Monday, June 21, 2010

Fashion Victim: WaPo Makes Bad Men's Style Joke

The Washington Post rarely writes about or features fashion for men. I think the last time was well over a year ago. So today I was almost excited that they had a slide show of "stylish menswear" for Summer. How novel! But OMG, it's so, so, SO BAD you will absolutely not believe it.

Basically, the whole thing is cribbed from male style bloggers, apparently the worst ones on the planet (certainly not The Sartorialist!). The whole thing is a paltry six items: two (!) bow ties, pleated (!!!) shorts from J. Crew, a striped boater shirt, an aggressively ordinary swimsuit, and... ugh... Sperry Topsider sneakers (pictured above). Seriously. I'm surprised they didn't go ahead and throw in a Tommy Hilfiger polo shirt. One of the contributors recommends espadrilles for men, which is totally illegal. I'm tempted to think that these bloggers are simply playing a mean trick on the Post.

But anyway, this is why people here look at me like I'm a crazy person when I wear Comme des Garçons.

13 comments:

Fran said...

The words "recommends," "espadrilles,"and "men" should never, ever be used in a sentence together. Unless they are used by you, to make mockery!

Crazy person? I've seen you - your fashion sense would be beyond most mere mortals.

Espadrilles? Men? That must be a joke!

Peteykins said...

They're flat espadrilles, but still...

This unholy footwear made a brief appearance in the early 80s, and it flopped then, too.

Fran said...

I will admit- if you promise to never tell anyone - to owning a pair that I loved in 1980. Of course, my eyeshadow pallet, my big hair and my (gulp) Famolare shoes (I owned the style by his ears, in beige) made the espadrilles pale in comparison. Wasted youth!

Juliana-Chairwoman said...

Espadrilles and men should only be in reference to the old men in the South of France that are playing Boules.

What I can't believe is they left out Seersucker.. I mean it's June for pete's sake... the annual wear of the blue stripe is de rigeur.

In fact the Senate brought the tradition back.. to be wore the third thursday of each month of the summer starting in June.

No sense of style or history.. bah

Peteykins said...

My sister Karen wore Famolare "Get Theres" with the wavy soles. So terrible.

Juliana-Chairwoman said...

I was a Jaques Cohen gal myself-circa 1980, of course I was also wearing Lily Pulizer and had grosgrain ribbin watch band...hello CT suburbs

Christopher said...

I'm so over this new preppy hipster thing. The WASP takeover of hipsterdom -- from music to fashion -- I find unbelievably depressing. No wonder disaffected rural youth take to hip hop. Who would want to be associated with a bunch of indie rockers in boat shoes?

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

bow ties??? That's the "popped collar" of the 1950's.

Lazy Media said...

Could have been worse. They could have recommended flip flops for men.

Candice said...

haha wow nice... men do need some serious help, i guess they dont know where to start? I hope it was a joke as well, or that men out there didnt take it seriously!
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Butch Pansy said...

I wore espadrilles in the early 80s as an assault on fashion. Of course, my hair was nearly shaved on one side and shoulder-length on the other, there were often several Swatch watches on my wrist.

Today I'm rocking mixed plaids, vintage straw on my balding, closely-cropped head. I just got some sock garters to wear with black socks and sandals. Now I just need a pipe and Ward Cleaver can hit the beach!

Peteykins said...

Butch Pansy, sock garters are A++++. We should totally go out on a date.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Heyyyy my name is Karen and I used to have wavy sole Famolares--are you my long lost little brother?