Wrestling gear?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dcball, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. dcball

    dcball New Member

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    A friend of mine has gotten into the habit of wearing high school or college wrestling gear - hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts and even ball caps. Despite looking like he came right off the mats, my friend has never wrestled a day in his life.

    He claims that by giving off the wrestler vibe he is putting off a vibe of confidence and sex appeal too both women and other men. What do others think about this?
     
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    globetrotter Senior member

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    can you say "loser"?
     
  3. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Back in the 80's Dave Letterman wore wrestling shoes on Late Night with his jacket and tie. He moved to loafers when he went to CBS, and some mighty sharp db suits.
     
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    aybojs Senior member

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    I wrestled in high school and my first two years of college. I can't possibly see how wrestling gear would be fashionable in any non-athletic setting. To put it bluntly, I think your friend is being a tool.
     
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    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Does your friend have body of wrestler? If you are stacked with muscle, yeah, that may create such vibe.

    But woman loves sharply dressed man, period. If you want to pick up well dressed sexy woman, he better ditch that wrestling gears.
     
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    shoreman1782 Senior member

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    If he's wearing those plastic wrestling helmets, he risks looking, er, challenged. And putting off a wrestling vibe to other men might backfire; my friends who wrestle sometimes mention the unfortunate occasions on the mat when they would get their, um, "oil checked." Wrestling shoes kind of fit in with the current wave of thin soled, unstructured shoes (though these seem more driving shoe-inspired). They're all odd high tops though, and IMHO should be relegated to strictly Greco-Roman settings. adidas Men's Ferox
     
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    VMan Senior member

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    Ben Sherman had some decent-looking vintage-style wrestling shoes a while back. I almost purchased a pair on Bluefly.
     
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    gregory Senior member

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    I'm quite sure that the sophisticated ladies at the bowling alley may just find him very attractive.
     
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    discostu004 Affiliate vendor Affiliate Vendor

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    is this the same thing as the fancy stylish over the shoulder wrestling outfit andre the giant wore?
     
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    Renault78law Senior member

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    Wrestling shoes were very much in vogue (or at least it seemed so) when I went to Italy 3 years ago.  Maybe not in 'fashion' per se, but significantly prevelant in the media/ads.  I saw it trickle into America, but the look never really caught on.  Since American fashion tends to lag behind the rest of the world, I wouldn't be shocked if it eventually did catch on here.  I also wouldn't be shocked if it never caught on, as I didn't really like the look in the first place.  *shrug*

    Oh, and your friend is a total poseur.
     
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    You have no idea how happy i am to read replies like 'loser' and 'poser'. I should trust my instincts next time and just tell him up-front about this unfortunate new trend.
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Your friend is a knob. Strike him with the backside of your hand.
     
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    Being someone needed wrestling boots for grappling (albeit being a bad grappler), I think people who wear them for fashion purposes are generally knobbers. Same goes for people who wear martial arts training shoes for the same purposes.

    To compound the problem, people don't dress like this because of some individual fashion quirk, something I can appreciate, but because it's 'the look' in middle road chainstores, as pushed by lowest common demoninator men's/celebrity/crappy music/gadget/celebrity/lifestyle magazines.
     
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    Wrestling shoes were really popular in Europe among teenagers last year....
     
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    Perhaps he could put a blazer over his wrestling gear and really be on the cutting edge?
     

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