Originally Posted by Fuuma
The logic behind the versatility argument I often see presented here and elsewhere (like in mags) is strangely theoretical and not at all grounded in the specifics of one's wardrobe and style. It is absurd to look at a garment (say a grey blazer) and wonder what pants, out of all the pants that possibly exist, can be combined with it. All you need to do is take a look at your wardrobe, style and buying habits and you'll know if you can integrate a grey blazer. I mean if something goes well with black jeans (say a dinner jacket) then it is extremely versatile in Fuuma's wardrobe because I wear black jeans maybe 9 times out of 10. If you were to adopt the way most style mags or whatever see versatility you would never see if something works for you or not, only that if you were given a wardrobe made from random pairs of pants you'd do better with a navy than a grey blazer; surely a fascinating theoretical exercise (or not) but not very useful for a specific person.
I want to expand on this. A lot of what is not taken into account in the CM "rules" are the effect of accessories. If anyone tells you you just need a brown belt and a black belt, you can be sure that that person either 1) Doesn't wear belts often, or 2) Is a philistine. Same goes with shoes. Changing accessories can change the entire complexion of an outfit, and whether, say, a particular top goes with particular trousers, because the belt acts as the transition between the two, particularly if you are working with a complex color, like most indigo dyes, or a top or a pair of trousers with multiple colors. Your belt, and shoes, and bracelets, and whatever, can bring out the blues, or the reds, or the greens, or the greys, or the browns, in a pair of indigo jeans (black jeans are relatively simple, by comparison - they usually just have green or red tones). So, an army green sweater which has grey in it would look silly with the same pair of jeans if you wear a warm brown belt, but if you where a black toned brown belt, or a grey belt, the sweater and the jeans could look very good together. This stull is actually more important in person than, say, for a photoshoot, where colors are not all accurately represented anyway. Electric blue can easily appear to be powder blue, using the same lens, depending on all of your other settings.