It’s been a while since the Pigman has posted to his fashion blog. The biggest reason is that it is a pain in the arse to setup the camera, a tripod, and take a self-portrait he can live with. (He tends to be particular about the pictures he posts.) Anyway, last week he picked up a brand new pair of khaki’s at Macy’s at 60% discount and a new pair of kicks at DSW for at 50% discount. He likes that the pants are snug at the ankles and show of the full length of the shoe. He matched them today along with a navy band collar shirt (he has long enjoyed the look of a band collar despite the fact it reminds him of the Catholic clergy).
One of the designers at his office said she liked his ‘outfit’. He opted not to go into the usual rant that little girls and women wear outfits. Men wear clothing. Instead, he basked in the compliment coming from a person acutely aware of aesthetics.
I bought these pants on the spur of the moment because they were dirt cheap, I was getting antsy waiting for my wife with an ability to shop for hours on end, and I had never owned a pair of maroon pants…well…I may have in the mid-1970s but those were large bell bottom plaid with a hint of maroon thrown into the mix. But that is something we no longer talk about and the pictures are, I hope, long gone.
Every time I put these on with my loafers, and I always wear them with loafers because I have no idea what else to wear them with, I have a flashback to Samantha the Witch as played by Elizabeth Montgomery on the TV Show Bewitched from my youth. I don’t know if she ever wore this combination. Nonetheless, I get that flashback.
Why then do I continue to wear them? To overcome the misguided notion that maroon pants are somehow effeminate. I am working to eliminate some of the silly gender stereotypes from my thinking.
Few fashion choices, besides the propensity for people to pay hard earned money for ripped jeans, confound the Middle Age Man more than the question to tuck or not to tuck. For almost every occasion, the Middle Age Man is a tucker. Much to the dismay of his daughter and wife, the Middle Aged Man tucks in every shirt he wears including his t-shirt into his pajamas at night.
The question is not one of whether or not it looks good. The question is along the lines of an untucked shirt being an appropriate way to dress for the work environment. My perspective has been molded by 12 years of private school requiring a dress shirt be tucked into dress trousers and a tie knotted around a neck with the collar buttoned. And by many early years in his business career requiring shirt and tie before the business casual became a trend with a subsequent descent into an almost anything goes into the office. His colleagues frequently wear shorts in the summer.
Today’s get up consisted of light red, summer weight Levi’s with an abnormally high waist. A patterned blue shirt from a local discount store. The blue bit loafers are made of deerskin ensuring they are buttery soft. The Middle Aged Man would have preferred to appear sockless but his loafer socks were too large to be hidden by the shoes so he wore a pair of multi-colored, feather design socks. The blue band, red faced watch was found on sale at Amazon and the bracelet was purchased on Etsy.