My condensed list: 1. The three-button, Â¾ length leather jacket. Read Details September 2001 for the best rant on this subject. It's been done to death. More New Jersey than New York. (And if you try to justify it by quoting its butter soft texture and $3000 price tag, I pity your naivete. Sorry.) 2. Black, shiny shoes, especially the chunky cheap square-toes atrocities, with jeans. If you add a sport coat and a tucked in sports shirt, it means that you take your fashion cues from members of the Romanian Mafia. Here are some alternatives that work for everyone: old school sneakers and suede or leather desert boots. 3. Tight t-shirts on muscled up dudes. The only tight t-shirts that work are vintage one, and the tight vintage t-shirt thing is supposed to be ironic. Think Weezer. You need to be skinny, potbellied, or wiry, with unkempt or wacky hair to pull this off. On the same note, everyone go throw out the viscose/sateen t-shirts and knit v-necks you use for clubbing. 4. Anything preppy: penny loafers, any loafers, non-tartan plaid shirts, linen blazers, "walking" shorts, polo shirts in primary colors, pleated khakis, anything Abercrombie and Fitch. 5. Black jeans. See number 2. 6. Goatees. See number 1.
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