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Monday, October 4, 2010

All Your Men's Fashion Questions Answered and Laughed At

We are by no means fashion experts here at East Village Afternoon, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist, or even a moderately talented contestant from Project Runway, to look around and notice what's in and what's out.

The narrow, tapered sillouhette is still in, in, in for men. Pants are narrow and the shirts and jackets are cut close-fitting to the body. Remember when we were kids and you begged your mother not to buy you tapered shirts? We came of age at the tail-end of the "Mad Men" era of fashion, and we hated those tight-fitting shirts. But they're back, big-time.

As for shorts, anyone who's read this blog before knows that we're adamantly opposed to big, baggy knee-length shorts. Men's shorts are getting shorter, but we also realize it will take most American men a decade to catch up to the new trend, thus the embarrassment of someone like Mario Lopez. Click here to see Mario's shame.

(designer John Bartlett showing the proper
length for men's shorts in 2010)

The biggest look right now is what's known as the "heritage look". This look, which always becomes popular during times of economic distress, is characterized by rugged basics, i.e. khakis, plaid shirts, boots, etc. Think L.L. Bean, Pendleton and lumberjack camps, and you've got it.

But whatever look is in, you can never go wrong if you look like the guy pictured here who's selling some sort of men's bag. We don't know why he feels the need to carry his bag into the shower, we mean, we've heard of people who carry their "toys" with them wherever they go, but this might be a bit much.

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