This year, I hate: 1 (Like No Other) shirts. Embroidered and striped shirts are sort of done anyway. But you know that your company sucks when each of your shirts are supposedly unique, but the same shirt is available in all sizes even when sale time comes along. Moral of the story is that men want to look unique, not uniquely stupid. 7-Diamonds shirts - Like the above, just crappier materials and a generally overly body conscious cut. Good for fratboys and American Jackasses in general. It's nice to see their reactions when they inadvertently take their party to a gay bar, and get hit on because they are wearing such a fab shirt. Earl Jeans - why does this label still exist? The cuts are pedestrian, the washes supremely uninspired and often even a little cheap looking, and they manage to command the same prices as much better brands like Paper Denim, Levis Premium, and True Religion. Boutique jean companies in general. Hudson Jeans, I-jeans (to be fair, they've been around a little longer), Chip and Pepper, etc... There is a proliferation of jeanswear companies with no really new ideas and are not doing any better than the originals like Paper Denim, Frankie B. and Seven (although the latter line has been languishing creatively in the last while. And Frankie B. seems content being in the middle of the pack.) I like the new Wranglers for offering something new (completely clean washes, not unlike A.P.C.) and I am curious about Earnest Sewn (Paper Denim's latest venture), and Loomstate (Rogan's sister line), but I think I'll stick mostly to my tried and true Paper Denims, A.P.C., and Levis. The blazers with jeans look becoming ubiquitous. Okay, I admit it, I have one - the one by Built by Wendy's Wrangler 47. But everyone and their dog, from Capital Tailor to Paper Denim (okay, a pretty cool one) to James Perse to Rogan (okay, they have a pretty cool one too) to Holland Tailor to Nike are making blazers. Enough already. They are rather more limited in their usage than say, a cafÃ© racer or a military jacket, and the guys who can pull them off are farther and fewer in between. And matching the rest of the outfit so that it looks right is not an easy task. I say err on the side of the casual - an unbuttoned or partially buttoned twill shirt or a tshirt or a hooded sweatshirt or sweater on top, sneakers or really casual chukkas on the bottom. If you pair the blazer with a striped or solid poplin shirt, tucked in, with shiny leather shoes, you are... an All American Jackass. Congratulations. Loafers (penny and otherwise), deck or boat shoes, and carshoes. No. It was a terrible look in the 80's, (my secret shame, I had a blue, a grey, and a brown pair back in the day), and it is still a bad look today. The low vamps combined with the low heel combine to make the manliest man look like Paul Reubens. Not cool, and a little creepy. Overly appliquÃ©d or patchworked sweatshirts, sweaters, etc.. DIY should really be DIY. It's a hard thing to fake without looking really fake. Please feel free to disagree or add to the list.
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9/23/04 at 4:26pm