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Which items of vintage clothing would you never wear? And why?

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Two Types, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

    We all have our favourite things. And reading through the various posts one can see the wide spread of enthusiasm for certain items, but the way certain items are hated by some among us.

    There are a number of things I don't particulalry like (such as outward facing pleats on trousers or narrow brimmed hats). Also, I could never imagine wearing a bowler hat, evne though I think they can look splendid.

    But my least favoured thing of all is the Straw Boater.

    To me, the boater says 'English Public School' like nothing else. I immediately think of growing up in a town that was often filled with boys from the local public school who (thought they did not actually wear boaters) seemed like they should be wearing them. I think it was a class thing: in those days I was not as tolerant as I am now. The social divide between us was enormous and for some reason it is the boater that seems to mark that divide. I'm sure it is rather illogical since they also wore brogues and blazers of the type I am now rather keen on.

    So what are you certain you will never wear?
  2. I too, don't see myself wearing a bowler. It's that one thing that I never reckoned would suit me. Along with such bits and bobs as eight and six-panel caps.
  3. Captain Lex

    Captain Lex One of the Regulars

    Although I frequently wear shirt stays due to being intolerably skinny, I don't think I could ever wear sock garters.
  4. Nick D

    Nick D Call Me a Cab

    I can't think of anything in particular. I used to not be too keen on plus fours, boaters, and bowlers, but now I have all three and would add more to the wardrobe.
  5. Double-breasted suit coats. A great look on some men, they just don't work with my build. I look like a B-movie heavy.
  6. AntonAAK

    AntonAAK Practically Family

    Funnily enough I feel the same way about morning dress. I so identify it with the Ascot/Four Weddings and a Funeral set that I could never bring myself to wear it. I do have a boater though...
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  7. Bowler hat, short trousers, Bullingdon uniform.
  8. Homburg. Anything "uniform". I try to avoid wearing bits of vintage that are in current vogue.

  9. Yeps

    Yeps Call Me a Cab

    I played this game last time it came up, and ended up wearing pretty much everything on my list not to, so I am going to not scratch anything off the list.

    However, I don't care for A2s.
  10. I can see as how you might have a certain ambivalence to the bowler. In the context the bowler, so identified with the City Gentleman (or Public School Man), could in a sense, be seen as the adult version of the Public School Boy's straw boater in terms of being a symbol of class.



  11. I was reminded at once, of this photograph from...1937, I think it is...

  12. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

    I love that photograph. Back in the 1980s I was working in the press agency that had the copyright on the picture. I was contacted by a journalist trying to find out more about it. A few weeks later the son of one of the boys contacted me to buy a copy of the photo. I put him in touch with the journalist, resulting in the newspaper reuniting some of the boys.
  13. for me its the Boater, I look like someone just sliced the top of my head off
  14. Chasseur

    Chasseur Call Me a Cab

    For me its some of the more "preppy/trad" items like boat shoes, tasseled loafers (or any loafers really), madras shorts, red trousers, etc.

    They just bring up too many bad memories of preppies in high school, and the loafers remind me too much of some of the more smarmy people I've worked with in government or business. Seems like there is this unwritten rule that if you are a dishonest person in a white colar job you have to wear tasselled loafers. Note: there are great people who do wear them (I am not trying to insult Loungers who like them), but almost all the disagreable people I've worked with do wear them. This has remained true everywhere I've lived in the US, from Washington, DC, to Honolulu and points in-between.
  15. I try and keep some semblance of casual at all times, and can't ever see myself wearing bowties, ascots, cummerbunds, or pocket squares. Business casual is as formal as I go.
  16. Cobden

    Cobden Practically Family

    Outside of certain settings (that is to say, re-enactment, photoshoots, etc) I also wouldn't wear a bowler; though for slightly different reasons to those above (as it would be rather hypocritical of me). I just think it's gone from a piece of semi-formal headwear to almost "comic national British dress". Wearing a bowler about strikes me as rather akin to a Scotsman actually wandering around in a kilt and woad, a Bavarian in lederhosen, or an Irishman in a green suit with a buckle on his hat - too stereotypical, and almost in the realms of a send up of Englishness.
  17. Gene

    Gene Practically Family

    Loafers are kind of my thing, but tassles make me cringe! Pee Wee Herman...
  18. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here


    Yes. All of them. I don't even had contact to any preppies. I just think they look ugly and maybe reminds me of pretentious fashion bloggers
  19. formal wear holds zero interest for me; white tie, tails, top hat, wing collars etc.
  20. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

    I can understand that. I can foresee no situation where I would need to wear tails. That said, if I ever happen to be invited to a formal event of that nature, I suppose I would make the effort and try to find the right outfit.

    Your comment made me think of when a friend and I attended the Summer Ball at university. A third friend refused to attend on the grounds that he would be expected to wear a dinner suit, which he described as "the uniform of reaction" (it was the 1980s).

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