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Is that your summer cottage in the background?
Reddit being listed as the second source...
Are you the kind of person who tells people on the street that you don't like what they're wearing? Do not try to pin the negative reactions you received on the brusqueness of the internet; it is because you posted here in the first place, showing off your outfit with many stylistic flaws. If I saw someone walking down the street dressed like that, I'd simply think that it was "simply wrong" and carry on.
That being said, fit and colours are done pretty well. You just need to stop thinking that breaking any convention at all is a sign of boldness and style - if it isn't well done, it is a gimmick, no more than that.
From Charles Byrne, the Royal British Legion’s director of fundraising: “We wanted to end the debate about how to wear a poppy during this year’s Poppy Appeal. The way you choose to wear your poppy is a matter of personal choice. As long as you wear it with pride, then you’re wearing it the right way.” They even released a video this year, doing a tongue-in-cheek debunking of all those myths.
Personally, I think they look nicest with the leaf pointing the other way, in line with the jacket lapel. I have no major view on whether the petals are sideways or vertical, though.