a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
See, now this is one of my pet peeves these days.
I think it has gotten to the point where there needs to be a separate menswear range, offered by every store. The reason I say that, is because there
seem to be two different types of consumer of menswear.
First, the practical man. No matter whether he is searching for jeans, a suit jacket, or a windbreaker, he will be after a garment which has no
purely cosmetic features of any sort. If a pocket can be seen, it can be used. Also, practical men do not want Lycra in their shirts, pants, trousers,
or their suit jackets, and CERTAINLY not in their denim jeans. A practical man wants to buy garments which are sturdily built, properly cut, elegant
and functional at the same time.
Second, the facade on legs. This individual wants everything to be skin tight, stretchable, easy to wash, full of man made fibres, and does not care
about how well made, or practical his clothing is. This is the sort of man who would by combat trousers made of spandex, with paint on pockets. It
only has to LOOK good, not work well, which is often reflected in the skill and temperament of such a person. This is the sort of guy who would not
know what one was referring to if one spoke of bleeding a radiator, let alone how to actually perform the task.
Now, there is nothing wrong with being totally absorbed by ones appearance, but there is something wrong with catering exclusively to the sort of
chap who likes his denim to contain tiny bungee cords. The fact is that practical men want suits made out of natural fibres, with full, deep pockets,
their denim to only contain original denim, their undergarments to be made exclusively from natural fibres, and for every aparant function and
advantage of a particular garment, to actually BE a function or advantage, not to merely look good.
To that end, I am wearing combat trousers with six pockets, a fleece with three, and a hiking waistcoat with fourteen pockets. They all work, because
I get all my practical wear from the army and navy store!