Originally Posted by Manton
I report, you decide!
Occasionally, people ask questions about certain sartorial traditions, which have become known here and elsewhere as "The Rules." Occasionally (less and less) I answer those questions. When I do, and even when I do not, without fail someone posts to say, "Manton is a stickler for the rules." The distinction between answering questions as to what the rules are on the one hand and endorsing and/or following those rules in every instance on the other seems to be lost on a lot of people.
Actually, I wasn't really referring to you as the rule stickler. I was referring to those who ask for advice on the rules and then blindly follow that advice as "rule sticklers." So, I think that we agree. Knowing the rules is one thing, but blindly following them without adding your own flair is something totally different. I wasn't trying to say that you are the leader of some group that are stickler for rules, rather that there are some people that seek your advice on the rules and then blindly follow that advice - these people would be rule sticklers.
expresses a view far more narrow and hidebound than any I have ever espoused. I wear DB all the time, and would hesitate to recommend it only to those whose career it might hurt or whose body shape is not fit for it.
With that statement, I was only stating a personal preference. Personally I don't wear DB suits and, like I said, if someone were to ask me to recommend something to them, I would not recommend a DB suit.