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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Reader Question: Clothes to Avoid?


Muffy - another stimulating "Question for the Community" might be: "What would you never, ever wear?"

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  1. Great question! Would you like the items to given in a list format or just set apart by commas? Just kidding. My never ever would be a darkish off-shade of blue dressy suit that is too big - coat and pants - with a too long tie.

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    2. Those colors you list, I have seen on certain posters.

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  2. Millennial here! I refuse to wear anything considered trendy or fast fashion. I also avoid poorly made clothing (Shein for example).

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  3. Ripped clothing! It's seems to be the latest fad. I simply do not understand why anyone would pay for let alone wear ripped pants!

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  4. The hipster uniform: bowling shirt, skinny jeans, Vans, cheap sunglasses and a tiny fedora.

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  5. Hawaiian shirts, cargo shorts or pants, dad relaxed jeans, critter pants or shorts, gangsta looking dark solid shirts or just anything that the unwashed masses would wear.

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    1. That's a very good list. I'd add nylon jackets such as those sold by The North Face and Patagonia. Patched madras shirts, short and pants are out too.

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  6. Been a while since I laughed this hard-enjoy!

    https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/hipster-style/

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  7. Those weird little socks that make it look like you’re not wearing socks.

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    1. I wear these all the time in Summer. My friends laughed at first, now they all wear them. They prevent your shoes from getting sweaty and worn like they would do if you go properly barefoot.

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  8. Capri pants. Oh, and loafers or similar dress shoe without socks whilst wearing shorts.

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    1. Could see this, so painful to see..like men wearing white athletic socks with black velcro strapped rubber sandals.

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    2. But... but... What if the loafers are really beat up, and the shirt is an OCBD left untucked in, and the shorts are, like, Bermuda length and sort of worn-thin in places...?

      Asking for a friend.

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  9. Shoes without socks. But never say never.

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  10. Camouflage, unless it's part of my work uniform!

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  11. A dress shirt with monogrammed initials on the cuff (so you can SEE it)

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    1. I was buying some shirts for my son and asked him if he wanted initials on the cuffs. He said, "No, I know who I am."

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  12. Anything with writing on it.

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    1. Not even shirts with camp collars? They are everywhere this summer.

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    2. I should of been more specific. The only short sleeve shirts I have are polo/golf style and they have two buttons. Nothing which has buttons all down the front. No "camp collars".

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  14. Anything trendy or favored by celebrities.
    MaryAnne

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  15. Tops with holes where the shoulders should be.

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    1. Agree. I never understood this trend (it was unflattering).

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    2. I loathe this style, too. It's got a definite trash factor, but also, it flatters no one I've ever seen wear it. It just makes them appear to have fat shoulders...

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    3. I never understood it either, and it does have that "trash factor."

      Jacqueline

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    4. For the love of Mike, YES. So fugly.

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  16. Crocs, flip-flops, cargo pants, "athleisure" garments, leggings, baseball caps, ankle bracelets, legible clothing (including logos on anything), camo, fleece, and that's the short list.

    Jacqueline

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  17. That wretched scuba fabric. People keep saying how flattering it is and how it camouflages a multitude of sins, but covering one sin with another doesn't make it Channel. Personally, I think it makes you look thicker and it doesn't skim the body like linen or silk or cotton does. Scuba fabric is for snorkeling.

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  18. Good grief-- so many rules! lol It's worse than the old-fashioned holiness campmeetings I love!

    Clothing taboos are interesting. Sometimes cultural (or subcultural), sometimes personal. There are so many layers and contextual meanings. It's funny how you see someone you don't particularly admire wearing something you don't particularly like, and pretty soon it gets added to the list of "I'd never be caught dead in THAT!"

    It's less about the item itself and more about what it signals to the world about you.

    I guess for me, I can't bear to wear flashy metallic or shiny or glittery things. Or animal prints. Although I don't mind them on others, on me they seem pretentious and flamboyant and opposite of how I feel about myself.

    Also, I expect I'll never ever wear certain religious attire: nun's habit, Buddhist robes, etc. Or professional sports jersey/kit. And scratchy clothing makes me irritable and angry so I stay away from itchy wool and weird polyester and the like. Although I can imagine unlikely, extenuating circumstances in which I'd be thankful to wear any of these.

    For the rest of it, I have my preferences, but I've lived long enough to know that what signals a particular thing to my generation may not mean the same thing to my grandkids and it would be foolish to insist on following rules that no longer apply. So I can't promise that I'd NEVER EVER wear "cold shoulder" tops or crocs or trousers with tiny, repeating, embroidered animals--but it's highly unlikely!

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    1. Very thoughtful reply. All things do change over time, including once-hard rules. For me, it's no longer buying animal-based products. I'll wear what I've got until it wears out, but I won't replace it. This is my personal preference based on environmental and ethical considerations, along with health.

