You are generally correct in that my pics suck balls. But I don't have others to take pics for me, nor would I ask them. It also pitch black when I leave the house, so something like NYR's pics won't happen for me. If you want to see texture thats fine. I think the colors do come out though.
I'm not infallible here, but one pic from top to bottom and then those texture/tie or shoe pics can add flair. Upper Crust does a great job with this, but i think he's got help or a good tripod setup.
I do not have help, but I do have several advantages - my partner's second-newest toy, a Canon G1X camera, with remarkably sensitive light sensors, eliminating the need for flash; a tripod (for the standing shot), and a well-proportioned lamp table (from which I take the seated shot); the habit of laying my clothes out the night before (borne of previous necessity); and an unfulfilled artistic nature and endless personal vanity, which this activity seems to satisfy.