Originally Posted by LARon
My perception is that forum members tend to discuss and favor particular houses and craftsmen (i.e., tailors, shoemakers, shirtmakers, etc. -- not "designers") due to the quality and craftsmanship they represent, not because of their "popularity" with any particular group.
In my perception (and I've been here longer than you), forum members tend to discuss and favor particular houses and craftsmen and designers, and whatever else you want to call them due to the fact that they are popular among other forum members. In fact, I think many members on the forum, as Get Smart alluded, will forego their own personal aesthetic taste to conform to the dictates of the forum. How many times have people posted a picture or a link for opinions on a shoe or a piece of clothing that is aesthetically pleasing only to be convinced by the membership not to buy the item because it is not one of the preferred brands, and is therefore inferior? I'm not trying to dis' the preferred brands - heck most of my suits are Corneliani and Hickey-Freeman (and my newly acquired Isaia
); but, there's definitely a desire among many in the membership to conform to a particular "house style" if you will. There's nothing wrong with this because the "house style" is usually a classic and classy, if conservative, style that will help keep you well within the bounds of what others
expect of people in the stations that most of us occupy.
Also, while I can't speak for others, I can say that I've posted pictures of myself in various outfits not because of a frail ego or discomfort with who I am, but because there are various members on here with very precise eyes who can tell you when something ever so slight is off. The devil, after all, is in the details. Just check out one of the Jantzen fit threads and you will see just how precise people on this forum can get when analyzing fit. They will notice things that the less observant members, such as myself, would never see or think of. As far as significant others, my significant other thinks I look good in black t-shirts and cowboy hats.