Originally Posted by Lel
By the way, do people really get that much trouble about the way they dress from strangers/friends? I get the feeling that in those cases people probably aren't well dressed...
Well, it all depends, of course. At the core of it, it all boils down to; do people notice that you're dressed in a different way? And, if they do, are they going to criticize you for it? It depends on the standard dress where you live and the person who says something, honestly; I don't think you can really say someone is dressed poorly if your main criteria is how often someone says something. I hope you don't mine, Uncontrol, but I'm going to use you as an example. Some people probably think otherwise, but the guy clearly has a good idea of the look he's going for, and nails it consistently. It's not something I think I could pull off, or even most people could, but he does it, and does it well. Now, I'm making an assumption here, but I'd say that a look so distinctive has a much higher chance of being commented on; but does that mean he dresses poorly? It's a matter of opinion, of course, but my own answer would be "Absolutely not". He just has a very keen sense of personal style, and it stands out - which is what I think most of us here aim for, anyway. Anyway, the point is, when it comes to clothing, you have to sort of know the difference between good and bad criticism. It's entirely possible that some people deserved whatever criticism they've gotten, and have probably corrected it, if that's the case. But if some criticism, a suggestion, doesn't mesh with your own sense of style, then why should you change it? If someone stopped me during a regatta, and pulled up next to the boat and told me that I was running wrong, it'd be the same sort of thing (that might be a bad analogy). Everyone has their own sense of style, whether they know it or not, and are sometimes prone to applying the standards of their own style to others (especially those who will proclaim they don't have a style, while wearing the same sweats, tees, and tennis shoes as everyone else they know). It takes a while to realize that someone's Style should be judged based on execution of their intent, not some some standard of dress. (I see this a lot on SF, actually, where groupthink and conformity has a tendency to take priority.) tl;dr People who dress differently are going to receive more criticism, doesn't necessarily mean they dress "poorly".