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Your significant other and your clothes habit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jcusey, Jun 12, 2004.

  1. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    What does your significant other think about your clothes habit? I'm specifically looking for condescending put-downs, sarcastic asides, and the like, but I'm curious in general about how they react to your hobby.

    I'll tell my story first: when I bought a digital camera, she said (first words out of her mouth), "You're going to take pictures of your shoes and post them on the internet, aren't you?" To which I could only reply, "Ummmm, no?"
     
  2. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Well-Known Member

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    Funny topic. That sounds like something my wife would say.

    My wife cracks on my clothing habits on a daily basis, to which I reply sarcastically that I am "A simple man, of simple tastes."

    My number one requirement for our house purchase? A walk in closet for me. She agreed to take the smaller closet in the guest room, in exchange for the large bathroom with a tub. Fair trade, I'd say.
     
  3. bslo

    bslo Well-Known Member

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    My wife seems to think that my love of clothes is somewhat strange and that all (or at least most) of the other men on this board must be gay. It's rather irritating that the modern heterosexual male is not supposed to give a thought to his wardrobe. Fortunately, my wife is good-natured about my interest, although I believe I should be considered normal rather than abberant.
     
  4. Classic

    Classic Well-Known Member

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    My wife's shopping habits are responsible for the existence of at least three malls in the area. Thus while I like to shop and do in fact shop more than most men, there is no comparison between my wife's habit and mine. To give you an example, her credit cards are sent via special courier, while mine are sent via regular snail mail. Hers come with transactions quarantees, as she has been known to wear out her credit cards because of being "swiped" so often.
    Although I also have a walk in closet, it is in the quest room, and no where near the size of hers.
    Still, she enjoys the fact that I take pleasure in dressing well. The only rule she has is that I cannot look as good as her, which if I may say so myself, is an impossiblity as she is quite beautiful, in looks and persona.

    Classic
     
  5. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    Luckily, my gf is actually worse than I am with clothes. And after some education by yours truly, she appreciates men's clothing now. Add to the fact that she's the one that bought me my only pair of Lobb's.... [​IMG]
     
  6. j

    j Well-Known Member

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    Who wrote this?.
     
  7. BGW

    BGW Well-Known Member

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    His wife must have deleted his account.
     
  8. quill

    quill Well-Known Member

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    Several years ago, my wife bought me clothes she thought I would look cool in. I never wore them. My tastes have changed, and now I WOULD wear them, but she gave them away to Goodwill or something. So I am forced to dress like the dullard I am, pocket protectors and all (kidding about the pocket protectors). Anyway, if any of you have picked up some cool clothes at Goodwill, they're mine. [​IMG]
     
  9. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    hahaha [​IMG] j, when did guests get the ability to post?
     
  10. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    Luckily at this stage in my life I am not married. I mean it's only the middle of the month and I already spent over $2k on clothes (and clothing related items), imagine if I spent that much and was married, my wife would have my head on a pike.

    Jon.
     
  11. mistahlee

    mistahlee Well-Known Member

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    Her clothes habit is as bad as mine. Â [​IMG]
     
  12. JohnMS

    JohnMS Well-Known Member

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    Gone is my ability to just buy clothing on a whim. In the early part of our marriage, I would come home at least once a week with some "new" purchase. She knew early on that I was picky enough that she couldn't exactly shop for me. Too many factors involved (e.g., bargains).

    Now our young children seem to have greater needs than I do at this point. Sometimes I find myself shopping for groceries for the family and being somewhat shocked when our grocery bill comes to $350. Then I pause and think, gee, I spend that on a pair of shoes. Interesting how I won't blink at a $350 shoe, but $350 in groceries will cause me to think.
     
  13. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    Well, the shoes will last longer than the groceries [​IMG] . Jon.
     
