July 3, 2017

"Combine your biking gear (like cycling shorts) with everyday clothes (hoodies and baggy shirts) to attempt the look on the street."

"(It’s also one way to embrace that ubiquitous short shorts trend this summer.)"

Men's fashion appropriates "bike culture," I learn from "10 Styling Tips From the Men’s Shows/Stripes on top of stripes, biker shorts when you’re not on a bike — and lots more tips from the summer runway shows" (in the NYT).

Imagine wearing your biking shorts when you're just out and about, not biking. Imagine doing it because you feel you should be wearing short shorts — "really really short shorts" (NYT) — and it seems easier/less ridiculous.

42 comments:

Biotrekker said...

Most of the clothes being modeled in this article are ugly and/or ridiculous-looking and most of the models are frankly unattractive.Iin particular, what's with the dumbo ears on half these guys - check it out. Is it yet another homage to the sacred Obama?

Ann Althouse said...

I think the models look ill.

MadisonMan said...

That model in short shorts needs to do a lot more biking or running. His legs are too scrawny. Or maybe it's the socks pulled up to his knees.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Can you imagine yoga pants and other workout gear becoming acceptable as everyday/regular fashion, to be worn around outside and even to dinner, etc? It'd never happen. No way pajama pants or sleepwear would be acceptable, either. Inconceivable.

Curious George said...

Men? If you say so.

Glen Filthie said...

To be fair, it IS the New York Times. Those are the same guys that made homosexuality a fashionable mental disorder.

And they wonder why they can't sell a newspaper anymore.

Bob Boyd said...

This is the kind of thing that encourages jihad.

Rae said...

I agree with Ann. All these models look like they're severely ill. And kind of pissed off about. When is dangerous weight loss in male models going to be discussed?

Biotrekker said...

I agree that the models mostly look like they have some sort of chronic or acute illness, and they look...scrawny...is the word that comes to mind.

Henry said...

That "Dries Van Noten" look is pretty nice, especially for hanging out with the hanging folders.

wild chicken said...

I though bike shorts were long? And the whole point of long baggies was to cover the long compression shorts that bball players started wearing. After they realized the lycra bike shorts kept their thighs from flopping around.

Amirite?

Henry said...

My biking gear is my every day clothes.

But I am not a serious bikist.

Henry said...

I guess I could wear my everyday clothes (jeans, t-shirt) over some other everyday clothes (khakis, casual collared shirt) for that look on the street.

I really love the word "attempt" in that blurb. It's clear that this article is tongue-in-cheek.

Bob Ellison said...

Bike shorts are not normal shorts. They have weird padding and fit more tightly than a man normally wants. Probably a pretty effective contraception device. I would not wear them except when biking.

buwaya said...

They look infertile. The last of their line, and a disappointment to their ancestors.

Rusty said...

Please, please, please do not wear biking spandex as your daily wear.
Remember Rusty's Law of Spandex, tattoos and piercings. "On any given day roughly two percent of the adult population can pull off wearing either spandex, a tattoo or a piercing. You are not one of them." So spare the rest of us your embarrassment.

Bob Boyd said...

"On any given day roughly two percent of the adult population can pull off wearing either spandex"

We need some common sense Spandex Control Legislation. A nationwide ban on high-capacity Spandex would be a good start.

rehajm said...

So by graphic tees they mean graphic graphic tees?

St. George said...

Today's Wall St. J recommends fluorescent yellow tights for bicyclists...

Rabel said...

Last time I saw one of those models he was sitting on a porch swing playing a banjo.

Kate said...

I'm not clicking thru to the NYT, so I'm not seeing the actual pictures, but I read T-Lo (!) and I know how these men photograph.

My son is a professional actor/model who looks exactly like this. It's not his fault: he eats like a horse. He's just genetically disposed to stay ultra-lean in his 20's. When he hits 30, this will change. But this is the look that producers prefer -- a somewhat-emaciated adulthood.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, thanks for indicating when a link is to the Times. If you don't mind I'll save my link following for more substantive articles.

