A bit of thread-drift, I suppose.
But I think I understand your dilemma-- aesthetics always seem to weigh in on me (slight BPL pun), even in the backcountry. Craig Wisner recently posted a thread about simple, aesthetically-pleasing gear. Super efficient; Super simple; Super classy-- all three are characterisitcs that I love. I keep looking back at this photo from a Chouinard Equipment catalogue and thinking, "Man, that just looks classy"
Probably: sil-nylon pyramid, wool hat/sweater/trousers, and leather mocs.
Simple shelter, simple clothes, simple style. Why not?
For me it comes down to a simple question of motive: simplicity or self-gratification?
--Sounds like a good blog post to me!