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    quill Well-Known Member

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    (JohnMS @ 14 June 2004, 3:20) Gone is my ability to just buy clothing on a whim. Â In the early part of our marriage, I would come home at least once a week with some "new" purchase. Â She knew early on that I was picky enough that she couldn't exactly shop for me. Â Too many factors involved (e.g., bargains). Now our young children seem to have greater needs than I do at this point. Â Sometimes I find myself shopping for groceries for the family and being somewhat shocked when our grocery bill comes to $350. Â Then I pause and think, gee, I spend that on a pair of shoes. Â Interesting how I won't blink at a $350 shoe, but $350 in groceries will cause me to think.
    Well, the shoes will last longer than the groceries [​IMG] . Jon.
    A little "sole" food never hurt anybody. [​IMG]
     
  16. southerncollegeboy

    southerncollegeboy Active Member

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    Whew. I thought I purchased clothing but walk-in closets and $2K put me to shame. Still, I agree with bslo when he says, "It's rather irritating that the modern heterosexual male is not supposed to give a thought to his wardrobe." Recently I've decided, when asked, to draw the parallel of a car-buff. While they have their design passion, I have mine. For whatever reason, one sometimes carries a stereotype of sexual preference, while the other is made to appear manly. Really, while personal appearance can be done to make oneself feel better and to draw the attention of males or females (depending on one's preference), "tricking out" a car is done almost exclusively to draw the approval of other males--and from that one can infer what they will.
    Having traveled to many urban areas, I can see that it's much easier to dress nicer there than it is here in the South. Though the South and its ruralness do have many, many positives (particularly sunsets in the summer), being gawked at simply because one is wearing a button-up shirt and blazer, on a day other than Sunday, is an odd, and discomforting, feeling. Makes me sad that we don't all dress a little nicer, like the dieing stereotype of a "Southern Gentleman."
     
  17. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    Now that's probably the truth of the matter, but I don't think that those doing the tricking out are aware of it. I'll betcha they are thinking they are doing it for the chicks. Course, I am not entirely innocent in this area. I went through my muscle car phase (still love muscle cars actually.) I was convinced that my 71' El Camino would be a babe magnet. The results proved otherwise [​IMG] One thing is for certain - it was a cop magnet.
     
  18. discostu004

    discostu004 Well-Known Member

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    el camino? a tr-car (half truck half car?) i don't get those.
     
  19. quill

    quill Well-Known Member

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    SCB (sorry for the shortening of your signature),

    I wouldn't worry about the state of dress in the South.

    I think dress is all about your own healthy attitude, and I think it shows. There are guys who are built like gods...but it's "armor," and it's obvious. Then there are guys who are built like gods...and they're the nicest, down-to-earth people you could meet, because it has to do with their healthy attitude. Again, you can tell the difference.

    So I think each guy has to find his own way of feeling good about himself and expressing it in the way he dresses. Sure, fashion-sense will always help, but if YOU feel good about what you are wearing, then don't let anybody else demean you for it. Your attitude will be obvious.

    Best regards,
     
  20. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Conversation last night between a friend, me and my wife at dinner:

    Friend: "I bought a hat yesterday to keep the sun off my head."

    Me: "I just bought a hat too, a straw Panama hat."

    Friend: "Is it a Montechristi hat? I've been there, you know, when I was in Equador."

    Me "Yes, hand woven."

    Friend: "Cool. Some of those hats can be pretty expensive. I've heard of people paying $500 for a Panama hat."

    Wife: "What kind of idiot would pay $500 for a Panama hat."

    [DANGER.DANGER Will Robinson.] [Wife begins reading my mind]

    Wife: "YOU didnt' pay $500 for YOUR hat did you?"

    Me: (quite truthfully) "Umm . . . uhhh . . . No."

    Wife: "How much DID you pay for that hat, anyway?"

    [Deer in the headlights]

    Me: (quite truthfully) "Umm . . . uhhh . . . Not $500. Hey, who wants desert?

    [Wife glaring at me.]

    Wife: "I don't think I like that hat any more."
     

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