Steve B., Yes, yes, I'm actually a big fan of tailored clothing from the traditional houses like Kiton and Isaia. On the other hand, Gucci and Helmut Lang just seem more apropos for the younger, faster scene - clubs and the like. And I am most comfortable trolling around the Haight-Ashbury or Santa Monica in jeans and sneakers. I guess we've just got to dress as the occasion demands. If you don't feel comfortable in a Brioni suit, dinner at Cirque might not be your thing. If you don't like sneakers and jeans, you might not like Venice Beach so much. If you don't like oversized parachute pants with one leg rolled up, sideways baseball caps, and tank shirts, you might want to reconsider why you're at the rave. As for the window-pane, chalkstripe combination, it's not easy; but when it works, it would be terrific. The secret is to have the colors slightly mismatching and to have the spacing and the width of the stripes considerably different. Of course, 9 time out of 10 guys will look like Bozo the clown. The trick is to be the elegant 10th man... or the discernment to know that you're not him. BTW, thanks for the compliment.