Originally Posted by lance konami
I've always been drawn to cool looking clothes, it might stem from being dragged to the mall constantly to go shopping with my mom when I was a kid, but now I admit I am interested in clothes because of the noticeably more positive responses from women. I mean it's like night and day. I also like how much better I feel when I'm dressed well.
What about you? Have any of you experienced the same thing? Do you get complimented more often by the opposite sex?
I'm not really sure.
I think part of it is because I grew up in an extremely poor, hand-me-down environment. I had no one to show me how to dress well, especially for business purposes (still learning that one), and I got a lot of crappy clothes and hand-me-downs, so I had to learn how to dress under those constraints. I still get a kick out of dressing on a budget, albeit a less restricted one than I had growing up, and with the advantage of the Internet.
I was also always a weird kid and drifted into "outcast" subcultures, and have retained elements of those styles. Hence, as an adult/perpetual adolescent, I still gravitate to punk/rocker/post-skater style, along with the military and workwear influences that go along with those looks. I can finally dress the way I always wanted to dress but either didn't have the money for or didn't know how - and dressing like other 35-year old lawyers has *nothing* to do with what I want out of life.
I do get a lot of compliments about my casual wardrobe from girls - not just "ladies," but girls. I'll have been married for 11 years in October, but obviously I still dig on that shit, especially since the average "well-dressed man" undoubtedly thinks I look like a guttersnipe.
That said, I take girls' opinions with a grain of salt, because when it comes to men's clothing, they're pretty much full of shit ... they think I look cool, but any time I go shopping with my wife or any other girl, they try to faggot me up something fierce (not that there's anything wrong with that.) They understand that I'm awesome but they don't understand why.
I still have a lot to learn about style, especially business style, about which I'm still fairly clueless. I have a handle on my casual style but I'm still refining it.
I think my current interest in clothing comes from having significant discretionary income for the first time in my life and wanting, as always, to rock with all due hardness.