I was very glad to have found styleforum last year to explore my interest in menswear and to feel connected to a community. So I just wanted to start a thread that offers a place to anyone who has a difference voice related to menswear and wants to share.
To kick off, I find how the site's organizing posts under classic menswear and streetwear overlapping, outdated and inconvenient.
What makes classic is the enduring quality of the style. An A-1 flight jacket, Levi's 501, a reinvented Aspesi blazer made of a high-tech material are both classic and street style. As streetwear elements have become more mainstream and integrated into more traditionally considered classic brands, the current categorization is easy to cause confusion as items and collections may be considered classic by some but streetwear by others. Using just finished FW16 show as an example, I consider Lemaire, Marni, Wooyoungmi, Lucio Vanotti, and Bottega, just to name a few, all classic collections with a heavy streetwear influence.
By browsing the threads I also noticed the current categorization is polarizing members into views of traditional vs. unconventional, old-fashioned vs. creative, resulting in each group developing a vision that's homogenous and static, rather than diverse and dynamically evolving.
Categorization is necessary for ease of use and creating a sense of style identity, so I wonder if I can get any consent from other members to suggest using category names like traditional style and contemporary style, or suit and tie, smart casual, and casual, etc.