So, as much as I’d love to “think fashion”, I never can. I’m just happy to get something that fits

I have a muscular neck, so even button-up shirts never fit me at the top button. When I had jobs with ties, I’d keep the top button unbuttoned and hope the tie knot covered the top well enough.

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lol the only statement you can get from what i wear is:
‘sloppy dresser’. But that’s because mainstream clothes don’t fit me. Never did. Try to find 40×33 pants anywhere. Nearly impossible. Even my torso: XLT (extra large tall). Even my *bed* is a Twin-Long. Annoying. So, as much as I’d love to “think fashion”, I never can. I’m just happy to get something that fits

 

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I found out why once: The “template” pants for “XL” are 40×34 and they size them down from there.

So, they don’t bother to “size down” 2XL’s to my size because *technically* there should be 40×34 / 40×33’s available. Better stories do have that size. But box stores don’t bother. I keep thinking I’ll just wear a middle eastern long shirt and cuban pants. I’ll look ridiculous but at least stuff will fit properly :

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I’m a sharp dresser when I have to be. I actually like dressing up. I just have a limited set of clothes to do it with. Even at work, I only had about 7 shirts and two dozen ties to rotate with, and 7 pairs of pants. They were expensive (to me), so I had to treat them well.

Now in Florida, it’s t-shirts + shorts most of the year, so it’s easier. I care less about ‘signal’ as I use my dress as a judgement-upon-others: If they judge me negatively by my dress, then they’re not worth my time. But if they treat me human however I’m dressed, then they’re worth my time.

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My preference was jewel-toned solid color silk shirts with funky ties that would have _some_ matching color in the patterns. Suit jacket was tailored, lightweight wool. Pants were always Dockers, beige or black. Shoes were Rockports.

That was my dress-up / work attire / wedding / funeral / etc.

Sans jacket and tie, that was my going out attire too.

Now it’s t-shirt and denim shorts and K-mart sneakers (in some kind of bright colors). The most fashion I do beyond that is changing the length of black sock to go along with the current length of black sock. [recently had to go from “ankle sock” length to calf sock, because men’s socks got longer about a year+ ago.

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Being tall and large frame (shoulders), I couldn’t get away with that. Vertical stripes make my legs look *really* long (they’re already long enough) and when I wear a hoodie, I look like a covert bouncer who is pretending to be one of the clubbers. [if I stand still and fold my arms and look straight ahead, I have the body size/shape/type of every bouncer]

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You’re lucky because you can ‘do fashion’. Once you’re past a certain height/build, fashion starts to look silly. No idea why, it just does, almost like it’s a waste of good fabric or something.

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https://vine.co/v/iUMztLLJHa3 Last time I tried to be fashionable. 14 yrs old, 80s. Skinny jeans ,Black fedora, red socks, white high tops with Gonzo “bow biters”, shiny shirt, black tie.

You can tell by my legs trying to explode the jeans out that I was already too big/tall to be trying that stuff.

Couldn’t believe it when skinny jeans returned (and fedoras, although they have a neckbeard reputation). Oh well

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Now, I’d probably have a few favorite anime characters (I don’t but I could if I let myself get into it – I know i’d get hooked so I stay away), and be a walking mix of several that ‘spoke to me’.

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Either that or if I was a gamer, I’d be influenced by that genre.

But one of my strongest influencers thoughout life has been Doctor Who, various wizard characters, “the weird old guy that runs the curiousity shoppe” type character. Someone who looks smart and engaged and a little off the beaten track.

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yeah, same with fabric. 60/40 cotton/poly ultra thin. (my t-shirts). Hard to find the really thin ones. I wear denim shorts ’cause it’s cheap, easy, lasts a long time and don’t mind them. But if I was to do long pants more, I’d *probably* find some way to do linen because the air goes right through linen.

