Originally Posted by jpeirpont
Correctness? I disagree. I think they are against anything that may seem superior to potential members.
So they keep the chat as egalitarian as possible and focused on somewhat easily attainable clothes. I think the rise of Cruiser exemplifies that perfectly.
This is an interesting point. It just seems so ruthlessly practical these days, without much passion for the clothes themselves. Buy a blazer, because everyone should have a blazer, but don't spend too much. Any blazer, doesn't matter, because then you'll have a blazer. Try Jos. A. Bank. That's fine for folks on a budget, but now it seems there's a presumption that everyone, regardless of situation, would be better off that way. I'm as value-oriented as anyone on these boards, but even I find it odd to have a clothing forum that tries to talk people into buying lesser-quality clothing.
Not long ago, some posters were horrified by the very mention of "shoe porn," yet that's exactly what the place needs -- enthusiasm for the clothes, rather than a dull sense of gentlemanly obligation. It's revealing, I think, that photos are almost never posted there, at least in the men's clothing forum. Here, every day is Christmas morning for someone.
I give the Trads this: At least most of 'em are into being Trads, rather than simply getting up and donning shirt and tie just because they feel they ought to.