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    Current Trends You're Looking Forward to Waving Goodbye To

    First off- this is not a thread to post pictures of looks you don't like. Nor is it a thread to cast aspersions on PEOPLE who wear a certain style or look (ex- "people who wear bow ties are trying too hard" or "people who think people who wear bowties are trying too hard are judging too hard" or even "people who think people who think people who wear bowties are trying too hard are judging too hard are being too defensive"). It's just too take a look at what certain "spectrumy" trends you're not going to miss swing the other way.

    For me it'd be Fashionable Baby Collar Disorder, the Female Rise, and Sexy Ankle Syndrome. Right now it's easier than ever to find dress and casual collared shirts that don't fit like a sheet. I'm 5 ft 9 and ~145, and I have a ton of options for dress shirts that fit without looking painted on or like I'm wearing a toga. Even my weird distance-runner body shape (scrawny arms, larger calves relative to thigh) is well-represented in various brands that even an entry-level career guy can afford.

    What is annoying difficult to find, however, is an affordable, well-fitting dress shirt that doesn't have a collar from the boy's dept. Some of my early posts here are defenses of the ~2.5inch tie/jacket lapel width for us fellows of efficient stature, and I mostly stand by that defense. However, I just cannot abide a semi-spread collar that doesn't even make it to my jacket lapels! Seems that most of the affordable, commonly-promoted standbys (your J.Crews, your BRs, your Uniqlos, etc) have gone ahead and made sure that everyone knows your tie isn't a clip-on by making the collars so tiny you can see the tie poking out all the way around! We don't need to go around looking like Ron Burgundy, but surely it's time for the collar pendulum to swing just a little bit back toward normalcy?

    Likewise, the Female Rise reigns supreme on trousers/chinos, success of the movie "Her" notwithstanding. What's a female rise? Why, it's a rise that must have been engineered to non-male, err--specifications--because the days of having to tell your tailor if you "dress left" or "dress right" should have long since passed. The drop-crotch rise has no place in the business/smart casual most of us dappered folks seem to prefer, but I think even the most modestly proportioned among us could agree that an extra inch or two of space can make all the difference.

    Lastly, I lay the blame for Sexy Ankle Syndrome at the (bare-ankled) feet of J.Crew. Again, banishing in the three or four inch break to the depths of the 1990s was a fantastic idea...but when did mens' ankles become something out of an Amish porno? A nice little rolled cuff can be a cool, laid back style (not my thing, but hey, too each his own). On a conservative charcoal two-button business suit, however, I don't want to be coyly fluttering my ankles at C-level executives! I may hail from Boston, where the streets run with slush from November-March, but I don't need my suit trousers cut with the gutters of Beacon Hill in mind!

    What are some of you guy's little pet annoyances? Let's keep it on clothing and away from the men who wear them!

    *This post is intended entirely in good fun. If it gets mean, the mods should feel free to sentence me to tiny collars and man-capris for a month.
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    I'll be glad when the cuff trend goes the way of the dodo again, like it did in the 90's. If you need to cuff, or even worse, peg your jeans or chinos so they are of proper length, then they are too long. Buy pants that fit. I dont get the whole boner over selvage stuff either. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by PekkaKarhunen View Post
    For me it'd be Fashionable Baby Collar Disorder, the Female Rise, and Sexy Ankle Syndrome. Right now it's easier than ever to find dress and casual collared shirts that don't fit like a sheet. I'm 5 ft 9 and ~145, and I have a ton of options for dress shirts that fit without looking painted on or like I'm wearing a toga. Even my weird distance-runner body shape (scrawny arms, larger calves relative to thigh) is well-represented in various brands that even an entry-level career guy can afford.
    ...are you me? I am 5'10, but the rest of that is a better way to describe my body than I can concoct.

    I'm with you on the ankle thing, I won't be upset to see that trend fade into the sunset. On the same token, the "funky socks" era. I'm all for a little fun and personality, but when I'm sitting in a meeting and someone has their legs crossed and has some crazy socks on, it just distracts me.

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    I wish flip-flops would go away. It's acceptable at the beach or public showers, but not in the city, country, sidewalks, dirt roads, stores, amusement parks, etc.

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    I cannot wait to say goodbye to the bearded hipsters pretending they are living in the 1920's Klondike. I thought it was just an internet/model thing, but have seen a bunch recently in the city. The neck and hand tats don't help the over all ridiculous look, either. For reference...



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    I'm absolutely with you on the tiny shirt collars. I've got a big head, so even though I'm on the smaller side (5'8" 160), I like bigger collars and lapels.

    Also, the cropped jackets have to stop. It makes all but the lankiest dudes look like they have child-bearing hips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmet View Post
    I cannot wait to say goodbye to the bearded hipsters pretending they are living in the 1920's Klondike. I thought it was just an internet/model thing, but have seen a bunch recently in the city. The neck and hand tats don't help the over all ridiculous look, either. For reference...


    Cool tie bro.

    I do agree with the dress pants/shoes/no socks thing though. Do people in real life actually do this? Or is just a #mensfashion model thing? It's ridiculous.

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    Thanks to the internet and startups, we should appreciate are a lot more options out there to dial in your preferences, compared to 10 years ago.

    I too, would like to wave goodbye to the thin lapels, low rise dress pants, and short collars. The dark 1960's thick-rimmed glasses are getting a little worn out also.

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    Hey! Easy on the pictures/hipster bashing! Even hipsters have feelings (mostly ironic ones, but still).

    LCDR- I'm seeing more and people who used to have the thick-rimmed glasses going more with rounded tortoise-shell ones (I live in Boston). I think the WASP-y look might be making a comeback.

    Roostertail- Good one! I totally agree with you regarding the Bris-Gone-Wrong Jacket Complex.

    Yodersphinx- I have three words for you, regarding pants that fit runners with calves: Bonobos. Straight. Fit. They're pricey, but fit like they were tailored to my exact specifications. What else are you going to do when you weigh 140-145, have legs that connect somewhere around your armpits, but have 15.5 inch calves?
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    @Emmet - Lol at the bearded hipsters

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