I think it is anything goes, because the sphere on influence is so wide. For me personally, casual men's style surrounds Ivy and 50's - 60's Europe, I've become interested in smart men's wear from about 1910 to now especially US, Britain and Italy, as every decade, and country has it's appeal, so I can't begin to say what is best like I can with casual clothes.
For me the principles of form, colour, and style are always at the forefront of clothing. Dressing to excess or to a minimal style still has those rules. When I dress like above it's an over exaggeration, it's me exploring the limits, it's not what I would wear daily. I'm trying to learn from my mistakes, to dress wildly, is fun but will quickly make you look silly, to dress with style and restraint is timeless. To dress conservatively is dull. But you can dip your toe in all three as your mood suggests. And if you can understand what makes each method tick you can begin to break down the barriers between them.
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I cant see on my screen if that shirt is purple? What's that in your welt pocket?
It's amazing, I just picked up some button down oxfords. I got a light blue striped one that looks like every oxford shirt since the first ones were made. I got it specifically not to be a show boat all the time and fit in with a generic shirt. Now, I think, Im probably never going to wear it because it looks too normal and anonymous.
Aye, the shirt is a purple stripe, the PS is one I made from a yard of tana-lawn cotton that had a print of old French shop signs on it. Because it has a few different colours on it, you can kind of fold it to show the colours you want for the colourway of your outfit. Really the whole purpose was to try and add some colour to this PZ jacket I got, which wasn't really to my taste but I took it as payment because I liked the fit, more than the fabric, I don't normally like using a lot of black in my clothes.
It's inoffensive; the jacket, the shirt. I would use a much bolder shirt. I might prefer using a shirt made from the pocket square fabric with a pair of jeans. It depends where you are headed. I am usually headed for a bar or restaurant.
That is a very drab tie. So drab, I didn't even notice it at first. The PS calls all my attention. My impression of the wearer would be that he wanted one bold accessory, the jacket and then went about offsetting its impact with toned down accessories, except for the PS, which is distracting.
Yeah I think your right in many ways, the rest of the outfit looks like it could just take a white PS, and it'd be quite low key. But like I said it was the colours I was interested in, and it just so happened these were the clothes I had that would give me those colours, it's a pretty tough mountain to climb, and an expensive one. But you gotta try these things and get feed back.
Maybe it'd have been better to get a tie in the colours of the PS, and then use that strong pinky Magenta just in the PS. The grey of the tie is sitting to close to the black of the jacket. And then the greeny/yellow is working as the contrasting colour which is drawing out the PS from everything else. Hmmm, I will ponder on this. Cheers FNB.