The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 August 2003

A truly sad tail

If you're a guy, the OkiePundit is not interested in seeing your rump:

I've been seeing too much of this sort of cleavage lately. I wouldn't mind so much if it was attractive female posteriors — but it's not. It's invariably on some ugly-ass boy or man. Around the mall and in fast food eateries I've seen a parade of inadequately covered posteriors — of teenage boys walking around with their oversized jeans hanging around their thighs with boxer shorts displayed for all to see. I don't mean the boxer waistband — I mean the whole undergarment. Usually old, dirty, boxers. Sometimes the booty is exposed as well. What is this?

Don't ask me. I'm still trying to decide if "ugly-ass", in this context, is redundant.

Posted at 11:11 PM to Dyssynergy

Ugly fashion is mystifying.

Yes, yes, I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But tell me true: Can you even stand to look at kids dressed in that slumping-pants, shoelaces-untied, cap-backwards style that's au courant? If so, are you a sixteen-year-old boy from a major city, or have you merely gone "off your meds" for a bit?

Despite the subjective component to it -- not even a hardened Curmudgeon Emeritus would deny that there is one -- there are underlying principles to the pursuit and understanding of beauty: simplicity, consistency of components with one another, and harmony around a theme. And looking like an alley-dwelling wino whose clothes came off the corpse of a much larger alley-dwelling wino does not square with any of those principles.

That having been said, perhaps we should discuss "retro" design. There seems to be an unusually strong tendency afoot to reach backward in time for fashion motifs. So far, the things thus brought forward have mostly been best-of-breed. However, some have risen on the strength of their campiness, which leads me to ask: Are those who champion these things celebrating them, or mocking them?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 6:47 AM on 10 August 2003

I've always been convinced that those who determine the direction of cutting-edge fashion from year to year are incapable of being anything but mocking.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:34 AM on 10 August 2003

The Wino Look seems to have two separate sets of champions: young black men, who desperately fear being tagged as "acting white", and young white men, who desperately need to annoy their parental units.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:59 AM on 10 August 2003

Charles, you have a knack for going straight to the core of the apple.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 2:38 PM on 10 August 2003