Originally Posted by thebunk
You really think that is the case?
Originally Posted by Gutman
SW&D is more conformist IMO around particular brands and looks.
Lol what? You sure you're not talking about MC? Men's Clothing discussion is mostly about the technical aspects of outfits, construction details and the like. However there is also what is thought to be a golden standard to looks, or at least, a set guide of rules that should not be deviated from. To keep it short, constructing an MC outfit is more about adhering to a singular aesthetic and deviating as little as possible from the rules. What confuses me is how people think SW&D has a cohesive singular aesthetic, look, or even preference. It doesn't, and the suggestion is absurd and just goes to show how quickly people generalize the entire forum. The attitude and nature of SW&D has changed a LOT over the past few years, versus MC which has changed little. The current discussion on SW&D is very different from discussion a few years ago. There's a lot more focus on designer brands, and different aesthetics. For instance, there's a LOT more discussion on Rick Owns, Julius, Margiela, Junya, etc. now than there was even a year ago. I'm not going to get into a big rant about how SF is changing and past it's "golden years" (don't believe in such a thing) so I'll just address the point directly. SW&D is less about following rules or adhering to a particular aesthetic and simply more about being expressive, getting outside of own's comfort zone, or at least being open minded to different looks. The worst part about MC is the narrow mindedness about what constitutes as a "good look" (IE: there's only one). I remember a lot of MC-ers criticizing a WAYWT of snake
who was wearing stuff like Ann D, complaining about it's lack of structure.
One big difference I've noticed is that SW&D not only appreciates but also tends to applaud aesthetics that are outside their comfort zone where as an MC-er would reject and criticize it. This narrow mindedness really depresses me, considering that on a forum about clothing discussion such a large portion of the members shoot down any aesthetics that are not their own. If anything, I respect a member even more for attempting a bold and interesting look that is experimental vs. something completely bland, safe, and boring. Unfortunately a lot of douchey members don't share this view and I feel that this attitude can really stifle discussion sometimes, even chase off members (didn't chris
leave because someone kept ragging on his skinny jeans or something??). MCers are fine with answering n00b questions because seriously what else would they sit around talking about? Adding to the 100+ page debate on black shoes? Discussing the merits of x button vs. y buttons, AGAIN? With SW&D there's always new trends, looks, seasons, designers, etc to talk about. The best part comes from that, people have different tastes so instead of everyone sitting around have a circle jerk and agreeing there can actually be some debate and discussion. Note: I criticized MC but I want to clarify that the majority of prominent, respected MCers are not this type at all. A lot of them are pretty ok with SW&D having a different look and admitting it's not their style, that's fine. BUT, there are also a LOT of douchey MC-ers ala chasingred
who act as if they came from the heavens as some godly authoritarian on strict clothing guidelines and are quick to point out minuscule irrelevant details because it doesn't fit their
rules when people just honestly don't care. TLDR---> MC celebrates its homogeneity in aesthetic tastes while SW&D thrives off the diversity of conflicting tastes.