evolving-style

anonymous asked:

Is it just me or the last chapter looks a bit... rough? Like, Uta's back of the head looks a bit weird and at first I really didn't recognize Tsukiyama when I saw his pic in the rain (the one you've got as your new icon) - the chin seems a little too round and the eyes... IDK maybe Ishida is evolving/trying something new (like Hoshino (DGM) did) or drawing non-stop for so many weeks is taking it's toll. I hope he doesn't overwork himself :O

I think it’s Ishida evolving his art style (remember how different Tsukiyama looked in TG compared to now?). Even Sasaki looks a bit different, and it’s not the hair I’m talking about.

But I do hope Ishida isn’t exhausting himself, especially since that announcement for the 366-day TG illustration calendar came out :O

Learning

An important part of an evolving style is to learn what you like and don’t like. This is not synonymous with the norms and ‘rules’ of #menswear. It is about discovering your niche in relation to those norms. I would say 95% of what you wear should abide by the norms, while 5% pushes and crosses boundaries. 

None of your style choices, what you decide you like and don’t like, are written in stone. Your tastes will almost certainly stabilize, but you shouldn’t be afraid to change your mind. New experiences and new knowledge should cause you to reassess those likes and dislikes. 

My first forays into #menswear were through the Put This On video series. In one of those early videos host Jesse Thorn wore a knit tie. I’d never seen one before and I decided I didn’t like it. I thought it look juvenile. I embraced the idea of regularly wearing a tie, but decided it would certainly not be of the knit variety. Then, as I began to peruse Tumblr I encountered the knit tie more and more often. I learned of its long history in traditional meanswer. I learned of its ability to add texture to an outfit. I learned how it works to make an outfit a bit more casual. I saw knit ties in action and I began to change my mind.

Now, I could not imagine my tie selection without its knits. They are instrumental to my evolving style. I love wearing suits, but often want to push things in a casual direction. A knit tie is an unparalleled means of doing so. It is not wholly incongruent, but it definitely reads as casual; at least, as casual as any tie can be in our current style environment.

Another early attitude I had was in the adoption of over-the-calf socks. I believe it was an early piece on Die, Workwear that made me aware of their existence and the reasons for their desirability. I immediately ordered some Pantherellas from Sierra Trading Post. My colour and pattern choices were questionable, as I was still early in my learning. Later, I added some more conservative options, ordered from Lands’ End. However, I now barely wear them, quite assiduously avoiding them. I would go so far as to say, I hate them. 

I experienced a feeling of constriction that I didn’t like. I also experienced my pants catching on them, rather than moving nicely across them. Perhaps this speaks to the low quality of the socks I’m wearing, or that my pants are too close fitting for the size of my calves. But, many vouch for Pantherella and if I’m needing to jump to the next level in terms of quality to eliminate this problem, I’m simply unwilling to pay so much for a piece of clothing that endures so much stress and wears out so quickly. Also, I do not have a problem with mid-calf socks sliding down my leg. Maybe it’s the structure of my calves, but it does not really happen. Finally, I don’t mind seeing part of a man’s leg above his sock, even if it has slipped down. I think it speaks to a certain insouciance that I appreciate, and which fits my more casual dressed-up style. 

My style is ever evolving, although that evolution has slowed. Who knows how it will continue to develop. I may be brought back around to over-the-calf socks yet. I may decide knit ties no longer suit me. The most important thing is that I continue to think about these matters and be self-critical. 

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Dressed by (and stolen from) the internet.

When I saw EvolvingStyle’s latest WIWT I knew I had to steal it wholesale put my own spin on it.  So today I did just that.

Now, I’m no stranger to the plaid tie, or even the plaid tie/navy blazer combo.  But I really liked the bold use of red and the overtly casual “Jeans & Blazer” look is one I haven’t done in a while.  In this case, my spin got rid of the tie clip and made the pocket square a contrasting pattern/material in a complementary color scheme.  I also swapped out the shoes for work boots because we got 6 inches of snow last night.

Also of note, matching my scarf to the main color in the ensemble.  I could have gone with a navy scarf, but it’s such a nice day that seemed a little severe.  The red picks up on the PS, but with the popped collar on the blazer it gives it a slightly more “outerwear” flavor.

So that’s how you steal from bloggers you like.  Just make sure to cite your sources.

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Thrifted:

Stanley Blacker Blazer - $4

Jordan Marsh “A Fitted Shirt” OCBD - $2.50

Pendleton Red Plaid Wool Tie - $3

Pocket Square (Ladies Scarf) - $2

Black Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves - $9.60

*Ed Note: This exact scenario (20-25 degrees, & sunny, w/ scarf) is pretty much the only time I cosign popping anything other than an overcoat collar. 

Leigh and I really were looking through a binder that was filled with my old art. The stuff there dated as far back as 2000 and ended around my junior year of high school (2006) - I think that was because after that, I made sure to keep my drawings in notebooks.

