DESIGNER NAMES ON CLOTHING AND WHAT THEY MEAN.... Do you notice.. does it matter?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 03, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    I had an odd conversation over the holidays with a gay acquaintance who
    made a comment to me about my clothes. I tend to wear Ralph Lauren polo shirts frequently, some professional polo clothing as well. I just like them, but apparently to this guy, it conveys an attitude.

    He said he didn't know if he should talk to me since I was a "polo boy".
    He laughed, then said, "but I know your a nice guy". I thought that was interesting, but also a little irritating...... I like polo for a variety of reasons, but the fit ranks at the top.

    So if you wear Abecrombie or some other designer clothes.... why?
    What about designer underwear? So popular and so many good names
    2xist, dolce & gabbana, many, many more with high prices...


    Do you notice when others wear them? Does it affect your views? Is it all just bs?
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    Jan 03, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    I never notice the label..

    I do notice what some people wear, mostly I notice however how they are dressed not so much what they are wearing specifically.

    There are some men who dress incredibly nicely all the time (sorta flashy clothing, always tailored look and so forth) which I find a little uncomfortable, but, thats because 98% of the time I walk around in short and tshirt and that's it, nothing more, I will happily go get messy, muddy and all manor of dirty wearing anything I wear day to day and take notice when others wear clothing that you can't do that with.

    and I notice when someone is really poorly dressed (ie, shabby, messy, lazy) it sort of says to me that they don't bother with them self, that they aren't worth the effort.. there are however exceptions, I've met a few guys who's just looked like incredible dags hahaha but they pull it off and there personality just shines through.

    This all is subjective to the person, so it's nothing I base any major decision on, I just notice those few tings.
  • baldone

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    Jan 03, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    being on budget, i tend to shop very smart......don't have alot of going out clothes but what i do have i think looks nice, well put together and all for a good price...macy's seems to be the best place to get deals....everyday clothes, kicking around clothes usually shop at target
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    Jan 03, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    I never notice what brand somebody else is wearing, only whether they look good in their clothes, how the stuff fits and whether it is something I'd like to wear as well.
    And if I recognize the logo, I never take that as an indication of what personality/status/philosophy the other person tries to convey. My high-school days are long gone.icon_rolleyes.gif
    When I shop for myself I look for colors, patterns and cuts that flatter me and how comfortable the clothes fit. I can walk into a designer store, do one 360 and walk right out again if I don't see colors I'm interested in.
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    Jan 03, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI had an odd conversation over the holidays with a gay acquaintance who
    made a comment to me about my clothes. I tend to wear Ralph Lauren polo shirts frequently, some professional polo clothing as well. I just like them, but apparently to this guy, it conveys an attitude.

    He said he didn't know if he should talk to me since I was a "polo boy".
    He laughed, then said, "but I know your a nice guy". I thought that was interesting, but also a little irritating...... I like polo for a variety of reasons, but the fit ranks at the top.

    So if you wear Abecrombie or some other designer clothes.... why?
    What about designer underwear? So popular and so many good names
    2xist, dolce & gabbana, many, many more with high prices...


    Do you notice when others wear them? Does it affect your views? Is it all just bs?


    I do not notice and if I do, I assume the person has no style or class and is just a lable whore and not someone I would have much in common with.

    Understated elegance and quality is what it's about for me
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    Jan 03, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    I don't know how to dress myself very well.

    I suck at being gay. icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 03, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    Soulasphyxi saidI don't know how to dress myself very well.

    I suck at being gay. icon_cry.gif


    But how are you at double entendres?
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    I just buy what I like. Sometimes certain brands will fit better, but really its more to me about if its affordable, comfortable and something that will last me a while. icon_smile.gif
  • dannyboy1101

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    Jan 03, 2010 8:34 PM GMT
    I once dated a guy who had maybe 12 or more pairs of jeans of different tints hanging lightest to darkest and about 40 t-shirts hanging in his closet in rainbow color order... everything from Diesel. He also was having trouble paying to fix his car. This told me several things.

    A. Doesn't have much originality in shopping choices.
    B. Doesn't have financial rationality.
    C. A little too anal retentive for me to feel comfortable being in the apartment.

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    Jan 03, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    Target sells Levis at like $16! Remember when they charged $40. Hell no.
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    To me brand names mean someones wasting money for a name brand and enriching a few people to their own financial detriment. Fruit of the loom underwear for $4.00 or less serves the very same purpose as Prada for several times the money. What good is that name on underwear, are you going to pull your pants down to show the makers name ? Unless a person has money to just throw away, such expense is a pointless waste and kind of a mindless following of advertising propaganda to enrich the seller. You can save a lot of money and still have comfort with outer gear as well with a little wiser shopping, go to JCPENNY for instance, and there are even cheaper places to shop where clothes can be found of equal comfort. When buying expensive name brands, ask yourself just exactly what is the point? When the savings could over a years time buy you something practical you might really need or take you on a nice trip somewhere. Is a name brand on your back or covering your butt making you any better? Really who is impressed? Is a name brand impression really worth the wasted money?
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    I am not a label watcher, but I do notice quality and style. Also Ciarsolo guides me in the ways of the righteous. icon_biggrin.gif

  • WILDCARD73

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    Jan 03, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    as long as u know how to wear it
    if your clothes has a huge sign and the name of the designer , thats kinda tacky
    clothes should express who u are and your personality

    stay away from A/X and versace u will be fine icon_lol.gif
  • drypin

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    Jan 03, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    The only time I look at/for a label is

    1) when I think I'd look good in a certain article of clothing and I want to get one for myself, or

    2) once I've stolen it after the guy goes to sleep
  • vertigoaddict

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    Jan 03, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    Soulasphyxi saidI don't know how to dress myself very well.

