WAYWRN: Classic Menswear, Casual Style - Page 942
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To be fair, despite the perennially chippy & abrasive attitude that does him few favours in terms of likeability or credibility, Reevolving is correct that many of the looks SF like will generally only play well either in cosmopolitan towns/cities where personal expression is appreciated by at least a significant subset of the population, or otherwise be in places/professions where there are substantial reservoirs of wealth & tradition such that older dress styles persist. You can see this dual (and sometimes overlapping) trend evident in the range of locations and professions of many SF members.
If someone lives or works in either a culturally narrower or else more casual sort of place, wearing many SF CM looks would make you stick out like a sore thumb. IMO, that would would be true regardless of whether it was a "tasteful" SF look or one of the more flashy ones; both are very distinctively different to what the average person wears these days. That doesn't mean they can't be pulled off; over time, people will recognise the man rather than the clothes. But it would be eye-catchingly different in many places. Dressing like everyone else, even if that meant apeing mall looks, would be the safer - and arguably more sensible - option in those circumstances (or move somewhere else, or do a job that permits more variation from the norm, etc). Age also matters; it's much harder for a kid just out of university to dress in SF CM style than someone in their 30s, 40s, etc, simply because culturally, SF CM is an older dress style (even when done in a modern way). Also, younger people tend to be concerned about what the average person on the street thinks of them, whereas once you're more estabilished you tend to indulge your personal interests & foibles more and when you do care about what others think, it's about what those close to you feel, not some stranger.
This is why I conceptualise it as a hobby done for personal enjoyment & interest (analogous to your cosplay example, I suppose) rather than some vague attempt to look cool. It's much more honest that way, I think, and liberating. Provided you remain aware of the limits (esp. in terms of the effect of your clothes on those you work with, if that's relevant to your lifestyle), then it's as harmless - and fun - as any other hobby. That's also why I feel that the points I made earlier about location/age/profession are important, as they determine the degrees of freedom you can easily exercise around indulging the hobby.
If it's not appropriate to wear business formal or even business casual where you work, then don't. But if it *is* appropriate, and I would wager that it is for the large majority of this forum, then claiming that CBD makes you look like a "used car salesman" or "pee wee herman" is just ignorant.
By the way, I still have some BR and JCrew from more than a decade ago. Not bulletproof but they certainly didnt disintegrate as fast as claimed. Inconsistent sizing could be fixed by actually trying them on.
The point about sizing might more accurately be described as a problem with proportions. That's a legitimate criticism.
I think this is the worst of the 4.
The grey jacket and khakis just looks like a terrible clash of levels of formality.
Maybe it works, I don't know. I just feel unsettled when I see that pairing above.
I think it is very very hard to pair light grey odd jacket.
In fact, I am not sure I can recall a single example in WAYWRN that did it right.
I have a light grey coat that I don't think I have ever actually worn.
The only think I can think that works is jeans.
The first photo in that post was hands down the best real world attempt at sharp casual.
That outfit would get a lot of compliments from women in their 20s through 40s.