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Why do we dress boys in clothes that are grey, joyless and dull?

January 22nd, 2019 No comments

hen I asked my eight-year-old son what he would like to wear to a forthcoming wedding, his response was clear and immediate: “A red suit with white spots, a matching hat and gold shoes.” This seemed fair enough to me. Who in their right mind would not want to wear such a fabulous outfit?

We set off for our local shopping centre in high spirits. And yet, within an hour of hitting the high street, depression had set in. There is a unique kind of misery to be found in an eight- to-14-year-old boys’ clothing section: rail upon rail of sludge green, grey and – my son’s personal nemesis – navy blue. He tried on one hideous, Jacob Rees-Mogg-style blazer after another. “It makes me look like a businessman,” he said, examining the stiff, uncomfortable kid in the mirror.

In an entire morning, we found not one item of clothing that was interesting, not one that expressed even the tiniest iota of individuality or creativity. The closest we came to success was some burgundy trousers – and, as my son pointed out, “They are just not red.” To add insult to injury, every time we entered a shop, we had to walk through the girls’ clothing section to get to the boys’ – passing a riot of sequins, flounces, patterns and prints. We found some excellent gold shoes in Clarks, only to be told by a saleswoman that they were for girls, and didn’t come in a big enough size.

I completely understand parents of girls objecting to endless pink and princess dresses. But perhaps the situation is almost worse for boys. At least girls get a bit of choice. What does this weird lack of diversity tell us about what we expect boys to be? Boring, conformist, dull, practical – or worse. Staring at the deathly rows of mini-suits I was reminded of Grayson Perry’s book on gender, The Descent of Man, and in particular his idea of “default man”, the archetype of the wealthy, powerful and besuited white male. Perry – a man who knows a thing or two about clothing – has a lot to say about suits. “The real function of the sober business suit is not to look smart but as camouflage,” he writes. “A person in a grey suit is invisible.”

This is the message high-street fashion is sending to young boys: that they should aim not to express themselves but to don a kind of cloak of invisibility. Why? It’s not as though men are genetically programmed to want to look dull. In many cultures, men’s fashion is as colourful and glamorous as women’s: check out the Sapeurs in Congo-Brazzaville, or any African men’s clothing shop for that matter. Alternatively, go back a couple of centuries or so to when wealthy European men would have worn sumptuous colours and fabrics, jewellery and even high heels.

In his book The Psychology of Clothes, published in 1930, the psychologist and fashion historian JC Flugel explored the culturally enforced plainness of men’s clothing. He noted that in modern western society, unlike in most traditional societies, men dressed less decoratively than women. He dated this back to the end of the 18th century, when there had been a profound shift in the way men presented themselves, which Flugel called the “great masculine renunciation”. Turning away from wearing flamboyant clothes to display their wealth, men increasingly adopted a uniform that reflected Enlightenment values of rationality and practicality. (In doing so, they were also distinguishing themselves from women, who were still encouraged to be frilly, high-heeled and irrational.) Interestingly, Flugel considered women’s fashion to be psychologically healthier, and he advocated a reform of men’s clothing.

Considering the radical shifts in gender relations over the succeeding 200-odd years, it seems remarkable that this is still the dynamic. We’re always being told that men are becoming more “metrosexual” – donning sarongs, and purple satin suits à la Beckham. Well, there’s not much evidence of that on the high street – not in John Lewis, M&S, Zara or H&M.

Fortunately, we now have other options. After a reviving bun in the local cafe, my son and I went home and hit the internet. And there, readers, we found our happy ending: an outfit so outrageous, so loud and silly and glorious, that there was simply no way to resist.

Who knows how long my boy’s commitment to bright red will last – perhaps in a couple of years he will join the navy-blue crowd. But I hope not. Life can be tough, and we all need to find joy where we can. It’s not only girls who benefit from a touch of glitz and glamour.

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Thom Browne 2017 spring summer series

January 7th, 2017 No comments

Early in June last year has been the first in the fashion show 2017 spring/summer series, now back in brand new Lookbook.

This season, as always, show brand exquisite and unique fabric cutting technique, and the brand of commonly used article extends between red, white and black, in clothing on a wide range of use or for different thickness line is presented. Also joined a lot of ocean at the clothing pattern design elements, including wave, whales, turtles, crab, etc., will be more handbag design into the shape of a ship or life buoy.
In addition to the commonly used to cater to the spring and summer, color matching the color such as black, white, ash, more use of pink, pink blue, yellow and other more bright-coloured color.

