Ugh. Sometimes I come to SF to get AWAY from academia. I like to keep my lecture voice and everything that goes with it in my leture halls. You should try it, FLyingMonkey; you might enjoy it. You are here for critiques, are you not? I would suggest that you open your mind and ears, and stop defending your fits. Just listen! You are the student here, not the professor. FWIW, I think you should donate the shirt. It really is a horrible color combination. Perhaps you should be working on your basics and then start playing with colors etc. once you have a solid boring base upon which to build, no?
I am getting the strong feeling that people here don't get what is supposed to be a wry, self-parodic and generally never 100% serious tone in most of my posts*. If you try reading them in the voice of, say, Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and A Funeral, it might help. Clearly I'm either an utter failure as a writer as well as in matters sartorial, or I have just misjudged people's ability to parse a perhaps unfamiliar manner. Maybe I should add helpful little stage directions in, like <strokes beard, looks in an concerned manner into the distance> (don't worry, I won't!).
*The same might be said for the clothes, but it's becoming clear to me that humour is a dangerous route to take in style, even more so if it's less clear that there is anything amusing going on for anyone apart from me. Just as with my writing, the nod and the wink doesn't seem to be apparent - although I thought that talk of wearing your hat at a rakish angle and Oasis posing was a dead giveaway. I guess high camp and better photography would make it more obvious, but just mixing and matching with just an element of playfulness and enjoyment doesn't appear to go down well with those who think style is very, very serious, or it's the wrong kind of humour for this crowd and just doesn't register at all. I think this is probably best discussed in another thread though...
Maybe I'll disappear for a while, and come back with a David Bowie#-style reinvention (minus the facepaint, it's hell on the complexion).
#For the younger members, a once famous chameleonic rock star - think Lady Gaga as a man, but with musical talent.