Originally Posted by Holdfast
Interesting thread idea. Don't know if it will thrive, but I'll throw out a thought I originally had in the peacock thread that didn't really fit in there, and isn't really enough of a topic for a whole thread:
- Men have traditionally preferred to build an interchangeable wardrobe of pieces that permit an easy range of always-appropriate, more-or-less conservative looks
- Women have traditionally preferred to build a wardrobe of outfits, able to adapt to changing moods or particular events.
The traditional male approach can still work perfectly well for men today. But because there's less of an official or widely-accepted dress standard, it's possible for men to have fun with the feminine approach too. Because it's more mood-specific, it can allow for a tighter match between event/intent and appearance. The concept/dominance of a traditional masculine wardrobe has faded partly because there's simply less need for that kind of easy interchangeability and more scope for an outfit(?fashion)-based approach.
It's kindof a balance.
I think i'd never be happy just picking up the staple items, but on the other hand I need some items to glue everything together. Things like grey pants. Plain toe derbies. etc.
That said, when I buy things I do think of specific outfits to wear them with, and then I'm often pleasantly surprised when they work in other outfits that I hadn't had in mind.
Originally Posted by Parker
for me it's a matter of design harmony from garment to garment. I have a pretty broad range of styles ('classic' to designer to casual basic) in my wardobe so I can't simply pick any jacket and know it will work with any pant. but within each "group" I guess there are sort of de facto "outfits".. combinations I know work together so I'll repeat them.
Would I be correct in staying you stick to a fairly narrow colour palette?
I think that helps.Edited by hendrix - 8/5/12 at 11:10pm