If a man of a certain (college) age wishes to wear a dress without arousing the suspicions or derision of his peers, he calls for a toga party. After one graduates, Togas must generally be put aside for fancy dress parties and Halloween. However, is there really any reason that men should not recover the old Roman fashions and a little bit of their un-bifurcated fashion glory?
This article came to be after I watched a video clip of Dave Chapelle talking about a time he refused to wear a dress in a movie. He went on to explain that he felt that Hollywood always tried to put strong black men in dresses for amusement value and that it was, on some level, degrading to black men. “They put every black man in the movies in a dress at some point in his career,” Chapelle says.
A pretty darned interesting video, beginning with Dave Chapelle noting that Hollywood is always putting black men in dresses, and then moving onto a montage of black male actors en femme. I’ll probably return to this topic in the future, but for now, lets watch and ponder….
Ah, science. Thou art awesome, but occasionally you do lead us astray. A Popular Science article from 1929 predicts that ‘silk’ gowns made out of asbestos may be the next major fashion fad.
The article begins:
Shimmering dresses that look like silk but are insulated against acid and fire were forecast recently by Professor Paul Q. Card
As I personally lack the vapid, shallow sort of mindset that making these sorts of statements requires, I’ve taken the liberty of borrowing the following findings from the most excellent, fashion4nerds.com
Fun and games are about to ensue, read more!
Men’s fashion is fast becoming a delicious minefeild these days, especially with the slow trickle of skirted fashions into the mix. As something of a comprimise for men who are used to bifurcated garments, many designers and retailers are now putting out men’s skorts. What’s a skort? It’s a cross between shorts and a skirt. Outwardly, the man looks to be wearing a skirt, however, under the skirt, there are a pair of shorts to allow him to keep his modesty.
We spend a lot of time going back and forth in these articles about whether or not its okay for men to wear lingerie. Obviously the prevailing attitude is that yes, it is fine for men to wear lingerie.
What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.
Really? Methinks not.
Lingerie has gone through plenty of permutations throughout its history, and indeed, some vintage lingerie is just as popular now as it was back when it was modern lingerie. In fact, there are plenty of lingerie manufacturers who use vintage styles to create modern day lingerie, but there’s nothing like the real deal. If you’ve never spared much time for vintage lingerie, then you are in for a real treat today with a few pieces I’ve selected from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Sometimes, wearing panties isn’t just a matter of function, or a matter of enjoying the feel of a certain fabric, sometimes, wearing panties is about rebellion. Rebellion against the tyranny of boring men’s clothing. Rebellion against the unwritten law that if it isn’t made of cotton and modeled after a box of crackers, it must be for women.