June 12, 2013

Speaking of pants...

... do you remember what men were doing with their pants 3 years ago? No? Where is our cultural memory?

Remedial reading:
Judging by the number of bared ankles appearing on the streets this summer, the rolled cuff look of 2009 appears to have become the rolled cuff epidemic of 2010....
Tragic photos at the link, which is to the NYT, where no one prods you to remember all the way back to 1920 and T.S. Eliot ("I grow old … I grow old …").

"You have to channel Johnny Depp for that moment and ask yourself, ‘How would Johnny Depp roll up the bottom of his pants?’"

That was 2010... when you had to think about Johnny Depp to figure out how to wear your pants. 

26 comments:

BDNYC said...

2010 was three years ago

Rose said...

I thought you meant the ones they have to hold up with one hand in order to shuffle across the street - Darwinism at work.

Mr. D said...

So if we're looking at Prufrock now, that means "The Waste Land" is coming soon.

TosaGuy said...

They do not look like serious people. They can still, however, pick up Lena Dunham in a coffee shop.

bagoh20 said...

A couple weeks back, I rolled up my pants to hose down the patio, then in a hurry threw on some shoes to go out to dinner, not fancy. I didn't notice until I got back home that my pants were rolled up like Jethro Bodine (Beef Jerky) . The guys I was with never even noticed despite the fact that we walked a good distance in plain view. That's how straight guys are. If you do that on purpose as a statement of who you are, then unfortunately that is who you are.

I still haven't gone back out of the house since that tragic day. I'm waiting for everyone in the neighborhood to just die first.

bagoh20 said...

Those dorks are the definition of "unmediated".

TosaGuy said...

If Obama was a hipster then David Brooks would have admir4ed the rolled cuff of his pants.

Mitch H. said...

I tried to roll up my jeans last month, mostly because I was canoeing on the upper Allegheny and had forgot to pack a change of pants. And knew that the Professor would not have approved of wearing shorts even in the most extreme of circumstances.

It did not work. I ended up carrying half the river on my person all weekend...

edutcher said...

I roll up my pants when my ankles itch.

betamax3000 said...

If Johnny Depp wore Nipple Pants then Everyone would want to Wear Nipple Pants.

betamax3000 said...

Nipple Pants should Never be Worn with a Crease: Bad Form.

Patrick said...

Totally missed that as a thing. I roll up my pants when I am walking or hiking and encounter lots of puddles.

Brennan said...

Here is NBA star Dwyane Wade wearing a capri pant suit this year.

http://dimemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/dwyane-wade-suit.png

Notice he also has a man that carries his bag for him. I think he came with the suit.

bpm4532 said...

Oh, too short pants and too small jackets are in style...

Just shyte.

chrisnavin.com said...

In my opinion. men don't do this kind of thing uses they can pick up women, or aren't chastised too much by other men.

Onward the culture goes, or at least part of it.

Mitchell the Bat said...

The problem with the rolled-up pants is they're not wearing heels.

Michael said...

T. S. Eliot was debating whether or not to cuff his trousers. He did not mean roll them in the sense of the subject of the thread which would have been completely out of the question for a proper Englishman. His handwringing was over the then new fashion of putting on a cuff.

I have thousands of these useless factoids at the ready.

Richard Dolan said...

So how to wear your pants is today's metaphor -- Brooks going on about O-man's crisp crease in an earlier post, and this roll-off between TS Eliot (doing the geezer act) and Johnny Depp (doing the opposite).

Wonderful.

Ann Althouse said...

"2010 was three years ago."

Oops. Thanks. Corrected.

Freeman Hunt said...

No man I know did this to his pants.

mishu said...

There are worse things than men wearing shorts.

Meade said...

betamax3000 said...
"Nipple Pants should Never be Worn with a Crease: Bad Form."

Creased nipple pants. Short for: pants pressed but not quite punctiliously creased.

Astro said...

Swell news. I often forget to re-button my knickerbockers below the knee when I've been at home reading Cap'n Billy's Whiz Bang

Freeman Hunt said...

They were all on their way to wade in creeks.

Freeman Hunt said...

It's hard to tell the exact length of the legs from the vantage point of the head. Here we see simple underestimates.

Rusty said...

. do you remember what men were doing with their pants 3 years ago?

Sweetheart. I don't remember what I did with my pants last night.