Originally Posted by Parker
This could be an entirely new thread. "Style" seems like it has no borders to me. It doesn't just stop at the clothes, but bleeds over into your mannerisms, personality, your other material possessions, artistic or athletic pursuits, etc. It's kinda the whole package.
Also, Holdfast I like your combo in this weeks round-up. It's got your signature flair but a bit more restrained than usual. The mint shirt is nice.
It could indeed be a thread of its own, and I agree with a lot of what you say. I do strongly believe that the most stylish people have taken the time to think about the image they project. Not necessarily in quite such stark cold terms, but they've certainly done some analysis of what works for them and I bet a large percentage HAVE done it very consciously.
Now, after a while, it can become second nature and so SEEM effortless. And in a way, because they've done it for so long, it is for them. But there has been active thought there, at some stage.
Originally Posted by DocHolliday
This, I think, is a subset of the emergence of a StyleForum style. This would make an interesting discussion in itself, but I suspect it would just get mired down in the usual tired talk of groupthink.
Referencing my previous paragraph, I think this is what separates the stylish in the WAYW thread from the also-rans. I think you're right that we parasitically feed upon one another for ideas & concepts that work, but I think (hope?) that the guys whose style I dig the most have incorporated some of those concepts in a way that expresses their own narrative about themselves rather than merely seeking SF approval or a superficial checkbox exercise in nice clothes.
Originally Posted by mafoofan
I'm just pointing out that the appeal of a particular person's style may have something to do with the appeal of particular observers as well as the person himself.
I think it's a very fair point to make. And in that vein...
I do find the trend toward idol worship a bit odd. PG looks great, but I have no desire to dress like him.
It's OK, we're only worshipping PG until vox comes down from the mountain with a fresh set of commandments...
Originally Posted by TC (Houston)
I'm one of the most frequent posters, and I will acknowledge that the whole drill is pretty strange.