Originally Posted by SpooPoker
If I wore those, you would have went ballistic on me.
I don't have a short reply for you regarding this comment but I would enjoy discussing this further.
Let me start by saying that the context of what someone wears, how they wear it and where they wear it has a lot to do with my replies on SF. In this particular case, my friend is a former punk-rockabilly dude who was an international trader of vintage guitars for many years. His client base was esoteric and eccentric to say the least. He now sells that same client base real estate. For him to show up in SF approved apparel (even SF approved SW&D) would appear to his clients as "selling out". Unlike most of the people who post on WAYWRN, Rock your socks or Shoe Damage, he isn't 1) posting 2) seeking feedback or comments. He has his own style and it works for him in his eclectic, non-SF life.
Spoo, I think your coordination of styles, colors and patterns has improved tremendously in the last year. Because you were posting for comments on WAYWRN or CBD, etc, I went ahead an expressed my opinion. (although I haven't for a long time) I think your mix of styles and colors looks a lot more refined and successful these days. You have really come a long way. A year or so ago, too frequently, outfits appeared to be a mix of a number of unrelated items that were all very nice individually, but didn't coordinate as a whole. In fact, many looked like mixed metaphors. But, you have obviously been working hard at it with quality discussions and feedback. The results speak for themselves in your posts over the last few months.
Coordinating colors, patterns and styles is an art that is learned. It takes time. It took me ages and I've worked with top designers and artists every day for decades doing nothing but designing products coordinating these basics. And yes, I still make mistakes.
You are after all a high profile poster. ("Internet Bigtimer") Many new members of SF were making positive comments about your "mixed metaphor" outfits. I felt that another honest and sincere opinion should be expressed. I wasn't trying to beat you up. This is a forum for discussion and learning. I wanted to share another perspective from a classic color, pattern and style perspective.
Back to your original comment. Had you been wearing funky selvedge jeans, with croc shoes, green laces, a un-ironed shirt and wrinkled seersucker jacket in a cafe in Berkeley on a Friday afternoon, no I wouldn't have gone ballistic on you. I would have ordered us both another drink.