Category Archives: Men’s fashion

More WTF (What the Fashion) Shock Chic

This is an excellent example of a wearable art collection that presents itself as a provocative fashion idea, but is not intended to be taken as a serious fashion direction. These collections get far more attention than they warrant, mostly … Continue reading

Posted in Fashion, gender, Men's fashion | Tagged | 4 Comments

Beefcake with your cheesecake

A recent article on Messy Nessy brought up a little known piece of sexist uniform history – beefcake carhops. According to Paula Bosse of Flashback Dallas in the late 1930s “Women were dressing in scanty outfits, hula skirts, midriff-baring costumes, to serve drive-in … Continue reading

Posted in gender, Men's fashion | Leave a comment

James Bond – the fashion model

Both Sean Connery and Roger Moore had more in common than being James Bond – they were also models, but very different kinds of models. Roger Moore donned cardigans and sweater-vests in the late 1940s and early 1950s while Sean Connery often … Continue reading

Posted in Men's fashion, sportswear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Glossary – Budgie Smuggler

Originally an Australian slang term for a pair of tightly-fitted briefly-cut Speedo-style men’s swimwear that highlight the male bulge – likening it to what a smuggled budgie might look like. The term appeared shortly after the turn of the millennium – the … Continue reading

Posted in Glossary, Men's fashion, sportswear | Leave a comment

Fashionista – Count Alfred d’Orsay (1801-1852)

There have been many fashion leaders who never designed: Kim Kardashian, Twiggy, Madame de Pompadour, Jenny Lind, Lily Langtry, Beau Brummel, and Alfred Guillaume Gabriel – the Count d’Orsay. D’Orsay (1801 – 1852) was a French gentleman who married into … Continue reading

Posted in fashionistas, Men's fashion, Shoes | 2 Comments

Fashion in Song – Mr. Poppleton’s Moustache – c. 1860

I can’t find a publication date for this c. 1860 comic song, but it was composed by English song writer and lyricist Henry Walker and published in London.                     They say … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty & Cosmetics, Fashion in song, Men's fashion | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Shiffer-Hillman

Toronto’s garment district developed along Spadina Avenue in the 1920s adjacent to ‘The Ward’ – Toronto’s version of New York’s Lower East Side where recent (primarily Jewish) immigrants lived. In 1929, a handsome 12 story building, that looked like it had been transplanted … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress, Men's fashion | Leave a comment

Cross dressing violation

I snagged this photo off of messynessychic.com  (not very original of me to so blatantly lift someone else’s blog material, but the photo was too good!)

Posted in gender, Men's fashion, Photos | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – McGregor Socks

McGregor Socks was founded in Toronto in 1928 by brothers Jack and Nathan Lipson and brother-in-law Joseph Doran. Although none had Scottish roots, the name was chosen to capitalize on the stereotype of the frugal Scot. In the late 1930s … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress, Men's fashion, underwear | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Canadian Fashion Connection – Stetson

As an integral element of the lone cowboy – the Stetson hat is a symbol of America – but a large part of its history played out in Canada. In 1902 the Union Hat Works of St. John’s, Quebec agreed to … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress, Men's fashion, millinery | Tagged , | 4 Comments