Vecchio Vespa· (aka TKI67)
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
On the Fashion Forum Flanderian kindly pointed out the subtlety of Trad versus traditional or classic. The light came on. When I began work in the mid-1970s at the Fed all of the older men wore slightly baggy two button suits with pleated trousers with lots of break, starched pointed collar shirts, and muted, patterned ties. I wore tassel loafers, glen plaid suits that had plain front pants with no break, OCBDs, and neats. When I got sick of regulating bank holding companies and went to work for one in Houston, the men were usually about thirty years younger than the folks at the Fed. Their typical look was pinstriped two button suits, still pleated pants with lots of break, still pointed collars, and neats. I wore 3/2 suits, OCBDs, tassel loafers, and paisley or striped ties. After I moved to Austin I experienced the workplace transitioning to casual. My co-workers wore pleated Docker without cuffs, casual leather belts, lace up shoes with long vamps and Italianate moc toes, and plaid sport shirts. I wore plain front cuffed khakis with 1 3/4” cuffs and no break, surcingle belts, LHSs, and OCBDs. The point of this is that for my entire career I have worked with people who all dressed the same. They wore clothing that was traditional, but not clothing I would buy. They had their alterations done, all the same, but I had mine done differently. Now as I am at retirement age I see some people dressing up for work, but they all seem to wear tighter suits and go cuffless. I have not seen a pair of tassel loafers at work for twenty years. The occasional button down is pinpoint, never Oxford, and has two back pleats rather than one box pleat. The point is they are all apparently following their “tradition,” and accordingly they are traditional, but I just wouldn’t be comfortable or happy dressing the way they do! Thanks, Flanderian!