Originally Posted by Claghorn
I guess I was thinking about the middle ground between conservative and peacocking. Street-wear is almost too varied to say much of anything...no real standard to work off of. But something a bit more formal/composed, you are building off of the same basic element (blazer/jacket, slacks, dress shirt, and a tie) and then taking it in a direction dictated by both your personality and culture you've been immersed in.
"The man you left in New York you find again in almost impenetrable solitudes: same clothes, same attitude, same language, same habits, same pleasures." - Alexis de Tocqueville
For better or worse, much of the world has adopted the modern, Western way of dress. Not totally, of course; but largely. For the narrow band of clothing you're talking about, very little would look out of place in most parts of the world (at least the parts I've visited). So maybe in Moscow they wear pastel shirts, in London oddly patterned shirts, in NYC solid whites and blues. Perhaps in Beijing they wear more black suits than they do in Berlin. But in all these places, the coat and tie, no matter how you accessorize, is going to look fairly normal.
I have no idea about dress shorts. I can't really see that being more than a trend on the street, which is why I said this seems more relevant to the SW&D crowd. The kind of stuff MC is concerned with (the kind of thing that Roetzel, Flusser, and Manton have written about) is more or less universally acceptable (for better or worse).