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Who inspired your style the most?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by John B, May 7, 2013.

  1. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Sorry, didn't mean to start to an opinion war, just to inform you of the wonders of the world of James Bond. Click on the link and you'll see more pictures. You should really watch the old movies though, not only will you be able to see the suits in action, you'll also get to enjoy some great movies!
     
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  2. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I'm something of a magpie when it comes to style inspirations, so don't really have a single person I can name. It's more a little bit of Column A, a selection from Row B, and a snifter from Bottle C.

    However, I've always been attracted to the flowing-yet-angular art popular in some comic books or anime. Flowing capes that kick out in dramatic if unrealistic angles, elongated leg lines, longer jackets with broader/structured shoulders, clothes with a kind of volume to them... allt that sort of very stylised imagery. That interest doesn't translate into direct style choices, but it does inform my tendency to like things like long dramatic overcoats, structured jackets and bold colours. I also think clothes look their finest when in motion or in some kind of tension/angularity rather than standing still (which is one reason among several that I rarely use a robopose in my fit pics). It also explains why I've never really been interested in discreet elegance as an aim of how I dress but tend go for something more... well I suppose larger-than-life, or energetic, or artificial/stylised would all be appropriate descriptors.

    I do temper that against where I'm going and who I'm seeing, of course, because there are limits and clothes are a conversation not a diatribe... but it's usually there in the background somewhere if you look at the look as a whole.
     
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  3. jhwendland

    jhwendland Senior member

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    What's wrong with an "opinion war"?
     


  4. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    I believe it's not the intended subject of this thread, which would make it off-topic.
     


  5. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    My dad. He was the man. Always sharp.
     


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    rudals1281 Senior member

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    Daniel Craig - LOL
    Casino Royale
    SKYFALL

    ...oh wait, should I have said Tom Ford???
     
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  7. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    I don't really have personal style icons who I emulate but I respect a lot of people for being very well dressed.

    I was sick of mall brands and didn't want to look like a lot of the slobs I see roaming the financial district so that was my main motivation and still is, really.
     


  8. CrimsonSox

    CrimsonSox Senior member

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    I've always admired Cary Grant the most as a style inspiration. There's a wonderful interview with him on how to dress. The essence of his advice is to dress moderately:

    Quote: I've also appreciated his deep interest in design. He had a creative hand in his clothes, as his friend Oleg Cassini recalls:

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    There is nothing harder in dressing than to have all of the details in harmony. This goes well beyond fit, or the lack of wrinkles and bulges. It means having the shoulders cut in precise relation to the size of the neck and head; it's having the jacket flowing through the trousers downward in one unbroken line. To this day, I have never seen a more beautiful suit than this one:

    [​IMG]
     


  9. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    What a great article. Thanks so much for posting it! :teach:
     


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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    +1.
     


  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    The question is, if you uses the exact same tailors/shirtmakers/shoemakers, are you or are you not going to look as good as your style role models?

    There some guy back in 08 or 09 that did carbon copy of PG's style and looks as good (but got chewed out by PG in some ozzy englitalian for some good old styleforum drama).
     
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  12. mrjester

    mrjester Senior member

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    I'll play.

    Used to get up for school (around 2nd-5th grade) and watch my dad carefully pick out his outfit for the day. This was all classic - it maybe wasn't the most expensive, but it was classic. That's where I got the taste for classic menswear instead of something else. And I think this is why there's a lot of classic looks I can achieve without trying too hard. I don't have many fits right now but I think the ones I can put together aren't too shabby.

    He still has a closet that's pretty big - maybe 20'x20'? Stuffed with clothes, but he's migrated to wearing casual clothing since he's retired. I hope to one day have a closet that big, filled like his.

    He also has my old closet filled, my brothers filled, and just recently donated everything in his other closet that was in the laundry room - one aisle, 30' or so of clothes. FFFFFFFUUUUUU.
     


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