Originally Posted by brad-t
I've been thinking a bit lately about how when we critique outfits online, we rarely consider the inherently modular nature of clothing. I'll use myself as an example, and please note I am not
trying to be defensive or discredit criticism.
On my most recent outfit, the majority of the feedback was positive, but a lot of the comments I got were things like:
- taper pants
- looser shirt/drapier
- non-print shirt
Thing is, I do have items to fit all of these pre-requisites. But if I follow them, I'll only have one outfit to wear with my new $900 coat. Of course, it's fine to have a preference and an ideal for the "perfect styling" which cannot realistically be achieved every day – and the comments listed above are fine – but I think we should step back some times and consider that things can be different but equal. We can't wear the same thing every day.
I think the issue isn't really the way that we critique outfits, but rather a matter of our own personal style coming off in our critiques. Like my own critique of your fit, I would much prefer a white shirt or something that isn't a tee. That's not me saying a tee doesn't work, nor am I saying that you should change the fit, but what I
would prefer to see with that particular style.
I think I understand what you're trying to say, but to me these types of comments are quite helpful in the sense that you have a very wide variety of peoples' styles coming together, and sometimes something might come out that you haven't really thought of. And if you start to look at it this way, in the sense that people aren't trying to tell you black/white style rules but rather as "Hey this can work too", I think you really actually do start considering how modular clothing is. It's kind of like saying what you did is good, but you can also do it this way or that way, essentially expanding how you can wear the $900 coat.
Of course, in general, this really only applies to those who have pretty well cemented their own looks, such as yourself.