The rules evolve. Â Styles of dress, like styles of architecture, are meaningly cohesive agglomerations of detail, proportion, etc. that reflect the spirit of some place and time. Â Architecture has its revival styles and its 'eclectic' styles, and responds to new challenges. I've read wonderful essays on the late 19th century challenge of styling the 'very tall building' even before the term skyscraper was coined. Re: Â exchange idea: I'm not much for it. Â Any woman who want to talk about men's clothes is welcome here; for women as for men the forum is quite self-selecting that way. Â Re: any automatic demand for a woman's point of view, this seems to stem from the idea that SF posters want to appear sexually attractive to women; I do not share this goal. Re: long ties with dinner suits: some years ago it would have looked quite odd to me; but last night at the Tony awards, many men wore SB peaked-lapel jackets with long ties, and looked good. There are certain things I would never do, though I imagine a few people could stylishly get away with them, such as wearing a button down shirt with a DB jacket. Â There are things that I have a hard time believing would look good on anyone, like a DB suit with notch lapels. Â And there are things I would not have considered a few years ago, but now wear happily, like a pinstriped jacket and jeans. Â Fortunately for our budgets, men's clothing changes rather slowly, but it does change.