It's funny that academics are thought of as being so badly dressed. I went to the USA's most eccentric slightly brandname U., and some professors were quite dapper. Their dress ran the gambit from bespoke to streetwear, and in both categories it could be pleasing. There was one professor who alternated between Armani suits, green velvet jackets, and very soft-looking leather jackets. Another fellow's whose look was suits with various bright-colored turtlenecks. The late author of a somewhat notorious bestseller wore $5000 Lanvin blazers and bespoke suits. One spring, I had a prof. who always looked fabulous in linen pants, leather sandles, and various baby blue and pink shirts, etc. His wife is Italian. On the other end of the spectrum was a slightly younger "dude" who wore tight bellbottoms, dior homme - type sleeveless tops, cord blazers and various big-collared vintage shirts and sometimes a cowboy hat. There was a whole crowd of more boring dressers, but they certainly didn't look like the messy kooks described here. Polo shirts, blazers, and khakis were the getup for most. Blah - but acceptable. I should add that my father is a prof. and he usually wears a bowtie, and suit or blazer. On more casual occasions, it's harris tweed and a turtleneck. Not brandnames or anything, but he does his best. Of course I didn't take much science and my father is a historian. I say that with immense respect. A good friend of mine is a physics professor from Japan who dresses quite awfully. He is brilliant. From the fragment of his theories that I can comprehend, it seems like he will be the next Edison. I mean, fashion atrocities can be entertaining as well. There is a certain appealing style to the nerdy scruffiness of these people.