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Why do you dress the way you do?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Holdfast, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Life looks good when you do!

    People treat you better when you are reasonably well dressed.

    In the work place you get more respect/cooperation if you are well and appropriately dressed.

    How you look matters - work it to whatever effect you choose for your purposes!
     
  2. acridsheep

    acridsheep Senior member

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    1) Opens doors
    2) Instills confidence
    3) Pleases me
    4) Pleases others
    5) Buys cheap credibility
    6) Drops panties
     
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  3. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Senior member

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  4. james_timothy

    james_timothy Senior member

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    There is nothing quite like waking up face down on the pavement to settle one's choice of clothing for the day.
     
  5. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    I wear whichever shirt doesn't have lipstick on the collar, puke on the placket or cigarette holes on the sleeves. It's usually a short list.
     
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  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Hai Derek! Where you been?
     
  7. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    Teh other "private forum." If you have to ask...
     
  8. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    I guess I haven't been invited..........sigh
     
  9. NORE

    NORE Senior member

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    1. When I'm dressed well women don't clutch their purses as I pass and I don't get followed when in stores.
    2. I feel better when I know I look good.
    3. I like nice things.
     
  10. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    So I'm not confused with the common plebs.
     
  11. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Actually, I get follow more in stores since SF. I was being followed by a salesman in NM the other day. He finally came out and said "Nice Tom Ford Jacket. Can I direct you to the latest stuff that just came in..."
     
  12. james_timothy

    james_timothy Senior member

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    It is, of course, my life's work to make every random person who sees me walking down the streets of Chicago believe I am one of the 1%, before I surreptitiously slip into my Subaru and drive out to my ex-cornfield not-quite McMansion.
     
  13. Wrenkin

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    I like the idea of tradition. My grandfather, in retrospect, was/is always appropriately dressed. My father on the other hand has a closet full of tweed jackets and such that he bought back when small independent menswear shops still existed in Canada, but he seems to have fallen out of the habit as workplaces have become more casual. I consequently never learned anything about clothes, so I find it amusing that I am in some sense now recapturing this knowledge, just as I am recapitulating other parts of my grandfather's life (advanced professional training in London, etc—my Uncle told me recently of being in London in the 70s, and being dispatched by his father back on the prairies on to Jermyn St. to get a college tie from T.M. Lewin!).

    On that note, most of my relatives are in the same ancient profession, one I didn't choose to join. Instead, I somehow ended up in law, and I think part of that had to do with the clothes, at least insofar as they indicated a defined societal role, and offered a symbolic counterweight to the stethoscope & white coat, etc. (This was obviously not the only reason!) We have barristers' robes where I'm from, so this is more obvious. It also helped that one of my colleges made me wear a gown now and then during term.

    It should be said though that I am at the same time aware that a lot of "dressing properly" has to do with class, and it does make me uncomfortable how my sartorial choices are sometimes at odds with my political ones—were someone to say I was a "suit" I might think them a little dim, but I would be reminded that I have, in fact, met the kind of person they mean. While I derive some pleasure from cleaving to historical forms that are for the most part irrelevant today (my "professional" excuses notwithstanding) I acknowledge that it's not really the fault of most people that they buy the reasonably priced clothing on offer at the high street, and that I am engaging in a fundamentally conservative enterprise.

    Another reason I dress the way I do, only slightly less problematic, is that as someone who has spent so long in school it makes me feel a bit more "adult." Not that I haven't been for a while, but I think I have always been a bit more serious, a bit more reserved than my peers. The clothes match how I feel, compared to how I see others act—and dress. This is more important when you're in university for the better part of a decade.
     
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  14. .Kurtz.

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    First of all, I dress to enhance my natural physical appealing. Hence my reluctance to embrace certain SF approved trends while I stick to (sort of) old fashioned styles which I consider specially flattering for my particular characteristics.
    Moreover, it has a social facet as well; providing integration in specific environments.
     
  15. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Senior member

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    3 years ago after 25 years of marriage found myself single. The Ex pretty much controlled, or tried to, everything I wore. She had a terrible sense of fashion but I went along with it to keep peace. Now I am free to express myself with what I wear and will for the rest of my life. For most of 20 years putting a Khaki belt and collar devices on my coveralls was getting dressed up for work. But even then I took pride in my uniforms and pressed them myself.

    I don’t want to look like the rest of the zombies I work with the same suit, white shirt and black shoes which is identical to a uniform in my eyes. And yet don’t want to stick out too much either. Came here back then lurking and reading to find help and get a clue. Still a work in progress but most days nail it down solid thanks to the likes of you all…

    Vanity, yes I like how I look now. It gives me self confidence and I feel much better about myself. I like how others treat me and the respect I get at and outside of work. And then there is the ZZ Top was right answer, women do like a sharp dressed man. A lot.
     
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  16. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    For me it is all about expressing myself, pleasing those who see and know me and living well.
    I have learned the hard way that one need not break ones bank account or ego to achieve this.
    The best things in life truly are free, or at least on sale.
     
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  17. WhateverYouLike

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    #1 I can sadly see being so very very true.
     
  18. JayJay

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    I like for my clothes to be appropriate for the occasion. People should be able to look at me and tell whether I'm at work or play.

    I like nice things, and I like to look good in or with them. :)
     
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  19. antikantian

    antikantian Senior member

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    I dress the way I do solely for personal comfort. This may seem odd, but if I am wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants around others, I am always very uncomfortable and self-conscious. If I am wearing a tie and sportcoat, I am just much more relaxed and don't even think about what I am wearing. I blame my mother and very tradition father for getting me my first three piece tweed when I eight. I've had a thing for suede elbow patches ever since. I can count the number of times I've worn an un-collared shirt outside on two hands, and I'm going back all the way to infancy here. Are these all things I should be talking to my therapist about?!

    Oh, and it's always nice to be pet by the ladies when wearing velvet sport coats :)
     
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  20. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    1. Project an Image - at least one of someone who is interesting, but ideally one of competence, intellect and honor/fair dealing.

    I do realise this fails sometimes.

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    2. Comfort, Practicality and Craftsmanship/Durability - I used to have a hard and fast rule that anything I wore had to be easily replaceable with an identical model. Of course, since most good apparel makers like to cater seasonal collections, I am slowly going insane.
     

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