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Learning From Our Sartorial Mistakes

Discussion in 'Andy's Trad Forum' started by universitystripe, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. universitystripe

    universitystripe Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Tennessee
    Bluegrass
    Among those of us who have been dressing Trad for a number of years, how have your tastes narrowed?

    Perhaps you invested early in a GTH piece you didn't get much use from. Or maybe you can't pull yourself away from your loafers enough to justify what you spent on those desert boots.

    I think style can be as much about our failed experiments as our successful ones. Post your most memorable here.

    Mine has to be the pink oxford. Some of you make it look great, but on me (perhaps because I look young for my age) it just appears juvenile. As a result it hangs in my closet waiting for a day I feel adventurous enough to wear it again.
     
  2. Dhaller

    Dhaller Super Member

    United States
    Georgia
    Atlanta
    "Trad" is just the way I grew up dressing (I never really imagined any other way, as everyone I grew up with did as well), so simply being "trad" throughout, say, the teen years assures that I've made every kind of blunder imaginable.

    I would actually say my tastes have NOT narrowed, and that while my "core" is Trad, I gladly deviate from it more and more.

    My worst blunder in recent years actually comes from learning about Trad on AAAC, and falling into compliance with some of the sillier, more cartoonish versions of Trad, like negative break (or whatever it's called). I have a few pairs of Bill's khakis with huge (maybe 2") cuffs and no break, and they look completely idiotic. My wife photographed me from behind when I was walking, and it looks positively clownish; I retired all those trousers immediately.

    The other - again, from early experiments in Trad purity - terrible blunder would be wearing All the Trad, All at Once, just being a walking catalog of Bill's khakis, and OCBD, Weejuns, the whole kit, and even worse, all new.

    Never, ever wear an ensemble of all-new clothes.

    Now, I'm back to a more authentic, naturalistic "trad" (I think we called it "preppy" in the 80s).

    DH
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017
  3. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Florida
    Harmony
    Given the seemingly broadly based and continuing critical reactions/comments experienced when I change my eyeglass frames, that must have been my greatest sartorial faux pas. Having worn absolutely nothing other than aviator frames, initially issued by the USAF, for my sunglasses and eventually my prescription lenses all of my adult life, influenced by several of our AAAC members words of encouragement, I boldly went out and purchased an incredibly handsome pair of Anglo American Optical #406 frames in dark tortoiseshell.

    The condemnation of my adoring public began with the first wearing and continued incessantly! LOL, my beloved Randolph Engineering Aviators were restored to their rightful place on the bridge of my nose and the #406's are reserved fro reading, only in the privacy of my study! ;)
     
  4. universitystripe

    universitystripe Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Excellent insights, gentlemen. Dhaller, I especially enjoyed how you marked the line between what you grew up wearing authentically and what has been created from nostalgia here, albeit from good intentions. And yes--there is just something wrong about wearing all new trad clothing.

    Eagle, I didn't go so far as to invest in Anglo American 406's, but I did purchase the Ralph Lauren 2083's. There were a few comments when I switched to them, but they have actually become a treasured part of my identity since then. You do have to know what works for you, though. ;)
     
  5. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast Honors Member

    United States
    New York
    NY
    I can't do loud sport coats - big patterns, multiple colors, etc. - even though there are plenty of them in the trad canon. I wasted several thousands of dollars many years ago over several years trying/believing they'd work for me, but finally accepted that they don't, so they're out of my wardrobe - lesson learned.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2017
  6. phyrpowr

    phyrpowr Honors Member

    United States
    North Carolina
    Charlotte
    I was lucky in that respect, as I was warned off of GTH stuff back in college by a girlfriend. She said to always ask myself what people would comment when they saw me wearing any particular item a second or third time: well dressed, or "THAT thing again?"?
     
  7. Patrick06790

    Patrick06790 Connoisseur

    United States
    Connecticut
    Lakeville
    Spectator shoes. I bought several pairs. And there they sit -- alone, in the dark closet.
     
  8. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Florida
    Harmony
    ^^An excellent point, Patrick06790!

    At best, my Spectators get worn perhaps two to three times per year. In the past year, I wore them once. :(
     
  9. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast Honors Member

    United States
    New York
    NY
    I have several things like that - spectators being one of them - that only come out a few times a year, but I'm not sure I think of them as a mistake as I love them when I wear them, my life just doesn't provide many opportunities for me to do so.

    That's different than things that - like the loud-ish sport coats I noted above - simply don't work for me in that I don't look good in them and don't enjoy wearing them. I love wearing my spectators, just don't have a lot of call for them. Same with my seersucker suit - love it, but am lucky if I wear it once a year.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017
  10. CSG

    CSG Inactive user

    737
    United States
    West
    A valley along a canyon
    I have a certain comfort zone (khakis, ocbd, boat shoes or desert boots). When I stray from that, it's a mistake. I do have some "field" clothing (think Orvis/park ranger) that I'm also quite comfortable wearing on my many regional travels (I own a camping van).

    The whole "trad" thing is something made up by a long ago poster here and has become an internet thing. A lot of us have dressed this way for years (although I went through a hippie phase for a few years in the late 60's - early 70's). It's essentially a WASP, prep school, ivy league, old money way of dress and hasn't changed much over the decades. While I spent my formative years in Southern California, it was pretty much the style of dress in the schools I attended due to their dress codes.

    The sartorial mistakes I've made have been in straying from "the uniform". BTW, I wear solid pink and the pinkish red uni stripe BB shirts regularly along with white, ecru, yellow, blue, and blue uni stripe ocbd shirts.
     

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