The Wall Street Journal is at it again, sharing outrageous-looking and even more outrageously-priced clothing, with their readers. (at least in my opinion!)
I will give the reporter, Jacob Gallagher, props, however, for linking the style recommendations to a timely topic – the increased use of videoconferencing for work and pleasure.
With working at home now the norm across much of the U.S., many of us are operating in flannel-and-terrycloth mode, but we’ll eventually leave the house again. And, in the meantime, someone’s got to enliven those endless videoconference calls. We advise that someone to consider a Crayola-colored suit.
I’m not sure I agree with the sentence I highlighted, but if there is someone who feels such a need, you can bet the house (or your finest suit), that it won’t be me.
My attire for every videoconference call I’ve had so far has been a t-shirt, jeans, and a cardigan. The last part of the outfit is my attempt to be like Mr. Rogers.
I have no intention of changing from my usual wardrobe.
But for any
wackos men who may want to jazz things up a bit for your next videoconference, then this WSJ story is right up your alley.
Gallagher notes that at some of the recent fashion shows, unexpected colors for men’s suits seemed to be popular. Among the colors featured:
- mustard yellow
- tomato-sauce red
- eggplant purple
- flamingo-pink version
- Caribbean turquoise
Gallagher also notes that the world of entertainment has popularized some outlandish colors:
- Joaquin Phoenix’s character in last year’s “Joker” wore a scarlet suit
- Leonardo DiCaprio wore a pink suit as “The Great Gatsby” in 2013.
- The comic-book villains of 1990’s “Dick Tracy” wore emerald and crimson suits.
- Actors including Samuel L. Jackson and Timothée Chalamet have confidently walked the red carpet in Laffy Taffy-hued formal wear.
- At a pre-Grammys party, Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, and Kevin Hart wore suits in pastel pink, baby blue, and emerald green
And outside the U.S., men seem to be a bit more daring:
- tailors in Mumbai make suits in radiant reds and marigolds
- in Congo, the dandies of Brazzaville (shown above) pride themselves on wearing suits in orange, blue and violet.
Dressing like this apparently does not come cheap, as shown in this photo from the WSJ:
So if the thought of dressing like this isn’t enough to stop you, perhaps the prices will…
*top image from Pinterest