[Ed. – No gravitas like the gravitas of taking your political-philosophy cues from The Devil Wears Prada and a George Michael song. Dude in the romper — in the feature image — apparently likes to drink hot tea with his beer.]
A couple of mornings ago, I woke in a panic. My dreams have been hyper-realistic verging on the hysterical lately, and I had just spent a cycle living out the beginning days of a “Handmaid’s Tale” violent transition to full reproductive martial law. This kind of thing happens when, after a long day of working through a logic-defying, emotionally abusive news cycle, one binges misogynist-dystopia prestige drama to unwind. …
People who are repulsed by the man-romper but love it when men dress like Don Draper just might have it backwards. It’s not only ridiculous that a traditional man’s suit still telegraphs moral authority in our culture, it’s distasteful. We should be able to agree that there’s no inherent decency signified by a jacket buttoned according to conventions set by the king of a colonial empire.
You know who always looks the perfect image of the proper male adult? Mike Pence.
It’s worth pointing out, too, that Betsy DeVos wants to gut funding for public education and public-service college loan forgiveness and she has a grown-up outfit for every occasion.
I don’t think we’ll get to the point soon where we’re throwing over our KonMari’dcapsule wardrobes for a week’s worth of gender-neutral Devo jumpsuits, but as Meryl Streep once reminded us, if you think fashion has nothing to do with you, you’re deluded. What we wear is as much of a reflection of the culture we live in and are hoping to shape as the music we listen to, the books we read and the misogynist-dystopia prestige streaming dramas we binge. We are seeing the cultural endgame of a national toxic masculinity fetish unfold in front of our very eyes on Twitter every day at 3 a.m. We should not be surprised when fashion adapts, however quietly, to resist it. As George Michael once hoped you’d understand, sometimes the clothes do not make the man.