StanleyVanBuren vs Tirailleur1 - Fit Battle 3/7/13
Poll Results: Who wins?
Malford, I think they're just a random bit of fun; at least that's how I view them.
I really like both outfits here, from two guys that enjoy colour & playing around with it aggressively, within a sober form, although T is more restrained in this particular pic. But usually, these guys are often like those brightly coloured Warhol silkscreens of normal portrait photos, if you know what I mean. For me, T's outfit meshes better together this time round.
But as I said in WAYWRN thread, SvB's is personally inspiring as I recently got a similar-coloured pair of cords and am experimenting with different palettes to use with it. I wouldn't have thought of purple before. I still think his block of purple is too strong for me, and so I'd prefer a patterned tie to soften it, but it's going to get me thinking about a new set of colours together and I like that a lot.
Good stuff from both of you.
What I like about that outfit is precisely the expert way in which he balances the garish tie (which would look awful in isolation) with equally garish pants (ditto), thus creating a harmonious whole. I also like the way the greyness of the sport coat acts as a neutral medium -- a "bridge," if you will -- between the purple and the yellow. Navy wouldn't fill that function nearly as well. My sole issue with this combination is that I think the sport coat looks a bit nappy, which jars decidedly with the summery spirit of the other pieces.
As for looking like he's trying too hard. Well, yes, you don't exactly fly under the radar with an outfit like this, but if you're in the creative industry, and you're a chill guy with some self-distance, I think this look is fine.