A Menswear Memoir

The Present and How It Got That Way

 

As Frank Zappa Said, "It Can't Happen Here"

The Twin Extremes of Menswear Disappointment

I went to a men’s store recently because I wanted some new clothes. I’m upset because…

Either:

They told me that styles had changed, and that to keep up with the latest trend I should “update my wardrobe…”

Or:

They told me that I should wear the classic styles and that suit a man of my age and position in life. They told me that fashion is nonsense and that I’m better off with the old “tried and true…”

So:

I bought some stuff that makes me look silly. When I wear it I feel like I’m standing out, like I’m in a weird costume, not appropriate for my life. I spent a lot of money and I trusted those guys and I regret it.

Or:

I came out with clothes exactly like I’ve always had. I really can’t tell the stuff I bought from my old stuff. It might be better quality, but there’s no way I can tell. I spent a lot of money and I trusted those guys and I regret it.