The idea that there is a blueprint for style is one that I find completely preposterous. However, it’s something that many, many people believe in. There are even people who peddle “methods” for dressing well, breaking the “elements of style” down into a series of flash cards that can be put together like a puzzle to make you into your most stylish man.
I really don’t buy it.
Sure, there some basic foundational things to know, grasp and understand as if they were gospel. And there are reasons you should. But there’s no prescription for good style. And following a formula or copying someone else’s look exactly usually yields some less than great results.
Today on the podcast, I talk about the so-called “rules of style” and their merits (or lack thereof) as well as issue of snobbery, elitism and why pop radio is so repetitive.