Originally Posted by rach2jlc
edit; FlyingMonkey posted while I was writing, but I rather strongly disagree. BUT, like so many discussions on the forum, whether it be politics, fashion, the fifty "greatest" menswear brands, etc. we all may use the same words/terms, but have completely different ideas in mind for what they actually mean. I see at last two different, incompatible meanings:
(1) Good fashion is specifically about the garment: a certain proportion between the clothes and the body of the man, a certain combination of colors, textures, and quality of production that are more or less universal/categorical. In this way, a 3'5 man from California and a 7'2 man from China wearing the same garment, though "bespoke" from Gieves & Hawkes, are both said to look "superb," given that the connection between their proportions and the fit, etc. of the garment are "perfect" for them.
(2) Good fashion is about the wearer, who he is, where he's from, what his circumstances demand, and the kind of life he leads. In this way, Yohji Yamamoto wearing his own looks, and Vox wearing one of his bespoke items, both look "excellent" even though the styles are nothing at all alike. Switch the looks and Yohji looks comical and Vox looks like he's wearing a completely ill-fitting jacket. As well, the attitude/personality of the man plays a part in (2) Thus, Bernie Madof wearing perfect clothes looks less "good" as an overall effect than, say, SoCal happily wearing one of his Pirate Skirts.
For me, fashion is all about (2). Even though Spiffy's choices are not mine, I actually don't think he looks bad in them, and think they've gotten better over time. This latest batch, as an overall effect, shows a man with a nice life, comfortable in his skin, confident, and who has found a style that works for him and his circumstances.
On the other hand, I couldn't care less about (1): I've seen dozens of threads and hundreds of photos over the years of men look absolutely miserable in $$$, exquisitely constructed clothes. There isn't any enjoyment there, but instead an almost fetishistic sense of obsession with the mechanics of a garment. The items "fit" them perfectly, of course, are made of the finest materials, and cost more than my first car... and yet they look like boys playing "Dress up." No confidence, no comfort, just... well... fetish.
Those only interested in the clothing themselves (1), divorced from the person wearing it, obviously post how great the latter person looks; actually, they're not saying how "good" the man looks... because he looks awful... it's how nice his suit looks.
They'll also be the ones who will say how "awful" Spiffy looks. But, to be honest, to everybody but a very, very, very small minority (even on this forum), people perceive a lot more in the first glance than what kind of horn your buttonholes are made from. And, when doing that, Spiffy's looks overall give a greater sense of a confident, satisfied man than a lot of the posturing and preening that goes on here.
So, Spiffy, keep doing what you're doing, though be open to new things (and, as you said, your style is evolving).
*That being said... girlfriend... we have GOT to work on your shoes.