IN or OUT: best friend thinks I look like a dork

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    Jun 28, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    Tonight after my workout I'm at the kitchen table eating some dinner and reading the paper. One of my housemates and a good friend of eight years walks through the kitchen and said I looked totally uncool wearing my tanktop tucked into my workout shorts. (Gray tanktop, navy lower-thigh shorts.)

    A good discussion ensued, with some laughs about "having a wardrobe intervention" and looking 55 vs. feeling 55, etc. (He is 30.)Funny thing is that I wore black socks to the gym (thick faded cotton, NOT dress nylon, but scrunched down to not be too obvious) all because I didn't want to pull out a clean pair of white footie-length socks just for one hour at the gym, because I'd been barefoot all day. He said that black socks at the gym was less gauche than the shirt tucked in.

    ?

    One of my online profile taglines is "Feel 25, act 35, look 45, but the ID says 55." I don't much care how I look or what others think about me. That is one of the good things about getting "old." Wisdom and self-confidence comes along with age.

    I am old-school and think that if you look half-dressed if your shirt is untucked. The only shirt that can be worn untucked is a Philipino/Cuban tropical guayabera.

    End result: I said I would do a visual survey this week at the gym and notice what other guys wear, and also post the question here. So... what do YOU say?

    Now I don't have a profile pic of this "look" and please don't judge by the skinny-guy pic in my profile. (We are slowly making progress on the physique side.) I'm just asking about YOU and what you think.
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    Jun 28, 2010 12:45 AM GMT
    out
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    Jun 28, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
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  • dabcrt

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    Jun 28, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    out ................. and xicks nay on the black pushed down socksicon_lol.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    out
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    Jun 28, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    You even have to ask? Definitely never in, and definitely never in! icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    way out. gym attire is an untucked t-shirt or muscle tee, gym shorts, and some sneakers -maybe with ankle socks or footies. always white.

    "Philipino/Cuban tropical guayabera?" Tucked or untucked these need to go, ASAP. There's no excuse to wear these at any age unless done so for a "margaritaville" themed party. if you wanna really "look 45" then you gotta dress well,
  • drypin

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    Jun 28, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    Out... but I have no problem with the black socks, as long as they aren't dress socks, as you said.
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    Jun 28, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    out.

  • sportsjockla

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    Jun 28, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    Where it in. Where the nylon dress socks too, but be sure to have them up to your knees. Your shorts... be sure that the elastic is pulled up to just below you chest. VERY HOT!
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    Jun 28, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    wtf@the visual the OP has conjured icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    Whatever you feel comfortable ...you're going there to workout, not put on a fashion show...now if you WERE going for sheer looks, then i'd say out. I say comfort trumps fashion at the gym.
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    Jun 28, 2010 3:07 AM GMT
    Wear your shirt how you want to wear it and tell those who don't like it to go fuck themselves. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    Weighing in with the 'old enough not to give a rat's ass about what people think' crowd - wear it the way you feel comfortable icon_biggrin.gif

    As for me I wear my top both in or out, it depends on the top. I have some tops which are long and would hang mid thigh which would look silly to me and not be very comfortable either for my routine which is mainly running - i wear these ones tucked in. Other tops which fall between the hip and the waist i wear out.
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    Jun 28, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    out, lest you want one of your boys to come around and give you shit about how your mom dress you to goto the gym also.

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    Jun 28, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    better go with onesies
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    With shorts tucked in is best. With workout/gym type pants I think they look ok with the shirt tucked in but only if you've got a trim waist and and decent V shape going on.. aka muscular and/or gymnast type bod. Then you're really accentuating the V torso which can be hot.
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:48 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidbetter go with onesies


    I have a big boy onesie. It's basically a singlet, but it's from Calvin Klein's underwear line. I don't know what the hell I'm supposed to do with it.
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    Not to steal thunder, but this brings up a similar question: what to do with a compression shirt - tuck it in or try to fight it onto gym shorts that will have none of it? Should I be pursuing some sort of lighter shorts? I don't think I have the nerve to wear compression shorts when not biking yet.
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    Jun 28, 2010 5:00 AM GMT
    derPinguin saidNot to steal thunder, but this brings up a similar question: what to do with a compression shirt - tuck it in or try to fight it onto gym shorts that will have none of it? Should I be pursuing some sort of lighter shorts? I don't think I have the nerve to wear compression shorts when not biking yet.


    You stretch it all the way down until it's tight on your chest and then raise the bottom back up so it's level with the waistband of your shorts. Ideally your shorts aren't riding high and the compression shirt isn't all that much longer than your torso.
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    Jun 28, 2010 5:03 AM GMT
    derPinguin saidNot to steal thunder...


    The objective of any good RJ poster is to subtly re-direct any forum topic to whatever they want to turn the thread into icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    Do what is comfortable for you. You're the one who is working out and sweating in it. Try it both ways; work out one day with your shirt tucked in and one day tucked out. If you feel most comfortable wearing your shirt tucked in (and there are plenty of other shirts that can be worn out), then wear it tucked in. As for the socks, NO. Pushed-down socks? That's why footsies were created . . . so that you don't have to push down your socks anymore.
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    Jul 01, 2010 2:08 PM GMT
    Wow, I looked around Tuesday night and NOBODY had their shirt tucked in. icon_eek.gif

    Guess that makes me the odd man out. What else is new? icon_rolleyes.gif

    I saw the evening crowd so I'm going to check out the morning crowd today. Wonder what I'll find? icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 01, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    As someone who also has gay friends who are always trying to "fix" him I can sympathize. I was for a long time not very observant about all the little unwritten rules that everybody else seemed to know. I did not notice that socks had gone down to the little booties that are now de rigeur until it was pointed out to me. I don't spend much time staring at guys' feet. And your logic is similar to mine... if I had non-dress socks on I would be disinclined to dirty new ones for an hour workout.

    However I do notice guys wearing black socks of various types now... a trend that came over from Europe I think... and since I have all-black cross-training sneakers for the gym I have gotten some of the little bootie socks in black because I think white socks look funny with them. You can buy big bags of like 8 pairs in places like Costco.

    With that said, I don't think you normally tuck in a gym shirt. If you are doing anything with your arms above your shoulders it will just pull out again anyway.

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    Jul 01, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    ur friends right. Out...