September 6, 2012

The closest a man can get to wearing a dress...

... without wearing a dress. When is a dress not a dress?

92 comments:

rehajm said...

'Do you have any menswear for men?'

Andy R. said...

People in the future are going to look back with real confusion at a time when there was men clothes and women clothes.

Also, I like this, but probably wouldn't wear it myself.

The Drill SGT said...

dude,

that's a dress :)

Bob Ellison said...

That'd look great with shorts!

kentuckyliz said...

There are many things I would rather spend $890 on than a "long sweater."

Just don't skip the skinny jeans and boots.

Don't do leggings.

Don't do ballet flats.

Sorun said...

The $890 price tag is futuristic.

edutcher said...

For sitzpinklers only.

Andy R. said...

People in the future are going to look back with real confusion at a time when there was men clothes and women clothes.

No, people in the future will shake their heads that there were those so delusional they thought gender was interchangeable.

Lindsey Meadows said...

ask J. Edgar. He'll know.

X said...

If you're a man and you watched Bill Clinton's speech last night, you might be in the long sweater target demographic.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Dress? Nonsense. It's a Federation dress uniform.

Peter said...

"The $890 price tag is futuristic.

It's Barney's New York.

If you have to ask...

TMink said...

A dress is a dress is a dress.

That is a dress.

Trey

Nonapod said...

How about Utility Kilts?

Sorun said...

"People in the future are going to look back with real confusion at a time when there was men clothes and women clothes."

What people look back on with confusion are past predictions of future styles.

But let me go out on a limb: Until men start growing hips and breasts, and women start growing man junk, I predict there will be men's clothes and women's clothes.

Coketown said...

Is the idea that the creature wearing the dress is an alleged man supposed to distract from the fact that the dress, regardless of who's wearing it, is atrocious? It just hangs there. The colors are ugly and the fabric looks cheap. But I guess if you're used to paying $2,000 for a studio apartment in New York, $890 dollars for a burlap sack isn't too shocking.

Ron said...

If someone wants to see it blown over your head....it's a dress!

kentuckyliz said...

Now I'm free...freeballing

chickelit said...

The emaciated model projects an Auschwitz or an HIV victimhood.

Rabel said...

I like these better.

Bargains at Barneys

Chip Ahoy said...

Their Exemplaire is a really nice look for me. I should buy it.

chickelit said...

The color scheme reminds me of something red and black that FLOTUS wore.

Sorun said...

You can also see through it, so don't forget to wear your panties, guys.

Lyssa said...

Is that supposed to be attractive to anyone in any way whatsoever? (it wouldn't be attractive on a woman, either).

Andy, as long as different sexes have different shapes, we're going to have different clothing. Unless you expect us to all be clothed in shapeless sacks or robes, but most of us like to see each other's shapes.

chickelit said...

Sorun said...
You can also see through it, so don't forget to wear your panties, guys.

VPL for men. The thong remains the thame.

kentuckyliz said...

I have vacation time starting in 20 minutes, to leave work early to go sculling. The days are getting shorter.

On days like this, when it's really about the rowing, I get dressed for rowing, then put on a matching skirt over my rowing outfit. All I have to do is whip off my skirt and I'm ready to row.

Everything I'm typing is MS underlined in red. I think I have my dictionary set to German. Deutsch. Deutschland Über Alles.

Yep, das Deutsch war nicht unterstrichenen.

ad hoc said...

Andy R. said...

People in the future are going to look back with real confusion at a time when there was men clothes and women clothes.

Probably not, so long as there are young women wanting the attention of young men. In those cases, shapeless, baggy clothes - not an option.

Indigo Red said...

Moses wore a dress. The Apostles wore dresses. Pontius Pilate and Caesar wore mini-skirts. Washington wore knickers. Ghandi wore diapers. Attila the Hun wore pants.

LarsPorsena said...

"People in the future are going to look back with real confusion at a time when there was men clothes and women clothes."

The baggy shapeless unisex Mao suits of the Cultural Revolution must have been 'back to the future' for you.

David said...

Andy R. said...
People in the future are going to look back with real confusion at a time when there was men clothes and women clothes.


Men? What were men?

Karnival said...

And I can pre-order them now? For only $890?

Well, the neutering of Manhattan is complete. Let me find my manzier to see if it shows lines when I wear it with this. Really, I see nothing wrong with it. Just add load of chainmail, a heavy iron vest, a sword, a helmet, and call me Sir Robin, and I think you've got something.

Or...maybe I'll buy one to wear at Burning Man.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Q: When is a dress not a dress?
A: When it's an ugly dress.

If women can wear pants, men can wear dresses. But why would we want to?

I have longed faced up to the fact that the laptop bag I carry to and from work every day is essentially a large purse. And the fanny pack I wear around my waist and sometimes sling over my shoulder is a small purse.

