Thanks! That's quite a compliment. I think if you knew me beyond SF you'd at least get why I wear things like this, though why I post them might still be a different story.
it was meant to be. you have demonstrated this often
I agree with most of what you wrote but you also walk right into what I think is one of the main problems: there are no fixed principles of dress. Some people here write comments like they were dishing out scientific truths, where there are no such truths to be had. What we have (at best) is experience which can lead to good advice. It is also good to have someone from outside who can notice things you don't notice yourself. That kind of advice is the reason I post. But that's as far as it goes. Someone telling me that a certain look doesn't really work and who also can back that up with a few good arguments and observations, that's really valuable. Someone saying that you are plain wrong in doing a certain thing, that's neither helpful nor true. Just by reading posts in this forum for a couple of months I have already noticed that there are fundamentally different views on fit, especially between the americans and the europeans on this forum. That's a question of taste, tradition and fashion, not subject to any fixed principles.
I also think we should be careful to assume that people who are new to this forum are necessarily new to menswear. I'm not saying that is what you write, but from some of the comments in this forum I would certainly draw that conclusion.
Sacrilege. Also wrong. DT I can think of dozens of principles off the cuff, and there are literally hundreds if not thousands of 'rules' or cultural conventions. So objective judgement is possible, and necessary imo. Nothing is more pernicious than ' Well I like it, and that's just your opinion'.