I've often thought about the issue raised by the OP. One (sad and relativistic) solution is this: classical style is dead, except perhaps within the narrow boundaries of the professions that still require conservative business dress. So by dressing in a tweed coat, OCBD, knit tie and flannel trousers to go grab a cup of coffee at our local we aren't really violating the classical rule of not drawing attention, because the framework in which that rule made sense is no longer in place -- so the rule cannot be violated. The world of classical style started with Brummel, and probably ended sometime in the 70's. Nowadays we can't violate the 'rules', but we can't follow them either, if you see what I mean.
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1/6/10 at 10:11pm