Originally Posted by F. Corbera Comparison #1: 03.22.12
I think this is going to be like comparing Japanese calligraphy and ballet. Which is better and why? My understanding from Whodini, who is one of the few posters who has ventured over the wall, is that MC and SW&D have almost completely different aesthetics and analytical approaches. But anyway, in the spirit of Vox's experiment, I will post my thoughts here instead of in MC.
I think I kind of get why Vox chose these two. For one thing, they employ a similar palette to very different effect. But if you posted Ivwri's outfit in MC, you would get a bunch of detailed analysis of details. For example, there would be a long discussion about his shoes (which I think are a weak point), whether his pants were long enough and his decision not to wear socks. Some people would probably argue about whether his velcro straps should be narrower, or maybe wider -- that would be a pretty explosive topic, could go on for pages.
My understanding is that this kind of hyper nitpicking doesn't really work over here. But it's really the heart and soul of MC. I think it's both a good thing and a bad thing. For one thing, tailored clothing allows you to obsess about a lot more details than you can with SW&D stuff. A tailor once told me about a guy who insisted on having his pants taken in 1/8 of an inch. And having an understanding of these details can really improve your critical eye. Plus, being a hobby, this kind of arcane knowledge is sort of fun. "Look at that guy over there! His sleeve pitch is off!" But it can also turn you into an anal retentive jerk who needs to up his OCD meds.