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Trouser, Chino, and Jeans fits continue to expand.
Both advertisers and consumers are starting to realize that influencers on Tik-Tok, Instagram, and Youtube are good at selling… crap.
Influencers are nothing more than the smartphone-age’s regurgitation of late night infomercial pitchmen and QVC saleswomen. The first question these types ask themselves will always be “how much will I get paid?” instead of the critically more important “is this thing any good?” If any of them could see four inches beyond their iPhone camera, they’d realize that if they prioritized their viewers and readers by first asking and valuing the “is this thing any good?” question, then compensation should follow.
Banana Republic & Spier have a great looking year.
They’re not Target nor Old Navy cheap, but the materials, construction, and looks can be depended on to help you be taken seriously. And that’s well worth the investment. They’re classic yet contemporary. Grown-up stuff that’s sharp and not stodgy. Both brands are knocking it out of the park in the eyes of many of us.
Some of BR’s Fall/Winter line from this year.
Sharp > Flash
They just don’t get it. For a fee they’ll ship you overpriced clothing that doesn’t really fit your personal tastes (because the AI stinks), which robs you of the fun that is the hunt and the eventual self expression of assembling and cultivating a sense of personal style.
Who wants this stuff? What is the use case? Is it the kids who ask Zoltar to be Big and then overnight need to dress like a CEO?
Bowling shirts open to the fourth button & chains. Baggy trousers & Gucci-style loafers. Rayon. “Y’know what vibe I wanna project? Cosmo Kramer.” – Said nobody ever, yet said so many in the last year. I think they/we were going for classic-Hollywood/Rat-Pack casual, but instead we ended up with Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men. It’s not that far off from Guy Fieri either.
Style icon. Or not.
Neckties start to make a (small) comeback.
Because when the defecation hits the ventilation, for the guys, a necktie is called for. A suit and tie projects power and competence. No matter the field you work in day to day. Sorry but it’s true. From delivering a eulogy, testifying before a legislative body, or standing up for yourself at work, in court, or before some group of knuckleheads who want to push you around… put on a suit and tie. And know that practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make comfortable. So wear a tie when you don’t have to (as long as it won’t alienate or ostracize you) and you’ll feel all the more prepared on that day when you have to mean business. Even if your business rarely (or never) requires a suit and tie.
Only if wearing mutliple neckties at once would mean one would fare better in a crisis.
J. Crew continues to either smash homeruns or strike out wildly.