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September 28, 2006

Agnostic on Men's Fashions

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Agnostic takes up the fashion challenge and demos some slick getups for modern guys. "Finding a Third Way between Liberace-ness and dullness isn't impossible," he writes. Let's hope!

I'm not sure about the sweatervest -- I'm never sure about sweatervests, to be honest. But I think the black-t-shirt-and-black-pants combo is a definite keeper.



posted by Michael at September 28, 2006



Posted by: Charlton Griffin on September 28, 2006 8:08 PM

The only shoes that should,
a)turn up that much at the toe are, and
b) can actually be worn in public, turned up at the toe are:
1) Cowboy boots.
2) Elf booties.

In the case of #1, I think a stray cow or two hangin around when you're in c'boots helps a good deal. In the case of #2, still too early for Holiday clothing.

Posted by: DarkoV on September 29, 2006 8:07 AM

I will say nothing till Yom Kippur: this year I need all the good points for charitable behaviour I could get.

Posted by: Tat on September 29, 2006 11:04 AM

I guess that I'm just missing something here - of course, since I'm straight, from Kansas, and forty-six years old, no one expects me to know or care anything about fashion anyway.

Posted by: tschafer on September 29, 2006 12:40 PM

Maybe that passes for fashion where Agnostic resides, but not here in Cowtown.

Where's the manly footwear? (i.e. Justin boots with a riding heel)

Or, the Wranglers?

Or, the Peters Brothers hat?

Perhaps fashion is much more regional than we knew...

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on September 29, 2006 2:09 PM

No. I would prefer to see him layer clothes with a jacket or a long sleeve sweater. His arms are beautiful and would look great with the sleeves of a sweater pushed up. Several jackets of different cuts & colors would look great on him, as he's slim.

Posted by: Bridget on September 29, 2006 2:57 PM

I added an update for clarification: the looks are meant to be bold and a bit exhibitionistic, even though that's now how I normally dress, nor how I expect others to dress. They are simply better choices, I think, than the striped shirt when a guy does want to call attention to himself (when going out or what-have-you). Soon I'll post a follow-up with more subdued looks for those who aren't daredevil but still don't want to look bland.

Posted by: Agnostic on September 29, 2006 3:39 PM

Sweater vest looks kewl. Pink shirt works. Belt in the last picture looks ridiculous. This is actually pretty close to my semi-formal style (e.g., in front of a class), except that I rarely wear jeans and often wear hats.

The shoes may be a bit extreme. I'm actually quite turned off by women in all manner of awkward and/or painful seeming shoe -- hardly something I want to imitate. Women are supposedly always evaluating guys' footwear, but I've generally taken that to mean "don't wear gym shoes" or "don't wear completely unmatching shoes, suggesting that you own only one pair", not "express your zaniness through the feet."

Posted by: J. Goard on September 29, 2006 4:43 PM

The whole look is too weak. You are a fairly young guy in good shape, but this look makes you look like you're trying to be young in a dept. store kind of way.
The first outfit, the square pattern is too big. It looks nice in a close up of the shirt but doesn't work well overall. The big pattern seems to overwhelm you.

I hate the shoes; go for classic style there.

I think with the sport coat you should ditch that shirt and go to Nordstrom and keep trying on flashy dress shirts until the sales girl tells you that you've found the color that works with the jacket and your features. A classic style one color shirt but with some flash in the color dept, only flash that works. Take her or his opinion into account.

The retro print makes it look like you have an inner Goldie Hawn trying to get out. It's too feminine and flashy and a bit trashy. Again im seeing it on a mannequin in a dept. store section for the "hip" folks. Maybe, if you had it under a jacket some wild sunglasses and some crazy hair, but that probably isnt you. It just seems to say "look my wildness is peaking out." And we the viewers are not buying that. Wildness hidden equals timidity.

The T-shirt combo seems fine, but it seems to familiar. We dont need to see the face in that cuz we know it is generic.

I think you would do great to go with solid classic style. You look young, so play up your maturity and that will give your look strength.
Tuck shirts in. Make that skinny look a tight look, not a skinny look which can happen on slender folks who untuck. The reason you see so many untucked shirts is because we are fat so dont buy into that.

I think you need to make strong statements and I find your shirts weak, but it is only the clothes im criticizing. You dont need body work, so you enter the battle halfway to victory. Now spend the money for total victory.

Posted by: steve a on September 29, 2006 10:36 PM

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