Wrong names people use for clothing items

Allen Smithee

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People will call normal wingtips spectator shoes and the online crowd has long objected to calling random sports coats blazers.

Thruth referred to a person that repeatedly called a pocket square a cummerbund.

What errant names are people calling your stuff?
 
I hate when people refer to any shirt with buttons as a button-down shirt. That refers to the collar type, not merely the existence of a front placket!
 
Open quarters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bluchers !!!!!!!

Bals,

Pocket SQUARES!!!!

baaaaaaaaaah
 
I must be guilty of some of these. Is something wrong with blucher except that Brits say derby? I thought brogue was a shoe?
 
Brogues are a type of styling rather than a type of shoe. .......I think

I've had Korean tailors recognize "quarters," so I don't think it's just an SF thing.
 
I must be guilty of some of these. Is something wrong with blucher except that Brits say derby? I thought brogue was a shoe?
There's open laced shoes and closed laced shoes.
All the rest is simply not descriptive but confusing and unnecessary.
Closed laced shoes can be brogues as can open laced.
 
Ancient vintage instead of new.

I also like two breast for double breasted.

God, I miss Gianni's posts on SF.
 
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Brogues are a type of styling rather than a type of shoe. .......I think.
Bróg is Irish for shoe, and they were originally pierced, untanned leather for trotting on bogs. Along with the food from the mouths of the people, the Saxons also took the shoes from their feet, and named them as their own.
 
I'll admit that I use many of the terms thrown around SF. To my defence, English is not my native language, so all my knowledge about these terms comes from books and forums.
 
But do fellow nationals call things by totally wrong names? Obviously we'd need an explanation of terms involved...

Also, an ascot is not a neckerchief.
 
There's open laced shoes and closed laced shoes.
All the rest is simply not descriptive but confusing and unnecessary.
Closed laced shoes can be brogues as can open laced.

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Bróg is Irish for shoe, and they were originally pierced, untanned leather for trotting on bogs. Along with the food from the mouths of the people, the Saxons also took the shoes from their feet, and named them as their own.

You gents have really nailed this. Not only the colloquial use of terminology in the US & UK but the erroneous and confusing perception of what is "correct".

DAMNED SAXONS!

A gaggle of iGents in a shoe circle:

"Well, my CD says a balmoral being a certain type of oxford, an oxford being, blah, blah, blah....."

"Brogue is Gaelic for shoe; it is a type of shoe; no it is a style; there are no brogues because you rarely if ever see anything other than blind broguing. Full brogue/wingtip, half/brogue, quarter brogue. Adelaide oxford brogue; full brogue/wingtip/blucher/derby/long wing/American brogue/galosh...."

It is confusing and so often the terms are improperly used.

Maybe we need an international IGent numbering system that we all can memorize instead of using words.

"Wow, Stitchy, are those 56's?"

No Spoo, they are 87's"

"Ah yes. How do they fit?"

"Who cares, they are made out of possum anus leather"

"Man, those cats at NMWA, sure know how to put together a group MTO"

"Yup, ruby red possum anus is the rarest colour"

And then he leaves, clown shoes slapping the pavement. Clumpity, clumpity, clump.
 
wooden pegs???????????

Yes I have a big piece of Austrian wood for you, you sexy old man

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TOPY: Its a brand of sole protector.

It can be very thin, comes in a range of colours and is almost undetectable by iGents in their Vass/EG Dovers and St Crispins - even if they get down on the floor and use a magnifying glass.

TOPY is not a fuckin' generic name for any slab of tractor tyre hacked with an axe and slapped under a shoe with an inch of glue. It does not cause your shoe to be pointed at in the street by passing strangers, does not cause foot mould/leprosy or rot leather or make your cock shrink.
 
TOPY: Its a brand of sole protector.

It can be very thin, comes in a range of colours and is almost undetectable by iGents in their Vass/EG Dovers and St Crispins - even if they get down on the floor and use a magnifying glass.

TOPY is not a fuckin' generic name for any slab of tractor tyre hacked with an axe and slapped under a shoe with an inch of glue. It does not cause your shoe to be pointed at in the street by passing strangers, does not cause foot mould/leprosy or rot leather or make your cock shrink.

Good point. It has become common to use the term as one would use aspirin for all pain Meds.

Some stranger did call me out on the street and yelled at me. I thought it was because of my TOPY but I later learned that it was because I was wearing EG Dovers.

When she was yelling at me my pee-pee did suck up into my body cavity.

I also think that TOPY's spread the Ebola virus.
 
The Americans on here may hate me for saying this, but I can't stand the word "slacks" being used. Might be due to our English roots here in Australia but I was always taught men wear "trousers", ladies wear "pants" and the word slacks doesn't exist in our vocabulary (maybe slackers wear slacks??).
 
My understanding is that 'slacks' is a sort of underclass term used by people that need to be told not to wear something besides jeans at times. In a vaguely related way, I hate women referring to 'tops.' It is a blouse, a sweater, or something with a real name. Stores may use this top and bottom sorting method, but somehow people that should know better refer to actual garments as a top. ptooey.
 
Good point. It has become common to use the term as one would use aspirin for all pain Meds.

Some stranger did call me out on the street and yelled at me. I thought it was because of my TOPY but I later learned that it was because I was wearing EG Dovers.

When she was yelling at me my pee-pee did suck up into my body cavity.

I also think that TOPY's spread the Ebola virus.

TOPY's killed my father, and raped my mother.

The Americans on here may hate me for saying this, but I can't stand the word "slacks" being used. Might be due to our English roots here in Australia but I was always taught men wear "trousers", ladies wear "pants" and the word slacks doesn't exist in our vocabulary (maybe slackers wear slacks??).

I love the word slacks. I'm actually going to bring it back as I kind of forgot it. It's way better than lame ass "pants".
 
I always thought trousers were more business and slacks casual but more "formal" than chinos. You could wear linen slacks to a grown up party with a short sleeved shirt, as an example. Pants are women's trousers except in UK where pants are underpants/ knickers.

Slacks has its origin in a word for loose military trousers and dates from the early 1800s. It then was used to describe loose casual trousers.
 
My understanding is that 'slacks' is a sort of underclass term used by people that need to be told not to wear something besides jeans at times. In a vaguely related way, I hate women referring to 'tops.' It is a blouse, a sweater, or something with a real name. Stores may use this top and bottom sorting method, but somehow people that should know better refer to actual garments as a top. ptooey.
As I hear my learned clothes female friends use the term its a category not an item. Eg they often refer to "soft top" or "tops" as a general descriptor. Its not a shirt, not a t shirt, not a camy, (camisole) etc.
 
All those silly fuckers on forums who say tailors when they mean the local fuckin dry cleaners wife with a sewing machine. Mostly not even alteration specialists, let alone seamstress. What the hell are these idiots on about? Do they even have a fuckin inkling what a tailor is.

Ffs when I say " my tailor" I mean my tailor , the guy can make a jacket, trousers, overcoat etc from scratch. He does my alterations but charges more than most. He says:: You want an a alterationist job?"
 
I have been hearing the term "business casual" a lot lately. Drives me nuts.

Suit been used for anything comprised of a jacket and pants.
 

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