I am. Isn't anyone else? At a certain point, I have to believe one has finished learning most of what he needs to dress well and can move on with his life, without the need for continuous, focussed study. For the most part, personal style should be developed personally, no? I feel that I've benefitted most from user-oriented technical discussions and lessons with respect to tradition and rules. All the other stuff--the stuff that is supposed to "inspire"--falls flat 99% of the time. Some of you look great to me, and a lot of you don't, but even the ones who look great don't much affect my own habits or tastes. At least, not consciously. It's not that I don't appreciate good style in other people, just that I'm not particularly interested in studying it. I almost never check WAYWRN. It's a circus in there, with all the good and bad that entails. Certainly, there is overlap between learning to dress well oneself and observing how others dress, but I think it's all too easy to unconsciously wade from emphasizing the former to emphasizing the latter. At that point, it's inevitably more about the clothes than about dressing stylishly, and the last thing I want to be is a clotheshorse or a hobbyist. All I can say is that I am more convinced then ever that you really can't learn to have personal style. Seriously, how many of us would actually dress better if we didn't pay so much attention to clothes? At the very least, I think we'd see fewer ugly, mismatched pocket squares. At the best, there would fewer try-hard, look-at-what-I-bought outfits. Then, maybe, things wouldn't be so boring.
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3/12/10 at 7:54pm