The 11 Dumbest Things Menswear Old Heads Love To Say

Although trends within menswear might not shift at the neck-breaking pace they do for the fairer folk in high heels and dresses, the landscape as a whole is in constant flux thanks to the Internet and the (somewhat) democratic landscape that comes with it. 50 years ago, the world of men's clothing was dominated by a handful of brands, leaving the choices men had about what to wear limited—that is to say, the Don Drapers of the world did not CHOOSE to be well-dressed, they simply wore tailored suits and slim ties because that's what was available. Today, a man's choices when it comes to his clothing are more about which brands NOT to wear, something that's mostly a good thing in our humble opinion. While we applaud this newfound label diversity, there are those amongst the menswear set who insist on preaching traditional values as if they were handed down from Mount Sanai straight to their blogs. Sure, we agree that a solid foundation of basic principles are important for any guy to grasp before venturing out on their own into IRL stores. However, these grumpy menswear old heads have reached a point where their rigid, often unfounded rules regarding men's clothing are used more to bitch than actually help anyone achieve the new levels of self-awareness and style they promise. So, we're taking it upon ourselves to highlight the most glaringly stupid rules of the bunch and calling bullshit.

  • O.G.

    Stop dickriding.

  • O.G.

    What “old heads” do you actually speak to? Is this article 2 get @ your pops?

  • Iggy

    Your move, Styleforum

  • rye & rivet

    Wait, isn’t the so-called “need” for raw denim INCREASED by the ever-present gross acid washes and dad jeans? I’m losing you on all the double- and half- negations on that slide in particular.

    • rye & rivet

      or rather, maybe not NECESSARILY for raw denim in particular, but at least for dark-wash classic-cut shit. Which raws often are.

  • John Lugg

    #menswear progressivism is the new #menswear classicism.

    • Lawrence

      2 more years of “weirdness” and I’ll agree with you.

  • dan

    throw yo set up!

  • Z

    This seems like attacking strawmen…

  • Andrew So

    #4 Streetwear isn’t for children, but it will increase the chances that one is stopped and frisked. Granted, I don’t have that problem since my last name is So.

    #7 I can’t take Fashion Week street style seriously anymore. I know there are dudes out there who are intentionally wearing garments that they consider whack just to catch the lenses of hundreds of journalists, bloggers, faux-bloggers, and tourists.

  • Dave s

    I don’t hear anybody saying any of the shit you’re bitching about. Even mainstream pubs like GQ never say any of this shit.

    • Dave s

      Top it off you’re usually a great writer. This sounds like whining about nothing. But hey , if you whine about “old heads” , even if they don’t exist, it renews your honorary rebel card for another year.

  • lazy_panda

    Stopped reading at 1. I think he’s colour blind or something.

  • dru

    Absolute clown article.

  • P

    idk man am I the only one here who likes this?

  • nbozich

    A few of these where on point (#5 for sure) but idk about the raw denim.. I’m from dallas and the majority of the “old heads” here preach all of these points for sure! i loved this article!!

  • Subway

    Someone’s a bit whiney, I guess your dad outshined you whilst sticking to the golden rules and this is your way of getting back at him?

  • Subway

    BTW I Have yet to hear an old man bitch about Tumblr.

  • Lee

    uh… not buying made in china isn’t snobby. it’s trying to be ethical by not supporting manufacturing factory conditions that are often inhumane. this especially applies to items that are “distressed” and require workers to deal with harsh chemicals in often small non ventilated spaces.

  • Dave Hahn

    Good list. 5 is great.

  • Domenick Trentalange

    + 1,000 Jake Woolf