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Mod fashion and style / Re: The What Are You Wearing Thread
« on: October 23, 2020, 05:15:20 PM »
Always a sucker for seersucker! +1 for me

Photo does look a little like "man mysteriously abducted, only clue is this picture of unknown man found on their phone"

Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 23, 2020, 03:08:25 PM »
to quote Charles Bronson from one of the best movies ever made (the Mechanic) "To get away with it depends on the book of rules you have in your pocket at the time. Your own country, somebody else's country...or your own personal book of rules"

Mod fashion and style / Re: Excess fabric, what to do
« on: October 23, 2020, 02:18:30 PM »
I thought about masks, but unsure as in my location and situation, not sure how practical thought would be (and since when I do go out it's to bars and then I don't wear a mask as I am too busy swilling liquor), the pocket square as mentioned was a non-starter, but maybe a handkerchief that I could keep inside my coat? I like the tie idea, but not enough material (even though the shirt-maker from Italian Job had a good look in my opinion). I suppose I could store it away in the even of the collar or cuffs starting to fray.

Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 23, 2020, 01:06:11 PM »
I obviously like button down shorts with french cuffs, so that's why I had it made that way. Ive seen plenty of examples of it looking just right, so good enough for Cary Grant, good enough for me...and speaking of which found this article that addresses it...

"Yes, the legends are true: Cary Grant, that style icon, Hollywood favourite, transatlantic enunciator and second Greatest Male Star of All Time wore button-down shirts with French cuffs (at least a few times on camera). The Rules are clear in that this act was categorically wrong. Button-down shirts were originally sportswear and among the softest of collars, while French cuffs are stiffies best reserved for the loftiest of occasions and venues. Grantís shirts, then, are menswear bastards ó and yet, there they are. He chose them, he wore them, he didnít give a damn. All this goes to show that The Rules can be broken with no great harm for the reputation of style icons"
(of course I cut off the end part where the writer takes a personal stab at them"

I also recall my father telling me about how when button down shirt became the rage , but couldn't afford to go out and buy new ones, so they would sew collar buttons onto older shirts (some of which had french cuffs) and it was fine back then.

As to Rod, yes it's just the way the shirt is sitting, plenty of tie gap :)

@Mike, good point I was about to make as well, some of the more "unquestionable" sources of mod clothing these days make them (DNA, AofL, etc), so it seems an acceptable thing.

It's all personal preference, and I have mine...some might lay outside of the circle of what consider mod, but I have yet to see the official rule book :)

@Chilli, I'll PM you the details outside of this thread. I think I had 4 made so far, but each case was different.

Mod fashion and style / Re: The "Broken Suit" an informal poll
« on: October 22, 2020, 01:00:01 AM »
I think this all really depends. Perhaps if the material is patterned or comes off as less structured you could make into a sort of sports coat/blazer action, but I think this is not a situation that rises very often. I wouldn't say "never" because there's always a situation where it occasionally works. It's really tricky, and like you said, there are 100 ways it could go wrong, so I would think "why risk it". But I do understand the lure of finding a suit where the jacket is fantastic but the trousers are less than perfect.  Do I think it can be done? Yes. But it all comes down to what trousers you mate with the jacket.

Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: October 20, 2020, 06:57:51 PM »

Just got this from Lisa Stanley. Found this lilac fabric and was able to send to her with a few requests....goes great with some some of my suits. Very happy with it

Mod fashion and style / Excess fabric, what to do
« on: October 20, 2020, 01:37:16 AM »
I had some shirts made and got some of the material back as excess and I feel like I should use it for something. I thought about getting pocket squares made, but that seems a little obvious? Not sure how I feel about a shirt with matching pocket square. Any ideas? I thought about masks, but not sure how current that will be going into next year. Any ideas?

Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: October 13, 2020, 06:14:33 PM »
I agree Mendoza catering to a more mid-to-late-60s-inspired, younger crowd (guess Mike is a fan  ;)), but always offer some interesting garments in their site (especially knits and yes, strides). I quite like some, but wearing them is a different proposition.
If I were younger, I might have a look at some of that. I didn't see much I would wear today. The "Flares" are too flared for me (10"). Some of the long wool coats maybe, but no capes :o !
(Edit: Actually, just posted in the "Last Item You Bought" thread, the new suit I ordered)

Yep, Mike, even fans of the mid-60s look try to tone it down to an age-appropriate level, if they have common sense and a mirror at home, that is. I've seen in FB, though, a guy that nails the regency post-66 peacock look: ruffled shirts, velvet coats 'n' all. He looks still young-ish -Brian Jones hairdo included- but I'm sure he's over 40. Anyway he's got an awesome collection of vtg London trendy boutiques' clobber (Hung on You, Kitchener, Granny Takes a Trip...)

Being in the later half of my 40's , I can relate to this. There's plenty out there that I can admire, but can't pull off anymore. However, I am finding that as I get older I there are a few styles I am opening up to that I couldn't do when I am younger , so maybe all is not lost :)

General music chat / Help! looking for Trojan vinyl adapter
« on: October 10, 2020, 08:02:01 PM »
I saw these a while back and then completely forgot where....hoping someone can help. I saw these vinyl adapters/inserts that were in the shape of the Trojan records helmet.  Has anyone seen these? Looking to buy a few as a gift for a DJ friend

Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: September 15, 2020, 04:02:08 PM »
Truly envious, I always think about them and kick myself for not getting a pair. Really just a fantastic boot.

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