Originally Posted by socrates
Do you really think that there will be a huge difference in the ratings? I do not.
I agree. But only because average person has only the vaguest interest and understanding of SC minutiae.
But the blazerized orphan in question, by virtue of its hard-worsted shine, is a tough one to dress down. Jeans are not simply jeans. From what I can tell, most posters on this side of the SF pond have either no inclination to wear jeans with a SC, or will choose jeans that are verging on nu-Dadcore (no break / stacking, very little distressing, straight leg). While I don't think this is horrible, it does seem excessively conservative to me, especially when paired with polished shoes and a shiny tie. Even worse is the tieless, stiff collar dress shirt. The OP's jeans, with their weird dark wash and light but fake distressing are pretty bad, from what I can see. Sorry.
I won't hesitate to wear jeans with a SC, but they'll be pretty beat up. Plain sneakers down below more often than not, but sometimes I'll wear Clark's Wallabees just for that history prof vibe. Patterned shirts with texture, soft collar. Grenadine or wool tie sometimes. Embroidered linen, or a bandanna in the pocket. Sue me. I'll wear flecktarn BDUs with a Harris tweed jacket, but only at Pitti.
All of the above I feel I can pull off with a couple of suit jackets of mine, specifically a striped grey peak-lapel flannel, and a light grey POW with blue/brown check notch lapel. I have a navy peak DB with brown buttons in a brushed twill that seems a likely candidate, but probably not with jeans. Grey or burgundy flannel trousers, perhaps.
But I don't think I'd even try with an orphaned blue worsted jacket. It seems a shame to toss out a perfectly good suit jacket, but pairing that specific one not so simple as having it pinch hit for a proper SC. The medium blue is problematic with jeans. Tan jeans do not solve this, but chinos or cords juuuust might. I think it could work reasonably well with light-to-medium grey trousers, brown or oxblood calf shoos, and some kind of conservative shirt and tie. For whatever reason, brown or navy worsted trousers push it into #mensfashunz territory, which is not a bad thing if you have the chops to wear an unmatched suit. Check SWD darlings Frank Leder or Stephan Schneider for inspiration. Don't ask me about tan pants.