Anyway, this was just ONE thing we noticed while looking through the loose papers. The most obvious joke, too. I had many OCs with the “sickle bangs”. Vemika here happens to be the oldest OC I have. She’s gone through many design changes (and three name changes…), and the one here was one of her more modern looks before I toned her down…and got rid of some excessive decorations (dem Gundam-esque, superfluous shoulderpads).

Beyond Style

For much of my life I was dismissive of aesthetics. My rational mind considered aesthetics at best surface, at worst a diversion. However, I’ve matured to recognize that style and substance are not actually distinct. Although we make a distinction, this always requires a rending of the two: appearances bleed into and conjoin with the attributes of a thing. 

I’ve had a nascent interest in design for longer than I was consciously aware. I took seriously such things as choosing fonts. But, outwardly I considered myself a punk and an activist, both groups that espouse a disavowal of style, while actually having very strong aesthetics. These communities offer a useful critique on the use of aesthetics for propaganda purposes. But, the solution is not to abandon aesthetics. It is to reclaim it. 

My admission of a desire to engage with style - and aesthetics more generally - came with the discovery of Put This On. The video series, and its attendant website, made menswear interesting to me. I began to explore the world of traditional menswear and decided that would be a good place to regroup and ground an evolving style. However, I’m not interested in consciously exploring style outside just my manner of dress. I’m hoping to take a slightly more philosophical approach. However, I think philosophy should remain grounded in the concrete, the particular and the practical. As such, my explorations of a shifting aesthetic will be very empirical.

I’m very much a design newbie. But, I’m an enthusiastic one with a developing vision. Part of the development will be making missteps and backtracking. But, when you’re on a journey many of the most valuable experiences will come from the mistakes.

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Professorial. 

I actually find winter a bit difficult. I overheat very easily, and going from outside to inside often causes me to sweat. The jacket is actually only partially lined, and it’s a relatively loose weave. It’s a jacket I’m able to wear in the summer. But, combined with a sweater vest, it allows me to move from outside to inside in greater comfort than some heavier wools.

It’s also a very professorial look when I take of the jacket and roll up the sleeves to lay down some knowledge on the blackboard.

Tie: Unknown wool knit.

Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt.

Jacket: Oxxford.

Sweater vest: Lord Jeff (?) lambswool.

PS: Unknown 100% silk, with hand rolled edges

attn nonbinary folks!

i have recently been thinking about how i really want to get into drawing again, specifically drawing people and evolving my art style and stuff like that. and i decided that something i want to draw is nonbinary people of all kinds. so i have a kind of participatory project y'all can help me with?

what i want:
· to draw you, in a look that you really like and makes you feel awesome about yourself!

what i will do with it:
· have it in my private sketchbook
· i really want to make a zine out of these drawings, which might be distributed publicly, but i will make sure before i put the drawing of you in the zine that i have your permission! I would also prefer that if you want to be in it, you are 18+ for safety reasons. and, if you let me put you in there, i can either have it be totally anonymous or put your tumblr username. no real names. i am also totally willing to draw you and show you without putting you in the zine at all ❤

what you can do:
· message me with a link to either a photo you really like of yourself or your selfie tag or your insta; whatever you’re comfy with!
· if you could let me know your gender(s) or lack thereof, basically whatever you use to describe your gender, and your pronouns that would be great
· then we can be in touch about zine stuff too

even if you don’t want me to draw you at all, it would be super rad if people reblogged this so that it can reach lots of people :)

basically my goal here is that i want to improve my art and people drawing skills by drawing some really awesome and diverse people and giving all sorts of presentations a chance to shine and either be represented if they want to or just have a hopefully cutie drawing of themselves!!

the worst thing you can do for yourself when you’re designing characters is assume that every great design ever made has just always been that way, instead of being a result of lots of tweaking and practice

no artist is magic, everyone’s gotten where they have by making tons and tons of mistakes and goofy-looking sketches and sometimes stuff that is just not great. designs are supposed to evolve and change, your style will evolve, you will improve

1. Be bold. Be excentric. Match patterns. Clash patterns. Be outrageous. Be plain and simple. Be edgy. Be dainty. Be anything you want to be. Style evolves. It doesn’t need to be the same.

2. You don’t need to follow trends to be fashionable. Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable in your own skin. Break the mould. Be quirky. Be your own person. Fashion your own aesthetic.

3. Get tattoos. Get piercings. Dye your hair multicolored. Don’t get tattoos. Don’t get piercings. Don’t dye your hair. But make that your choice. Don’t criticize or prejudge because others do or others don’t. Their choices don’t impact you.

4. Labels are shit. But unfortunately they exist. Dress the way you want. Don’t let society or those in high places force you to be something you’re not just to fit in or fit their image. Be yourself. They aren’t worth it.

