Originally Posted by arrogant,May 04 2005,22:21
I think that Lacoste polos have been ruined by posers, who push von dutch trucker hat as well as cheap puma shoes with disgusting diesel jeans. Lacoste used to be a respectable brand and sadly, its image has been tarnished by peasants
not that i disagree because i agree with your sentiment but out of curiosity, what are "lacoste posers"? i didnt realize that Lacoste was ever geared towards a "scene" or "subculture", say the way Fred Perry was.
"to Lacoste or not to Lacoste and if so collar up or down?" -- The Preppy Handbook I am class of '86. I lived through the preppy fad of the early 80's. Let me tell you that everyone who remotely considered themselves preppy had at least one of these Lacoste polos which were always called Izods among people I knew. Preppies had been around for decades before that, of course, but preppy fashion crossed into the mainstream around the time disco faded away. Izod sales boomed. I bought one for old time's sake several years ago off of eBay. I managed to find a New Old Stock (NOS) shirt from when the company was still Izod Lacoste. It's just like the ones I had in the early 80's. There's a long "tennis tail" in the rear. The shirt is very fitted around the torso and around the biceps. It's a body-conscious cut. I tried on a new one at a Lacoste shop recently. The fit is totally different. It's baggy and loose around the arms. I tried sizing down but the proportions were still off. The current standard model hardly resembles the original or at least 80's version. Downright bizarre if you ask me. Le Tigre was an alternative but not in a good way. They were worn only by those who could not afford an Izod or who were fashion-challenged. I can't imagine Le Tigre ever having been thought cool by anyone. After all, it was the JC Penny's clone of the real thing. So many people wore Izods that they became uncool. The rebellion started slowly, with folks removing their crocs and flipping them upside-down. What finally saved the masses from Izod was the Ralph Lauren polo. By around '86 everyone had switched to RL polos and to wear an Izod would have been an embarassment.