I can see where you are coming from. But I think FC's version of "city" is a bit outdated and comes more from a North Amercan perspective. Yes, it is historically the case that city = solid/stripe dark suit + solid light shirt. But I think the striped and checked shirts and bolder tie combinations that are part of the City of London look really now an acceptable version of "city" in my mind. I think we take our cues more from London and that whole look spread here from returning ex-pats (eg the founders of Herringbone). The Yanks are more conservative. I don't see a lot of checked suits, but I concede they are not that rare either. For higher order dressing, I thought the ideas in the thread were interesting and explained why certain combinations just don't work - especcially at the extremes -and others require caution. Maybe it is his concept of 'beginners' which bothers me. I think what he defines as beginners are really "intermediates", even "advanced intermediates".