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

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Fashion favour men

June 18th, 2014 No comments
The bias in favor of men of discrimination against women in fashion, even Disney failed to escape. As early as A few years ago because of similar incidents contentious Disney company, this year’s two “avengers alliance” T-shirt again criticized, because compared to male T-shirt’s words “BE A HERO,” women style is “I NEED A HERO,” A lot of people think that this message is outdated ideas, think that women are weak, NEED A man to save. Under change.org after more than 9000 people signed a protest, Disney didn’t respond to a few days ago, stop selling the t-shirts, also stressed that will sell again in this summer “Girl Power” T-shirt.
Beyonce sang pep up women beyonce sang songs of incentive
June 1, 2013, London, England. Women’s empowerment movement “change the bell” charity concert on the song of “change”, movement joint sponsors and performers beyonce sang pep up the female’s songs.
Fashion industry concrete “evidence”
The ideal female image
 The ideal female image
Woman in the heart of perfect female image is what? Clearly is not Plain Jane Homme brand logo features. PJH interpreted return underwear girl “every man wants her, every girl wants to be her” ideal girl, caused a lot of media such as the United States the huffington post.
Plain Jane Homme brand logoPlain Jane Homme brand logo
Washing clothes is the responsibility of women
Look not to understand if the washing instructions, and threw the dirty clothes to give your girlfriend or wife, this is their “job”. Madhouse smart washing instructions to make a lot of consumer to smile not to come out.

give it to your woman

give it to your woman

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Fashion godfather TONY fashionable wear

February 2nd, 2014 No comments
Milan time on January 14, 2014, Roberto Cavalli AW 2014 with perfect put an end to the freedom, adventure and love milan menswear last four days. Participate in menswear “fashion”, hand in hand for the first time the fashion godfather, TONY, good new Mr Lu in numerous Italian classic brand of men’s elegant demeanor appearance in the show. Mr TONY to the public once again passed his unique fashion taste, make fashionable to wear a popular show, media from home and abroad widely praise.
During the milan menswear fashion godfather, TONY, good new Mr Lu to follow fashion team was invited to participate in the Fendi, Calvin Klein Collection, Roberto Cavalli, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Dsquared2, Tod ‘s, and many other international first-line brand release show.
According to Mr TONY, in fashionable circle, meet fashion week exposure, first should let own dressed in appropriate and decent; Also is to have bright spots on modelling, holds the camera to capture and kill film. Secret for collocation, Mr TONY have their own views, he thinks ten thousand personal wear can have ten thousand kinds of style, but can add different elements for my clothes, can be a manual tie, may also be a silk scarf, so this is unique.
Fashion godfather TONY fashionable wear
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Man tie ever match rule

July 19th, 2013 No comments

Face type shirt in a wide range of designs, how to choose is suitable for the tie, it can make different color, pattern, line combinations bring different visual impact and personality. Collocation with essence, can easily play peculiar mature men, fashion handsome, energetic demeanor. In other words, if a man want to let oneself become a multivariant ultimate man, then you must learn to tie the “laws”.

men tie

A, elegant gentleman: design elegant texture is light
Height 1 meter 8, have good senses, with his eyes, the empress is nodded and smiled, without too much language, raise your hand is cast sufficient between revealed the characteristic of the aristocratic temperament. Get off the bus, he will slowly opened the door for you; When having a meal, gently pull open the seat, waiting for the happy time to have lunch with you. Such an elegant gentleman, you HOLD?
Recommended options: elegant color and design, lined up small pattern and pinstripe tie suit elegant gentleman, tie texture with light advisable, preferably matte hemp fabrics, burnish feels too strong will be less stable. Gentleman out of the door, exaggerated design and color contrast is too strong ties are not suitable for most, the style of it and gentleman snowboarding progresses.

men tie 1

B, dynamic tide male: vibrant with comparative and intense
Body proportion, personality features, full of vitality, fancy basketball play your eye, the sunshine is bright smile make you unable to stop. “Hi, beauty, come play!” You are surprised, heartbeat, speechless… Yes, that’s such a big boy standing in front of you, throw away basketball, put on shirt, feast in the PARTY, what are you going to tie for him the tie to reveal his personality?
Recommended choice: contrasting stripes or small grid is very suitable for, color should be bright and clear. Warm and cool color contrast pattern is most appropriate, the greater the jump, character appear more strong. Special taboo to wear popular, color gray tie pattern is too big, young vigor gone, of course, if you don’t mind suddenly middle child at the age of ten, that also can challenge without limit.

men tie 2

men tie 2

C, hip-hop gens: line clear not stick to one pattern
A wide shoulder, angular face, very easygoing, rich affinity, either words or action, is filled with a sense of humor, and he together is a human comedy, endless happiness. As if the man is have the aura, the aura of his existence is pleasure magnetic field, the people around you will be infected, happiness.
Recommended choice: when choosing a tie that men completely need not constrained by popular designs and colors. Silk luster, cutting geometry, color and pattern color contrast tie can show you the big man temperament, if choose soft a little dot design, can choose bigger dots. But if the blend color, pattern is not clear is just before it is too late to give up, don’t because of a tie and fuzzy character your sense of humor. Silk texture of the tie, long-term wearing is not easy to deformation, silk texture soft, also has good vacuum heat resistance.

men tie 3

men tie 3

D, gentle otaku: pure color tie’s affable but low-key
Otaku, few words, but not busy. Curtilage at home should have plenty of time to think about how to face the life, also can understand the slow rhythm life more fun. Is the appearance of a carefree forever, but there is a strong logical thinking, can extrapolate, purpose, sexy and gentle little eyes can realize the truth of life. Huh? The said is not me?
Recommended choice: due to the mild personality, strong color contrast, design, strong and rigid tie lines is not otaku “food”. Had better choose hemp pure color tie, comfortable wear feeling, portable, leisure joker, there is a natural texture but also has good heat resistance, even in the summer wear also won’t feel hot!

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