But a dress that you wear over pants so that you lose access to the pockets?

I suppose if I was going out on the town and wanted to deter pickpockets ...

Or was planning to spend all day hanging around the house ... It's more presentable than a bathrobe.

Pants optional, that's good.

Yes, $890 is a lot, but Wal-Mart or Target should be able to knock it off for $8.90.

Jay Retread said...

The closest a man can get to wearing a dress...
Is being married to Ann Althouse.

Sorry couldn't resist.

deborah said...

Meh.

A while back I saw a young man, kind of burly, medium height, long ponytail, wearing a sweater and those felt-type clogs, with socks, wearing a dark green plaid skirt, slightly full, below the knees. Kind of a hipster/grunge look. It worked on him.

traditionalguy said...

Thanks for the fashion advice. But my closet is full of men's clothing that does not require spanx to wear under it.

paul a'barge said...

Beta male.

Look at the picture.

Skinny, generic body. 1/2 ass won't-grow attempt at a beard. Lady lips.

Alpha males don't look or dress like this.

wef said...

Oh my. Sorry, but if men start wearing this crap I'm going back to being straight.

Eustace Chilke said...

I could probably buy all the clothes I will need for the rest of my life for $890, apart from boots. Nevermind a fool who wears it. What fool buys it?

Moose said...

A new line clothes designed to get you beaten to a pulp...

EMD said...

ask J. Edgar. He'll know.

Timely!

Michael Haz said...

Err...no.

This is the appropriate full-body wear for men.

Rocketeer said...

Jill-ette: The dress a man can get.

deborah said...

Here ya go, Haz:

http://www.flickr.
com/photos/58039671
@N00/6522757021/

deborah said...

Easy access:

http://www.satin-
boutique.com/
image.php?
productid=18494

deborah said...

See, this is pretty cool, referencing skirt guy I mentioned above:

http://upload.
wikimedia.org/
wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Utilkilt_beige.jpg

Lindsey Meadows said...

I suppose for the typical male it is just one more skirt to look up.

chickelit said...

Lindsey Meadows said...
I suppose for the typical male it is just one more skirt to look up.

Only the atypicals...like your little buddy, Andy.

take care, blessings

Methadras said...

I actually like the crew neck pieces that were on display, but the prices are ridiculous. You can put that together for much much less.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

That 'sweater' has "I just found this dumpster-diving behind the Goodwill" written all over it.

Levi Starks said...

defiantly worse that shorts

Levi Starks said...

defiantly worse that shorts

Don't Tread 2012 said...

@Michael Haz

Now that's more like it.

Or, something more in line with the spirit of election season.

Aridog said...

Pretty weak copy of traditional Arab mens Dishdasha. Almost as common as hijab where I live. Bah.

Sorun said...

That 'sweater' has "I just found this dumpster-diving behind the Goodwill" written all over it.

And some tug-o-war with the dog to give it the proper length.

Alex Ignatiev said...

When it's a cassock.

Alex said...

Scotsmen will have something to say about this.

Larry J said...

Sorry, but I wouldn't wear that to my own cremation.

Fashion is for suckers.

Palladian said...

Also, I like this, but probably wouldn't wear it myself.

You definitely wouldn't wear it since it doesn't come in plus sizes.

As a double-plus size myself, I know Barney's. The only things that they have in my size are scarves and gloves, and even those are a stretch.

When I had money I bought a beautiful pair of gloves from Barney's: soft hide with exterior seams, lined with cashmere, $350.

These days, when I can barely afford food sometimes, I put on the gloves and try to daydream. It doesn't make me feel better.

Nora said...

Men worn dresses long before pants were invented and they still wear dresses or some forms of skirt in large parts of the world.

The sweater dress in the picture is plain ugly and suits neither men nor women

ricpic said...

A house is not a home
And a dress is not a dress
Till there's something juicy inside
And I don't mean a big fat schlong.

rhhardin said...

The key is always which side the buttons are on.

It's reversed for men and women so that they can undress each other.

Tim said...

No one wearing that has any self-respect.

Hagar said...

OT, Come again, President who?

yashu said...

The Arnolfini Portrait

The Ambassadors

Portrait of Henry VIII

That last one is the paragon of masculinity! When are codpieces coming back in fashion, that's what I want to know.

Friendo said...

Two words: Fuck Off

Friendo said...

Lindsey Meadows @ 2:43: man hate much? between your talk of small balls and dicks and skirt peeping, I might think you were hard up or something...

chickelit said...

Not sure I get why there's all this "gosh, men used to wear skirts so what's the big deal"?

Women used to wear veils and dress more modestly in the past. This was also depicted in portraits. Should we celebrate the hijab and the burqa as well?

chickelit said...