Freeman Hunt said...

A person can't wear bike shorts without biking. Everyone would be asking how the ride was.

MadisonMan said...

My son is a professional actor/model who looks exactly like this. It's not his fault: he eats like a horse.

My son is not a professional actor/model -- but he also has that very thin look. Not quite eating like a horse still -- that was high school. I myself was very thin for a long long time. Oh to be able to drink two milkshakes a day still.

Mary Beth said...

Ann Althouse said...

I think the models look ill.

7/3/17, 7:31 AM


I think part of that is the sloping shoulders on most of the models.

Freeman Hunt said...

"I think part of that is the sloping shoulders on most of the models."

That was the first thing I noticed.

My father was an extremely thin man, but he never looked ill (until he actually was) like these models.

It's the shoulders. These guys look like they've been packed away and taken out only for the shows. Like their movement has been restricted. Veal calves.

Rusty said...

BB @ 8:42
I prefer to point an laugh, but OK.

rhhardin said...

I wear my biking gear everywhere.

Howard said...

The old dude rocking the 2-foot long ponytail looks the healthiest and is wearing an outfit that looks like what my FIL wears to the yacht club during summer.

Howard said...

Blogger Bob Boyd said...

This is the kind of thing that encourages jihad.

I assume you would defend to the death their freedom to be unfettered and alive girly men.

Henry said...

It's the shoulders. These guys look like they've been packed away and taken out only for the shows. Like their movement has been restricted. Veal calves.

Lovely simile.

I was reminded of Unhappy Hipsters.

And Heroine Chic.

But these guys are more like sedated Pee Wee Herman.

Chic.

Fred Drinkwater said...

I like the howler at the end. "Stay hydrated"
Sure. That's my first concern about those "guys".
(Actually, the Dries van Noten outfit is ok.)

Fred Drinkwater said...

Spouse and I are doing 50 miles after the TDF coverage finishes. Dressed fashionably, apparently.

Danno said...

Blogger Ann Althouse said...I think the models look ill.

I'd say half look ill and the other half look like (as my late brother-in-law used to say) somebody put a burr up their ass.

320Busdriver said...

They will be the goto guys when NorKo's emp bomb takes out our grid. Rugged survivalists.

Meade said...

Cyclists are prone to saddle sores. #1 tip in preventing them is to change out of your cycling shorts as soon as you get home and shower as soon as possible, dry yourself well before getting dressed.

Danno said...

Blogger Henry said...My biking gear is my every day clothes.

I wear liner shorts (with chamois) under my regular Haggar® Cool 18® No-Iron Pleated Shorts, so I have pockets for my wallet and keys, and has an everyday look.

If you order liner shorts or regular shorts through Amazon, Ann would probably not care if you are a man in shorts.

sdharms said...

Do people really consider those models men? I cannot believe any self-respecting man would dress like that or any self-respecting woman would be caught dead with someone who dressed like that

Rusty said...

Blogger Meade said...
"Cyclists are prone to saddle sores. #1 tip in preventing them is to change out of your cycling shorts as soon as you get home and shower as soon as possible, dry yourself well before getting dressed."
OR
maybe ride a motorcycle instead?
Just a suggestion.

donald said...

I got better legs than them girls. I wear shorts and flip flops whenever possible and that does include worksites. Because I can.

Khesanh 0802 said...

@sdharms This is all about appealing to gay - really gay - men. Fashion is not something most straight men take seriously or do much about - certainly not these kinds of "fashions". Gay men are much more attuned to "fashion" and its changes, but most of the guy guys that I know would not be caught dead wearing this stuff.

Women's "Fashion" is equally laughable and the models look just as sick!

RAH said...

The models looked very ill Like they had aids. Is that fashionable now? The clothes made them look like little boys trying to be men by wearing their Dad's clothes that are over large. It this the theme that men are really just little boys? Seems to emphasis that men are toxic.

As to fashion Ugh!