least!


    But my reason for posting is this;

    What are your opinions on turnback cuffs/cocktail cuffs? I'm interested in hearing whether you find them to be in good taste.

    Thanks
     
  3. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    I think you'll get wild-y disparate opinions on turn-back cuffs on shirts, with some saying it makes one look affected, and others saying it'll look good. I say, if Bond (played by Connery) wore it, it's good enough for me.

    I'll be sending some stuff to Naples. I've heard a lot about the problems with the Italian post (not sure if it's founded or not), and want to know if it's safe for me to send it via regular mail? Since you're in Naples, any feedback?
     
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  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I used to have a lot of turnbacks. I have since moved to a regular barrel.
     
  5. bboysdontcryy

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    I think it's fine to have a few of them, but they shouldn't be on the bulk of your shirts
     
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  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Turbacks seem broadly understood by the cognoscenti as being in bad taste. I'm not sure why, but that's the story.
     
  7. Lovelace

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    Are we talking about cocktail cuffs here?
     
  8. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    That is true.


    Yes. Opinions?
     
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  9. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Cocktail cuffs, portofino cuffs, turnback cuffs, casino cuff, milanese cuffs, all the same thing.
     
  10. unbelragazzo

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    My understanding is that they were created by T&A and popularized by one of the Bond films. This kind of early attempt at branding and marketing may be what's still befouling their reputation in the anti-branding iGent culture. Personally I think they look kind of cool in picture but I don't have any. I wouldn't be opposed to trying it. I've heard they're a huge pain to clean though - if you don't have somebody good, they'll probably screw it up.
     
  11. hendrix

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    turnback cuffs may increase the time spent getting dressed.

    just saying.
     
  12. Lovelace

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    They maybe worthy of consideration for your Black Tie casual project.
     
  13. Lovelace

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    Some may consider them a bit showy perhaps, but I don't have a problem with them.

    I wouldn't wear them myself though.
     
  14. mafoofan

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    Wait, what the fuck is black tie casual?
     
  15. unbelragazzo

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    I'm working on growing a couple of inches so that I can get an extra height consideration to make up for it.


    It's in the works. Had an aborted attempted, but will continue to persevere. Looking for the right silk for such a shirt.
     
  16. unbelragazzo

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    Something that may shock and horrify you. Click on the link in my sig at your own risk. Let us speak of it no further in the good taste thread.
     
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  17. hendrix

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    It's a thread unbelragazzo created. The way I understand it, it's an acknowledgement that many of the aesthetic considerations of black tie are quite relevant in terms of what looks good at night, just that the formality scale has now changed.

    Therefore it is an attempt to find a casual way of adopting the aesthetics of black tie without looking out of place in non-black tie occasions.
     
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  18. patrickBOOTH

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    So basically a dark suit and white shirt. Binary tie. Me.
     
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    American Gent, here are a couple of pictures of the turn-back cuffs. You can make the call as to whether you feel they're showy.

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  20. add911_11

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    You can't really say they are showy, only to the fact that they are less common.
     

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