You retain your SF fundamentals, tailored fit is paramount, and you still wear ties, but also mix up a bit more by toning it down some. You deftly combine formal with smart casual. You wear more textured jackets with no ties, or with corduroys, or sometimes even jeans. Jackets with more casual puckering placket OCBD shirts instead of only with crisp formal dress shirts. Lug soled boots, suede shoes...instead of only leather soled dress shoes. You ditch the SF-approved disco70s porn-star Mabitex pants and wear more appropriately fitting dress pants. And so forth.... You now look stylish instead of awkward and overdressed. You might even look younger. People notice your outfits because they no longer look like a corporate uniform, or worse, Bud Collins.
A poster who perfectly exemplifies the more balanced and versatile look I am describing is NOBD. (I am sure there are others, but this one comes to mind) Dressed sharp, but not overdressed. He does not look like an office worker drone. He doesn't look like Pee Wee Herman. Instead, his outfits perfectly balance the fine line between going to the office and going on a date to a swanky lounge. The look works equally well in both situations. That is the most natural look one can hope to achieve.
Have you done this? Renounced MC/CBD in favor of toned down a little more "sharp casual" ?
Please post more examples of the look I am describing.
Edited by Reevolving - 12/13/12 at 3:47pm