So this is a good example. And I dutifully resisted singling out any particular posters, because I don't want to inadvertently offend those whose styles I deeply respect, which would include Spoo.
But this is a good example where I find it hard to square the advice I get with the reference I observe. Look at those stripes. Both thin/very city in a casual fit AND multi colored/"fun" (of the type that's not supposed to get love here). Then there is the formality of the small dots. Yes, I get that the texture works well with the jacket, but as an overall element it seems to be at odds with the informality of the rest of the fit. Add the silk of the square and what seems like a very fine weave shirt, and the fit seems to be occupying numerous spaces on the Great Vox Continuum. So I struggle to understand how it works. I'll grant you that it does, on some level. But why to the level of reverence? Or, said differently, how to distinguish the successful discordance here with my unsuccessful discordance yesterday?
Just want to be clear, although I am pretty sure you knew what I was trying to do. I was not using that picture as an example to emulate, rather I was simply pointing out the type of jacket that would be better for CousinDonuts. I have in no way shape or form recommended Spoo's fit here. Spoo's perceived discordance is entirely irrelevant to my point.
If you notice he gets thumbs when he does it and you don't get thumbs when you do it then I will leave it to you to figure out why. I still think my points are valid and I think overall that most posters should be more interested in nailing down the basics than experimenting with discordance and complexity.
This brings me to another point that I'd like to think aloud about. There are a metric ton of "rules" in menswear in general and SF in particular. I view "no discordance" as simply another one in these long list of rules. Some of the rules are easier to break successfully and some are harder to break well. That said I think every poster breaks them, and many fairly regularly.
One example is that socks should match pants (or be fairly close). pB and Ac have both vouched recently for this "rule". Just because it is accepted SF practice to break this rule doesn't make it any less of a rule. I am sure you have broken this rule "successfully" before G and received many thumbs despite doing so. So you've mastered breaking the socks matching rule, but haven't seemed to master breaking the "discordance" rule yet (at least according to thumbs up standards). Is this anybody's fault? Is this unfair? (Not criticizing you, just thinking out loud here.)
But I want to break the discordance rule AND get thumbs like Spoo one might say. All I have to say is do it then. Seriously, if you want to break such an established rule then you've got to blaze that trail yourself. If you post a discordant fit and get no love any hope for guidance is going to be attempts to get you back to being harmonious. Rule breaking is serious business, and if you want somebody to explain to you how to do it well then I surmise that you may not have what it takes to break that particular rule well. Come back and try again later. (Again, just thinking aloud, not aimed at you, G).
Breaking important rules takes the skill and eye to do it by yourself.