I've actually never had a stranger or an acquaintance ask why I was dressed up since coming to Texas (not true for Seoul). When it first became cool enough here to dress as I like to do, a couple people asked, and I explained it was a hobby. Generally, I just get compliments on what I wear from strangers and the like. I get more compliments from women than men, particularly African-American women. But I've had male students ask me for advice about clothing.