Men’s Fashion Choices (and Where are the Women Who Claim To Love Them?)

July 19, 2009 · 1 comment

You may have noticed that I have a somewhat morbid fascination with the fashion choices people make and how they choose to present themselves to the world.

Was it the palpable salt-of-the-earth confidence evident in sticking with the tried-and-true coverage of the classic overall that got me in this situation?

overalls

Perhaps.

I think the irresistible urge to capture his image for posterity was also rooted in the visual patterning of his own bay window set against the barrels behind him, the impressive size of those forearms and fists, and the serene confidence I had in the stalwartness of those side buttons. Plus, I had been wine tasting all afternoon, and snapping photos of the most unpretentious wine schlepper I had ever encountered seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I never know what will move me.

beard-length

Sometimes, I’ll admit, it’s just flat-out curiosity.

Case in point above. Why? Just because he can? Is it fun to watch people stare at it waggle while he’s ordering a burger? Is he bald under that hat and there’s something compensatory going on here? Is it a bet?

So many stories, so little time…

chain-wallet

Sometimes you’ll see one of those classic accessory choices that’s SO classic, you don’t see it around much anymore, like the “dog on a leash an’ a billfold on a chain” look. It’s instantly recognizable, yet worn today by the only true “bad boys” left among us. Sad, really.

spurs

Of course, “bad boy” is all in the eye of the beholder. Does having the courage to wear detachable spurs on a perfectly clean set of boots mean that THIS dude is the bad one? (I wasn’t buying it: not enough cow pie.)

dreads

Can you buy “bad boy” ju-ju with sufficiently luxurious dreads, perseverance and tattoo-pain endurance?

tattoo

Clearly, tattoo-pain endurance alone is not enough.

People, people… There’s a difference between “That’s just bad,” and “That’s just wrong.”

This. This is just wrong on SO many levels, I don’t even know where to start. I’m open to suggestions here.

For my money, the most impressive accessories I’ve seen on men lately have been somewhat unorthodox yet classically chic.

foot-sitter

The voting came in at a tie.

Half the judges went with, “Little girl snuggled securely between Dad’s perfectly hemmed jeans watching surfers in Santa Cruz.”

shoulder-ride-2

And the other half voted for, “Sweet little guy on shoulders with happy best-friend/wife on your arm.”

Oh, the things some people wear….

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Sue July 21, 2009 at 7:57 am

Is there a heaven and hell?

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