Greetings. I shall confess that my first foray into the land of image and style consciousness was led by Scott Schuman, AKA The Sartorialist. Found his blog about 7 years ago... maybe longer? In any case, it was in retrospect a good primer on the menswear spectrum. Scott's images range from the painfully mundane (Wow! Can you see how the last stitch on the inside of this leather belt is matching the heel of his socks? Do I spot a trend?) to those which capture a sartorial flair that is truly inspiring. And indeed, such images are more than common enough to warrant the blog's place in menswear and fashion in general. As each year passes though, I find it both odd and increasingly tiresome that garments, people, and looks which are plainly ugly are lauded by Schuman and his commentators. Take this for example: http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/on-the-street-st-marks-place-new-york/ Seriously. What IS that??? And make no mistake about it, look through the comments. Sure there are those who are as bewildered as I am, but most of them eat this up. This isn't just Scott's problem. It is endemic to so many style and fashion blogs. That which is ugly is praised. This is one of the reasons my discovery of styleforum was so refreshing. I have thus far found little of evidence of this kind of chicanery and willful desire for ugliness around these here parts. If something is ugly or weird, y'all call it out. So what is it about Scott and other style bloggers and enthusiasts that drive them to such nonsense? This is going to open up a whole great big whopping can of meal worms... but I generally find that more conservative and successful men adhere to sartorial standards more in line with styleforum users than.... well, whatever standard that is in the picture linked above. Not to say that politics is the cause for such standards. Rather, is it that the same qualities that make one more conservative or monetarily successful also make one less likely to wear makeup and a man bun? Your opinions in 5,4,3,2... Maximum Warp!