Originally Posted by unbelragazzo
I know this is the prevailing view, but I think in practice it's not right, at least much of the time. I feel like I've been over this before in other threads, but to rehash...if this is so, then isn't a tuxedo a perfect time to wear bright red socks, or a bright red pocket square? The answer is no because 1) those things shouldn't exist period 2) the fact that everything else is so sedate makes the wacky thing stand out more, not less. If you have strong spice in a dish, you don't mitigate by making everything else bland. You balance it with other flavors that are just as strong.
I think the Vogue author would take answer 1), as would I. A bright red pocket square would stand out too much, instead of "blending in with the general color scheme," unless one is wearing a Santa suit.
The guideline of not overdoing or piling on embellishments is one condition of dressing well, but not the only condition. The clothes also have to fit and be coherent on the city/country spectrum (a problem with the bright red pocket square with formal black tie). Similarly, not being overspiced is necessary to good cooking, but not sufficient on its own (the food also has to be fresh, not overcooked).