Originally Posted by Thomas
You've got plenty of time to fall in line with the herd, you might as well march to your own drummer for a while and get a few good stories along the way. Be sure to smile and enjoy yourself.
I love this attitude. Bear in mind, I'm only 25, and I can't afford Andersen & Sheppard, Turnbull & Asser, Charvet, Lobb JS, etc. so I must express my creativity in an unusual, yet still tasteful mode of dress. I'm not entirely ready to join the navy-suited hordes, neither do I look to those of distressed denim, striped buttonups, and blown-out hair as kin.
Last night I wore a navy Lacoste polo, yellow cotton trousers, and a navy/yellow-striped hilfiger tie, Which I tied with a sheet bend, wide-side pointing down:
The tie matched the shirt and trouser colors exactly.
I wore pre-SF cole-haan brown tasseled loafers, no socks.
My friends didn't give me too much crap because they're used to my looks, but girls kept walking up and telling me they used to wear a tie as a belt, but they never saw a guy do it. I mentioned that it was a common look here in the NE, and that Astaire used to do it. I didn't get the feeling that anyone else thought I looked bad. Odd, maybe, but not bad.
I thought it looked really good, to be honest. Very well coordinated. As with any outfit, you have to feel comfortable in it before you step outside. No amount of technical aesthetic proficiency can replace being secure that you look good. I wouldn't feel comfortable in a lot of those Trad things on AAAC, but they look good on certain people.
You still have to have a minimal standard though. That's what I am here for.