But… outside of cuban pants, impossible to find and I don’t yet have the nerve to wear that kind of thing. For me, it’s comfort. If my clothes make me uncomfortable, I don’t want them. They can be lose or tight but the fabric has to be right.

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I can do 100% polyester oddly enough. Polyester never bothered me, but I’d get ppl who say, “eww, polyester?” which made me shy away from it. But I don’t mind polyester.

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My skin’s annoyingly sensitive in weird ways: it’s like having a suit you can’t get rid of that complains all of the time. Millions of little wires going into the brain that scream loudly at the wrong choice of fabric or even fabric dye. So, I have to appease the skin so it shuts up.

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It is. I’ll take either ratio too. It hardly wrinkles, feels great. cotton/poly is my all around favorite.

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eah, the clothing ppl really hit on a winner with combining that stuff. Like if I want to dewrinkle anything, I just have to wet it a little and throw it in the dryer for a few minutes. Can’t do that with cotton.So, there’s some unknown genius fabric engineer who figured it out and whoever it is, they have my thanks.

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 yup. lol i’m reading these elitists on that message board.. and it’s proof yet again that… no matter WHAT the subject is, there’s ALWAYS some ppl who go, “Oh, ewww, I don’t do the ‘common thing': I do this COMPLICATED thing that’s *so* much better…. lol

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very true. Mind you, there’s PLENTY of subjects I get similarly elitist about. [can’t think of them right now… but I can be … pedantic… at times… most of the time… almost all of the time]….

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olyester is from 1953. This page also proudly notes the flag on the moon was made of Nylon, and

“Today, the exhaust nozzles of the two large booster rockets that lift the space shuttle into orbit contain 30,000 pounds of carbonized rayon. ”

Love learning stuff like this. and yeah – i concur with what you said about subjectivity/objectivity. It’s a constant effort, lots of work but well worth while.

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Materials science is neverending fascination. I was having a great time learning about fracturing / stress points etc a few years back and might get back into it. I love knowing how things are put together and how they break. [if I had this book, I’d probably read it cover-to-cover].

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ooh that’s ergonomics and aesthetics that you’re talking about. love ergonomics. Shows up in so many ways… the ‘human / objects’ interface….

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Touch is so important. I ‘see’ with my hands more than my eyes most of the time. I prefer to be barefoot because I like the information I get from them that completes my sense of environment.

Mood can change how touch works too [ just as how touch effects mood ]. I can remember a period of three days once where *everything* felt like ‘glass’. Everything. It was amazing. When I can get myself into that state where everything feels like glass, I have a certain kind of centered-ness. Not sure how else to explain it but it’s just one of those weird things I notice.

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Yeah, I dont’ think the mental and physical worlds are disconnected but we’re taught an illusion that they are. But when you think about it, how can they be separate?

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Oh for sure. It’s like wires. If you’ve ever had a box of computer wires and stuff, they get all tangled and intertwined and knotted up. Making sense of where one starts and finishes can be difficult and almost impossible to do all at once. So, you do hat you can with the hands you have.

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Being aware of everything (possible for you that is) at once *is* possible but it makes it very hard to function. Having an overactive (noisy) nervous system, combined with an amygdala that is too easily activated, I have to reason and rationalize everything as I go about my day. The narrative never stops, the thinking never ends, the interpreter is constantly interpreting.

“analysis paralysis” is a trap I have to watch for. I too easily end up there.

Some people who are high-intensity activity seekers I kind of envy *a little* (not enough to change things) because they go for “pure experience” as much as possible.

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Same. I’m sure I mentioned it before (as I *think* we’ve been on similar (not identical) subject before (maybe)) – but one of my favorite experiments that I did once was to record my every thought as it happened.

Ended up going through thousands of index cards (I went low-tech so I wouldn’t lose anything) but it was worth it.

I gained a few lessons along the way that I’ve been enacting since to try to ‘prove’ truth/falseness of some of these thoughts. (or ‘rules’).

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