Nobody in vintage pics is looking intently at their cellphone. Sprezzatura is not italian for “sending a text message”.
Glenn O’Brien (via putthison)
I went back and forth on whether to respond and ended up forth, so without further ado…
There’s nothing wrong with overdressing. Especially in the case being discussed (wearing a seersucker suit to a BBQ). But phrasing (or thinking) it like this just makes you a dick.
This is where my problem with “traditional” menswear comes in. You want to overdress, that’s fine, I have friends who wear ties (or suits/tuxes) to everything (dance parties, concerts, dinner). Jesus, I wear ties to grad school classes (note: filled with pleated khakis, dad jeans, sweats, and fleece vests). But if you just want to look like you’re always more important than the rest of the people there, then fuck you. Got somewhere better to be than my BBQ? THEN GO THERE.
I’ve read on ASW that people can’t be your friends if you dress better than they do, implying that anyone who doesn’t dress like their circle of friends is inherently an outsider (or “native” as he puts it). Whatever, I hate ASW so I don’t really care.
But when PTO (and to a lesser extent GQ) encourages you to act superior to your friends just because you dress nicer it calls this whole thing we’re engaged in into question. People will sometimes think you’re a dick just because you’re “dressed up,” why feed into that?
I guess my point is just that being overdressed isn’t a problem. But dressing like you’ve got “somewhere better to go later” doesn’t mean you’re better dressed, it just means you aren’t happy where you are, and likely acting like a huge bag of dicks at the same time.
now back to your regularly scheduled clothing posts.
I only wear argyle socks which I mostly buy at Target (they have a rotating selection that are $2.50 a pop).
However, I’m thinking of branching out. Goodwill has chunky striped socks that I’m interested in checking out.
This website http://www.joyofsocks.com/ is also tempting. (I’m thinking maybe polka dots and vertical block stripes).
Or, if you have a ton of cash to blow (or, like me just want to look at fancy socks you can’t afford) pantherella is expensive, but I understand they are the best socks you’ll ever wear. They have a huge collection at a haberdasher’s near me and I often pause and wish I could blow $25 on a pair of wool/cashmere lavender/green argyle socks… alas… maybe some day.
A couple days ago, CB posted a link to this
Yesterday I posted this
almost exactly the same thing. The only differences (covered contrast placket, deeper navy, more orange than red) I actually like better. Now this shirt was $15 new at Old Navy, but I got it on clearance for $5.
But it was never listed online.
It’s one thing to shop around on the internet. That’ll save you %50. But hit the streets, keep your eyes open (even in Old Navy or similar other crappy stores), and you’ll find yourself filling out your wardrobe for a 90%+ savings.
EDIT:It occurs to me that I didn’t mention it because I’m doing a longer post at AAAAA that the rest of this followed the same pattern. After TBTYH did the post on shrinking your 501’s I’ve been looking for khaki denim. These were 505’s, my size, $2.50 (yellow tag at goodwill) the other day.
Same w/ shoes, for about a month I’ve been debating buying some moc-toed shoes (I am not traditionally a fan of moc-toes [for no particular reason]). Got these (brand new) sebago docksiders in brown leather/nubuck for $7 and get to essentially give them a test run for free. Same trip to goodwill.
Ditto on watch. It’s no great shakes, but it’s a brown leather, small faced watch (I have tiny wrists, wanna fight about it?) $1.50. It’s a RELIC (Sears house brand). probably $70 or so new. But more importantly, it looks cool, and I had my eyes open.