Men dressing better than ever
How the decade is being slowly defined with sharp looks
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 02:03
Up until the 1960’s it was commonplace for men of all social classes to dress well in America. Regardless of occupation, most men had a sense of pride in their presentability. Trousers, shirts, vest, and hats where all part of a man’s attire, even if he happened to be a railroad worker on the lower end of the social class scale. But sometime during the 1960’s that all changed.
Perhaps it was winning the war in the 50’s, the exponential rise of capitalism, or even the free spirited and carefree movement that manifested itself as the hippie movement. Regardless of the reason, the resulting outcome was that with the emergence of the tie-dye t-shirt and bell bottom pants, men stopped wearing suits and started evolving into the stereotypical schlob of today.
Styles transcended and virtually defined every decade that followed. In the for 40 years now different styles have emerged from bell bottoms and huge shirt collars to ripped jeans and band t-shirts, fishnets, skinny jeans, overly baggy jeans, skin tight shirts, and shirts so big they could be dresses. Men have evolved to become a stereotype of not knowing how to dress.
In the 2000’s, as the Internet emerged, the culture of so called “metrosexual” men arrived with it. A collective of men who cared too much about their appearance to the point that they became a subculture of ridiculousness. But as we’ve evolved as a society, it’s become more socially acceptable for men to know how to dress.
Whether it means finding clothing that actually fits—not too baggy, and not too tight—or wearing ties, matching colors, wearing different fabrics, layering, experimenting with shoes, or what have you. Generally taking care of how you look, without reaching an overly obsessive nature, is standard stuff now.
Coming along with the movement, is a flurry of websites that have emerged to show the growing movement of men reaching out to an Internet community; learning the ropes of being better dressed. From the infinite wisdom found at Dappered or the lifestyle know-how guide found at The Art of Manliness. To shows like Mad Men, which have helped initiate a conversation among the masses regarding the sharp looks of the 60’s inspired wardrobe of the show. It certainly is helping to define this decade.