The spark of cognitive dissonance comes from two ideas bashing against each other, like smoking cigs to avoid obesity, or enjoying a pleasant chat with someone who's repeatedly punching you in the face. Get strikingly discordant clothes from Band of Outsiders.
From the new school purveyors of old school preppy charm, B of O's just released holiday collection fleshes out traditional pieces with unusual color choices and uniquely textured materials like silk, velvet, and raccoon fur -- like mink, if mink lived on a diet of chicken bones and last month's XXL Magazine. Highlights start classy casual with criss-crossed dark tartan zip hoodies, "overdyed" oxford cloth shirts with pique bib and piping, and two-stripe silk jacquard baseball jackets, perfect for a gala opening showcasing the work of Tom Brunansky. Other choice picks include a black, three-button cashmere topcoat with raccoon fur collar, and a handmade mustard-gold cotton velvet three piece suit and bow tie combo -- rock that, and watch in amazement as your ringtone auto-defaults to "Big Pimpin".
More traditional pieces include wool pique suits, handmade silk ties, Sea Island cotton pique shirts, cashmere scarves, and decidedly classy silk tartan or jacquard dinner jackets, leaving the only cognitive dissonance the sight of you in one.