Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Guardian: Loose Oxford shirts and short-shorts – why Call Me By Your Name is this season's menswear inspiration​


A link to this Guardian article was left as a comment (by Mad Dogs and Englishmen) on an earlier entry:
The article, a short read, is worth perusing for many SWNE readers.

This piece aside, do you agree or disagree with the premise that so many newspapers are quite awkward in their coverage of the category they call Fashion or Style, compared to their coverage of other cultural artifacts such as current books or movies?  

12 comments:

  1. Agree. Because fashion is silly.

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  2. Fashion may not be the universal connector of human emotions like art and literature. Most of us see the beauty in Renoir or feel Heathcliff's pain at Cathy's fickle hand...but Stella McCartney is not for everyone.

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  3. I'm so glad I don't feel the need to follow fashion! I wear what I wear because it's comfortable, well made, and timeless. Why buy clothes to meet this year's fashion trends when you know, with practical certainty, that they will be replaced by something else next year?

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    1. Absolutely agree. When I see men walking around with “man buns” or those awful slouchy hats, I feel both pity for them and the urge to giggle.

      MaryAnne

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  4. Regardless of your personal style, literally everything we wear today was, at one point, fashion.

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    1. Good to know I was in fashion once. I can now take that off my bucket list.

      Aiken

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  5. Old stoners, former hippies with cut offs, once aspiring California surf culture, old preppies, middle-aged skateboarders, old waterskiers, saggy former Los Angeles Muscle Beach goers, anyone who lived in OP shorts as kids, hikers now with walking sticks, old Valley girls, big haired 80s anybody.... the list goes on who might be happy should short shorts make a comeback? So much easier to swim in, so much easier to hike in, so much more comfortable is my take. Cue the ladies who sing "We wear short shorts. If you dare wear short shorts, Nair for short shorts. Take the cotton test!" Now tube socks.... they were a crime.

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    1. Hopefully ageism will be out of fashion sometime soon.

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    2. Huh? Oh boy, Averyl, you obviously didn't live through short shorts. Lighten up! Anybody who did live when short shorts were popular, like me, are now on the far side of middle age. Just a fact. Not being ageist. I just find less long shorts to be more comfortable. So many different types of people used to wear them, and these are all examples above of commonly recognized stereotypes of the day.

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    3. I must have misunderstood your comment. By the way I was around when that Nair commercial was out. I think the last time I wore shorts was at age 29. Not my thing. :)

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  6. Awkward they may be, but I generally find those articles amusing. It's been a while, but the last fashion news article I read was one about trends in women's purses in the WSJ. I suppose the prices they managed to provide were feeble attempts to connect to the financial focus of the paper.

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  7. The much ado about nothing annual runway shows need to spin to get the public to shop. Sitting in front of a keyboard trying to come up with something half interesting to say to make your editor/advertisers happy is tedious; the meta-associations far- or close-fetched (win some/lose some) can make any writing awkward. I take my hat off to their creativity!

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