5. Stereotypes and prejudgements suck. But hey, that’s life. Move past the people that are not willing to see more than what you wear on the outside. It’s their loss. You are a beacon of loveliness and as long as you believe it, then that’s all that matters.

—  5 thoughts on style ~

Wearing tweed

I was so excited when this ebay win arrived. First and most importantly, the jacket fit amazingly well. The pants were too short, but there was enough material for them to be let down (although without enough to add a cuff). Beyond the fit, the details of the jacket are spot on: side vents; hacking pockets; ticket pocket; high gorge.

As an aspiring academic, it’s great to have my first well-fitting tweed suit.

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Can you tell the difference in formality among the three pics at the top? If not, then I cannot recommend enough a recent Style Forum thread titled ‘Practical Thoughts on Coherent Combinations for Beginners.’ (Discussion tread).

I’ve learned as much reading this post over the past couple of weeks as I did in the previous year of learning about #menswear. The primary posts are written by SF stalwart F. Corbera. As it currently stands, at more than 25 pages of posts, the thread is a bit of a slog and includes a fair share of SF in-jokes and sniping between various other members, among some valuable commentary and informative dissent. You’ll find links to each of the substantive posts at the end of my post. The series is not done, but I’m enjoying it so much, I had to share.

F. Corbera is the author of the voxsartoria tumblr and also posts on SF under that name. His style is immaculate, if not entirely to what I aspire, not least because it is greatly helped by very deep pockets. However, before you fear the series is just about replicating his particular style, it’s worth noting that an early post presents the incredibly flamboyant Label King [video] as a coherent dresser.

Despite many claims to the contrary there are “rules” to #menswear. Note the quotation marks. Obviously, these are not formal rules like those found in sport. You will not be given a suspension for pairing suede loafers with your navy worsted two piece. The rules of #menswear are more about tradition and coherence, both practical and aesthetic. They are something to be observed, if not slavishly obeyed.

If the rules were like those of sports, it would be relatively easy to learn them. You could sit down and read them in an afternoon and then readily consult them thereafter. Of course, the informal “rules” are much more ephemeral. What F. Corbera does is to solidify this ephemera, by drawing on the British tradition of city vs. country wear. He is under no illusions that the rigidity of this distinction has waned. Rather, it serves as a device to explain the relationship between coherence and tradition. He explains how various pieces relate to this tradition and why pairing city pieces with city pieces, or country pieces with country pieces produces a coherent look, that – assuming fit is in place – will almost certainly look good. Dissenters have noted other relevant traditions, and I don’t doubt they are correct. But, I think the presentation of F. Corbera ought to be considered more informative than definitive. Certainly coherence can be achieved through other traditions. But, if you’re a n00b like me, you should be trying to absorb as much clear and useable information as you can.

At the beginning, the posts are a bit broader, and set up F. Corbera’s theoretical approach to the matter. Then, he appears to be to be much too strident with the city-country spectrum. However, I urge you to carry on as he soon applies the theory in the construction of coherent outfits.

The informative posts from F. Corbera are sporadic among the slew of posts the thread has attracted. However, I’ve linked to each below.

0. Preliminary

a. Practical Thoughts on Coherent Combinations for Beginners

b. What is a beginner

c. Discordancy or HarmonyContinued Continued

1. Navigate all elements of each “fit” to one point in the path from country to city

a. Get your act in line

b. Forces undermining coherent city/formal/public combinations for beginners 

c. Examples of coherent city/formal/public combinations for beginners

d. Thinking about the casual suit 

e. A city look self-assessment

f. What is the casual suit

g. The two types of casual suits 

h. The odd jacket 

i. Odd jacket from city to country, from formal to informal

j. The city/formal odd jacket

k. The country/casual odd jacket

One of the better, thoughtful dissenting posts comes from Flying Monkey. I also appreciated the observation of inlandisland, who related the matter to systems theory.

I’d recommend reading the substantial posts and then, if you have the time and inclination, go back and read through. There are other useful observations.

Note: The pics are taken from those given as examples in the thread. I apologize for not directly crediting the photographers, subjects or original posters.

Note: The thread has been moved to compile all the substantive posts together. There was also a new post today (Feb. 14, 2012). I will continue to update this post as F. Corbera adds to the thread.

lekisceon asked:

OMG! I love BCB! The first comic ever that I breeze right through the 1000 pages in 3 days. Thank you so much for making this, the best part for me I watching the art style evolve over the course and knowing that I too can improve and evolve. Though during the December chapter and forward you took my heart out and dance on it, i love you anyway ^^. Hoping Lucy will return soon, I like her a lot.

Veronica: Whoaaaaaaa, that’s so many comics in so few days ;__; I’m always so giddy to hear when people just binge the comic, I’m happy you enjoyed it! I HOPE I CONTINUE TO ENTERTAIN.