Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
So, how's that working out?
Ask the OP. The question is posed as a thought experiment, but the responses have been largely as expected. I'd be more curious about "What is the Arnys catalogue were your only source of sartorial advice? How would you explain your mode of dress?" I am personally neutral to neg on GQ, current Esquire. They show a lot of Italian stuff of varying levels of quality. I used to have a subscription, but I don't subscribe even at the low, low rates they offer, but I will confess to flipping through the odd issue at an airport newstand. The danger to me is that the stock in trade is the authoritative voice, like that of an older brother explaining the ways of the world. Only the advice is often pretty questionable, and almost never caveated with a "of course, you should think about your body type/coloring, etc to make a great look". In the end, copying entire outfits right out of GQ might work OK. But they put stuff together in trendy ways and don't really identify the underlying visual logic of successful outfits. It makes sense - they are there to sell mags. If they taught you how to fish, they wouldn't be able to sell you their canned tuna every month.