- Feb 9, 2020
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men of a certain age can find casual wear confusing at best, intimidating at worst. This is particularly true with denim.There are a few who swing both ways... as someone who was very much a CM guy in the past but has found asylum in SW&D, I think there are two main reasons for your insightful observation:
1. Getting SW&D right is much harder, because there's a great deal more complexity and fewer clear rules. However, the rules are much clearer in CM, and you can dress really well in a CM idiom just by following those rules*. And once you've internalized them, there's not so much to think about. Whereas that's never the case in SW&D. So maybe people who dress really well on the SW&D side are used to thinking a bit more about a wider range of style issues and are therefore (potentially) more adaptable.
2. The curse of 'smart casual' - very simply, that's the swamp in which too many CM guys are still stuck when they try to do SW&D.
*This doesn't apply to the very best dressed people in CM of course: in this thread, @Andy57 being an obvious example.
Do I wear my shirt in or out?
Do I wear sneakers or loafers?
Do I turn the cuffs up or button them?