      Aiken

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    2. Marisa, I agree that yours is a very thoughtful response. I had dinner with a very good friend last night and one of the topics was our evolving tastes. In my teens and 20s, and probably up to my early 30s, I was a bit more of a punctilious and exacting "preppy". As I slowly approach my 60s, and hopefully being more mature and sure of myself, I am also more relaxed and also hopefully less of a snob about traditional and classic clothing. There are items that are "de riguer" for me, to be sure (comfortable khakis, a predilection for navy, among others), but I have become more open to adapting my own style to my changing body and lifestyle. I have become more adventurous with regards to animal prints, brighter colours, funkier or more "modern" jewelry, to name a few, that I incorporate with my classic style. I also have never followed fashion trends, preferring to have my own distinctive style.

      For example, last winter, one of my favourite outfits for the office was a pair of woolen pullon slacks in a discreet leopard print, with a pristine white oxford shirt, black cardigan, loafers, topped off with my Barbour Carter jacket...and I am confident that I carried off the look quite well actually, never looking cheap in it.

      This summer, for the first time in decades, I actually wore a bright yellow cotton COS a-line dress with Greek sandals and jaunty earrings! I think the most important thing that anyone can wear actually is carefree confidence!

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    3. Ole Brumm: I'm in the same place in my sixties with what I choose to wear. Love your response.

      Jacqueline

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    4. Horrors, I misspelled "de rigueur"!
      Thank you, Jacqueline. That is one of the things to love about being a mature woman in her late 50s: the confidence to wear whatever one likes and what is comfortable without ever feeling like one has to answer to anyone. At my age, with a thickening middle, it would look silly for me to tuck my shirts into my pants, just as it would look utterly puerile for me to continue to wear the Peter Pan collars, boxy wool crewneck jumpers (sweaters), the pink-and-greens, tiny animal motifs on cords and shorts, and the Nantucket lightship baskets of my youth, as much as I loved them then. That said, the saddest (or most irritating, depending on your point of view) thing to witness is when something or someone is not only a slave to fashion, but is too contrived and precious to not be insouciant and effortless.

      Lee

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  19. Pretty good lists above. I'd add (for men) anything in black besides dinner clothes.

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  20. Cargo shorts for any male over the age of 21. mirror - looking sunglasses. high athletic socks, unless they're part of a uniform (eg soccer for the shin guards). synthetic blend button down dress shirts. sweaters that aren't mostly made of wool or cotton. rompers for men. shoes that close with velcro, unless you're in pre-school or they're dedicated cycling shoes.

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  21. A baseball cap worn backwards. I'm old enough to remember when a few Major League catchers still wore soft caps, and even they somehow looked a little foolish. With anyone else, it's more than a little. I also will not wear a dress shirt or casual shirt containing even 2 percent spandex. It hampers breathability as much as using a high percentage of polyester, and it doesn't help wrinkle resistance, but clothiers like Lands End are falling all over themselves putting spandex in everything and selling it to ignorant young men as "performance" shirts, etc.

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  22. Tattoo or tattoos..

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    1. Same here. I find natural scars more attractive than tacky tattoos.

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  23. I will never wear cropped pants- especially those wide leg crops.

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  24. Big Pony Polo Crocs and Cargo shorts

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  25. Anything that makes you look like a clueless tourist.

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  26. yoga pants, sweat suit, warm up suit, track suit, tattoos, a mullet, polyester... need I go on??

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  27. Ankle bracelet, costume jewelry, diamond pinky ring, facial piercings (or more than one piercing per earlobe), tattoos, black eyeliner, teased hair, Crocs, skinny jeans, animal prints, fur and feathers, obvious logos.

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  28. "Stone washed jeans and a matching jacket" and anything plaid/distressed/branded/legible/rhinestone

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  29. I wear a few things mentioned above that others wouldn't but I don't suppose anyone really needs to know more.

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  30. Clothes to avoid: a clown suit. (I’m not here to be helpful.)

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  31. Certain denim is acceptable out West in place of khakis, but only in all cotton, shades of blue, no rips/holes or flares and absolutely no stretch fabric. The mention of cycling shoes also reminds that cycling nor exercise gear are never acceptable in offices, bars, restaurants.

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    1. We must frequent very different bars - lol!

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  32. For men, pleated pants!

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  33. Gaucho pants. give me strength

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  34. Anything that says "Juicy"

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  35. Kitten heels. Those things look like they are going to snap right off - very unstable. They seem so impractical; the only activity that kitten heels look like they would be appropriate for is sitting.

    And in case anyone was wondering, I weigh 120 pounds. Still not going to risk it.

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  36. Tights or leggings worn as pants.

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    1. This weekend while entering Target my husband and I saw a woman directly in front of us in black leggings. He said "TMI, not only can I see her thong, I know what color it is! Photons have reached my eyes from her underwear, UGH!".

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  37. Speaking of clothes to never wear, has anyone seen what people wear on airplanes these days?!

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    1. I wish that I couldn't see what I have seen.

      Jacqueline

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  38. Anything camouflage, tee shirts with designer names on them (ugh!), jeggings, leggings worn outside of the gym, Vans, Louis Vuitton...in fact, anything too trendy or designer-centric. Someone once said that the only initials they would wear were their own and I wholeheartedly agree.

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    1. Yes, to everything you said, Ole Brumm.

      Jacqueline

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    2. All of what you said. Ugh! The Louis Vuitton look has always perplexed me on several levels.

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  39. Camouflage overalls, unless I'm hunting deer or going to church. I also don't wear underclothing and I'm not about to start at age 67.

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