    I suck at being gay. icon_cry.gif


    Ah well a lot of guys suck when they're gay...icon_wink.gif

    (sorry, couldn't help myself)

    Back to the topic,

    I think it's nice for a guy to know his designers and know how to wear them *well*

    although, if the guy *only* wears designer clothing, then that's where I tend to worry.

    If he has them, *just* because they're designer then, I think he might be a little too (what's the word?) 'stuck-up'? helpless trend-follower?

    Having a variety is always good.

    Personally I like to shop at B.U.M equipment, but it's more of a nostalgic thing really (hey, I bought my first- and last- thongs from them! ^_^), the clothing is nice, pretty comfortable (pretty and comfortable that is) and it's affordable icon_smile.gif

    Other than than I do own a couple of lesser or no name brand T-shirts that are either pretty cool or very, VERY comfortable (in other words 2-3 sizes bigger than me- I love them to death).
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    Jan 03, 2010 9:06 PM GMT
    My rule- unless i'm being paid to wear your name across my chest, you won't see me wear anything larger than that little logo they shove on polos, and i wear Target store brands and Gap usually anyway, they don't shove names on anything. If your buying it for the name and not the comfort or style, there's something wrong.
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    Jan 03, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidTarget sells Levis at like $16! Remember when they charged $40. Hell no.


    The Target cuts are signature though, and only come in certain sizes... you're SOL if you wear an off-size or your butt only fits in a certain cut. I still buy my levis on sale though...
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    Jan 03, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    I don't care what label is but I wear clothes which fit me
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    Jan 03, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidI am not a label watcher, but I do notice quality and style. Also Ciarsolo guides me in the ways of the righteous. icon_biggrin.gif



    There's a lot of "getting down on your knees" involved.
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
    I buy what fits well and what is comfortable. Clothes feel better when they are of a higher quality. This doesnt mean "label" necessarily but it does mean nicer fabric, cut, and construction. I wear suits for work and am horribly casual at home. I do have a couple of RL suits, Strelson for travelling and some hand tailored ones.

    These do last longer and fit better than a suit from Sears or Kohls. I didnt buy them for the label, but the fit and tailorability as I am tall. Shoes I also spend money on, Gordon Rush is a current favourite.

    BUT as soon as I am home its basketball shorts and a T.

    If a classic piece lasts 3 years, is it anymore expensive than something from a department or mall store thats half the price?





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    Jan 03, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    Designer labels? Who the hell cares? I've never been able to stand status-announcers anyway. It's boorish at best.

    I couldn't even tell you who made what in my closet without looking. But then, I hate shopping, so I usually run in, purchase, and escape as quickly as possible. Most of my clothes are picked for me by family and kind friends as a result. *grin*
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    I have a mix of cheap and nice clothes, and there's no doubt that the designer clothes are made with better materials. Cheap Hanes t-shirts from Wal-Mart are great for working around the house, but the fabric is crap compared to the thicker, softer fabric of a Ralph Lauren t-shirt. I wear CK briefs because they last for years. My single dress suit is Giorgio Armani because it is outrageously fucking fabulous; the fabric and tailoring are absolute perfection. For years, I wore New Balance 903s, which at ~$90 aren't exactly cheap, but the $145 Asics Gel Kinetics I'm wearing now are vastly more comfortable. In my experience, you get what you pay for.
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    paradox said For years, I wore New Balance 903s, which at ~$90 aren't exactly cheap, but the $145 Asics Gel Kinetics I'm wearing now are vastly more comfortable. In my experience, you get what you pay for.


    Oooo, that's a really good point. I'm super picky about running shoes, because I don't want my knees to hurt. Asics, all the way. I tried Saucony, but I'm not a fan. But that's strictly a functional choice.
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI had an odd conversation over the holidays with a gay acquaintance who
    made a comment to me about my clothes. I tend to wear Ralph Lauren polo shirts frequently, some professional polo clothing as well. I just like them, but apparently to this guy, it conveys an attitude.

    He said he didn't know if he should talk to me since I was a "polo boy".
    He laughed, then said, "but I know your a nice guy". I thought that was interesting, but also a little irritating...... I like polo for a variety of reasons, but the fit ranks at the top.

    So if you wear Abecrombie or some other designer clothes.... why?
    What about designer underwear? So popular and so many good names
    2xist, dolce & gabbana, many, many more with high prices...


    Do you notice when others wear them? Does it affect your views? Is it all just bs?


    I started wearing Abercrombie I guess younger because it was the cool thing to do. Now its become second nature.. Just like the clothing and the fit of it.

    However i've stopped buying the clothing from there with the huge logo's on it. I don't mind it on a hoodie but on a t-shirt I think it looks too much.. I don't care too much for logo's anymore.

    Something subtle like a crocodile is cool thou. Don't really look for it on a guy though, he can wear whatever. But a nice pair of underwear is key. FTL turn off.

    I was never brought up as a kid shopping at Walmart so its not that i'm against it. I just don't enjoy it. Shopping for me is an experience I enjoy. I don't find Walmarts atmosphere that appealing. It's good for shopping for food and hygene products but not into the clothing.

    I just like being a preppy icon_razz.gif

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    Jan 03, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    I bought one of my favorite suits at No Label Louie's in DC in 1967 and it still looks good and fits well. It was cheap, but only because the fancy store label was removed. I think you can find good stuff at Target or HMV, but also, when on sale, at Saks or Bloomies or Barneys. I never found any polos that fit as well as Theory. Generally I like to look at Hugo Boss stuff cause it fits well and lasts, from underwear to tees. Buy and wear what fits and makes you feel good.