Dr. Dre – Kush ft. Snoop Dogg and Akon. In which Dr. Dre wears a motorcycle jacket better than anyone, ever.
Permanent style: When style becomes costume
Men who are very interested in their clothes are part geeky, petty academic and part creative, artistic aesthete. Everyone needs the former to drive them into reading and investigation, to be interested by the history and traditions of men’s attire. But everyone also needs the latter, to have the kind of mind that created these traditions in the first place.
Of course, this applies to more than just fashion.
Kind Hearts and Coronets: Decadent Dennis Price | Clothes on Film. Storytelling through clothing! Lots of great stills from Kind Hearts and Coronets.
As Mazzini slowly murders his way up the social ladder, his manner of dress, starting as a humble store clerk in a lounge coat, becomes increasingly extravagant and dandified, in keeping with the growing hubris of the character.
Vanity sizing for men < PopMatters
On the recent Esquire pants-size exposé:
Retailers’ facilitating the illusion that we are thinner than we are is a by-product of their chief goal, which is to force us to try on every item of clothing we are considering buying and let the endowment effect work its behavioral magic. Trying something on invests us in completing the purchase to a much greater degree—we’ve gone to all that trouble already and want something to show for our effort—and it also habituates us to the idea that we already own the thing we put on, and to not buy it feels as though we have lost something or had something taken away from us. So the sizes are just very vague guidelines to help us know which items to take to the fitting rooms.
Come to think of it, the endowment effect is probably another reason smart parents tell kids not to touch anything when they go in the store.
Vanity sizing for men < PopMatters
Adam and I visited the wonderful public radio program (and podcast) The Marketplace of Ideas, and they’ve just posted the show. A lot of in-depth talk both about our philosophies of dress and about the behind-the-scenes of Put This On.
My favorite idea from this interview: style qua semiotics.
Everything’s the perfect back drop for a suit.
Why Elite Shoppers Eschew Logos
It’s signaling, folks. Really interesting stuff. Geoffrey Miller talks about this in Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior, which I recommend highly. In my review I summarized Miller on the three basic ways we signal through our purchases: conspicuous waste (in this context, perhaps fine fabrics, oversized garments, layering, duplicated accessories), conspicuous precision (luxury watches, perfect cut & fit, subtle hand-stitched details), or conspicuous reputation (recognizable logos, patterns, etc.). Few books have affected my everyday thinking so much. (via putthison)
Figure Skating Fashion Through The Years
“Today, according to the ISU, figure skating’s governing body, ‘Ladies must wear a skirt. The Ladies dress must not give the effect of excessive nudity inappropriate for an athletic sport. Men must wear full-length trousers: no tights are allowed and the man’s costume may not be sleeveless.’”
Vanity Fair Sheer Gown. Gelatin silver print by Mark Shaw in the Monroe Gallery.
Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall. Dress by Dior, Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1956. Photo: Richard Avedon. I hope to go to Paris this fall.
When Tyra Met Naomi, a look at racism in the fashion industry.
Why It’s Hard to Get Ready for Work
Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture (review: 2/5)
I heard about Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture in Believer Magazine a while back. It’s funny at times, with some good illustrations. I enjoyed being able to point to parts of the emo taxonomy and say “I know someone like that… and that guy… and that one…” And for the emo consumer, there’s a pretty good round-up of what you should be listening to, where you should buy your clothes, etc. The writing is really chatty, though, and I couldn’t help but feel that they were stretching to make a target word count.
Radar surveys the 8 worst hair trends on Capitol Hill. The Rep. Tom Lantos/ Emperor Palpatine bit is quite perceptive.