Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by samnc, Oct 10, 2012.
Marino wool. Cyber elitism. Hedonistic treadmill.
Yes...decided by me. I forgot to include the mandatory "IMO." The thread's gotten a lot of hits, but I'd be willing to bet that more people are responding to the provocative title question than they are to the actual body of the OP, but if there were cliff notes...
In the interests of moving this thread back towards something resembling a valuable discussion, my personal answer to this question:
Like probably many people on this forum, I was wearing casual stuff before wearing tailored clothing. I did get interested in that as well. I've carried over a lot of my preferences from that arena - in particular I've always liked rougher, more textured fabrics, and more casual, subtle color schemes rather than clean/sharp looks with stark color contrasts.
Also more recently my aesthetic interest in clothing has spilled over into other items like furniture once I started to get my first real furniture. I think once you start to develop a style and a sense of design, you see it everywhere, and start to value well-designed objects whatever they may be.
Great thread, I've enjoyed reading the responses. I'm just a recent undergrad graduate and just starting to build my wardrobe. Doing it with Allen Edmond shoes, Brooks Brothers shirts, Howard Yount pants, Pantheralla socks. I am basically making minimum wage right now so I try not to go overboard. Hence I would be interested in knowing what the average SF member is making. For me $200 shoes and dress pants sounds reasonable if they are going to last me a long time.
I come here because this place sometimes educates or inspires me, and often amuses me (usually in a good way).
Acridsheep, you made my day!
On Topic: SInce my mid teenage days, following a short period of skater style, I came like dress shirts better than t-shirts, you could say that I liked to dress on the more formal side of what was necessary.
Later I also became interestes in fashion, and few years ago I found that what matters most to me is fit and quality. So I came here and found advice on what is a good fit in a classic menswear sense, and where I can find good quality. And that's what I found on here, plus a lot more fun stuff in the various subfora.
I have found this across diverse interests and enthusiast fora as well, including Bladeforums, Watchuseek, Candlepowerforums, Headfi, and even m4carbine. Collectively, I refer to these as "guy gadget interests". The scene here seems to me to be rather similar to other enthusiast fora, as aptly described by mcbrown back in post #15. Well, and kev777.
Like so many, I found SF when I recently accepted a job that requires CBD. T-shirts and jean shorts prevail at my current IT workplace. Ironically, accepting this new CBD job entails a ~40% decrease in pay. I'm trying to build an informed, essential CBD wardrobe before I switch.
So I came here for the standard noob "what suits for new job?" research, and stayed for the analysis and attention to detail that I enjoy in other interests as noted above.
I am a scion of the Old Baltic Nobility, if that helps.
You're an interesting guy. When I was in school, making minimum wage, I wouldn't have thought about spending $200 on a pair of shoes.
Wow. Why'd you accept the job?...just curious. Earlier this year, I turned down a job because it was "only" going to raise my pay by $10K
To keep OT, PM inbound.
EDIT: Well, it's not a secret and in a sense, is OT: I accepted the new job because it is a chance to serve my country overseas in my area of study and interest. I have been seeking such an opportunity for several years. In the meantime, I have been successful at a decent company whose mission, products, services, culture, and clients do not inspire or engage me, and occasionally do the opposite. Being there while my passion lies elsewhere feels dishonest, at any price. Everyone does their own thing. My wife and I are not really money people, but are motivated by adventure and values.
I'm confident that we will neither starve nor default on our modest mortgage. And thanks to SF, I will look the part.
Sorry about the long original post.
This is getting OT, but I do wonder how much you could really tell the difference if a $20, $50, $100, $200 and $400 shirt, all fitted properly, was on you...guess I am getting at is some of this being a brand whore, and this is by no means a term I am using pejoratively. Or a $200, $500, $1000, $2,500 suit. Although I dont want to admit to it, I turn my nose at a third-party camera lens which does 90% of what a Nikon lens does at 30-50% of the cost.
Then again, if some of this is a hobby/collection issue (but unlike some hobbies/collections, clothes has a utilitarian purpose, even if its only to make you feel good about yourself) perhaps the fun is to sport the custom made suit just because you can. It is hard to do that with other hobbies.
Truth be told, I have looked like a slob for too long, and I am finding this website very helpful to un-do the slobness!
You didn't. But sometimes, we do read these threads.
People on this forum are better than everyone else, full stop.
... except newbs. They are funny and deserve their lowly place in life.
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