Fashion. Style. Trend. Guide. Fashion Week has come and gone and our friends are now at Magic in Las Vegas surveying the current trends in the men's market. You are probably not on the edge of your seat about these activities unless you are in the business of fashion. But reports will soon be coming about what you are suppose to wear: "This Spring, expect to see a lot of earth tones carried through the spring and into summer…which unfortunately includes Orange." What's wrong with Orange? Someone out there has determined that orange is out, this Spring. The question is: are we listening?
What is for certain is that fashion is expensive. In the new March issue of Esquire, a pair of J. Press wool trousers cost $550. A two-button mohair silk and cotton jacket costs $3,400. And presumably, this is something that will last just one season.
Fashion shows are nothing less than theater and should be considered as such. They are costumes and in many ways point to nothing about reality. Surely, no one is going to the Food for Less looking like something out of Where the Wild Things Are.
On the other hand, a recent listen to conservative talk show host Michael Medved revealed that is American and our right to be slobs, so clearly some sartorial guides are needed. It is the rules that seem to be the most annoying. For example: Don't wear socks with sandals. Why not? As one expert put it: I understand that when it is chilly outside we all dream of the warmth of the summer sun, but wearing socks with sandals doesn’t make the seasons change any faster. " If you want to wear sandals this badly, move to a warmer climate." That sounds like an opinion, not a reason. And in the end, isn't that what all guides and rules are—opinions of people who have decided they know more about what you should wear then you do?