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#1 2017-11-29 05:51:17

Vladimir C. Stanojevic
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The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

(with apologies to Tom Wolfe)

The hideous beauty inherent in the idea of wearing a formal shirt with bow-tie/blazer/chinos/duck shoes has got me a-thinking over morning coffee...

What was the ugliest, most abusive, transgressive riff on the Trad/Preppy/Ivy cannon you ever wore to what you thought was your everlasting shame and embarrassment only to be stunned to see it taken-up by Ralph/Brooks/J. Crew/A&F/ etc. 10-15-20 years later?

Mine must have been Spring '94, the final final of my final 21 hour senior semester - tucked Brooks white OCBD, M1981 woodland BDUs (my sweatpants substitutes), boat shoes (sock-less, natch), and a PRL NAVY BLAZER - utterly disheveled and bathed in Safari.

Hey! I was shivering cold from sleep deprivation and caffeine poisoning when I got to campus and it was the only thing to be found in the car capable of providing any warmth.

At least I had the good sense to pop the collar.

People stared.

Slack-jawed.

Of course, this sort of look has been on the runways, websites, and in the magazines a couple of times since.

Your turn...


"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

- Gore Vidal

 

#2 2017-11-29 10:18:56

MCM Geography Teacher
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

Crazy!


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#3 2017-11-29 11:00:29

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

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The worst part of that is the popped collar... and the Safari. At least the BDUs were woodland... If they didn't have cargo pockets they'd really just be extremely GTH pants... I would have worn a blue OCBD though...

As a mod, I of course have never worn anything less than tasteful. That's how you get this job. wink And I would hope that any mistakes I have dared to wear in public have remained uniquely awful, not to be appropriated and legitimized by Ralph etc....


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#4 2017-11-30 06:25:00

Vladimir C. Stanojevic
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

Berkeley_Breathes wrote:

The worst part of that is the popped collar... and the Safari. At least the BDUs were woodland... If they didn't have cargo pockets they'd really just be extremely GTH pants... I would have worn a blue OCBD though...

Worst?

No, no, no - ironically, self-referentially, deconstructed in a proto, neo-hipster-ish sort of way.

See? We even invented that...

Safari?

Pish.

Posh.

Wrote the noob...

The original Safari was, along with the original Givenchy Gentleman ("liberated" from my father), one of the greatest "this shirt is stale, I am stale" cover-ups of all times. They both seemed to work with and not against the stench, somehow...

Berkeley_Breathes wrote:

As a mod, I of course have never worn anything less than tasteful. That's how you get this job. wink And I would hope that any mistakes I have dared to wear in public have remained uniquely awful, not to be appropriated and legitimized by Ralph etc....

I, for one, never for once lost faith in you my liege...


"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

- Gore Vidal

 

#5 2017-12-20 01:32:28

Horace
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

Can't top the initial post, I'm afraid, but shit I've worn that I wouldn't wear today (and I should come back to this topic).

Or, shit I've worn that I almost certainly won't be returning to (or if you prefer, to which I won't return):

white bucks
baggy knahkis
woven leather belt (I think purchased from Ralph Lauren in the earlier days)
ski vest - I seem to remember a kelly green and a rust colored one
(probably) anything madras
most ties (I seem to go for the same dozen these days)
detachable color formal shirt (unless with white tie which is very unlikely)
braces (unless with a few suits that require it including dinner jacket)
a bright yellow sailing jacket -- (it was hideous and expensive -- somehow I found the one with these qualities in an otherwise utilitarian item).
an embarrassingly expensive watch I bought when I had more disposable income than sense.


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#6 2017-12-20 09:56:32

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

...Bnaggy knahkis.

Glad to see there's at least someone out there who has escaped the Cult of the Expensive Watch


"Always take your job seriously, never yourself." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

#7 2017-12-20 12:44:44

stanshall
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From: Gilligan's Island
Posts: 11206

Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

Horace wrote:

Can't top the initial post, I'm afraid, but shit I've worn that I wouldn't wear today (and I should come back to this topic).

Or, shit I've worn that I almost certainly won't be returning to (or if you prefer, to which I won't return):

white bucks
baggy knahkis
woven leather belt (I think purchased from Ralph Lauren in the earlier days)
ski vest - I seem to remember a kelly green and a rust colored one
(probably) anything madras
most ties (I seem to go for the same dozen these days)
detachable color formal shirt (unless with white tie which is very unlikely)
braces (unless with a few suits that require it including dinner jacket)
a bright yellow sailing jacket -- (it was hideous and expensive -- somehow I found the one with these qualities in an otherwise utilitarian item).
an embarrassingly expensive watch I bought when I had more disposable income than sense.

haha very good, all of these decisions are sound I think, except for the part about madras, which you need to work through, unless reading about the one true bleeding madras in the world, which is unobtainable unless you buy an entire Indian village, turned you off to it, which would be understandable ......

but I still love my J. Press madras walk shorts in Dress Gordon

the baggy khakis remark I'm still thinking about ... aren't all khakis that aren't aggressively slim-fit somewhat baggy?  not to get too semantic but I think khakis should be just a bit baggy ... matter of degree I suppose


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#8 2017-12-23 05:06:15

marlowe v2.0
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

Baggy khakis or GTFO.

 

#9 2017-12-23 09:00:29

Berkeley_Breathes
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From: The Great White North
Posts: 1770

Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

marlowe v2.0 wrote:

Baggy khakis or GTFO.

I have to agree.


"Always take your job seriously, never yourself." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

#10 2017-12-28 13:54:27

californian
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

baggy khakis
gold buttoned blazers
RL tennis shirts

 

#11 2017-12-28 16:41:42

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: The Men Who Peaked Too Soon

californian wrote:

baggy khakis
gold buttoned blazers

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