Im starting this as a new thread but it could just have easily been expanded in to the points of a few of the existing topics here .. 'pants in boots for one' .. 'Authenticity according to whom' .. for another .. and a few others besides.
We all know and pretty much agree I think what is right .. period correct, and what is wrong .. Hollywood etc. but in accepting certain facts as being historicaly correct, do we wear and/or use equipment simply because we know it to be right and because we are expected to wear/use it in a certain way .. or do we apply personal interpretation, or to use another phrase I like to use .. first person interpretation !
What I mean by first person interpretation is this ... what would the person you are today, your character, your personal feelings have led you to do back then .. would, or do you wear your clothes in a certain way because it is expected of you within the confines of the hobby, or do you wear what you know to be period correct the way you want to ??
Take the pants in boots issue for example .. both ways we know are acceptable but I wonder if some wear them tucked in because they are told to, are expected to, or simply because they want to .. and the same applies to other period correct items and equipment.
Do many of us I wonder apply personal preferences in our period correct dress and appearance ... or do we just follow the herd .. ??