Considering that I mostly mix my two main subcultures (metalhead and dieselpunk) I tend to dress black; obviously, wearing black suit and fedora often make people think I'm a jew. Sometimes they take me for some other kind of foreigner and start speaking to me very slowly so that I can understand...
The leather greatcoat often triggers the "hey, Neo" reaction; sometimes they think I'm a priest until they notice I have no collar.
I dorpped the military stile in the last years of high school, but that was the one that got more reactions, as everybody knew I was the "weird, fascist guy" of the lot. Now I wear that kind of stuff only in Metal festivals, the main reason being that I'm a civilian and I don't want to appear as something I'm not.
Positive reactions are few and far between, often it seems that people like my style, but they would never dress like that.
I went Christmas shopping yesterday, what some stores call "Father's Day" because most men like me don't shop until the last moment, and I had several positive comments.I was dressed in full suit with bright red tie (for Christmas, of course), black fedora and long black winter dress coat. One young man walking by said, "Hey, big spender." I saw several people do a double takes.
Something did strike me was that I was the only one there at the entire mall not dressed in blue jeans and sweatshirts. Nearest thing to a hat was a ball cap.
Today when my wife and I were out at the bookstore, not Christmas shopping just looking for ourselves, I did have a compliment on my winter coat.
Something shocked me at my uncle's funeral today. I was the only one wearing a hat. Of course not in the church but not even at the grave site. Only one woman other than my wife and daughter wore hats. Plus, it surprised me how few people wore all black, or any black at all. The three of us of course were in black.
After the funeral of my uncle I took my wife out to dinner and then a movie. I figured she deserved something special after taking care of me all day. So we were both dressed in full dieselpunk. Me in my favorite all black, including my fedora, except for a splash of purple for my tie and the silver of my pocket watch chain. She was in a black dress, white hat with a black ribbon, and a purple shawl. People would come up to us while eating and compliment us. We stopped briefly at a Target before the movie and got random compliments there as well. Same thing happened at the theater.
I have a story to tell... I almost forgot!
I was browsing in a thrift store back in October, when I accidentally dropped one of my leather gloves out of my pocket.
One of the workers found my glove and returned it to me, and said, "I found this on the ground and you look like someone who'd wear leather gloves. Is it yours?"
Last week I wore a military shirt (that belonged to my stepfather in the 80's) to school, with some epaulette rank indications of a First Lieutenant. During French I got a lot of positive reactions, from girls as well. As the shirt is over thirty years old, one of them jokingly said I ought to donate it to a museum instead of wearing it to school.. My history teacher and one of the janitors seemed to like it as well, as they had been in conscription around the same time.
Also, I recently got a leather PME Legend pilot's coat, with detachable fur collar and everything. A friend of mine said she liked the feel of it, I just hope she'll manage to not touch me all the time!