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    James Dean

    Just read a pretty good article on James Dean on Gentleman's Gazette https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ge...le-james-dean/ It goes through some of his different fashion choices and pairings. What are your thoughts on his different looks? Do you think they still have a place in modern fashion? I know certain pieces do, but what about the overall look? What are your thoughts on engineer boots? I'm on the fence whether to get a pair or not.

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    Jeez, that article took some absolute pains to avoid any discussion of James Dean being bisexual and his status as a gay fashion icon. Anyway, much like fellow bisexual actor slash Fit God Marlon Brando, Dean's style of course has a place and always will. I mean, the heritage menswear movement is perpetually nodding its head in respect to those two.

    Engineer boots are due a return to fashion and they make for a good rugged option. If you don't already have some reliable work boots, an engineer boot is a nice outside the box option. Either way, Dean's looks are eternal and eternally his own, so be careful about trying to mimic anyone's style. Dean looks great because he wore things that suited him. A red harrington, dark navy denim, engineer boots, and white T may seem obvious to us now, but it was the ultimate in getting a fit off once upon a time. Try rocking that look now and you're about a pivot step at most removed from a Halloween costume.

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    @AlejandroLopez good point on looking costumey. It would look pretty apparent trying to pull off Dean's staple look. Much easier with his chino and loafer with polo look. I see the Harrington being worn tons, but never in the red that Dean wore. I have a pair of Harnass boots I bought a few years back and havent really gave them much wear, but Ive been liking the look of a black engineer boot recently. Chippewa has a few nice options that are somewhat affordable, others I have seen can run a pretty high amount. I'm still on the fence with buying a pair for now.

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    He had some big calves for a little guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlejandroLopez View Post
    Jeez, that article took some absolute pains to avoid any discussion of James Dean being bisexual and his status as a gay fashion icon. Anyway, much like fellow bisexual actor slash Fit God Marlon Brando, Dean's style of course has a place and always will. I mean, the heritage menswear movement is perpetually nodding its head in respect to those two.

    Engineer boots are due a return to fashion and they make for a good rugged option. If you don't already have some reliable work boots, an engineer boot is a nice outside the box option. Either way, Dean's looks are eternal and eternally his own, so be careful about trying to mimic anyone's style. Dean looks great because he wore things that suited him. A red harrington, dark navy denim, engineer boots, and white T may seem obvious to us now, but it was the ultimate in getting a fit off once upon a time. Try rocking that look now and you're about a pivot step at most removed from a Halloween costume.
    What does their sexual orientation have to do with their style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hebrew Barrister View Post
    What does their sexual orientation have to do with their style?
    about as much as playing basketball or being well liked in high school. The fact that they went into his personal life and omitted that part is pretty obvious. Not something I would get bent out of shape about but if you look at other profiled people liek the Steve McQueen profile it does discuss his marriages and being linked with certain women. So it isnt a topic that is outside of the bounds of the articles. But then again the David Gandy profile doesnt mention anything about his relationships and he is hetero. So all in all I wouldn't read too much into it.

    as an aside, I do not like that site. so many ads.

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    Jodhpur Boots are pretty interesting as well, and I dont have a pair of those either. I havent seen them kicked around here too much. They seem like a mash up of a Chelsea boot and a harnass or engineer boot, but dressed up some.


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    I am not big on buckles on shoes or boots. Just a personal preference. I dont look at other peoples buckled footwear and say "gross", I just dont like them on my feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hebrew Barrister View Post
    What does their sexual orientation have to do with their style?
    Uh, depending on the individual, sexual orientation can have A LOT to do with their style and in Dean's case his style is inextricably linked to what could broadly be termed as gay fashion. I also found it quite telling that the article discusses his life and times without any mention of a subject that is thoroughly detailed in any biography about the man. I don't care about the man's sexuality, but discussing his style and influence while ignoring a major element of those two things reeks of intentional omission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shade View Post
    @AlejandroLopez good point on looking costumey. It would look pretty apparent trying to pull off Dean's staple look. Much easier with his chino and loafer with polo look. I see the Harrington being worn tons, but never in the red that Dean wore. I have a pair of Harnass boots I bought a few years back and havent really gave them much wear, but Ive been liking the look of a black engineer boot recently. Chippewa has a few nice options that are somewhat affordable, others I have seen can run a pretty high amount. I'm still on the fence with buying a pair for now.
    LOL I'm actually looking for a red harrington now. Yeah, it's not a conservative navy or brown, but I don't really think its too loud.

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