And THIS is my point - sometimes it's just plain and simple PERSONAL OPINION that influences our choices. There is absolutely nothing wrong about having a personal opinion and style. As a matter of fact it's a good thing "in my personal opinion" Do bear in mind however, that others will always disagree - for instance, as I've already stated - I think almost every shoe Allen Edmonds makes is totally fugly - I'm aware that it's just my opinion - I'm not telling people not to wear them. What I am suggesting is that no matter what your choices are there will always be a huge group of people who think otherwise. There aren't really so many 'right and wrong' choices in fashion - but there is a lot of personal preference - which is LARGELY formed by what we are exposed to in our daily lives. So why not have the courage to develop your own personal style somewhere within the range of accepted norms - or perhaps a little outside of it even. What I am attempting to bring forth in this conversation is exactly this - an understanding that while there are classic, safe, choices that will more or less withstand the test of time, and yes I think it's a wise choice to build a wardrobe around them, I also think it's a tremendously interesting, creative and self expressive act to ALSO respond to your own inclinations and 'current' styles by floating through your wardrobe elements that are 'of the moment'. It's a way of communicating to the world that you are 'in touch' with what's going on around you. If we all subscribe to the exact same style we will all look alike and I for one hate that thought. For me there are times when I dress absolutely 100% to conform to the precise expected norm (client presentations, job interviews, funerals, weddings, formal events) because in my opinion the social expectations for these sorts of things is more important to me than expressing my personal sense of style. Day to day work wardrobe - well I think it's good to fit in - sure but I also feel a need to be an individual - even if this means accepting the fact that some won't agree. Social occasions - well pretty much it's everything from soup to nuts - depending completely on the venue. It's all just a symbology for how we choose to fit into the world - I'm only saying don't be a lemming - make your own well informed choices. Because that is where the power of style really lies.