The American Jackass

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by esvoboda, May 18, 2005.

  1. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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    I've seen many references here to the American Jackass. I'm trying to understand what exactly this look is so I can avoid it. From what I gather, the definitive look is to wear an untucked striped dress shirt with jeans and clunky black shoes. Is that it? If you wear proper shoes for jeans, are you still a jackass? Do you need to go a step futher and avoid the striped dress shirt altogether in favor of a different pattern or a plain shirt? I remember about three years ago walking into a Ted Baker boutique and seeing several untucked boldly striped dress shirts paired with jeans. I knew many English like to wear bold stripes with their suits so I thought wearing these shirts untucked with jeans was a nice evolution of that. I noticed that the Ted Baker shirts had shorter tails so they looked better with jeans than the normal dress variety. I picked up a couple. Over the next several weeks I received a number of compliments. Later, I heard about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy [I don't own a TV] and "metrosexuals". I learned that the "stripey" was part of that look. Ack, I realized I was part of a trend. Now I hear this is called the American Jackass look. I had been doing the stripey and jeans combination about once every other week. I was getting a little tired of it. When I heard this term, I dropped the stripey's cold turkey. [​IMG] So, no striped shirts with jeans? Help me out here. [​IMG]
     


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    briancl Senior member

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    you can do whatever you want with or without a stripey, but i think the look doesn't really define 'american jackass' as much as the person sporting it. its attitude as well as attire.
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Someone find that link for esvoboda, pronto. I'd like to read it too.
     


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    Yes, I love it. That, my friends, is the American Jackass.
     


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    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Does anyone have a link to the original GQ article that coined the phrase?
     


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    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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    LMAO. A picture says a thousand words, doesn't it? No worries, that's not me and I'm going to stay as far away from that as I can. I've always called those guys "assholes". I guess it's just a minor dialect difference. Thanks. [​IMG]
     


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