In all of their towns there was noticed a class of men who lived like women, associated with them, wore the same dress, adorned themselves with beads, earrings, necklaces, and other feminine ornaments, and enjoyed great consideration among their companions. The want of an interpreter prevented us from ascertaining what kind of men they were, or to what office they were designed; all suspected however, a sexual defect or some abuse among those Indians.

~from Miguel Costansó's diary of the Portolá Expedition in 1769 link

Chef Mojo said...

Scotsmen will have something to say about this.

I doubt they'll say much. Probably just toss a caber on the doofus, and be done with it.

tiger said...

Yup. It's a dress.

Dave said...

Ann Althouse - obsessed with gender/sexuality issues - pathetic

I thought Wisconsin was more evolved - whoops - I forgot - this is the anti-science crowd....

Lem said...

The DNC chairmen is on right now.

Meade said...

Dave, even if she were obsessed, why would that be pathetic?

Lem said...

Chips girfriend in on..

Had cancer.. suvivor.

yashu said...

chickelit,

I'm not saying "gosh, men used to wear skirts so what's the big deal"; I just think it's fun to note the historicism and arbitrariness of gender signifiers in fashion. (E.g. knee-length and mini dresses and stockings signify "woman" for us, but in centuries past this was quintessential masculine attire.) But those gender signifiers (in any particular historical period and culture) still signify!

And IMO there will always be gender signifiers in fashion, human nature being what it is. Andy speculates that "people in the future are going to look back with real confusion at a time when there was men clothes and women clothes"; but IMO this would only occur in a totalitarian society that enforced gender-neutral clothing.

After all, clothing/ fashion is (among other things) the plumage by which men and women attract the other (or same) sex. And androgynous clothing is itself attractive because of the existence (and efficacy) of those signifiers.

I'm a big fan of medieval and Renaissance male fashion myself. As a woman, I tend to be a pretty androgynous dresser, but my favorite "feminine" outfits definitely have something of the Renaissance man.

Strelnikov said...

Dress.

Steven said...

Too short, too see-through, and too lacking in a petticoat for me.

chickelit said...

I'm a big fan of medieval and Renaissance male fashion myself.

I had a serious conversation with a sports-obsessed guy about bringing back jousting (with blunt lances). It could happen.

A. Shmendrik said...

Eight-hundred-ninety fucking dollars for a lengthy t-shirt?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

A while back I saw a young man, kind of burly, medium height, long ponytail, wearing a sweater and those felt-type clogs, with socks, wearing a dark green plaid skirt, slightly full, below the knees. Kind of a hipster/grunge look. It worked on him.

Sean Connery, in his prime...oh heck...anytime....could carry off that look.

Lots of other guys. Not so much.

deborah said...

No, I doubt Connery could carry off an actual women's skirt, slightly full, falling below the knee. It was wool, though. I maintain that the look hung together in a grunge way, perhaps mainly because the young man 'owned it' by not giving a hang what anyone thought :)

wyo sis said...

Andy R
Everyone in a mumu?

People in the future are going to look back on this time with real confusion. But, not for the reasons you think.

Paddy O said...

In the future everyone wears silver jumpsuits and eats nutrition pills. I've seen the film to prove it.

Paddy O said...

In the future everyone will be naked and have surgically enhanced peginas, so no one feels different or excluded or limited.

John Richardson said...

If I'm going to wear a skirt, this is what I'd wear - the 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt!

http://www.511tactical.com/Tactical-Duty-Kilt.html?

Though the kilt my friend Kelly is wearing in his Kilted to Kick Cancer campaign is cool, too.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld said...

Althouse is anti-shorts on men, but what is the Althouse position on kilts? Manly display of muscular calves and knees, with a frisson of sartorial ambiguity on the question of underwear, or emasculated display of bare legs?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20UtEnyl7CI

Alan said...

Would any self-respecting - or self-disrespecting - gay man wear that?

Aridog said...

chickelit said...

I had a serious conversation with a sports-obsessed guy about bringing back jousting (with blunt lances). It could happen.

Modern full contact jousting already has happened. Its been featured on cable television periodically for the past year.

Freeman Hunt said...

Comfy!

chickelit said...

@Aridog:

Thanks for the link!

dbp said...

Because the world runs on irony, here is what the future holds:

Most couples will use enhanced in-vitro conception where all harmful gene combinations are eliminated. Few, if any, will choose the combination of genes which result in homosexuality. There will still be gay people though: Religeous fundamentalists will reject this technology and so will sometimes have a homosexual child.

Dante said...

http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/p-16934-barbarians-armor-with-skirt.aspx

This is when it's OK.

Gideon7 said...

You need to see the Dorcus Collection of menswear at James Lileks' website.

Warning: What can be seen cannot be unseen.