Originally Posted by radicaldog
Take, for instance, Voxsartoria. He is obviously very well dressed, but don't his clothes always look too neat, not lived in, etc?
Maybe I just don't dress well, period...
Good topic, though.
Perhaps it is the photography? It could be a all the mannequin poses, which don't really do well at showing what you refer to a "lived in" look.
Just to make this more challenging for you, here is random collage of non-mannequin shots...all featuring components used in mannequin poses. Does your thesis seem strong if you look at the clothes when one is actually living in them?
Probably a bit of meticulousness seeps through above. Is it as much as you think, though?
I still like the mannequin poses because it makes it easy to focus on the clothes. The better and more creative the photography...or the more candid...the more influential the art of the photograph and the impressions of the moment captured by the shot. The latter two are related to style, but they relate style only tangentially (or not at all) to the clothes as objects.
Moreover, all the very best photographs that we all love of well dressed men are overwhelmingly commanded by professional photographs of celebrities, movies stars, and the famous, sometimes candid, but often in studio settings. Even then, what we remember is a tiny subset of photographs taken...many of which were bound to have been unfortunate (think Britney Spears fat pics.)
Another benefit of the mannequin poses? They make for far easier and far quicker photographs.