Saturday, January 12, 2008

The end of WASP culture 

Old WASP culture, of which I know more than most bloggers (other than GreenmanTim, of course), is now well and truly dead. In case you needed more evidence.



By Blogger GreenmanTim, at Sat Jan 12, 08:42:00 AM:

What, you don't have a pair of wool knickers and knee socks in among the business attire in your closet?

I find it very serendipitous that your dubious link to me as an expert on old WASP culture (thank God we can overcome our origins)happens to lead unsuspecting Tigerhawk readers to the current post: a YouTube clip of an ornithologist and a bird doing a "Moonwalk" mating dance in the jungle. Clearly, young WASPs attired as Brooks Brothers "Black Fleece" would have them are compensating for something in that area.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 12, 09:48:00 AM:

I think these new fashions from this year's "Stuttering Upper-Class Twit Collection."


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 12, 10:52:00 AM:

Oh, please. Look at paintings of the Founders of our nation: knickers, knee socks, powdered wigs ... this is the RETURN of Old WASP culture!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 12, 11:09:00 AM:

You can star in your own P.G. Wodehouse production.  

By Blogger Eric, at Sat Jan 12, 11:17:00 AM:

What yenching boy said, this is a return to, if not 1776, then 1905. Fin d'siecle, man!  

By Blogger Jeff with one 'f', at Sat Jan 12, 12:18:00 PM:

It's the end of Victorian culture at best.  

By Blogger pst314, at Sat Jan 12, 12:19:00 PM:

Remember when New York fashion designers tried to persuade American men to wear skirts? It failed, of course, for obvious reasons. This will fail, too.  

By Blogger Andrewdb, at Sat Jan 12, 12:25:00 PM:

The Knee Socks remind me of the movie Cabaret (and the model that looks like Michael York too I suppose) - fin d'siecle indeed.  

By Blogger Bridget M. Bush, at Sat Jan 12, 12:59:00 PM:

First, this would never have passed muster in the Preppy Handbook -- no amount of madras can salvage this fashion crime. Second, I think it all began with the "man hug." Finally, I'm pretty sure that in Kentucky, if a man wears knickers, it is immediate grounds for divorce. Don't tell me you're "secure in your masculinity." If you wear knickers, your security is misplaced.

One more thought. Is Brooks Brothers outsourcing to the Chinese? It would fit the paradigm. They sold us poison pet food. They sold us lead-painted toys. And now they want our men to look like Little Lord Fauntleroy?  

By Blogger Tom Armstrong, at Sat Jan 12, 01:16:00 PM:

Happy Gilmore said it best; "Hey, if I saw myself in clothes like those I'd have to kick my own ass."  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 12, 01:17:00 PM:

I think it's a revival of pixyland


By Blogger TmjUtah, at Sat Jan 12, 03:50:00 PM:

Men in skirts?

I don't remember that, unless it was the kilt thing from the mid 90's.

I remember Manpris, though. That was probably the last time I ever watched CNN news, if I remember correctly.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 12, 04:35:00 PM:

What about Duncan McCleod??

Lord Whorfin  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 12, 08:16:00 PM:

you know, add a well styled cod piece to that outfit and i think you have a winner.  

By Blogger Nom de Blog, at Sat Jan 12, 09:16:00 PM:

If we're bringing back the knee length pants, why not go whole hog and bring back the slashed pumpkin pants of the Tudor era? Because men just LOVE to have their butts look twice as big as usual whenever they're showing off their legs.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jan 13, 09:18:00 AM:

I'm with whoever said its a _return_ to WASP culture.

Up in Watch Hill RI (bastion of what's left of real WASP culture) old pictures in the Misquamicut golf club have guys looking very _much_ like that BB model.

Fashion changes, guys -- knee highs may look strange to you, but George and Thomas were real men and WASP and wore powdered wigs. And if they saw that useless dangling-fabric thing called a kneck tie, that has stood for WASP business atire for less than a century, they would guffaw. Vive le difference, dudes.  

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