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Natty Nate

From a moderately pretentious but amusing NYT article:

(The accompanying slide show is fun, though.)

I have yet to observe these herds of suit-and-tie clad young men here in LA. Most of the younger men I’m seeing are still dressing in one of the following styles: generic Gap, modified hip-hop, quasi-punk, sports-team-jersey or homeless surfer. Perhaps it’s yet another example of an NYT writer observing a trend among his/her friends and projecting it as a broad cultural movement? (See also “Opt Out Revolution, The“)
I’d actually love to see more men who dress like Thom.
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  1. December 18, 2009 / 3:01 pm

    I don’t see it in the outer NYC suburbs either. There are three colleges which I drive by regularly, and I don’t see this phenomenon there either, although I would say that more of the young women look like they put an effort into getting dressed than the men.

    Perhaps it would be different if I still got down to “the city” but perhaps not.

  2. December 18, 2009 / 3:06 pm

    Just found your blog via the specail guest post you did for Tish – a great job on gifts for Paris lovers. I’ve enjoyed going through all your posts I’ll be following along.
    Have a fabulous week!

  3. December 18, 2009 / 4:59 pm

    I think they have moved to Brooklyn. And North Carolina.

  4. December 18, 2009 / 6:11 pm

    Let us not forget the combo skater/hip-hop style of super skinny jeans belted just BELOW the buttocks with boxers exposed. But at least they’re wearing boxers…

  5. Sal
    December 18, 2009 / 2:18 pm

    Seriously. Where ARE these well-dressed young dudes they’re referring to? Cuz they ain’t here in Mpls either.

  6. December 18, 2009 / 10:30 pm

    Actually I’d like to see more men dress with a dog on their shoulder.


    Thank you again. Your contribution was superb.


  7. Frugal Scholar
    December 18, 2009 / 2:37 pm

    My son (20) keeps saying that he wants a really nice suit one day. My bother–50plus–who works in an office in NYC just laughs and says no one wears suits to work. Perhaps a shift is percolating for these kids who will have a tough time finding jobs and achieving middle-class lives.

  8. ~Tessa~Scoffs
    December 18, 2009 / 3:19 pm

    I have observed one young (high school) man in particular who walks by the park where Les Petits play. He wears skinny jeans with vests and ties. Not a suit, I know, but he’s still young. And, because I am increasingly in the vicinity of the Boy Scouts, it is nice to see the men and boys in their natty Class As.

  9. ~Tessa~Scoffs
    December 18, 2009 / 10:37 pm

    One more thing…now that I have had time to read the whole article, I would like to add the following. A millionaire colleague of my husband wears the same t-shirt and jeans for days at a time when the group is traveling. Talk about packing light!

  10. Sher
    December 19, 2009 / 1:47 am

    If it’s a trend, please send it my way. I have a hard time getting my guys to wear shirts without words on them 😉

  11. December 19, 2009 / 4:15 pm

    I do see them in Toronto but not as quirkily dressed as this article shows. The young bucks in the workplace are either in classic banker pinstripes or techie tee-jeans. You only see those plaid pants and grampa cardis with bow ties on 30-something gay guys or bartenders.

    My sons are going on 23- to go out, one wears vintage stern snap shirts and skinny Levis to go out and the other khakis and obscure tees. They laughed at these clothes, and said if they want to look really dressed they borrow from Papa.

  12. December 21, 2009 / 12:51 am

    This would be a welcome change. I haven’t really observed this where I live, but it’s a good idea.

  13. December 22, 2009 / 2:09 am

    Eh, there’s always been a small segment that dresses like that, they just change the title according to the decade. It’s “mods”, or “new dandys” or whatever. But it never gets out of that small group.

    Dressing up isn’t comfy, and men can be lazy about that. I don’t wear pencil skirts and heels though I love that look. We’re all lazy, and it just isn’t practical on a daily basis.

    I have seen a few guys that fit the description, mostly downtown LA in the new retro-esque bars like Edison.

  14. December 22, 2009 / 2:38 am


    I just found you blog through Privlege (which I just found too!)

    I have to tell you that my 24 yr old son, who is not gay, (not that there is anything wrong with that!) is an amazing dresser. He buys most of his things from thrift stores and has them tailored. He also gets some of his things from RL where he works.

    This past saturday he and I stopped at a garage sale on our way out shopping. When he walked up the woman running the sale exclaimed that “finally someone with class is here!” It was pretty funny.

    We both love clothes and love to dress. If we are going shopping he will almost always wear a tie and I will always wear a dress. It just makes it more fun.

    Now after sharing that, I’m off to explore this blog!

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