Originally Posted by blackbowtie
When young people go around in torn jeans and sweatshirts, we lament the dismal state of dress among the youth. When they actually put in some effort - like tying on a bowtie! - we declare that it looks ubiquitously cheap.
There is no pleasing the SF gods.
Here's the rub: it is less about experimentation or personal creativity and more about an increasingly mainstream uniform. Take a slim shirt of varying colours and/or prints and add rumpled or slim denim, occasionally with rolled up hems, a small pre-tied or clip-on bow and a footwear range of lace-ups or plimsolls. Some might wear trilbies or cardigans. As this look can be purchased cheaply and simply, this is, indeed, the result
The Matt Smith Doctor outfit posted above is a good example of an actor and design team applying some creativity by hybridising this trendy aesthetic with a professorial antecedent (the Harris Tweed and the desire for a bow tie came from Smith himself). As per my prior link, the costume's influence spreads as I type