It’s always fun to read men’s fashion articles from the Wall Street Journal, since I always find them so over the top.
Well, today I saw two headlines, with brief descriptions, that caught my attention:
4 Menswear Trends That Could Be Bigger than Tie-Dye
It’s time to move on from ubiquitous, hippie-ish swirls. Experts predict what new looks will prove as pervasive.
The Secret of the Sub-$1,000 Suit
Yes, you can find quality tailoring for less than four figures—if you know where to look. Here, our men’s fashion editor’s top 3 picks.
So, which one to read first?
The first story was tempting because I was curious what the latest trends were in menswear, particularly trends that could be bigger than tie-dye. (I must have missed the fact that tie-dye was a trend again.) I knew whatever those trends were, they would likely be outrageous )both in look and price).
But then the second article piqued my interest because I didn’t know that you couldn’t find a quality men’s suit under $1,000. I could buy four men’s suits for that price. Maybe a lot of guys really don’t know where to look.
I opted to go with the first story, but I never really made it to the four trends, because the first paragraph stopped me in my tracks:
Tie-dye has waxed and waned in Western popular culture since hippies made it a psychedelic staple of the 1960s, but it’s been surging in popularity since roughly 2019. From hoodies and bucket hats to t-shirts and swim trunks, tie-dye seeped into nearly every facet of the menswear market at nearly every price, from Louis Vuitton to Zara and everywhere in between. Even today, you can buy an Elder Statesman tie-dye sweater that will set you back as much as the monthly rent on a West Village apartment, or you can buy a fast fashion t-shirt for the cost of a large latté.
Now I have no idea what the rent is on a West Village apartment, but I’m guessing it’s more than the $40 or $50 I might spend on a sweater.
So I had to look up these Elder Statesman sweaters, and the photo above is what I got at the top of my Google results.
My first reaction was “wait, what?!?”
A sweater for $1,905?! I’m guessing whoever would buy such a sweater is the same guy who can’t find a suit for under $1,000.
At least it makes the $1,450 sweater seem like a bargain.
So I felt no need to read beyond that opening paragraph.
I got my outrageousness fix, and I was good to go.
Of course, feel free to click on the links to those two stories if you are curious as to what the latest trends are in men’s fashion or if you want to find out where you can get a men’s suit for under $1,000.
But I hope to get two more articles out of this embarrassment (literally) of riches…
P.S. By the way, I just found a Craft & Soul suit, sold exclusively on Amazon, for under $100. That’s right, there’s one less zero…