Originally Posted by GQgeek
I'm not sure I completely agree with your point that people give-up their own aesthetic preferences to conform to the preferences of the forum members. When I started buying better clothes, I was very much in to Armani clothes and Ferragamo shoes. My first suit was an Armani MTM. I have since become much more educated about clothing in general. It no longer makes any rational sense for me to purchase inferior designer goods when I can get top-end quality for a bit more. Not only that, but I have become much more tuned-in to proper fit, to the point where I wouldn't consider buying anything besides bespoke shirts and MTM pants.
Um, I think that I am in the top bracket of people on the forum when it comes to knowledge about clothes in general. Nevertheless, I prefer Helmut Lang and Costume National to Borrelli and Attolini, for aesthetic reasons. I don't dispute that the latter brands are much better made than the former, but I prefer the former nonetheless. Oh, and I prefer Prada boots (well, those from a few seasons ago, before quality *really* fell off) to Edward Green shoes, goodyear welting, blah blah blah, notwithstanding.
To top it off, I now have a style that while perhaps not unique in this world, is very classic and will never look bad. It's got very little to do with conforming.
I think it's sad to dress to "never look bad".
So I don't think people are consciously or subconsciously conforming to the overall preferences of the board, but becoming more educated and developing a more refined sense of taste. They also learn to seperate their buying habits from the whims of fashion, which makes financial sense as well.
Um, what does financial sense have to do with style? Oh, and there is groupthink in forums such as this one. It's in the Streetwear forum as well. It's just human nature, and no-one is immune. Let's not delude ourselves.